The Best Gluten Free French Toast

Going gluten free or waving goodbye to dairy doesn't mean you have to say farewell to all the good stuff—especially not French toast. This addictive spice-infused French toast brightens up your morning breakfast.
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Yesterday, I intentionally baked double the recipe of No-Knead Artisan Gluten-Free Bread to have leftovers for today’s dish, which turned out to be the best gluten-free French toast I’ve had.

Other than being quick and easy to make, the thing I like about French toast is that it helps eliminate food waste by utilizing leftovers. It’s a practical, not frugal, way of reducing food expenses.

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In France, French toast is known as “pain perdu,” which translates to “lost bread.” The name reflects the practice of using stale or leftover bread to make the dish, thus giving new life to bread that would otherwise be discarded.

How to Make the best gluten free french toast

Does the type of gluten-free bread matter? Not really. Any gluten-free bread, as long as it is not gummy, should work fine. What makes an amazing French toast is the creamy-rich, spice-infused custard mixture.

You don’t have to add too much to a slice of bread to make the best gluten-free, dairy-free French toast. Less is more, as we say, applies to this recipe as well.

Here’s what you need to do to make the best gluten free french toast:

  1. Choose any decent gluten-free bread. What’s the best gluten-free bread for French toast? Nothing too specific. Unlike most recipes, which use soft bread like white sliced bread or brioche, this one uses firm artisan gluten-free bread with less moisture. 
  2. Prepare a rich and spice-infused custard mixture. A good oat milk or dairy free heavy cream, fresh eggs, sweet spices cinnamon, and nutmeg are key to a flavorful custard mixture.
  3. Soak the Bread. Dip bread slices into the custard mixture for about 30 seconds on each side. It allows the bread to absorb the rich custard mixture fully.
  4. Pan Frying. Heat a non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat. Add a medium cube of Naturli vegan butter to the pan. Once hot, place the soaked bread slices in the pan and fry for 2-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and slightly crispy.
  5. Serve Warm. Serve the French toast immediately while warm, then top with your choice of fresh berries and honey, agave, or maple syrup.
slice of gluten free bread
Leftover gluten free bread

Main Ingredients And Substitutes

  • Gluten free rustic bread—homemade gluten free bread is best, but if time is an issue, any store-bought gluten-free bread is fine, too.
  •  Oat milk—a barista gluten free oat milk works very well for the custard mixture, but rice, soy, almond, and cashew milk are good alternatives.
  •  Fresh Eggs—fresh is king when it comes to eggs. For the vegan option, use Just Egg – a plant-based egg substitute that tastes almost like a real egg.
  •  Spices—the combination of nutmeg and cinnamon is what makes this French toast the best among the rest.
  • Vegan Butter—the recipe uses Violife unsalted, but if you’re not allergic to nuts, Naturli vegan block and Miyokos vegan butter are the best choices.
bread baked with gluten free bread flour
Rustic gluten free bread

SUBSTITUTION TABLE

Original IngredientsSubstitute With
Home made Gluten-Free BreadStore-bought gluten free bread
Oat Milk (GF)Dairy free milk (soy, rice, almond)
Violife Vegan butterNaturli Vegan Block** or Miyokos Vegan Butter**
**Contains nuts

Step By Step Instructions

STEP 1 – Bread and custard mixture
  • In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, oat milk, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon until well combined. This mixture will be your egg batter or custard.
  • Take a slice of gluten-free bread and dip it into the egg batter for 30 seconds on both sides, then allow any excess batter to drip off.
STEP 2 – Fan frying the toast
  • Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat and coat the surface with a small cube of vegan butter.
  • Pan-fry the coated bread slice in the preheated skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown, then repeat this process with the remaining slices of bread.
STEP 3 – Serving with toppings
  • Once all the slices are cooked, transfer them to a serving plate. You can keep the cooked toasts warm in a low-heat oven while you cook the remaining slices.
  • Serve the gluten-free French toast warm, then drizzled with maple syrup, fresh berries or fruits or whipped cream.
topping toast with fruits
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The Best Gluten Free French Toast

By Bakefree
A mouth-watering French toast without gluten and dairy made with homemade rustic bread, This recipe adapts to any gluten free bread available in your pantry.
Note: Use the unit converter if needed. This recipe is measured by weight (metric) for accuracy.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Baking bread, Optional 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, French
Servings 2 of 2 slices each

Ingredients
 
 

  • 400 g gluten-free bread 4 slices
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 g oat milk gluten & dairy free
  • 30 g sugar
  • 2 g ground cinnamon
  • 1 g ground nutmeg
  • 20 g Violife vegan butter preferred
  • Maple syrup or honey plus fresh berries or fruits

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, whisk the eggs, oat milk, vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon until well combined. This mixture will be your egg batter or custard.
  • Take a slice of gluten-free bread and dip it into the egg batter mixture for 25-30 seconds on both sides. Drip off excess custard batter.
  • Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat and coat the surface with a small cube of vegan butter.
  • Pan-fry the coated bread slice in the preheated skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat the process with the remaining slices of gluten free bread.
  • Once all the slices are cooked, transfer them to a serving plate. You can keep the cooked toasts warm in a low-heat oven while you cook the remaining slices.
  • Serve the gluten-free French toast warm, topped with maple syrup, fresh berries or fruits, powdered sugar, or whipped cream.

Notes

  • Use a separate container for the gluten free bread and custard mixture to avoid cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients. 
  • If you have a celiac or gluten sensitivity, check that all ingredients used, such as the vanilla extract and ground cinnamon, are certified gluten free.
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