Our easy Eggnog French Toast is delicious and fun to make for Christmas morning! Plus it’s dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and can be made nut free as well.
We went all out for holiday recipes this year on The Fit Cookie! Between the Christmas candy recipes and the cookies, we’ve posted a lot of great Christmas treats this year.
Our very last holiday themed recipe for you before Christmas is our Gluten Free and Dairy Free Eggnog French Toast! This is such a fun recipe for December and especially for Christmas breakfast or brunch.
Our eggnog french toast is really easy to make, it’s vegan, peanut free, can be made tree nut free (depending on the eggnog/nog you choose), and it tastes great.
Read through the post for tips and tricks on how to make the best dairy free and gluten free eggnog french toast!
How to make gluten free and vegan eggnog french toast
I tested this french toast recipe out with 3 different types of bread and 2 different dairy free eggnogs: BFree multigrain/seed bread, BFree white bread, and store bought whole wheat bread. I’ll share my notes on making this recipe with wheat bread, but here are the
You’ll want to make sure that you use a sturdy bread for this recipe. Most of the gluten free bread you’ll find is pretty firm and will work well. Both the BFree sliced sandwich breads worked great in this recipe, but I prefer the white BFree bread for this recipe.
Most of my photos of this recipe are of the BFree multigrain/seed bread, so the french toast looks almost uniformly brown. If you want a great looking french toast if you’re serving this to friends for brunch, opt for the BFree white bread.
The BFree multigrain/seed bread also has a stronger taste and masks some of the flavor of the eggnog in this french toast, so you’ll have the best flavor using a light/white allergy friendly bread.
What kind of dairy free eggnog should I use for this recipe?
As I mentioned earlier, I also tested this recipe out with 2 different dairy free/vegan eggnogs: the So Delicious Holiday Nog made with coconut milk and the Almond Breeze Almondmilk Nog. Both were thick and worked great in this recipe!
These both are called “nogs” because they don’t contain eggs and can’t really be called eggnog, but for the sake of everyone knowing what I’m referring to, we’ll call them both eggnog in this post 🙂
Since the store bought dairy free eggnogs have more sugar in them, the french toast still tried to stick to our nonstick griddle and nonstick pans. So we added a bit of oil to the batter mixture to help keep it from sticking.
Normally french toast made with eggs has a little fat in it from the egg yolks anyway, so adding a little oil worked perfectly. I also suggest spraying a little oil on your pan or griddle to help as well.
I found that this recipe worked the best cooked in our nonstick pan rather than our nonstick electric griddle, but if you have a really great griddle you might not have to spray it at all.
If you opt for a dairy free/vegan eggnog that doesn’t have a ton of sugar, sticking probably won’t be too much of an issue. The Almond Breeze Eggnog has less sugar in it than the So Delicious Coconut Eggnog and it didn’t stick as much as a result.
Making our eggnog french toast with whole wheat bread
You can choose to use a regular whole wheat bread instead of gluten free bread in this recipe if you like. Both gluten free bread and whole wheat bread will work fine, but just make sure if you’re using store bought whole wheat bread that it’s a sturdy bread and the slices are not a floppy/flimsy.
I tried making this recipe with my kid’s whole wheat bread and it was pretty flimsy bread, so once it was soaked with the eggnog mixture, it didn’t hold up well to the flipping. So make sure you use a sturdy bread for this recipe.
Check out our other great breakfast and brunch recipes!
- Gluten Free Coffee Cake with Pears
- Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Glaze
- Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal
- Gluten Free Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze
Gluten Free Eggnog French Toast (Vegan)
- Preheat your nonstick griddle or pan (or generously oiled cast iron griddle) over medium heat until water droplets sizzle on it. For electric griddles, set it to 325 or 350.
- While the pan or griddle is heating up, prepare the french toast. Whisk together your eggnog, gluten free flour blend, and oil in a wide dish that's big enough to fit your slices of gluten free bread in it.
- Allow the batter mixture to rest for a couple minutes to thicken a bit.
- Dip your bread slices in the eggnog mixture, allow to sit in the mixture for about 5 seconds to allow it to soak up some of the batter, then flip and do the same on the other side.
- Remove the bread immediately from the batter and add it to the oiled pan or griddle. Cook until it is golden, then flip and cook on the other side until it is golden and lightly browned. Repeat for all slices of gluten free bread.
- Serve immediately with dairy free butter and maple syrup!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist