Recipe: GF DF Coconut Bread French Toast


Grain-Free French Toast

Here is a great breakfast comfort food for those lazy mornings over vacation week. Originating in Europe, a 5th century Latin recipe calls it Aliter Dulcia (just another sweet dish). A 14th century German recipe calls it Arme Ritter. All over the world people make French Toast (trust me on this Wikipedia has a listing a mile long).

In France and other French speaking countries it is called Pain Perdu, meaning lost bread. Apparently it was a way to use or “reclaim” stale bread. Whatever it is called, it may be adapted to whatever bread you have on hand and you can make it grain-free as well as dairy-free.

The recipe below is a grain-free, dairy-free adaptation of French Toast. If you are grain-free but not dairy-free you may use cow milk or cream instead of the coconut milk or cream. I used 1/2 of the can of coconut milk diluted with a little water. Any kind of milk is fine as long as it is free of additives. This recipe is also SCD and GAPS legal as long as you use a milk product that is homemade or free of additives.

This was a HUGE hit so make sure you make enough for everyone.

Coconut Bread French Toast




  1. Start heating the pan to medium heat and melt the ghee, butter, pastured lard or coconut oil (coconut oil may give it too strong a coconut taste)
  2. Slice the bread into 1/2″ slices (of course you may use whatever bread is appropriate for your circumstances)
  3. Most grain-free breads have smaller slices than regular wheat bread so you may want to use more slices per person
  4. Soak the bread in the milk for a few minutes (if the milk is really thick dilute it with a little water)
  5. Break the eggs into a shallow bowl and mix in the cinnamon
  6. Carefully transfer the bread to the bowl with the eggs and coat both sides taking care not to tear the bread
  7. Using a spatula carefully transfer the coated bread to the heated pan and cook until both sides are browned
  8. Plate and serve immediately
  9. 1/2 loaf makes approximately 7 -8 slices


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  • Ibahamundi December 26, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Oh wow this L;ooks good!!!!, i hope mine turns out yummy, thanks for this post!

  • Raj @ Flip Cookbook December 26, 2011, 6:44 pm

    It really has been all about breakfast these last few weeks! French toast is a great addition. Thanks for sharing at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday!

  • Paula @ Whole Intentions December 28, 2011, 6:13 am

    Bookmarked – looking for more coconut bread recipes and ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Carrie Raab December 28, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Nice! I really like this recipe! Thanks for sharing! We are DF in our home, so it is nice to know I can make this!

  • Karen December 29, 2011, 2:25 am

    We are dairy free and likely going gluten free next month. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Sounds delicious!

  • Miz Helen December 31, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Hi Jill,
    I love French Toast and you are right it is a comfort food. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Happy New Year to you and your family and Abundant Blessings in 2012!
    Miz Helen

  • Leslie@realfoodfreaks January 1, 2012, 1:03 am

    Jill, this looks amazing… I haven’t eaten french toast since I gave up grains a year ago.  Will definitely need to try this some weekend!  Thanks for sharing.

  • Tessa@The Domestic Diva February 7, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Oh my, could this look any tastier? I adore coconut, and in french toast form…I’ve got to try this!
    If you have time, we have a new hop: Allergy Free Wednesdays, this is a PERFECT recipe for loads of people!

  • Brenda March 9, 2014, 8:53 am

    Hi, Just wondering, most French toast recipes have you mix the milk and eggs in one bowl. Is there a reason you use two and keep things separate?

    • Jill March 9, 2014, 11:46 am

      Hi Brenda,
      No reason — go ahead and mix the two if you like.

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