Dairy Free French Toast
No egg or milk French Toast Creation
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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.
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
- Pour orange juice into a shallow bowl large enough to dip your bread into.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Heat the skillet to medium high with the oil or spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove to individual plates; add butter and topping of your choice and enjoy!
Cooking French Toast without Dairy:Click thumbnail to view full-size
Very Thin Whole Wheat Bread
|Serving size: 3|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 1 g|
|Carbohydrates 20 g||7%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Fiber 3 g||12%|
|Protein 4 g||8%|
|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.|
Lactose Intolerance Information
- Survival Guide: Lactose Intolerance Diet
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