A touch of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla and a little coconut sugar make these French toast as close to perfect as it perfect gets. (Plus, this irresistible little French toast recipe is easy!)
I just plain and simple adore French toast. Perhaps it’s because it was just one of those breakfasts that was such a part of my childhood... French toast equaled fond Sunday morning memories sitting around the breakfast table sharing carefree wishes and dreams, and syrup. 🙂
So I knew I had to publish my tried and tested variation on this timeless and classic breakfast.
How to make French toast
If you've made any kind of French toast recipe before, this one will seem very familiar in terms of ingredients and technique. And if you haven't, not to worry! Just follow along with the steps and pictures below.
I like to get everything prepped and ready to go on the counter since the cooking time will be quick in this recipe--but don't worry because the prep is equally fast.
For this easy French toast recipe you'll need:
- bread or gluten free bread at room temperature (see notes below)
- large eggs
- coconut sugar
- sea salt
- ground cinnamon
- vanilla extract
- unsalted butter
And some toppings which are all optional but delicious:
- Pure maple syrup
- Fresh blueberries or other berries
Pro tip: You'll want to use bread that's been warmed to room temperature in order it to soak up the batter better, and if it's on the stale side, even better! Alternatively or in addition, you can pop the slices into the microwave at 50% power for a minute or two until they are just warm.
If you're using gluten-free bread: I find that large-sliced gluten free bread varieties work best here as "regular" gluten-free bread is typically much smaller and thinner. I tested Canyon Bakehouse Heritage Style Whole Grain gluten free bread for this recipe and it came out great.
Once all of your ingredients are prepped, the assembly to make the batter is quick and easy.
First, crack the eggs into a medium-large bowl and whisk until smooth. Then add the milk and vanilla and whisk again.
Next, go ahead and add the three dry ingredients to the batter (coconut sugar, cinnamon and sea salt) and whisk once more until everything is well combined.
Let's make some super easy French toast!
Pro tip: Warm your oven to 200 degrees F (or use a warming burner on the stove) so that you can keep the French toast that have already come out of the pan warm.
Once your batter is ready, you can just set it aside for a few minutes. Heat a pan large enough to hold at least two slices of French toast over medium heat and melt a quarter of the butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Use a spatula to push the butter around if necessary.
Next, submerge each slice of bread into the French toast batter for a good 30 seconds to a minute or so and flip once or twice to make sure it's nice and saturated. When it comes to batter, the more the better here! (Note that gluten-free bread tends to be a little less able to soak up batter so err on the side of more rather than less in this case.)
Place two or more slices into your prepared pan and cook for a few minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through.
While you continue to make the rest of the French toast, keep the ones you've made warm in the oven or over a warming burner.
Serve with fresh berries, syrup, butter or anything else you love to top French toast with. Enjoy! 🙂
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Easy French Toast
- 8 slices bread or gluten-free bread warmed to room temperature (see notes)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- maple syrup
- fresh blueberries or other berries
- Warm the oven: Warm your oven to 200 degrees F (or use a warming burner on the stove) so that you can keep the French toast that have already come out of the pan warm.
- Make the batter: Crack the eggs into a medium large bowl and whisk until smooth. Then add the buttermilk and vanilla and whisk again. Add the three dry ingredients to the batter (coconut sugar, cinnamon and sea salt) and whisk once more until everything is well combined.
- Cook the French toast: Heat a large pan large enough over medium heat and melt a quarter of the butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Use a spatula to push the butter around if necessary. Submerge each slice of bread into the batter and flip once or twice to make sure they are nice and saturated. Place two or more slices in the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side or until browned and cooked through. While you continue to make the rest of the French toast, keep the ones you've made warm in the oven or over a warming burner and re-butter the pan in between batches.
- Enjoy: Serve immediately with fresh berries, syrup, butter or anything else you love to top French toast with.