Gluten-Free French Toast

French toast with blueberries and maple syrup
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 slices toast (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
288 Calories
23g Fat
11g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 slices toast (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 208mg 69%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 9g
Calcium 47mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The basic ingredients of French toast are gluten-free other than the bread. Making French toast is a great way to enjoy gluten-free bread that is often denser than wheat bread. French toast is best with thicker slices of bread.

Gluten-free bread will take up the milk and egg sop well so you will have a satisfying result. Allow the bread to soak long enough that it is thoroughly moistened throughout. So many types of typical white wheat bread just end up soggy and saggy because they are so light and airy (sometimes called balloon bread). If you are cooking for your family or guests, even those who don't eat gluten-free may prefer French toast made with gluten-free bread.

Choose your favorite gluten-free bread to try with this recipe. You can use white bread, multigrain bread, or a cinnamon raisin bread. A sweeter bread may go well, but it is fun to try different kinds. It's also a great use of bread that is starting to go stale.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices gluten-free bread
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk (or dairy-free substitute, such as coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
  • Optional: pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs, milk or dairy substitute, sugar, salt, and vanilla, and whisk until thoroughly blended.

  3. Dip slices of gluten-free bread in the egg mixture. Allow both sides of the bread to soak up as much egg mixture as it will hold (like a sponge).​

  4. In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Fry the coated bread slices. When one side is golden brown, flip the slices and cook the second side until golden brown.

  5. When done, remove the slices to a serving plate.

  6. Serve with butter and a dusting of powdered sugar and enjoy!

Tips

  •  While French toast is often served with butter and powdered sugar, you can use any of your favorite pancake toppings in addition or instead. Maple syrup is delicious with French toast. Any type of fruit preserves or fruit syrup is another choice. If you have fresh fruit available, make a hot compote by heating crushed or sliced fruit with a little sugar.
  • When cooking gluten-free, always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans, and tools are free of gluten. Even if you have used a product before, check the label to ensure it is still gluten-free as manufacturers can change product formulations without notice.

Variations

  • If you are also avoiding dairy products or eating vegan, use a vegan egg replacer and nondairy milk. Another hack is to use bananas instead of eggs. Just be sure to check that the egg replacer and nondairy milk are gluten-free.
  • For fluffier French toast, add 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour to the egg and milk mixture.