(egg-free) French Toast Casserole

French toast….without eggs?  Yep.  And it was AWESOME!  I got an email from a Makin’ it Mo’Betta reader not too long ago asking if I had any tried-and-true egg-free french toast recipes.  I realized I didn’t.  I had a couple bookmarked, but hadn’t tried them.  Of course, since then, I’ve been obsessing wanting french toast.  I found this recipe and knew I wanted to give it a try.

It may not be that pretty, but it turned out really well.  I was amazed that it tastes just like traditional french toast!  And even better – it only takes a few minutes to put together and 30 minutes to cook.  We had it for dinner with grits and we would have had turkey bacon if I had carried my lazy.. gone to the store 😛  I always need to go to the store!

My kids liked this too…which is always a bonus.  Except for Mr. Two…who loves cinnamon toast, but only ate a couple of bites of this.  He doesn’t eat anything.  It’s starting to stress me out.  But anyway, that’s a post for another day. *sigh*

The original recipe is egg-free AND diary-free, found here ()

Egg Free French Toast Casserole

2 tablespoons soy margarine, melted (milk-free) *I used Smart Balance 50/50
1 cup vanilla-flavored soymilk *I used skim milk and added a teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 cup dark molasses
1 (16 ounce) artisan bread (milk-free, egg-free) or 1 (16 ounce) French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes (milk-free, egg-free) *I used French Bread and it was 13 ounces
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (again)


Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

Spray a 9×13″ baking dish with cooking spray (note: do _NOT_ use butter-flavor cooking spray! This contains dairy ingredients).  *I used regular Pam cooking spray

Combine melted margarine, vanilla soy & milk, corn syrup, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt, and molasses in a large bowl.

Fold bread into mixture so that it absorbs liquid evenly. Place in prepared baking dish, and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake 15 minutes.

Remove foil, and bake 15 minutes more.

Sprinkle 1/2 tsp cinnamon over the top.

Top as desired – allergen-safe syrup, fruit, or powdered sugar. *We used just a little sugar free maple syrup, but it is good by itself too.

This recipe goes in the “keeper” file!  Next time I want to make it with wheat or 12 grain bread.  I bet it would be good with walnuts or pecans too, if you don’t have to worry about nut allergies. 

Since this is a pretty easy thing to throw together, I’m going to link up with Think Tank Momma for Share a Spoon today! The theme is ‘speedy’!  She’s looking for quick and easy meals…I hope there is lots of participation b/c with 3 kids and my limited skillz, quick and easy is about the only way I cook!

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17 thoughts on “(egg-free) French Toast Casserole

  1. Quick and easy is something everyone can relate to with kids. Whew! It's rough sometimes trying to get something on the table that makes everyone happy, is quick, and doesn't mean fried and full of fat!

    Thanks for linking up and Sharing. I am very interested in trying this!!!

  2. I've always wanted to try a french toast casserole. This one looks good. May have to keep it in mind for when the parents and the ILs are here together! ACK! :>

  3. I just posted a french toast casserole this weekend! Great minds… Mine does have eggs, so I'll have to try this one out!

  4. Great name and that recipe sounds scrumptious 🙂

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  5. You've done me such a huge favor here. The only reason I hate french toast is because it tastes eggy. I'm so glad to see that it can be made without! 🙂

  6. That looks like good stuff. Hubbs and I are still using the remains of a loaf of sour dough bread for french toast, but we will try this. Nom nom nom…

  7. I was the one who asked- and frankly I have used this recipe time and time again-it rocks!! Kills that craving for French toast and is safe for my whole crew=wohoo! You rock!
    Thanks for experimenting for all of us!

  8. Thanks for coming back and commenting! I'm glad it is working for you. I actually prefer this over "real" french toast casserole! I haven't made it in a while, thanks for the reminder…I think this will go on the menu soon. My son was re-tested for his egg allergy before Christmas, and he has out-grown it! I was so excited! I'm still trying to get used to it. I still plan on posting recipes with egg free alternatives, b/c I know how hard it is! Hope things are going well for your crowd!

  9. I was going to try half artisan bread and half cinnamon swirl bread. Should I eliminate the corn syrup – we don't like really sweet – maybe some agave nectar?

  10. Hi Baby Bella! I just made this a couple of nights ago and entertained the thought of subbing or omitting the corn syrup to cut down on the sugar, but I was scared the texture wouldn't be the same. The bread pieces get a nice "crusty" coating on the tops, which is my favorite part, and I didn't want to lose that. With that being said, I don't know if the corn syrup helps with that, or if that is just from the butter in the recipe. I know in most dishes you can sub corn syrup with honey, molasses, agave nectar, or maple syrup…so it would probably work fine, but I can't make any promises since I haven't tried it! I don't *think* it would be a problem. Using cinnamon swirl bread is a great idea! Please let me know if you try this subbing out the corn syrup, since it's not my favorite ingredient to use. Thanks!

  11. Just found out the ratio to substitue agave to corn syrup is reduce the corn syrup amount by half and add a bit more liquid. Let you know how it goes.

  12. Egg-free French toast casserole? Sounds like a winner, especially if one is staying away from egg yolks. It may be a recipe that I will try to make for breakfast soon. The only things I don’t have are the light corn syrup and dark molasses, but I could probably substitute something for those two ingredients. Any suggestions? Perhaps I could use maple syrup in its place? Not sure about that, but I am willing to give it a whirl.

    1. I think you could probably sub them both with maple syrup…it will just change the flavor somewhat, but as long as you like the flavor of maple it should still be good! You could also use honey in the place of light corn syrup…again, it will change the flavor profile. If you are just looking to avoid egg yolks, you could use egg whites only in a traditional French Toast casserole recipe. Enjoy!

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