Egg-free French Toast/Pain Perdu

I haven’t eaten French toast since I was at Uni, but there’s something ultimately comforting about it. I can’t take any credit for this idea…. My lovely friend and fellow blogger Somer posted a divine looking French Toast recipe which I just had to give a go. I didn’t have any gram (chickpea) flour so changed the original recipe a bit. I’m sure Somer’s version is the ultimate French toast but this version is pretty scrummy too! This makes a perfect weekend breakfast when there’s a bit of extra time to spare – making breakfasts interesting can be tricky when you’re dairy, egg and nut free so it’s a delight to find another special safe breakfast alternative. Yet another recipe where you think ‘hang on, this can’t work without egg’, but it does. Served here with maple syrup.

Egg-free French Toast (dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soya-free, sesame-free, vegetarian and vegan)


serves 4

  • 1 1/2 cups oat milk
  • 4 tbsps cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 2 tbsps plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsps caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 4-8 slices of bread, preferably slightly stale

– Whisk together the oat milk, cornflour, flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon.

– Heat a frying pan and melt a little dairy-free spread until sizzling

– Dip a slice of bread in the batter mix and place in the pan.

– Fry on each side until golden. Keep warm and dip and fry the other slices of bread.

– Serve drizzled with maple syrup and dust with icing sugar.

– Garnish with fresh fruit.


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Welcome. I'm a Cordon Bleu trained chef and mother with a passion for cooking vegetarian food. All recipes featured here are dairy, egg, and nut-free, thus 'accidentally' vegan, as my children are allergic to those. My aim is to recreate any dish, even what seems impossible, but free of the ingredients we can't have, and log my exploits here. Please browse what is now several hundred recipes. All the recipes posted (unless stated) are my own creations.

13 thoughts on “Egg-free French Toast/Pain Perdu

  1. Looks lovely. I do something very similar. I use custard powder. It has pretty much the same ingredients – cornstarch, sugar etc. I heat it with milk as directed on the package, then use it as a dipping batter for the bread.

  2. I have been trying to figure out a way to do French Toast for my daughter (allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts). I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!!!

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