Dairy Free French Toast Casserole
Wake up to the smell of this delicious dairy free french toast casserole! Prepped the night before, its absolutely perfect for the holidays, brunches or company. Easy to make and packed with blueberries, it bakes up soft underneath and delightfully crisp on top.
Looking for an easy special occasion breakfast?
Well then say hello to this incredible dairy free french toast casserole!
The perfect make-ahead dish for christmas, easter, brunch or company, its one that the whole family will love.
And I mean, how could they not.
With a perfectly soft base, a delightfully crisp top and oodles of juicy blueberries, its even better served with some toppings of choice.
Maybe a drizzle of maple syrup? A dollop of whipped coconut cream? A dusting of confectioners sugar? Any which way, you cannot go wrong.
Not to mention that its SUPER low maintenance.
You can prep the casserole the night before in 15 minutes or less and then just bake off in the morning.
It doesnt get much better than that!
Are You An Oat Milk Person
In the 2+ years since I discovered Oatly, Ive become an unwavering devotee of oat milk in my coffee, matcha lattes, cacao, oats and chia pudding. It just so happens to take anything to the next level.
And while you can make oat milk at home, Ill be honest with you: theres just nothing like Oatly, and I couldnt be any more excited to partner with Oatly on this sponsored post to share with you my latest successful experiment: oat milk French toast!
I wasnt into French toast until recently. My fiancé Eric used his creative genius to get me into it, and the result is both this recipe and a trick that will change your breakfast game once and for all.
One morning, Eric made French toast mix using Oatly, and then realized that there was a lot of unused mix left. He then fried it to make the most dreamy, fluffy, sweet eggs. If youre an egg eater, make sure you make extra mix and give it a try. And if not no problem, this oat milk French toast is just as good with the vegan flax eggs!
I used Oatly Barista Edition Oatmilk in this recipe, but given that its not easy to come by, you can replace it with Oatly Full Fat Oatmilk Chilled. Both options are 100% plant-based with no dairy, nuts or gluten.
Warning: if you start gulping your Oatly straight out of the carton, there might be none left by the time you get to make French toast .
Let me know how this recipe turns out in comments or by tagging and on Instagram. Cant wait to hear what you think!
What Is The Best Gluten
For this recipe, I used Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free Country White bread. My family also likes both Schar and Aldis LiveGfree white gluten-free bread.
You can also use homemade gluten-free bread as well. I would recommend using day-old homemade gluten-free bread when making Frech toast.
I have two easy recipes for making homemade bread. One is baked in the oven and one is made in a bread machine.
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Vegan French Toast Toppings
This is the perfect recipe for a wide variety of toppings! Sometimes we serve this with a toppings bar, and let everyone choose how to make this french toast their own. Some of our favorite toppings include:
- Fresh fruit: Any fresh berries like fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are always a hit. You could also make a simple fruit compote with apples and/or pears. Sliced bananas are also a delicious option!
- Nut butter: Sometimes a drizzle of nut butter tastes even better than lots of maple syrup! We love almond butter or peanut butter for this recipe.
- A dusting of spices or sugar: A little cinnamon, nutmeg or powdered sugar on top goes a long way.
- Syrups: Try agave syrup, fruit syrup, jam, or even honey if youre making this a vegetarian french toast . You can also try coconut yogurt or whipped coconut cream!
- Chocolate: Chocolate sauce or chocolate chips turns this recipe into dessert for breakfast!
Unique French Toast Recipes
The raspberry jam is one of my favorite layers in this amazing recipe. Serving it with fresh raspberries, a sprinkle of powdered sugar and just a little maple syrup make it absolutely decadent. Stuffed French toast with cream cheese and raspberry jam are truly the perfect combination.
You also only need a handful of ingredients to throw together this easy gluten free stuffed French toast recipe.
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How Do You Make This Dairy Free French Toast
Making dairy free french toast is actually very easy to do. If you are making homemade bread, then youll want to start by making that. Otherwise, you just need your favorite dairy free bread.
Blend or whisk together all the ingredients in a large, flat container. You want a flat container versus a bowl because its easier to make dairy free french toast when you can lay the bread flat to soak up the mixture.
After youve blended the ingredients together, let the mixture sit for 15-20 minutes.
In a skillet, melt some dairy free butter or coconut oil over medium heat. Dip a slice of bread in the dairy free french toast mixture. Cook for 2-3 minutes or under golden brown, then flip and cook under golden brown on other side.
Top with any favorite toppings or just some delicious syrup!
Why This Is The Best Eggless French Toast Recipe
This is the best recipe for a perfect stack of eggless French toast and it just happens to be the easiest as well! This classic allergen-free recipe is one to learn by heart since it’s a staple basic breakfast dish everyone should know how to make! Even if you’ve tried numerous vegan French toast recipes before, this one will not let you down! Crisp and soft, subtly sweet and cinnamony, not soggy or overcooked! This no-fail recipe is:
- Basic Breakfast & Brunch Classic
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How To Make The Best French Toast
Youll want to have a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet or a griddle to fry these in. So have those out and ready to go.
Ive found that mixing the batter in a mixing bowl that is wide at the base is the easiest to work with when it comes to dipping the bread in. But if you dont have a wide-based bowl use what you have.
Melt the dairy-free buttery spread and add that to the mixing bowl with almond milk, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and eggs. Whisk it all together until it is combined.
Heat the skillet over medium heat and add a tablespoon of buttery spread to melt.
Dip just a few pieces of bread slices at a time into the batter making sure each side gets coated with the batter. Then place in skillet and heat for 2-3 minutes on both sides.
Place the cooked French toast on a wire rack in a baking pan in a warm oven in single layers until they are all cooked.
Put another tablespoon of buttery spread in the skillet before adding the next batch of bread. Continue frying as directed. Serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar.
Overnight French Toast A Wonderful Dairy Free Holiday Brunch
One last recipe before Christmas, and this one is meant to make your Christmas morning a snap. For the last three weeks, I have been sharing some sweet holiday treats. Ones you can use for dessert, or share as gifts. The baklava from last week was a new adventure for me, and I realized it wasnt as hard as I thought it would be. In fact, as we get closer to Christmas, I tend to start making foods that are easier and easier. There is enough hectic activity with the season. I try not to add to it by making particularly complex meals. So that is where this weeks post comes in. Perhaps when you want the ultimate in easy food, its Christmas morning. Everyone busy with sharing and each others company. To help, I offer the ultimate heat and eat breakfast food, my Holiday Overnight French Toast.
Lets get a few things out of the way first. Even though I call this a Holiday French Toast it is a great option all year long. There is no requirement to wait for December to serve this. Perhaps you want it for a lazy weekend morning with the family. Excellent! Maybe youll be hosting a brunch for friends. Perfect! Or maybe it is a just because treat. Why not!? The point is, I think youll love this so much, youll want it for more more than jus the holidays and that is OK!
Making it Dairy Free
The Formula for Overnight French Toast
Swapping out the Sweetener
Thinking about The Bread
The Right Bread
- Soaking Bread
- Bread in Casserole
- Added Streusel Topping
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The Perfect French Toast Bake
Whether you have a large family to cook for, or youre looking for breakfast leftovers, french toast casserole is the perfect breakfast.
Pumpkin french toast is actually a pretty balanced breakfast, thanks to a good mix of carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein.
Okay, and a little sweetness thanks to the pecan oat topping.
Anyone else looking forward to this for Thanksgiving morning?!
I know it will be on my list for an easy, hands-off breakfast while other food has to be prepared later for dinner.
Pumpkin french toast casserole requires a simple list of ingredients and you might have most of what you need already on hand.
How To Make Dairy
Heres what you need to make this healthy french toast:
- Almond milk. You can use any plant-based milk you like. Make sure its room temperature for easy mixing.
- Eggs. For a vegan french toast recipe, replace the eggs with a mixture of chia seeds and water. See the notes below the recipe for how to.
- Cinnamon. For a touch of warming spice.
- Vanilla. To highlight the creamy texture and warming flavor.
- Agave. You can swap this vegan sweetener for honey or maple syrup if you like.
- Vegan brioche. My Easy Fluffy Vegan Brioche Bread is my favorite for this recipe.
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French Toast Topping Ideas
Here’s what my family loves with fresh-off-the-griddle french toast:
- Vegan whipped cream. SoDelicious, found in the freezer aisle, is a great option. Reddiwhip also now has two dairy-free versions, almond, and coconut, in the refrigerated section.
- Fresh berries
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts
- Powdered sugar
- Fruit compote or pie filling
Option To Prepare Overnight
If you are looking for Thanksgiving breakfast first thing in the morning without the prep, you can refrigerate the covered casserole for eight hours overnight.
The crumble oat topping can also be prepared ahead of time just mix everything together and keep covered in a bowl in the fridge.
While the oven is preheating, take the casserole out, top with the prepared crumble and then place in the pre-heated oven.
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My Secrets To Extra Delicious French Toast
There are three ingredients that make the very BEST french toast a little more unique and so crazy addicting that youll keep going back for another slice. Dont skip these if you want maximum flavor:
How Do You Make Easy Vegan French Toast
The secret to a really good french toast is in the batter. Start by adding in your dairy free milk . Milkadamia works great for this recipe because it has a creamy consistency that soaks up well into the bread. Then, add in your vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Finally, add cornstarch. I know what youre thinking, Cornstarch? But why?! Trust me! Cornstarch allows your french toast to get a golden crispy outside coating when it cooks in the pan. Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk until well combined.
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French Toast With Almond Milk
The classic French Toast recipe can easily be made with almond milk with a 1 to 1 ratio. Swap out the dairy milk for almond milk, and youre good to go.
Other dairy-free milk options you can use:
- hemp milk
- rice milk
- cashew milk
Again, this French toast recipe doesnt use milk at all. Ive found that milk tends to make the toast soggy and isnt necessary. A couple of eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla are all you need to make the perfect stack of French toast.
Easy French Toast Casserole
Flavored with cinnamon and interlaced with crunchy pecans, this delicious French toast casserole makes a great breakfast or dessert! Bake it straightaway, or prep the ingredients the night before, and then bake it in the oven when you wake up! Add a sprinkle of shredded coconut and a drizzle of honey for the perfect breakfast! Gluten-free and dairy-free too, but no one would care!
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How To Make Eggless French Toast
How To Make French Toast In 3 Easy Steps
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The Best Gluten Free French Toast Made With Almond Milk
In this post, well show you how to make this Gluten Free French Toast which is also dairy-free. This delicious, custardy French toast recipe is so easy and delicious to make for your next brunch.
Recipe updated on 1/22/2021
Made with gluten free bread, almond milk, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, this French Toast is perfect for anyone with a gluten or dairy allergy.
Tips For Making The Best French Toast
- If you have time, set the gluten-free bread out on a baking sheet on the countertop for at least 30 minutes to dry out the bread a little.
- I like using an electric skillet to cook several pieces of French toast at one time.
- Keep the slices of French Toast warm in the oven while cooking the additional pieces.
- I like topping French Toast with powdered sugar and pure maple syrup.
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What Are The Ingredients For French Toast
- Bread I provide a few options for our favorite bread to use below.
- Eggs you will need large eggs for this recipe
- Milk you can use your favorite milk or milk alternative in this recipe if you want to make your French toast without milk.
- Salt add a pinch of salt to balance the flavors and sweetness
- Sweetener you definitely have options for the sweetener to use based on your personal preferences.
- Flavorings I love to include vanilla extract and ground cinnamon for a classic French toast flavor. You can omit the cinnamon, if you prefer or add more for a more pronounced cinnamon French Toast.
- Butter melted on the griddle for cooking and then add a pat for serving, if desired.
- Maple syrup real maple syrup is required in our family for the perfect French toast! You can also use a fruit syrup like my blackberry syrup if you prefer.
Perfect Morning Breakfast Or Brunch
I dont know about you, but one of my favorite ways to start my morning is making French toast.
In fact, this super simple recipe of dipping sliced bread in a mixture of eggs, mix and sugar and then frying them in a pan has long been one of my go-to options for whenever I want to jazz up my morning or just enjoy a long relaxing brunch.
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Easy, classic, delicious! The BEST Vegan French Toast recipe you’ll find on the internet and the best you’ll ever taste! Breakfast has never tasted so good! And definitely the best thing since gluten-free sliced bread
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