Easy Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles with Gluten-Free and Vegan Options

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Heading into month two of sharing my Dairy-Free 3-Book Journey with you, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve accomplished in the past four weeks. I took the pressure off and allowed a solid week to get re-organized with what needs to be written and the recipes that must be created and perfected. I decided to dive into recipe creation with a strong focus on getting most of the baked goodies done before the summer heat hits. The accomplishments also resulted in a spin-off recipe for personal-sized Maple French Toast Casseroles, which I’m going to share with you today!

5-Ingredient Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles - Tested gluten-free, "just" dairy-free, and vegan (a few more ingredients!) - all versions are scrumptious and so easy!

All in all, I managed to create, fully test (numerous tests in my kitchen plus outside testing), and finalize about a dozen recipes, including the following:

  • Double Chocolate Scones with Vanilla Glaze (a true crowd-pleaser!)
  • Hollandaise Sauce (includes insanely rich “just” dairy-free & vegan versions)
  • Light Buttery Spread (great for toast, potatoes, and coating!)
  • Peanut Butter Chips (a new & improved surprise recipe)
  • Homemade “Nutrigrain” Bars (yes, seriously! Sans milk and more wholesome)
  • Chunky Monkey Muffins (these have become our go-to morning treat)
  • 4-Ingredient Baking Powder Biscuits (too easy, too good, just like mom’s)
  • Sultry Southwestern Baked Risotto (no stirring, no fuss, and no sacrifice)
  • Chocolate-Dipped Crispy Cups (a healthier sweet treat that kids and adults loved)
  • Chicken Pot Crumble (better than traditional and with a vegan option to boot!)
  • Tostacos (technically a no-bake recipe, but I wanted to bake my own tostadas)
  • and… Maple Baked French Toast Sticks… the inspiration for these Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles!

These personal-sized maple French toast casseroles can be made on the spot or in advance. You can chill them unbaked, or stash a couple baked ones in your fridge for reheating on demand.

5-Ingredient Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles - Tested gluten-free, "just" dairy-free, and vegan (a few more ingredients!) - all versions are scrumptious and so easy! @lovemysilk #ad

As pictured above and below, these maple French toast casseroles are gluten-free (I used Little Northern Bakehouse Millet & Chia Bread), but of course they work wonderfully with wheat bread, too! Day old or lightly stale bread is the way to go, which is why gluten-free is easy with this recipe. I did find that the gluten-free bread crumbled a bit when wet, but since it all bakes up together, there is no loss. Wheat bread gave me chunkier, yet equally tender and moist results.

I also created a vegan version of these maple French toast casseroles, and let me tell you, it was no easy feat! Many vegan versions that I’ve spotted online looked flat and dense. I wanted moist, lightly risen and just plain delicious. My vegan variation tastes different from my “just dairy-free” original, but it is no less amazing. In fact, we liked both equally.

My goal in creating recipes and adapting them to fit other diets is never straight mimicry, rather, it’s to create good food for all to enjoy, plain and simple. Does the recipe work? Can almost anyone make it? Are the results delicious? If “yes, yes, and yes”, then we have a Go Dairy Free, Alisa-approved winner!

Mini Vegan Maple French Toast Casseroles - Tested gluten-free (pictured) and with wheat bread - both versions are scrumptious and so easy!

Dairy-Free Three Book Journey: Month 2 Goal

On my next 3-Book Journey Post (roughly just 30 days from today!), I hope to finalize the last 39 recipes in book #2! Many are in the testing phases, so I actually think this goal could be realistic without sacrificing a bit of quality. Then, I will be able to dedicate the summer to some much needed dairy-free research for covering health, allergies, and more!

In addition to my monthly posts on this journey, and recipes like these Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles, you can follow more of my project and several others on Twitter, via the hashtags #Inspired and #LoveMySilk. This series was made possible by Silk, and I’m every so grateful for their dairy-free support!

Special Diet Notes: Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, optionally egg-free, optionally gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.

For nut-free maple French toast casseroles, use a milk beverage that is “safe” for your needs. I like the taste of almond milk in this recipe, but you will get equally good results with soy milk or coconut milk beverage, for examples.

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Mini Maple French Toast Casseroles
 
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This easy, scrumptious recipe has been tested with both gluten-free (pictured) and wheat-based bread, and I've included a unique, fully-tested, delicious vegan version, too!
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 slices gluten-free or wheat-based bread, about 8 to 10 ounces (I tested with Little Northern Bakehouse and Silver Hills Bakery)
  • 4 eggs (see below for egg-free / vegan version)
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk beverage (I used Silk Almond - see post above for nut-free options)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus additional for serving (I used NOW Foods Grade B)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple and salt. Add bread cubes and gently toss to completely coat.
  2. Fill 4 greased ramekins with the bread cubes, gently pressing down as needed. If there is any leftover liquid in your bowl, drizzle it atop the bread cubes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350ºF, letting the bread cubes sit and soak while the oven preheats.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, depending on how deep your ramekins are (shallower ones will cook more quickly), how moist or dry you like your French Toast, and how well the bread soaks up that liquid!
  5. Serve with pure maple syrup for drizzling.
Notes
Vegan / Egg-Free Version: Omit the eggs and increase the unsweetened vanilla milk beverage to 1 cup. You are going to place the bread cubes in your large bowl first. Then blend the 1 cup milk beverage with ¼ cup mashed banana, 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon oil (your choice of type), ¾ teaspoon baking powder, and ⅛ teaspoon salt in your blender until smooth. Pour the mixture over the bread cubes and toss gently to coat. Proceed with step 2. Baking time will be closer to 30 to 35 minutes. For a lightly sweeter and more moist result, increase the banana to ⅓ cup and the baking powder to 1 teaspoon.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.

57 Comments

  1. Alisa, I am in awe of how many versions you provide for this recipe. It’s a winner no matter which diet or version I’m sure. I need to learn how you do these incredible “stop action” photos – syrup in mid-pour – wow!!!

  2. You are so organized, I love how methodically you are going about your book. I would be scattered all over the place! This has been pinned and is definitely going in my breakfast rotation!

  3. Not going to lie, I got excited when I saw peanut butter chips- all the DF versions I’ve tried have been alright in some recipes but turned into waterfalls in others! You’ve reminded me to stop procrastinating and finish up my e-book gah!

  4. Such wonderful little casseroles! Who doesn’t love French toast? I’ve been working on my own French Toast casserole recipe lately. Until I get it perfected, I can simply share your delightful recipe with my readers–yay!

    And all your recipes for your books sound phenomenal, Alisa. I so admire your dedication to this effort. Thanks for sharing with us!

    xo,
    Shirley

  5. I feel so very fortunate that I do not have to deal with food allergies but I have friends that do so it’s always good to have a couple of recipes in my back pocket for those occasions…and I have a brunch coming up so an occasion is at hand..I know they will love this!

  6. These look delicious! I would have never guessed that they were gluten free. I have a teenager in the house and I like that you said they can be made ahead and chilled in the fridge. I’m wondering… if I make them ahead and bake some… can they be chilled and then microwaved for reheating? I’m just thinking that would be simple enough for my teen to grab and eat on her own.

    • Yes, definitely! They reheat well. The version with eggs has just a bit more structure that I think will keep a little better. The egg-free version should keep well, too, but it is slightly more bread pudding in texture.

  7. I love French Toast casserole! These minis look divine–perfect for a brunch or even freezing for later (which is what I think I’d do!). Sounds like such a great breakfast option, Alisa. 🙂

  8. You are a dynamo, Alisa! I can’t wait to see your BOOKS! We just had French Toast Casserole for brunch this weekend, and my family devoured it. I know they would love yours as well. 🙂

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