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Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast

We’re of the belief that Baked French toast is one of those dishes everyone should master for, say, a brunch when you want to cook for a crowd or a decadent breakfast-in-bed for Valentine’s Day.

Why You’ll Love This Baked French Toast Recipe

But, you won’t find us making like a short-order cook and making serving after serving and missing out on all the fun. Instead we bake our French Toast. In other words, you prepare the French toast the night before and then just pop it in the oven come the morning so that it’s on the table by the time you’ve finished your first cup of coffee. Winner!

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast Recipe

Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need to make this Baked French Toast are:

  • Almond Milk or your favorite milk: Making this with nut milk makes this a dairy-free dish!
  • Vanilla Extract and Almond Extract: This one-two combo is essential for a delicious, decadent flavor. 
  • Kosher Salt: Just a pinch will balance out the dish’s sweetness.
  • Granulated Sugar and Sliced Almonds: Dipping the pieces in sugar and almonds just before baking gives them a nice crunch. 
  • Unsalted butter or Cooking Spray: For coating the baking sheet so nothing sticks. 
  • Berries And Maple Syrup For Serving: Or even toasted coconut or chia seeds or cacao nibs!

How To Make This Recipe

  • Prepare The Bread: Slice into 1-inch pieces. 
  • Soak The French Toast: Whisk together eggs, egg whites, almond milk, extracts, salt, and sugar until eggs, then pour over the bread and let soak for up to 12 hours. 
  • Prepare The French Toast: Coat the French Toast in almonds and sugar and then place on a baking sheet. 
  • Bake The French Toast: Bake until puffed and golden and serve immediately.

What To Serve With This

This spritzer cocktail is one part of a Mother’s Day brunch menu that is a must-make during the spring. Made with Almond French Toast, Charred Asparagus, Baked Eggs, and a delicious Pavlova, it’s a total showstopper of a meal. 

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast Recipe

Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast Recipe

This is how we do breakfast in bed this Valentine's Day without having to slave away at the stove. This is a romantic Vanilla Almond Baked French Toast recipe that will make you fall in love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 248 kcal


  • 1 French (aka sweet) baguette ends trimmed and rest cut into 1-inch slices

For The French Toast Base:

  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk or your favorite nut milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or cooking spray

For Garnish:

  • 2 cups toasted sliced almonds
  • Pure maple syrup for garnish


  • Prepare The Bread: Trim ends from bread (eat while preparing the rest of the recipe or reserve for another use) then cut the rest of the baguette into 1-inch thick slices (you should have about 14 to 16 slices).
    TIP: In order to have the best texture, you'll want the bread slightly dry or stale, so, either loosely cover the slices and let sit out on your counter overnight or toast them briefly until they’re dry but not browned. Arrange bread in one layer in a 13-by 9-inch (about 3 quart) baking dish.
  • Soak The French Toast: Whisk together eggs, egg whites, almond milk, extracts, salt, and 4 tablespoons of the sugar until eggs are broken up and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture over the bread and let soak, turning halfway through, until bread is thoroughly moistened and has absorbed most of the custard, at least 30 minutes and up to 12 hours.
  • Prepare The French Toast: When ready to bake, heat the oven to 400°F and arrange rack in the upper third; set French toast at room temperature while oven heats up. Spread the softened butter on a rimmed baking sheet or, if dairy-free, spray with a nonstick cooking spray.
  • Coat The French Toast: Place almonds in a flat, shallow dish then coat one side with almonds as follows: remove a piece of French toast, let excess liquid drip off, then place bread in almond dish and press to help almonds adhere. Place bread, almond-side up on prepared baking sheet and repeat with remaining bread.
  • Bake The French Toast: Sprinkle tops of French toast with remaining 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Bake until bread is slightly puffed and underside is golden, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately with syrup passed on the side.



Serving: 1servingCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 10gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 626mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 297IUCalcium: 165mgIron: 2mg
Keyword brunch recipe, french toast
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