Whether you’re hosting a fancy brunch party or casually feeding your family, a basic French toast never disappoints. French toast pleases tastebuds of all sorts—especially when breakfast is inspired by classic desserts. Take your pick of churro French toast, tiramisu French toast, red velvet French toast, or cheesecake French toast and eat dessert for breakfast. A little morning indulgence never hurt anyone and who says you have to wait till after dinner to have dessert, anyway? Dessert-inspired breakfast recipes truly give you a reason to jump out of bed. (But feel free to stay in pajamas all day—we fully endorse that.)
French toast is undoubtedly one of the easiest breakfasts to whip up: just soak, fry, and feast. No matter what you do, you can’t go wrong—there are no rules. Plus, not much work goes into prepping or cooking French toast, so it’s perfect for lazy weekends. Seriously, you can serve up the world’s best French toast in 10 minutes flat. But with a few extra minutes to spare, you can make the first meal of the day a whole lot sweeter. These 17 dessert-inspired French toast recipes will seduce all your senses on any given morning.
Bananas Foster French Toast
Bananas Foster, a dessert made famous by Brennan’s in New Orleans, is made by caramelizing bananas in a cinnamon, brown sugar, dark rum, and banana liqueur sauce. This riff on the Southern dessert adds Texas Toast to the mix.
Creme Brulee French Toast
Thick slices of French bread soak in custard overnight to make any morning feel special. The best part? Same classic flavor, no torch needed.
Funfetti French Toast Muffins
Who doesn’t love Funfetti box mix and frosting? You’re only six simple steps away from treating yourself—even if it’s not your birthday.
Churro French Toast
This sugary French toast is too dangerously easy to whip up. A drizzle of the sweet cream cheese frosting will have you as happy as a kid visiting Disneyland for the first time.
Cappuccino French Toast
Now, you can have your coffee and eat it, too. Soak bread slices in your latte and then stuff it with chocolate for breakfast bliss
Apple Pie French Toast
Start your morning on a sweet note with this all-American breakfast that can made the night before for a lazy Sunday brunch.
Banana and Nutella Stuffed French Toast
Win over the hearts of all picky-eaters with this classic crepe combo.
Tiramisu French Toast
Challah unites with rich mascarpone, espresso, and pistachios to make any morning feel special.
Boozy Salted Caramel French Toast
Brioche is soaked in a mixture of salted caramel and Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, a whiskey-infused sipping cream, for a French toast recipe that’s sure to impress (and intoxicate) your brunch party guests.
Hot Chocolate French Toast
There’s a double hit of chocolate here. Yes, the bread is stuffed with mocha ganache, and then soaked in hot chocolate.
Red Velvet French Toast
Cake for breakfast? Mhm. The deep red toast is perfect for breakfast in bed, whether it’s Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day.
Coconut Cream Pie French Toast
A triple hit of coconut makes dairy-free breakfast special. Imagine coconut milk for a bread bath, and coconut whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes for toppings.
Pecan Pie French Toast
Nutty, sweet, and spiced—this French toast has all the flavors you love and cherish from your favorite Thanksgiving pie.
Cannoli French Toast
French toast stuffed with a creamy ricotta filling and chocolate chips? ZOMG. Once you start eating you can’t stop.
S’mores French Toast
You don’t need a campfire for all-out indulgence. Welcome nostalgia while you feast on bread stuffed with chocolate and marshmallows and coated in graham cracker crumbs.
Tres Leches French Toast
Three milks—sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, and french vanilla coffee creamer—make up this sweet breakfast casserole
Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Bake
This make-ahead breakfast bake is the perfect excuse to eat cheesecake for breakfast. And if you’re worried about eating healthy, don’t worry—there’s a handful of berries hidden in there.