This easy dairy-free and refined-sugar-free Eggnog French toast recipe is just perfect for the holidays. Seasonal flavors put a festive twist on classic french toast for a simple yet decadent holiday breakfast. The creamy eggnog pairs perfectly with the fluffy French toast to make it the best festive holiday breakfast for the family.
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With the holidays just around the corner, what else is more festive than Eggnog French Toast? This simple, drool-worthy french toast will have your family thinking you spent hours in the kitchen and will definitely have them go back for more.
Healthy Version of A Holiday Eggnog
Traditionally, eggnog includes lots of sugar, cream, and of course, eggs. However, this Eggnog recipe is vegan, dairy-free and no refined sugar.
The dairy-free eggnog is really the star of the show here. Just a few clean ingredients make it healthy and appropriate for most diet protocols.
A simple mix coconut milk, maple syrup, nutmeg (which is the key ingredient!), cinnamon and cloves make up this guilt-free eggnog.
What Makes this Dairy-Free Eggnog French Toast Recipe so Healthy
First of all, the fact that it only has 5 ingredients and still tastes just like eggnog BLOWS. MY. MIND. If you look at the ingredients and nutrition facts of the eggnog that you can find in grocery stores it doesn’t even compare.
Whether you’re paleo, vegan, or keto (sub with a sugar-free maple syrup instead), this recipe can easily be modified to meet your needs.
I chose to use coconut milk in this recipe because it has a creamy, velvety texture that mimics a traditional eggnog recipe, and also because it has great health benefits as well.
Coconut milk is high in MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides aka healthy fats) which may aid in calorie and fat burn as well as improve heart health.
The eggnog french toasts with fresh toppings such as nuts or berries will boost the antioxidant content along with protein, fiber and omega-3’s (another healthy fat) making it a perfectly balanced breakfast that will fuel you all morning long.
How to Make Eggnog French Toast
For the french toast part, you can really use any kind of bread base that you prefer. However, I’ve found that thicker toasts such as sourdough and challah bread hold up really well with this recipe.
Whichever bread type you decide to use, the method is still the same. It’s the traditional old-school way of coating your toast with egg mixture and letting it brown on a griddle or in a pan. I added some vanilla extract to the egg mixture to add some depth and compliment the nutmeg and cinnamon used in the eggnog.
Vegan Frech Toast Alternative
If you are strictly vegan, instead of using egg in this recipe you can use a flax egg, made from ground flax seeds and water or plant-based milk. You will still get that crispy toasted exterior with the fluffy center that makes up the perfect french toast and can support all of your toppings.
Paleo French Toast Alternative
The Eggnog itself is Paleo friendly. Pick your favorite Paleo bread and make this Eggnog French Toast recipe Paleo-friendly.
How to Serve Eggnog French Toast
Some of my favorite ways to top this decadent french toast include:
- Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
- Paleo Chocolate Chips
- Fresh Berries
- Greek Yogurt
- Granola (see my Paleo Gingerbread Granola recipe)
- Warm maple syrup
- Toasted almonds or walnuts
- Dried cranberries
As you can see, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination. This would be the perfect dish to set up a buffet-style breakfast bar if you plan on having a large crowd over for the holidays. Such a crowd-pleaser!
What are your favorite ways to eat french toast? Let me know in the comment section below!
Why I Love This Vegan Eggnog French Toast Recipe
Moreover, you can really use this eggnog recipe with anything. You can substitute the french toast with pancakes, waffles, sweet potato toast… anything your heart desires!
- Vegan-friendly (with vegan flax egg option)
- Refined-sugar free (only sweetened with maple syrup)
- Super quick and easy to make
- Simple, clean ingredients (makes this recipe Paleo-friendly too!)
- You can add as many toppings as you like so it’s something everyone can enjoy
Serve Eggnog French Toast during the holiday season for breakfast or brunch for a truly special treat. Get your friends and family in the holiday spirit with these delicious and healthy Eggnog French Toast.
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- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 -6 pieces hearty bread
Dairy Free Egg Nog *
- In a shallow dish (i used a 9x9 baking dish), whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
- Place thick-cut bread pieces in the baking dish, flip them a couple times to make sure they are well coated with the eggnog mix.
- Heat up a skillet or griddle with 1 - 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil. Add the toasts in the pan and cook both sides for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Soak the rest of the bread and repeat step 3 to cook all the French Toast.
- Serve with warm maple syrup, coconut whipped cream, chocolate chips or any toppings you like. Enjoy!
1. *You can also use your favorite store-bought Eggnog here.
Nutrition Facts may vary based depending on the bread used in this recipe.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 18gProtein: 6g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.