This no-milk French toast recipe is everything you love from the classic recipe: delicious slices of bread with golden exteriors and puffy middles!
Can You Make French Toast Without Milk?
Whether you’ve run out or simply can’t have it because you’re dairy-free, you can absolutely make delicious French toast without using any milk!
I’ve been making this egg-only wet mixture for my son since 2006 because he didn’t like (and still doesn’t!) like the texture of cooked eggs. This recipe continues to be my go-to protein-rich breakfast a few times a week for him!
If milk isn’t your thing or often find yourself without it on the weekends but love classic breakfasts like this one, check out these pancakes without milk. They’re epic!
Making French toast without milk, or having to make any substitutes, is easy with similar ingredients you’d expect from the classic recipe:
- Bread: for this recipe, I used classic sandwich bread/toast-sized bread since that’s what most people have at home.
- Eggs: a staple ingredient in all French toast recipes.
- Water: a little, to thin out the egg mixture. You can also omit it.
- Sugar: a little helps caramelize the edges, I often make it without!
- Cinnamon: its flavor makes all French toast taste great and feel like a treat.
- Vanilla extract: adds sweetness to balance out the eggie taste.
You’ll find the measurements in the recipe card below.
How to Make French Toast without Milk
Whether you ran out or can’t have dairy, making French toast without milk is easy! You’ll need to:
- Make the wet mixture
Mix all the ingredients in a dish that’s big enough to fit as many bread slices as you can cook at the same time in a pan.
- Dip the bread slices:
Working in batches, and with the help of a fork, you want to soak your bread slices just enough to absorb the egg mixture but not so much that the bread breaks up when you lift it to flip it over.
- Cook the French toast:
Heat a non-stick pan first, and then grease it. Immediately place the soaked bread onto the hot surface and cook the first side until golden, flip, and cook the other side.
Once you’ve flipped the French toast over, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pan to finish cooking, until the middles are puffy.
Enjoy them topped with butter, syrup, and your favorite toppings.
Watch this quick recipe video to see the magic happen for yourself!
Other Substitutes for Milk in French Toast
While this recipe has no milk at all, you can substitute it for water, up to ¼ cup, or for a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk.
If you’re going to use a dairy alternative, follow this French toast with almond milk recipe.
Best Breads to Use
Traditionally, French toast is made with thicker bread slices such as Texas toast, Italian bread, brioche, and hearty slices of bread since they work well to soak up the wet mixture. The reality, however, is that most of us make this breakfast classic with slices of sandwich bread, which is what I used in the recipe card below.
Best Toppings for French Toast
French toast is one of those breakfast items that make a great base for toppings like fresh fruit, nut butter, and even chocolate! Essentially, your favorite pancake toppings will work! Of course, syrups like Blueberry Syrup, Strawberry Syrup, Peach Syrup and Brown Sugar Syrup work great too!
Made extra and need to save some for another morning? Here’s how to freeze French toast and reheat it for later.
The Best French Toast without Milk
- 8 slices of bread, regular toast size*
- 6 eggs
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Whisk the egg mixture:
- In a 9×13-inch baking dish, whisk the eggs well, making sure the egg whites are fully incorporated. Add the water, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, and whisk to combine.
Dip the bread slices:
- Place 2 slices of bread into the egg mixture long enough to soak the first side well, then flip the bread over and soak up just enough of the egg mixture to wet it for about 10 seconds. I usually dip as many slices at a time as they fit into my pan.
Cook the French toast:
- Heat a large, nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, grease with butter or spray and place 2 of bread in the middle of the pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- Using a spatula, flip the French toast over and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes until the second side has browned. During the last minute, reduce the heat to medium and cover. You know the French toast are done cooking when the middles puff up and no longer feel wet.
- Remove the French toast from the pan and repeat with the remaining bread slices.
- Enjoy them topped with butter, syrup, and your favorite toppings.