Are you tired of missing out on classic breakfast dishes because of dietary restrictions? Look no further than this Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast recipe! It’s the perfect solution for anyone who wants to enjoy a delicious, classic breakfast either as an indulgence, a treat or a quick breakfast.
As a nutritionist and food blogger, I’ve developed this recipe with the healthiest, organic, and most delicious ingredients. So whether you’re gluten intolerant, dairy-intolerant, vegan, allergic or just looking for a healthier alternative to traditional French toast, you’ll love every bite of this recipe.
This easy-to-make recipe uses dairy-free milk, gluten-free bread, eggs and cinnamon to create the perfect crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside french toast. And don’t worry! It still has that decadent taste and texture we all crave from this classic dish.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gluten-free dairy-free french toast is one of the most beloved breakfast options out there. Indulge in something delicious but healthy without sacrificing flavor or nutrition. Keep reading for my tips on how to make this dish perfectly every time.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast option that is free of gluten and dairy? Look no further, because this Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast recipe is the perfect choice for you!
You might be hesitant about trying a dairy-free and gluten-free French toast, but I guarantee that this recipe has all the familiar flavors that you crave. The use of coconut milk in place of dairy milk brings out a subtle tropical taste and lightens up the dish. Meanwhile, gluten-free bread adds a nuttier flavor to the classic dish, without overpowering the traditional spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.
This recipe is also versatile and accommodating, as you can switch up certain ingredients depending on your preference. The eggs can be substituted for egg-free or vegan options, while coconut oil or soy milk can substitute the butter and milk respectively. These ingredient alternatives offer flexibility in creating an allergy-friendly meal without sacrificing taste.
Another reason why you’ll love this recipe is its simplicity. With just a few steps, you can have a flavorful breakfast that’s filling but not overly heavy. Plus, this recipe makes 8 slices of French toast, which is great for meal prep or serving a crowd.
Overall, this Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast recipe provides a delicious breakfast option that accommodates different dietary needs without compromising on taste. So why not give it a try? Your taste buds will thank you!
Here is a list of gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients you’ll need to prepare this delicious French toast recipe:
- 8 slices of gluten-free bread (use your favorite brand, I recommend Canyon Bakehouse White Bread)
- 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of your choice)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of plain or vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- Optional toppings: chopped pecans, sliced bananas, fresh berries, or a drizzle of pure maple syrup
Note: If you have an egg allergy, you can use an egg-free substitute in this recipe. Additionally, you may substitute milk-based ingredients with non-dairy options.
The Recipe How-To
Get your apron on and let’s get started on making this delicious Gluten Free Dairy Free French Toast. Here are the steps to achieve that perfect golden-brown crust and a soft, fluffy center in every slice:
Step 1: Preheat the Pan
Preheat a skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Step 2: Mix All Ingredients
In a shallow bowl, whisk together 2 large eggs, 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla coconut milk, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Step 3: Prepare Each Slice of Bread
Dip each slice of bread, one at a time, into the mixture. Make sure that both sides are evenly coated with the mixture by holding it down for a few seconds.
Step 4: Cook The Bread Slices
Add the prepared bread slices to the pan or skillet and cook until they turn golden brown, usually taking around 2-3 minutes per side.
Step 5: Keep The Toast Warm And Golden Brown
Transfer cooked slices to a wire rack while cooking the remaining pieces of bread to keep them warm and maintain their crispy texture.
Step 6: Serve Immediately
Tips It is important to serve your French Toast immediately while it’s fresh because it tends to become soggy when left too long. Drizzle generously with your favorite syrup such as maple syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Congratulations! You’ve just made your very own Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast! Enjoy it alongside your favorite morning beverage or other breakfast staples.
If you’re looking for more breakfast ideas that are gluten-free, dairy-free [^1] and free from other allergens, check out my blog for some amazing breakfast casserole recipes that don’t contain milk or eggs such as my Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole!
[^1]: Instead of butter and dairy milk, substitute coconut milk and soy milk for a vegan-friendly option
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking for a variety in your gluten-free dairy-free French toast recipe? No worries, because there are many substitutions and variations you can try to customize this recipe to fit your taste and dietary needs!
(5.1) Milk Options
Instead of using coconut milk, feel free to use any non-dairy milk of your choice such as almond milk or soy milk. If you prefer dairy milk, go for it! Just make sure that it is labeled as lactose-free or dairy-free.
(5.2) Bread Options
In this recipe, I recommend using gluten-free bread from Canyon Bakehouse White bread as the gluten-free option. However, you can use any type of bread depending on your preference. Whole wheat bread, multigrain bread, sourdough bread or even brioche bread would all work well with this recipe.
(5.3) For Vegan Option
This recipe already uses non-dairy milk and butter alternatives, making it perfect for vegan preferences. However, if you want to swap out the egg for a vegan alternative, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes until it forms a gel-like texture.
Substitute maple syrup for honey, agave nectar, or even brown sugar if you prefer.
Are you tired of the traditional toppings for French toast? Switch things up by adding some chopped pecans or fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries on top of the toast!
Try these substitutions and variations to make this gluten-free dairy-free French toast recipe truly yours!
Serving and Pairing
One of the best things about this gluten-free and dairy-free French Toast recipe is that it can be paired with a wide variety of toppings and sides. My personal favorite is to top it off with fresh fruit like sliced strawberries, bananas, or blueberries and drizzle some maple syrup over it for a touch of sweetness.
You can also serve it with a side of turkey bacon or sausage if you want a more protein-packed breakfast. For something savory, you can add a sprinkle of smoked paprika over the toast to give it that extra kick.
The possibilities are endless with this recipe! This makes it a perfect breakfast food for families as everyone can choose what they like most. You can have your own customized freestyle French Toast Bar made from this recipe.
As someone who loves simple yet delicious breakfasts, I can assure you that this gluten-free dairy-free French toast is both satisfying and nourishing, leaving you feeling full and energized to start your day on the right foot.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about this Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time, stored, and reheated easily. This makes it perfect for busy mornings or for entertaining guests.
To make ahead, assemble the french toast and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Then, place it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat individual slices in the toaster or in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Keep in mind that the texture may change slightly after being refrigerated. When you’re ready to reheat, simply follow the instructions above.
If you want to freeze the french toast, let it cool completely before wrapping each slice tightly with plastic wrap and placing them in a freezer-safe bag. They will keep well for up to one month.
When it comes to reheating frozen slices, let them thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating them using your preferred method. You could also reheat them straight from frozen by using a toaster oven on low heat.
This make-ahead and storing option makes this recipe practical and convenient for busy families who want to enjoy a delicious breakfast without any fuss.
Tips for Perfect Results
For perfect results with this gluten-free and dairy-free French toast recipe, there are a few tips you should keep in mind.
Firstly, it is important to use thick slices of bread so that the egg mixture doesn’t make the bread too soggy. I recommend using the Canyon Bakehouse White Bread which works perfectly for this recipe.
Secondly, make sure to whisk the egg mixture (including coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract) until it is completely smooth before dipping the bread slices. This will ensure that each slice has an even coating of the mixture and will help to create a delicious custard-like texture.
Another tip is to heat up your skillet or griddle before adding the bread slices so that they cook evenly on both sides. You can test if the skillet is hot enough by sprinkling a few drops of water on it – if they sizzle and evaporate immediately, it’s ready.
When cooking the French toast, avoid overcrowding the skillet or griddle to allow for even cooking. Also, flip the bread slices carefully using a spatula – this will prevent them from breaking apart or losing their shape.
For those who need an egg-free option, substitute eggs with a flaxseed mixture (mix 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes) which works as an excellent binder in recipes.
Finally, for an extra special touch, top your French toast with chopped pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup. These tips will help you achieve perfect results every time you prepare this delicious breakfast dish!
As your nutritionist cum food blogger, I understand that following a gluten-free and dairy-free diet can be challenging. That’s why in this section, I have compiled some of the frequently asked questions regarding the Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast Recipe to clear any confusion you might have while making this delicious recipe. Be sure to read through these FAQs to address any concerns you may have and make the cooking process stress-free.
What can you substitute for milk in French toast?
If you’re looking for a milk-free option to make French toast, using substitutes like almond milk, soy milk, powdered milk, or light coconut milk can be a great alternative to dairy. However, if you don’t have any of these on hand, I have some tips for you.
What can I substitute for milk in gluten-free baking?
After conducting an experiment on various milk alternatives, we discovered that soy milk and almond milk yielded the most desirable results. When used in gluten-free muffins and cookies, soy milk proved to be a great substitute for low-fat milk due to its leaner texture. On the other hand, rice milk resulted in a gummy and overly starchy consistency, making it less ideal for baking purposes.
What can I use instead of butter for French toast?
When making French toast, it is acceptable to substitute butter for either shortening or oil. The quantity used depends on the surface area of the frying pan. Only use as much is needed to ensure the toast is not sticking. To serve altogether, keep the cooked slices in the oven that has been set on a low temperature or “warm” mode while preparing additional batches.
Is gluten-free egg and dairy free?
If you are following a gluten-free, casein-free diet, it is important to avoid consuming dairy and wheat-based products. However, eggs can be a delicious and nutritious ingredient to include in your healthy diet. They can be enjoyed in many ways, such as as a protein source for breakfast, as a topping on salads, as a snack, or as an ingredient in gluten-free and dairy-free baked goods.
In conclusion, this Gluten-Free Dairy-Free French Toast recipe is a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional French toast. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast idea or a hearty brunch option, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings. With its rich flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and the sweet drizzle of maple syrup on top, this French toast is truly irresistible.
What I love the most about this recipe is its versatility. You can easily customize it with your own favorite ingredients and toppings to create new flavors and textures. Whether you prefer almond milk or coconut milk, gluten-free or dairy-free bread, or want to add chopped pecans or fresh berries on top- the sky’s the limit!
So why not give this recipe a try today? It’s an excellent choice for those who are health-conscious but don’t want to compromise on taste. You can even make it ahead of time for busy mornings or prepare it for a weekend brunch with friends and family.
Don’t miss out on the chance to savor delicious gluten-free dairy-free French toast that is perfect for breakfast or brunch without any guilt. Say goodbye to traditional French toast loaded with gluten, dairy, and sugar and embrace this healthier version of the classic breakfast dish that is just as satisfying.
Gluten Free Dairy Free French Toast Recipe
- 4 large eggs, beaten
- 4 tablespoons banana puree (or a mix of banana, pineapple, applesauce etc)
- 1/2 cup almond milk or 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon sugar (or stevia, to taste)
- coconut oil or butter, for frying
- maple syrup, honey, powdered sugar or fresh fruit puree, for serving
- 12 -16 slices gluten free bread (depends on size of your slice)
- In a large bowl or pie pan, mix eggs, fruit puree, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
- Take a piece of bread and dip both sides in the egg mixture, draining off extra coating.
- Heat a skillet to medium high heat and place slice(s) in skillet, cooking for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown; remove to a plate in the oven to keep warm, while cooking rest of slices.
- Top with syrup, honey, powdered sugar or fruit.