This recipe for cinnamon raisin French toast casserole was shared with us several years ago by Allyson Carter for the Spring Fling Recipe Contest that we co-hosted with So Delicious. Allyson makes it dairy-free and gluten-free with some delicious ingredient swaps.
This gluten-free French toast casserole says spring to me, because I had to come up with some amazing and easy recipes to serve at our family’s spring brunch celebrations that were delicious and suitable for my family’s gluten and dairy free lifestyle.
Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole Made Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free
Here are some tips for making substitutions and finding the right ingredients for this recipe. It’s great for a lazy Sunday, a special brunch, or even Easter morning!
The Bread – Some specialty brands have gone away since Allyson first shared this recipe, but there are still some great bread options. Canyon Bakehouse, Udi’s, Little Northern Bakehouse, Ener-G, New Grains, and Glutino each have dairy-free, gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread. You can substitute another type of bread or even wheat-based bread if gluten isn’t a concern for you.
The “Butter” – You can use any brand of dairy-free buttery spread or sticks, or in a pinch, you can use your favorite baking oil. If you opt to use coconut oil, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature before blending. If the mixture is cool, the coconut oil will solidify into little chunks.
The Sugar – Allyson uses coconut sugar to go with the coconutty theme of her ingredients. But you can use brown sugar or your favorite granulated sugar in a pinch.
Special Diet Notes & Options: French Toast Casserole
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian.
- 1 loaf gluten-free, dairy-free cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes (see Notes in post above)
- 8 eggs
- 1 cup vanilla dairy-free milk beverage (Allyson uses coconut)
- ½ cup vanilla dairy-free creamer (Allyson uses coconut)
- ½ cup coconut sugar (see Notes in post above)
- 2 tablespoons dairy-free buttery spread, melted (see Notes in post above)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat your oven to 350°F
- Put the bread cubes in a 13x9-inch casserole dish.
- Put the eggs, milk beverage, creamer, sugar, buttery spread, cinnamon, and salt in your blender and puree until combined.
- Pour the egg mixture evenly over the cubed bread.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and center appears set.