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Dairy Free French Toast with a Cinnamon Sugar Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 people


french toast batter

  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • coconut oil for frying
  • 6 large pieces of bread of choice (gluten free/spelt/wheat)

cinnamon roll pecan topping

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon


  • Mix all the french toast batter together in a shallow dish so the bread can lay flat. "Batter" should be very liquidy.
  • Preheat the oven to 250ºF and place a baking sheet in the oven (for the toasts to stay warm). Heat a large pan over medium heat (if using spelt or wheat bread) AND MEDIUM LOW for gluten free bread. The reason being, gluten free bread is quite starchy so you need to cook it at a lower temperature for a few more minutes so the outside doesn't get overly crispy before the middle has cooked. If the outside cooks too fast you'll be left with a soggy middle.
    Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan. Option to have two pans on the go to speed along the process. Each piece of bread takes about 5 minutes per side to cook in a hot pan.
  • Add the bread to the batter to soak for a few minutes. Enough time for the bread to absorb some liquid. If using gluten free bread, the bread will get super soft and that's ok. Place in the oiled frying pan and cook until golden brown on the underside. Carefully flip and cook until the other side is golden brown (roughly 5 minutes/side).
  • I would suggest adding 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil in between each new round of bread in the pan to avoid sticking. When pieces are done, pop them in the oven on the baking sheet to stay warm as you continue to cook the next round.

Cinnamon Sugar Sauce (optional)

  • While the french toast is cooking begin to make your cinnamon sugar topping. Add 2 tbsp of coconut oil to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Once melted, add the coconut sugar and the coconut milk. Whisk together. Then bring the mixture to a boil. Boil until the mixture has become thicker (2-5 minutes) Make sure to whisk every so often so it doesn't stick to the pan. Once the sauce is thicker, lower the temperature and add the pecans, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Top french toast with the cinnamon pecan topping, coconut whip (see notes), and/or maple syrup.


Coconut whip recipe  here.