Basic Dairy-Free French Toast (with a Gluten-Free Option)


My father had a few breakfast specialties when I was a kid, and one of them was French toast. It wasn’t fancy, but it was always good. Fortunately, dairy-free French toast is very easy to make. A simple milk beverage swap is really all you need! The recipe below is an everyday formula that’s timeless and works with almost any type of bread, including gluten free! It’s also a great way to use up bread that is going a little stale.

Basic Dairy-Free French Toast Recipe - a naturally nut-free, soy-free, optionally gluten-free breakfast delight

Special Diet Notes: Basic Dairy-Free French Toast

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.

For egg-free and vegan French toast, enjoy my Cinnamon-Buckwheat Vegan French Toast or Neal Barnard’s Vegan Vanilla French Toast. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?

Basic Dairy-Free French Toast
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Use your favorite wholesome dairy-free bread to make this easy French Toast. My dad always used whole wheat and I like to use homemade whole grain bread. But for special occasions, you can use thickly sliced challah or even French bread.
Serves: 6 slices
  1. Put the egg, milk beverage, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg (if using), and salt in a shallow dish and whisk to combine.
  2. Heat a little oil or buttery spread in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. I use medium or even slightly lower heat on an electric cooktop.
  3. While the skillet preheats, dunk each slice of bread in egg mixture, thoroughly soaking both sides.
  4. Place the slices the preheated pan, and cook on both sides until golden. If your slices are quite thick or very saturated with the egg mixture, cover the skillet for a few minutes as they cook to help the slices cook all the way through.
  5. Serve warm with real maple syrup, buttery spread, fresh fruit, powdered sugar, and/or jam.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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