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. And I think it’s the perfect easy yet comforting breakfast for this busy time of year.

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?

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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, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. We loved the recipe. We are soy & dairy free due to baby with intolerance (this is our 3 & they all had it). I love french toast, but my wife isn’t a huge fan. However, she said this was the best she has had (not too eggy to be specific). It is super quick & easy. A lot of recipes have tons of little ingredients that are more specialty items for cooking. This has common ingredients that can found in most kitchens. It has definitely made our short list of breakfast items. Thanks for sharing.

  2. in our family, my Grandpa Z was the French Toast Pro – I try to make my mine taste as good as his always did. and I’ve been craving French toast lately – may have to have some this weekend…

  3. I haven’t had french toast in ages! Probably since it is hard to find a safe bread (sesame cross contact is a problem for me), but I may need to bake a loaf and make some. French toast also reminds me of my childhood. It was one food I started to make on my own 🙂

    • Ooh, that is rough. I know you aren’t gluten-free, but I think Canyon Bakehouse went sesame-free – don’t quote me on that, but there was a brand that I covered that recently went allergen-safe for sesame, and I think it was them. Caroline at Grateful Foodie knows all the sesame-free stuff!

  4. I love all of these ideas! I always think of French toast as a “special” breakfast. Your French toast variations will bring many special breakfasts to my table.

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