Crispy French toast with a creamy custard-like inside topped with maple syrup and fresh berries. The best part is that it is also gluten free and easily adapted to be dairy free. Gluten free French toast is coated in a crunchy cinnamon cereal - which is also gluten free! It is the best French toast recipe the whole family will love!
Sunday mornings or busy weeknights as breakfast for dinner will be a huge hit with this easy recipe. It has a delicious, crispy cereal coating that provides the best texture with a soft and creamy inside. One extra step beyond traditional French toast that makes all the difference!
- Gluten Free Bread - I love using Canyon Bakehouse gluten free bread. I have also had good luck with gluten free bread from Trader Joe's. Use either of those options or your favorite gluten-free bread.
- Egg Yolks - I love the way the egg yolks create a custard. Creating an egg mixture with only one whole egg with the white prevents the egg whites from browning on the outside of the French toast.
- Whole Egg - I do use one whole egg to bind everything together.
- Milk - 1% or higher or a dairy free, alternative milk option.
- Brown Sugar - Adds more flavor than white sugar.
- Vanilla Extract- Brings the best flavor to the egg mixture.
- Cinnamon - The best spice for French toast.
- Salt - Brings the balance to the sweet.
- Cinnamon Chex Cereal - Adds the crunch coating, and it is gluten free! It is like cinnamon toast crunch cereal but gluten free!
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Separate the egg yolks from the whites and set aside. Next, in a large bowl, add the whole egg, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined to make the custard mixture.
Place the cinnamon Chex cereal in a ziploc bag and crush it with a rolling pin or a large wooden spoon. Keep smashing it until the cereal is into small crumbs, similar to panko bread crumbs.
Pour the egg mixture, cereal crumbs, and the bread into a shallow dish, like a pie plate.
My family does not have to eat a gluten free diet and they enjoy eating gluten filled bread. Since cross contamination is not an issue for me, I place both bread options in the same bowl. However, if you have celiac disease or anything that cross contamination is an issue, please use separate dishes and frying pans to be safe. Or make the entire recipe with gluten free bread!
Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture on both sides for two seconds. Then, place the egg-soaked bread in the cereal crumbs, gently pressing the crumbs into the egg mixture. It is okay if it is not fully covering the slice of bread.
Place the cereal coated bread on your cooking surface. If you have a Blackstone, preheat it to medium heat and place the uncooked French toast on a well-seasoned griddle. Cook both sides for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. The cereal will burn, so it is important to keep an eye on it. Remove and serve immediately or set aside on a wire rack on a baking sheet in a warm oven until ready to serve.
If you do not have a Blackstone, use a frying pan or a griddle pan on the stovetop. Melt a tablespoon of butter over medium heat before adding the slice of French toast.
Fresh Fruit. We love strawberries and blueberries. Use whatever you love!
Nut Butter Drizzle. Melt a small amount of your favorite nut butter, such as peanut butter or almond butter.
Orange Zest. Break out the microplanner and zest an orange, and sprinkle it over the French toast.
Cinnamon Sugar. Sprinkle some over the cooked French toast.
Pure Maple Syrup. It is a classic choice for a reason. Or try something new: Blueberry Syrup!
Powdered Sugar. My kids called this pretty sugar in our house when they were little. Use a powdered sugar duster to gently sprinkle over the French toast and avoid large clumps.
- Bread - If your family does not need to eat gluten free and you would like to try this recipe with a non gluten free white bread, I highly recommend English muffin toasting bread, cinnamon raisin bread, or cinnamon bread. Regular loaf of sandwich bread will work too, if you leave it out overnight so it becomes a stale bread or dry bread. Soft, squishy bread does not make great French toast.
- Milk - If you need a non-dairy milk option, use unsweetened almond milk.
- Cereal Options - Rice Chex, Chocolate Chex, or Peanut Butter Chex would work. A gluten free crispy rice cereal would be another great option.
Store any leftover gluten free french toast in an airtight container or ziploc bag. Gently reheat in a skillet over low heat until heated through. I would not recommend the microwave because the cereal coating will be mushy. However, if you are in a bind, it will get the job done.
If you want to make a double batch and freeze for an easy breakfast at a later time, this recipe works wonderfully for that idea! Place a piece of parchment or wax paper between each slice of cooked and fully cooled French toast before freezing. Freeze it in a freezer friendly container or freezer Ziploc bag.
I love to make breakfast for dinner. It is always a hit and is so easy! Serve this French toast with gluten free breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs or an egg bake. Bake a ham steak for another perfect meat option to complete the meal. Not in the mood for French toast? Try perfect gluten free pancakes on the Blackstone.
Traditional French toast, made in restaurants and diners, typically is made with a gluten containing bread. In order to be sure French toast does not contain gluten, it must be made with gluten free bread and spices that do not contain gluten.
Gluten Free French Toast with Crunchy Coating
- 12 Slices Gluten Free Bread
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 1 Whole Egg
- 1 ½ cup of Milk
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 4 cups Cinnamon Chex Cereal
- Separate the egg yolks from the whites in a small bowl and set aside.
- Next, in a large bowl, add the egg yolks, whole egg, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk until combined.
- Place the cinnamon Chex cereal in a ziploc bag and crush it with a rolling pin or a large wooden spoon. Keep smashing until the cereal is into small crumbs, similar to panko bread crumbs.
- Pour the egg mixture, cereal crumbs, and the bread into a shallow dish, like a pie plate.
- Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, both sides for two seconds. Then, place the egg-soaked bread in the cereal crumbs, gently pressing the crumbs into the egg mixture.
- Place the cereal coated bread on your cooking surface.
- Blackstone Method: Preheat to medium heat and place the uncooked French toast on the griddle. Use a large metal spatula to flip the french toast after 3-5 minutes, or the outside is golden brown. Cook the other side until golden brown. Serve immediately.
- Frying Pan/Griddle Stovetop Method: Melt a tablespoon of salted butter or coconut oil over medium-low heat in a large frying pan. Place the uncooked French toast in the pan. Turn up the heat to medium and cook it until golden brown. This will take 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook the French toast for the same amount of time. Remove and serve immediately.
- If cooking in advance, place the cooked French toast on a wire rack on a baking sheet in a warm oven. I like to set the oven to 170 degrees F to keep it warm but not cook anything.