So, let’s talk gluten-free sourdough. Turns out it exists:) Living with a mom who grew up in San Francisco, I was instilled with a love for “real” sourdough bread. During my family’s yearly trips to the Bay Area, we always set aside time to venture to the Ferry building open market to buy the good stuff—Acme. As you may have noticed, I usually don’t include bread in traditional carby dishes, opting for cabbage cups or collared wraps. But, hey, it’s too hard to pass up the authentic stuff, especially when you’re on vacation. I can’t resist the combination of that chewy mouthful of crispy crust and its sour dough tang—something I definitely haven't found in Southern Californian varieties.
Luckily, through Instagram, I was delighted to discover the company Bread Srsly. They offer several kinds of authentic sourdough, opting to use healthy, allergen-free ingredients! When I’m in the mood for a vegan gluten-free bread, I spend way too much time reading through a long list of ingredients, only to discover that the baked good contains eggs or a dairy product. But this bread contains simple, pure ingredients—just seven to be exact. I just had to have it. So, after months of thinking about ordering the bread but delaying the process, I was fortunate enough to meet the company’s Founder last April and sample her delectable bread at Artisanal LA. Boy, does it deliver. Bread Srsly’s sourdough has that real San Francisco flavor! I still can’t get over it. So, as soon as I took a couple of varieties of the bread home, I knew that I would create something special.
More than any other meal, I love breakfast and usually crave the sweet stuff. Now that I’ve become somewhat of a pancake pro, I typically whip up a stack, but after tasting the bread, I knew it would be the PERFECT foundation for my French toast recipe. With everything I needed on hand, I started to whisk up something special. Flour is the secret adhesive for the perfect eggless French toast and, since almond flour was in my pantry (in fact any flour would work in this recipe), I went for it. Almond flour is an amazing option I think everyone should start trying. It has this amazing nutty flavor and unique texture that you can't get from anything else. And, if you add coconut, it’s absolutely delicious! The combination of almond flour and coconut produces the perfect coating for crisp French toast. The outcome was absolutely delectable. The tangy thick slices of doughy bread with the nutty crisp coating and a generous drizzle of maple syrup—it’s simply out of this world. A finger-licking French toast. Srsly.
Coconut Crusted French Toast
- 1 loaf sourdough bread of choice (I used Bread Srsly’s classic gluten-free sourdough)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or any non-dairy milk of choice)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (I prefer the larger shredded coconut)
- Coconut oil in a spray can for frying
- Start by slicing bread into desired thickness—I recommend 3/4-inch thick. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Prepare your assembly line by pouring the shredded coconut onto a plate and have a baking sheet ready to place the coated bread slices. Start by submerging the bread, slice by slice, into the batter. Let the batter drip off so it isn’t too wet, and then coat the battered sourdough with the shredded coconut. Flip and coat the other side. Make sure to pat the coconut into the batter once it’s on the bread to make sure it adheres. Then place on the baking sheet and prepare the remaining slices.
*Tip: Make sure to whisk batter before preparing each slice because almond flour tends to sink to the bottom of the bowl.
- Heat a non-stick skillet* over medium-high heat. When hot, spray with coconut oil and place a prepared bread slice on the skillet. Cook for about four minutes or until brown and crisp on the edges. Flip and cook on the other side an additional four minutes. Repeat using the remaining bread slices.
*Tip: Always use a non-stick skillet! French toast prepared in a cast-iron skillet will stick, causing the coating to come off.
- Serve hot with sliced banana, an additional sprinkle of coconut, and a drizzle of maple syrup.