Classic Dairy-Free French Toast

A stack of three pieces of french toast with fresh berries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.

5 from 6 reviews

A gluten-free dairy-free french toast recipe with a souffle-like inside and crispy outside! We use full fat coconut milk, gluten-free bread, and just a few simple and classic flavorings so it's just like you remember... and a little bit better!


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  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk, liquid but not hot enough to cook the egg
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 to 10 slices of slightly stale bread, depending on size
  • coconut oil for frying
  • maple syrup for serving


  1. Make the egg mixture. Whisk the eggs, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl or baking dish.
    A glass baking dish with coconut milk and egg mixture for making french toast.
  2. Soak the bread slices. Soak the slices of bread in the mixture for 30 seconds per side. The easiest way is to pour the mixture into a large baking dish and lay the bread slices in the mixture several at a time. Flip after 30 seconds to get both sides of the bread. 
    Flipping a slice of french toast in the egg mixture with tongs.
  3. Fry the French Toast. Heat some coconut oil in a pan on medium-low heat. Add soaked bread slices to the pan, leaving just a bit of room between the pieces.
    Two pieces of french toast frying in a skillet.
  4. Flip the pieces and cover with a lid. Flip the pieces after 2-3 minutes and cover with a lid. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan.
    Frying two pieces of french toast in a frying pan with a lid over top.
  5. Serve with toppings! Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar, dairy-free whipped cream, and fresh berries.
    A fork cutting into a stack of dairy-free french toast.


Covering the French toast with a lid After the first flip gives a final soufflé like texture with a crisp outside. This texture hack is not to be missed! The lid does not need to exactly fit the pan. I use a lid from a different pan that nestles into the skillet.

Bread: Most types of bread will work well with this recipe, though white breads pair better with the delicate french toast flavors compared to brown or whole grain breads. I used gluten-free white bread and no one could tell that this recipe was gluten and dairy-free! Sourdough bread also make for a nice twist.

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