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French toast is a weekend favorite that is easy to assemble for feeding a crowd. When the group includes a range of dietary restrictions and food allergies, whipping up French toast in an assembly line becomes slightly more complicated. There are recipes that are easy to adapt to accommodate vegans or those with lactose intolerance or a sensitivity to the alcohol in vanilla extract, but remember to use a separate pan to cook the toast for those guests with allergies or dietary restrictions. With a few simple adaptations, making French toast without milk, eggs or vanilla will be a snap.

How to Make French Toast Without Milk

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of white bread, such as French or sourdough
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla and stir well.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking oil, such as vegetable or canola oil, to prevent sticking.
  3. Heat the skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
  4. Using a shallow bowl, dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and coat both sides well.
  5. Place the soaked bread on the heated skillet, flipping once when the first side is golden brown, about four or five minutes.
  6. Once both sides are golden brown, remove toast from the pan and stack on a plate.
  7. Using a sifter, lightly top the French toast with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Milk might be one of the main ingredients when making French toast, but eliminating it will still yield a hearty beloved breakfast dish without forfeiting all of the protein in the bread's batter.

How to Make French Toast Without Eggs

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bread, such as French or sourdough
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for topping (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine potato starch, granulated sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla and stir well.
  2. Spray a skillet with cooking oil such as vegetable or canola oil or melt vegan butter in the pan to prevent sticking.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
  4. Using a shallow bowl, dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and coat both sides well.
  5. Place the soaked bread on the heated skillet, flipping once when the first side is golden brown, between four and five minutes.
  6. Remove toast from the pan once both sides are golden brown and stack on a plate.
  7. Using a sifter, lightly top the French toast with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Though French toast made without eggs might sound difficult, this tweak for an eggless batter is simple and easy with the right ingredients.

How to Make French Toast Without Vanilla

Total Time: 30 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bread, such as French or sourdough
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade (optional)
  • powdered sugar for topping (optional)
  • sliced strawberries (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and stir well.
  2. Add orange marmalade to egg mixture to replace vanilla for flavor, if desired.
  3. Spray a skillet with cooking oil such as vegetable or canola oil or melt vegan butter in the pan to prevent sticking
  4. Heat skillet over medium heat on stove top.
  5. Using a shallow bowl, dip a slice of bread in the egg mixture and coat both sides well.
  6. Place the soaked bread on the heated skillet, flipping once when the first side is golden brown.
  7. Remove from the skillet once both sides are golden brown and stack on a plate.
  8. Using a sifter, lightly top the French toast with powdered sugar and serve warm.
  9. Top with sliced strawberries for additional flavor.

Making French toast without vanilla will push you to get creative and inventive by adding new flavors to this breakfast favorite.

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Molly Harris

Molly is a freelance journalist and social media consultant. In addition to Leaf.tv, Molly has written for Teen Vogue and Paste magazine. She is the former assistant editor of the Design and Style section of Paste magazine. View her work at www.mmollyharris.com.