Hey, hey! It’s my birthday! So in celebration, I am sharing not just one but TWO yummy gluten-free recipes with you on the blog today! On my birthday, everyone gets extra treats! :) Hop on over to my Healthier Snack Bar post to see the second gluten-free recipe.
A BLISSful French Toast
When I was in my twenties, I was searching for a slightly unique Mother’s Day brunch recipe, and I discovered a recipe for stuffed french toast. I’ve been playing around with different variations of that recipe ever since, and it’s been so long that I honestly cannot recall where I got it from. I’m going to guess Cooking Light, since I’ve been a subscriber of that magazine for more than 20 years (it is my FAVORITE magazine!). Nonetheless, I’m excited to share one of my latest versions of stuffed french toast with you today!
Now that I am trying to go mostly gluten-free (see my health post for details), I was super excited to try out Udi’s Florence Street Bakery Gluten-Free Country Seeded Bread. It’s a smaller loaf but each piece is sturdy enough to hold up to french toast mixture. And it’s so tasty!
I decided to break out the panini maker for this one and it worked beautifully. The best part (aside from the taste!): EASY clean-up.
Gluten-Free French Toast Paninis with Strawberries & Dairy-Free Cream Cheese
Here are the ingredients I used, since I’m dairy-free. However, know that if you are NOT on a dairy-free diet, it’s super easy to make this with 1% milk instead of coconut milk; with regular butter instead of vegan butter; with regular cream cheese instead of dairy-free.
Another tip: when you dip the assembled paninis into the french toast mixture, you’ll want to hold it together as if you were holding a regular sandwich, and then gently dip the sides and edges into the batter. You don’t want to just lay the whole panini into the batter, because you’re more likely to have straw strawberries falling out of place.
With the panini maker, each one takes just a couple of minutes to make. You can also use a regular saute pan and cook these as you would a normal grilled cheese sandwich in a pan; just plan for a few extra minutes since you have to flip it over.
The result is a sweet (but not too sweet!), filling french toast panini that you can serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- 6 slices Udi's Florence Street Bakery Gluten Free Seeded Bread
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Vegan butter I use Earth Balance
- Approximately 1/2 cup dairy-free cream cheese I use either Tofutti
- 1/2 cup of strawberries sliced thinly + 1/4 cup strawberries cut into small pieces
- Optional: powdered sugar maple syrup
- If using frozen bread, allow 6 slices to thaw out on the counter before starting.
- In a medium shallow bowl, beat together eggs, coconut or almond milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside.
- Spread a small layer of butter on one side of each slice of toast.
- Turn each slice over, then spread a thin layer of dairy-free cream cheese on the inside of each slice of toast.
- Place strawberries in a thin layer on top of the cream cheese side of one slice of toast. then top it with another slice like a sandwich. Repeat for the remaining two sandwiches.
- If using a panini press, plug it in now and let it warm up. If using a frying/saute pan, heat that pan over medium heat now.
- Meanwhile, gently dip each sandwich into the prepared egg & milk mixture, taking care to hold the sandwich together while dipping in each side.
- Place sandwiches one at a time onto the panini press and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes, until the egg mixture has clearly cooked and the bread is lightly toasted to your preference. Or, if using a frying or saute pan, cook each sandwich for approximately 6-7 minutes, turning each sandwich over halfway through, until the bread is golden brown and egg mixture is thoroughly cooked.
- Remove from heat source and cut each panini in half. Top with strawberries, sprinkled powdered sugar, and/or maple syrup. Serve immediately.
You can find Udi’s Florence Street Bakery Gluten-Free Bread at Walmart, along with some of my other favorite Gluten-Free Brands. Click here to read more about how I use Nature’s Path Organic Granola in building A Healthier Snack Bar.
I topped mine with additional strawberries, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. What would you top your french toast panini with?
This post is sponsored by Sverve. As always, all opinions, recipes, and photos are my own.