These French toast slices are delicious and cooked to perfection with puffy middles and golden exteriors.
Can You Make French Toast Without Cinnamon
While cinnamon is a classic ingredient in French toast that gives it a delicious flavor, it’s also non-essential; therefore, it’s possible to make a great-tasting breakfast without it.
I’ve modified my classic cinnamon French toast recipe to make this version just as delicious, also sweet, and cooked to perfection with crisp golden edges you’re going to love.
So whether you’ve run out or can’t eat cinnamon, you’re going to love this recipe!
French toast can taste delicious without cinnamon when you use the following ingredients:
- Eggs + milk: the base of any French toast liquid mixture that will be soaked up by the bread.
- Vanilla extract: essential to add sweetness and flavor since we’re omitting the cinnamon. I also include a few other things you can use instead below.
- Sugar: a little, so it caramelizes and gives the bread a golden exterior. Can be omitted.
- Salt: a pinch to enhance the vanilla and sweetness, you can leave it out, but highly recommend it.
- Bread: use thick Texas toast, Italian bread, country loaf, or sliced sourdough. Read more about the best bread for French toast here.
*You’ll find the ingredient amounts in the recipe card below.
Cinnamon Substitutes for French Toast
Cinnamon is a classic ingredient in French toast recipes but if you can’t have it or you ran out, you can add flavor to the milk and egg mixture with pumpkin spice, a pinch of nutmeg, or apple pie spice.
I also recommend using vanilla or almond extract in the liquid mixture for flavor.
How to Make French Toast without Cinnamon
Make an incredible French toast breakfast for your family with these easy steps:
- Make the egg + milk mixture
Combine all the ingredients in a large shallow dish.
- Lightly soak the bread
Soak each slice of bread for approximately 30 seconds per side, right before you cook them. I do two at a time, cook, repeat.
- Cook the French Toast:
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high, grease it, and cook the soaked bread slices for about 2 minutes on the first side; flip and cook until the middle is puffy and the exterior is golden.
- Serve and add toppings:
No cinnamon no problem. These French toasts make the perfect base for your favorite toppings and syrups!
These toasts without cinnamon taste incredible on their own; they make the perfect base for French toast toppings like fresh fruit, like banana slices or berries. You can also drizzle some Strawberry Syrup, Blueberry Syrup, maple syrup, and dust in some powdered sugar!
Delicious French Toast (No Cinnamon)
- 6 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch salt
- 8 thick slices of bread
- Toppings and syrup, for serving
Make the soaking mixture:
- In a large, wide-bottom bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt with a wire whisk until smooth.
Dip the bread:
- Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture for about 30 seconds, just enough to soak up some of the mixture on each side but don’t soak it for too long.
Cook the French Toast:
- Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Once hot, melt some butter.
- Immediately, place a couple of bread slices on the greased hot pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side. Once golden, flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes on the other side. Repeat this process with the remaining bread slices and soaking mixture.
- Serve the cooked French toast slices with a little butter, your favorite toppings, and syrup.