Golden brown French toast that’s perfectly cooked inside and drizzled with a little syrup is a great start to any day. This easy recipe shows you how to make the classic French toast without milk and still achieve those crispy edges and fully cooked centers in every slice.
With today’s easy recipe, you’ll be able to serve this breakfast favorite any day of the week. Whether you’ve run out of milk or need a dairy-free French toast recipe, this recipe is for you!
If there is one breakfast I make a few times per week, it’s French toast. This is the breakfast of choice for at least one of my kids, and thankfully with only 4 ingredients, it takes less than 5 minutes to whip up!
While we think of French toast as an indulgent meal, this recipe uses no added sugar in the egg mixture, so by itself, it’s a healthier version of our kid’s favorite breakfast.
Without milk, each slice of bread soaks up an entire egg, making this equivalent to an egg + toast breakfast. Side note: my son has texture issues and does not like eggs but loves French toast. This is how I get him to start his day with a protein-rich breakfast.
Dairy-Free French Toast
Many French toast recipes use milk as the base. This recipe is made without milk, so it is considered a dairy-free French toast recipe, and no need to use a milk substitute!
Another bonus of this dairy-free French toast recipe is that you fully get the protein from eggs in each serving since each slice absorbs one egg! The vanilla adds flavor and does not make it taste “eggy” at all.
Watch this video to show you how easy this recipe is to make:
Related Recipe: No Milk Pancakes!
How to Make French Toast without Vanilla
Out of vanilla? Don’t fret. Omit it from the recipe, and you’re good to go! That said, other extracts that taste delicious are almond, maple, and butter extract. Swap the vanilla extract for one of those, and you’ll have an epic breakfast.
Allergy-Friendly French Toast
If you need an allergy-friendly breakfast that’s quick to make or just ran out of milk and eggs, I also have an Egg-Free AND Dairy-Free French Toast Recipe.
It has all the flavor and texture of French toast, thanks to dairy-free milk, cornstarch, and vanilla. The starch thickens the milk and helps the batter to hold on to the bread. It is what gives the toast those crispy surfaces and soft centers we all adore.
What Type of Bread is Best for French Toast?
The key to a great French toast is thick bread, and sliced brioche is QUEEN! It’s buttery, thick, slightly sweet- the perfect match.
Of course, you can use sandwich bread and gluten-free bread slices. Keep in mind that the thinner the slice, the less time it will need to soak in the egg mixture.
The best bread for French toast include:
- Brioche: if you want to get fancy and it tastes sweeter
- Challah: similar to brioche and delicious
- Italian or French Bread: a great way to leftovers from dinner
- Texas toast: the thicker cousin of sandwich bread
- Sandwich bread: whole-wheat, white, multigrain, any
- Gluten-free bread: works perfectly too!
- Cinnamon-raisin bread: oooooh yes!
French Toast Recipe for 1
Need this easy French toast recipe for 1? No problem! The toast to egg ratio is 1:1, so it’s easy to remember.
The printable recipe below is for a full family breakfast, but most mornings, I make just one serving of this exact recipe for my son, who doesn’t like eggs for breakfast but loves French toast.
Here are the measurements for French toast for one. It’s easy to remember because you use one egg per slice of thick bread.
- 2 slices thick white bread
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
French Toast Tips
Making a bistro-worthy French toast at home starts with a great recipe and these simple tips:
Don’t over-soak the bread
Although this recipe doesn’t use milk, the bread shouldn’t be drenched in the egg mixture to where it breaks apart.
Thick over Thin ;)
If you plan to make French toast for breakfasts, go ahead and purchase thicker sliced bread such as Brioche, French bread, or Texas toast. Use the leftovers for more French toast, a killer grilled cheese, or serve with soup for dinner.
Give it space
In our zeal to make and consume French toast, we often over-crowd the pan, which steams the bread and results in a soggy toast. You can either reduce the number of bread slices you add to the pan; usually, I fit two bread slices per large non-stick pan or invest in an inexpensive countertop griddle to cook more at once.
Start with a Hot Griddle
Whether you are cooking this recipe in a non-stick pan or griddle, make sure it’s fully heated on medium-high. Low heat can create the “egg puddle” around the bread, and too high gives the bread a nice blackened crust, which is great for Blackened Fish Tacos, but not French toast.
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 you’re good to go.
Other dairy-free milk options you can use:
- hemp milk
- soy milk
- rice milk
- cashew milk
Again, this French toast recipe doesn’t use milk at all. I’ve found that milk tends to make the toast soggy and isn’t necessary. A couple of eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla are all you need to make the perfect stack of French toast.
Sugar-Free French Toast
To make French toast without sugar, omit the sugar added to your favorite recipe and the syrup. This recipe does not have sugar, so it’s already sugar-free.
Can You Freeze French Toast?
Just as easy as this French toast recipe is to make, it’s even easier to freeze. You can bulk make this French toast, freeze, and reheat on busy mornings for a convenient and delicious breakfast.
Here’s how to freeze French toast:
- Place the cooked and cooled French toast on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the freezer for 30 minutes or until the French toast is frozen. Remove from freezer.
- Place the frozen slices into a large zip bag labeled with the date. Remove and excess air and seal.
- Freeze for up to 2 months.
How to Reheat French Toast
Frozen French toast is best reheated in the toaster or under the oven broiler. Both methods keep the outer edges crispy and the centers from drying out.
If you’re going the broiler method, here’s how to reheat your French toast:
- Preheat the oven broiler. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the frozen French toast onto the baking sheet and place it on the middle rack of the oven.
- Broil for 5 minutes, watching closely until the French toast is crisped on the surface and heated through.