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Dairy Free French Toast

Updated on September 25, 2012

No egg or milk French Toast Creation

Dairy free French Toast made with orange juice.
Dairy free French Toast made with orange juice. | Source

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French Toast and orange juice

I recall the first time I experienced the use of orange juice in a most unique way. I was a nurse working on a children’s psychiatric unit and had the morning duty of monitoring the kids, ranging in ages 7 through 12, in the dining room.

Joey was a chubby boy of nine who had been hospitalized for his aggressive, acting out behavior. When I watched him reach over to grab a carton of juice, open it quickly and proceed to pour it over his cereal I was dumbfounded and ready to intervene. My erroneous assumption was that he was acting out, or perhaps seeking attention in a negative manner. Before I took my opinion to Joey I commented to a co-worker, asking indirectly for her thoughts.

“Oh, he has an allergy to milk, but, he really enjoys cereal,” she explained, “He figured out a way to have it without upsetting his stomach.”

I realized there was much more to this boy than the earlier assumptions I held and have often thought of him in moments where creative innovation is necessary. This ‘thinking outside of the box’ is important in all areas of life, no matter if you are a homemaker or a physicist-there are times when a piece of duct tape might just be the solution to a seemingly complex problem.

One of the ways lactose intolerant people can enjoy breakfast foods that are normally made with milk is to substitute another liquid. Nowadays there are a number of different options for milk, such as soy, almond, rice, goat, and Lactaid. It is a fun variation, however, to resort to Joey’s technique once in a while, because it brings a nice flavor to a recipe of French Toast.

And, if you are one who gets ill from eating eggs you will be comforted to know that in this ‘Dairy Free French Toast’ there are no eggs involved. It is hard to imagine, because the most common French Toast dipping batter happens to contain both whisked eggs with milk.

There are two versions for this recipe that I would like to share: with and without a cereal coating. My family prefers the cereal coated version…I prefer the one without. Either way, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. They are nice variations for the common French Toast.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 for 2 pieces/serving

Ingredients for Dairy Free French Toast

  • 4 slices of bread, any type or flavor
  • 1 C. orange juice, with or without pulp
  • 1-2 T. vegetable oil OR cooking spray
  • 1 pan
  • 1 C. crushed cereal flakes, any type: Special K, Bran Flakes, etc.
  • 1 T. butter or margarine
  • 1-2 T. topping: syrup, sugar, powdered sugar, jelly/jam, or fresh fruit


  1. Pour orange juice into a shallow bowl large enough to dip your bread into.
  2. Prepare your pan or skillet by spraying it with cooking spray or coating it with vegetable oil. I do this regardless if it is a nonstick pan.
  3. In version #1 the French Toast does not have a cereal coating. In version #2 it does and the cereal you choose will have to be crushed. I use a large plastic zip lock bag and roll the cereal with a rolling pin. Prepare the cereal
  4. Prepare your toppings-whatever you decide to top your French Toast with should be gathered ahead of time and placed within reach. I use fresh fruit, such as strawberry slices, or jelly, or sugar. Other family members are strict syrup users.
  5. Heat the skillet to medium high with the oil or spray.
  6. Dip the bread slices into the orange juice quickly and to the heated pan. If you have decided on a cereal coated French Toast then coat the bread in the cereal after dipping it into the o.j.
  7. Cook the bread on each side until golden brown, or darker per your preference. Golden brown is approximately 1-2 minutes depending on the heat of your stove. I check after a minute.
  8. Remove to individual plates; add butter and topping of your choice and enjoy!

Cooking French Toast without Dairy:

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Serve with your favorite toppingUse a large skilletPrepare all of your ingredientsCook on both sides until golden brownUse your favorite cerealDip orange juice covered bread in crushed cerealWatch the toast carefully so the cereal does not scorch.   Enjoy with your favorite topping.
Serve with your favorite topping
Serve with your favorite topping | Source
Use a large skillet
Use a large skillet | Source
Prepare all of your ingredients
Prepare all of your ingredients | Source
Cook on both sides until golden brown
Cook on both sides until golden brown | Source
Use your favorite cereal
Use your favorite cereal | Source
Dip orange juice covered bread in crushed cereal
Dip orange juice covered bread in crushed cereal | Source
Watch the toast carefully so the cereal does not scorch.   Enjoy with your favorite topping.
Watch the toast carefully so the cereal does not scorch. Enjoy with your favorite topping. | Source

Very Thin Whole Wheat Bread

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3
Calories 110
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      I know, Mary...pretty innovative isn't it? Thanks for reading and for the votes. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Who would have ever thought of using orange juice instead of milk??? I voted this UP, etc.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Michelle for sharing this hub. I hope you have an opportunity to make this breakfast for your father-in-law...and that he enjoys it!

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      A great recipe I will share with others. My father-in-law is diabetic and lactose intolerant so this will be useful for him. Thanks for sharing, and I share too.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Dianna- thanks for your comments. I'll tell you, the orange juice adds an amazing new touch to an old familiar food.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Denise, your french toast idea is a great way to enjoy breakfast without the uncomfortable milk allergy reaction. I make mine with almond milk and it is also a great substitute for the milk. I am ready for my slice now.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm so glad this recipe will work for you, picadilly. Let me know how you enjoy it.

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 

      8 years ago from Schaumburg, IL

      Oh I love this recipe Denise!!! I am not a fan of eggs and milk is not my friend all the time!!! Going to try this recipe this weekend...yummers I am thinking!!!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Vellur, yes, this is a unique way to solve that 'lactose intolerance' problem for those who want to enjoy the French Toast recipe. The other advantage: great flavor. :) Thanks for the vote.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      This recipe is totally new, sounds real good. People who are lactose intolerant will love this recipe. Voted up.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Yay! Give it a try GmaGoldie and let me know if you enjoyed it or not. I happen to think its a wonderful change. :)

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I have never heard of this before. I really must try it. My personal trainer's mantra is cut out milk and all white foods (cheese is my favorite) - so this fits that diet regime.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi QudsiaP1-I love your comment, haha. Mix away and enjoy! Thanks for reading.

      Docmo-I appreciate you reading and offering your feedback. It is a nice must whip up a batch for you and your family. I'm sure your children will love it, with or without the cereal coating.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a Brilliant alternative to traditional French toast, Denise and I think one needn't have to be lactose intolerant to enjoy this. Sounds really yummy= simple easy to follow instructions and nice twist to a classic! thank you!

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      8 years ago

      I have a tendency of mixing odd foods together and this sounds interesting and delicious enough to give a try. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Oh Yummy! I can't wait to try your recipe. I love French Toast and I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And then for a snack in between:)

      Voted up and away!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Faceless-thanks for your feedback. It's a nice change. :)

      Sofs-good to see you. Happy experimenting! :)

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      8 years ago

      This is so different from the normal.. and what a lovely story to go with it... Thanks for sharing.. it is helping me experiment some more.. Have a great day.

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      Kate P 

      8 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      It's great to know that egg-free French toast is available to all! I never would have thought to use orange juice, although I do remember my Mom adding OJ to her pancakes once in a while.

      Great photos and recipe.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Emily-I hope you give it a try-it really is an amazing substitute!

      Hi Kelley-I'm with you: breakfast any time of the day. Thanks for your comment.

      Hello Frank-let me know what you think of the Orange French toast. :)

      Hi mts1098--hahaha. Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope you give it a try. :)

      jenzie-thanks; whip up a batch the next time your sister visits and see how she likes it! The flavor is great with or without the cereal. Thanks for commenting.

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      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great recipe! My sister is severely lactose intolerant, so I will show her this.

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      8 years ago

      Well, like the boy, I have already tried Orange juice as my milk substitute in my cereal but it was early and I was not yet awake :) I like this recipe...cheers and thanks

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      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      dairy free french toast hmm.. I think I can try it :)

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      8 years ago

      Orange juice is a nice element to this recipe. thanks for sharing. I love breakfast all day long. Kelley

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      8 years ago

      This is so interesting! I know some people who would love this recipe with the Orange juice, and I think I would, too! :-) Excellent hub!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Great-one tip I did not add: don't let the bread 'sit' in the o.j too long or it will get too soggy and break apart. Good luck. (My earliest version, as I was experimenting, fell apart,but somehow managed to get cooked and find their way into my mouth just the same!) Take care.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ok thanks for the advice! I will definitely be making some of my own thanks to you! :)

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Thanks Josh. Yes, I have read your hubs and I can appreciate anyone who loves, loves, LOVES breakfast food, haha. Thanks for the vote up. Glad to know you have a hearty appetite!

      It is really interesting how the French Toast takes on the flavor of the orange and enhances it, I think. Add the syrup (or powdered sugar) and you have a nice blend.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      If you have read any of my hubs, you will know that I love love love any type of breakfast at any time of day! This looks so good and is a unique way to make French toast! Can you ship me some? Lol. Great hub, voted up and all that good stuff! :)


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