French Toast Tuesdays…

French Toast….one of my all time favorite breakfasts and one that I always shared with my mom and sister every Tuesday at a diner in Chicago. I loved those French Toast Tuesdays. At the time, I was a young, struggling (POOR) college student. I lived in the city with my sister, worked full-time during the day and went to school at night in pursuit of a journalism degree. Those were long, hard days but also some of my happiest memories. My mom always said if you truly love what you do, it’s never really work. It’s a privilege to do what you love. And back then, I felt enormously lucky to be able to follow my dreams by putting myself through college. So those Tuesdays with my mom and sister were all about connecting during the busiest of times, and to replenish our tired and weary souls by venting, talking, sharing hilarious stories, and eating French Toast.

It’s been 15 long years since I’ve had French Toast with my mom, but I promise you she’s in my heart every minute of every day. I don’t think you can really ever get over the loss of your mom, and nor do I think you should. My mother is irreplaceable…and there isn’t a day that I don’t miss her terribly. So for now, I try to make French Toast once a week, not only because this is probably the most amazing egg free and dairy free (and gluten free) French Toast I’ve ever eaten, but also because somehow it feeds my soul, and connects me with my memories of her. Food is love, food is family, food is memories. It’s not just about eating and cooking. It’s so much more than that…

Enjoy this favorite recipe of mine peeps…it’s easy, fast and absolutely delish…perfect for chilly holiday mornings. This breakfast treat is in my forthcoming book, The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals, already on preorder with Amazon. xoxo

Happy Cooking!



Serves 6

6-8 Thick slices allergen friendly bread (I use Vienna Italian bread, but homemade bread that is slightly dry is best.  Use any of your favorite allergen friendly breads)

2 cups soy or rice milk

¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Honey

Maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar

Heat an electric griddle or cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Spray the surface of the griddle with dairy free baking spray.

While the skillet is hot, combine the soymilk, flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, vanilla and honey in a liquid measuring cup with a wire whisk. Pour mixture into a shallow bowl and dip both sides of bread slices in mixture, coating well.

Remove bread slices from soymilk mixture, allowing the excess soy milk to drip. Place on hot griddle and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, or until browned. Serve with your favorite maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar.


46 Responses

  1. I am so excited to try this recipe. French toast has not been consumed in our house for about 4 years…and is the exact way we discovered my son’s egg allergy! Thanks for posting and I can’t wait to purchase your new cookbook!

  2. Thanks for the recipe, Kelly, and for sharing your story. I’m pre-ordering your book — can’t wait!

  3. Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I’ve been on the search for an amazing egg-free french toast recipe – this looks great 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing Kelly – can’t wait to try this one! I make your pancakes at least 2x weekly as my kids eat them with syrup AND with sunbutter & jelly sandwiched between them – it will be nice to offer them an alternate breakfast treat! Hope you are all well out on the West Coast!

  5. Wow, French Toast without eggs, who would have thought?! Can’t wait to try this. I love your pancake and waffle recipes and am excited to add this one to our favorites. I started making your pancakes for me since I am avoiding eggs and continued making my regular recipe for my children. Well they tried your recipe and love it so now we can all eat the same thing 🙂
    I love your Allergy Free Baking Book and am excited to get your next book. Thanks 🙂

  6. Beautiful story and great looking recipe for French Toast. Looking forward to your new book. Thanks as always.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing & posting. My little 7 yr old daughter has a life threatening dairy allergy & is always thrilled when she gets to enjoy these simple pleasures of enjoying a treat like this for breakfast!!!!

  8. Thanks for posting this i have been in search of an egg free french toast for a long time. Your baking book is amazing and has been such a blessing in my life. (my son has egg and peanut allergy.)

  9. Thank you so much! We used to have french toast on Christmas morning but ee had to stop due to dairy/egg allergies. Thank you so much for this’!

  10. I am SO excited for this! My non FA children love French Toast and though we have many breakfast choices for my FA child, I know he feels left out sometimes. I can’t wait to surprise him! Thank you once again Kelly!

  11. Thank you for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it! We have been missing french toast for the last 4 years since we learned of my daughter’s egg allergy. We love your cookbook and I am excited for the second one!

  12. I cannot wait to try these! French toast is probably one of our most missed meals since finding out our son is allergic to eggs… Thanks for sharing all your wonderful recipes!

  13. Thank you so much, Kelly. Your recipes have helped to make our life with food allergies more normal and they are a staple around our house. My little 2 year old is able to eat “normal” food despite two life-threatening allergies and we could not thank you enough. Thank you for investing time and energy into sharing your recipes with us. Your Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are made weekly and people cannot get over that they are egg-free.

    Going to make this tonight for dinner and cannot wait! He has never had
    French Toast! And thank you for the beautiful story that went with this recipe. Food has such a way of connecting with our emotions and memories.

  14. Looking forward to making this for my son with peanut, tree nut, dairy, and egg allergies!! He also has never had French Toast. I am wondering where you purchased the Vienna Italian Bread, are there many varieties by different vendors?

    Thanks!! Can’t wait to make this!!

  15. thank you for sharing your story. made me choke up. looking forward to making this recipe for my 2 little FA peeps

  16. I love your recipes. My son has many allergies. He is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts,egg,sesame seeds soy and all legumes. He does not have a dairy allergy. This looks like a recipe I would like to try. Can I use regular milk in this recipe.

  17. I made it last night and it was an absolute hit!! As I was at the griddle and my little guy was eating his first of four pieces (!!!!) of French Toast, he turns to me and in his precious two year-old voice says, “Thank you, Mama.” I was choked up as tears came to my eyes. To let him enjoy food means SO much to me–more than it ever did with my non-FA oldest child. Thank you, Kelly. You helped to make a simple dinner time so much more than that. 🙂

  18. I can’t wait to make this tomorrow morning for my little boy! I never imagined French toast could be made without eggs. This is perfect! Thank you!! 🙂

  19. Just made these this morning. My son was so happy to have French toast he got up and gave me a hug! They taste great!! Just like regular French toast!! Consistency is a little mushy but I’m working on that. Thank you so much!!

  20. You write so beautifully and clearly your recipes match! Food carries so much tradition and I’m so pleased that you are sharing this with your readers. Keep up the great work.

  21. Thank you for this fabulous recipe! I substituted agave nectar for the honey (our kids have pollen allergies, too) and it was superb. It has been requested – and made – the last three mornings, and enjoyed by all.


  22. Thank you for sharing this! Over the weekend I made french toast for my non-food allergic child and my food allergic child said, “that smells really good”. It breaks your heart when kids with food allergies are denied the experience of eating certain foods. Years ago I tried an egg-free french toast recipe. It came out burned on the outside and soggy on the inside- Yuck!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  23. Yum! Some of the egg nog substitutes this time of year are dairy and egg free. They make great French toast too. You just soak the bread in that and fry.

  24. I made this last night and had a hard time getting bread to toast up-it was super soggy. I even put it in the oven to toast it to help, but the center stayed gooey. Any suggesstions?

  25. So excited to try this egg free French toast! I think it is one of my favorite comfort recipies. My son is avoiding nuts, dairy, and eggs for his eosinophilic esophagitis. We live in China and it is hard to find allergy friendly foods here. Thanks for all you do… Your story is heartwarming!

  26. Thank you for sharing this recipe! We tried it out a couple of nights ago and the whole family loved it. We’ll be adding it to our regular dinner rotation!

  27. These were a HIT!! We aren’t gluten-free so we used Texas Toast and found if we left the bread in the mix too long we got the soggy results – all it took was a few seconds on each side to be ready. Definitely making these again!!

  28. Made for breakfast this morning with day-old baguette. Such a treat for our family because we haven’t had French Toast since finding out about my son’s egg and dairy allergies. Thanks for sharing the recipe! So easy, wish I had thought of it myself. 😉

  29. I stumbled upon this blog… My daughter is allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts and tree nuts…. I am a horrible baker so I really need some easy recipes!! I just purchased your book… Thank you so much for this website!!

  30. I made this for Christmas and it was a huge hit for the whole family. My son with allergies loved it and my other three kids that do not have allergies thought that they taste similar to regular french toast and they loved it as well.

  31. Kelly, thanks for this wonderful recipe! It was delicious & super easy!! Some pieces came out a little soggy. Do you SOAK the bread in the mixture or just make sure each side is LIGHTLY COATED, so the middle doesn’t really get too much of the mixture?

    Also, some pieces came out a little burnt, should I make sure the griddle is buttered in between each session?

    Also, what heat is best? Thanks for all you do! Hope your holidays are splendid!

  32. Love, love, love the look of the new site!! Can’t wait to try this recipe- it’s been too long since I’ve had french toast, and it will be the first for my daughter.
    I, too, lost my mom. It’s been five years and I still think about her all day, every day. French toast was my favorite breakfast that she would make.

  33. Made your french toast for dinner tonight and can I just say,Thank You! When we discovered my daughters allergies, French Toast was never seen again and it was always something I Loved and missed 🙁 It’s been 5 years since we’ve made it. I was so excited to make it and they were so easy. My daughter loved them!! Thank You! This will be a regular breakfast item for sure.

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  35. My 4 year old daughter got to have French toast with the rest of the family today for the first time! This is the best recipe that doesn’t require any special ingredients we have found. Thank you so much!

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