Strawberry Basil French Toast

Delight guests at your spring or summer weekend brunch with this easy strawberry & basil topped French toast. Sweet, surprising, and dairy-free!

I realize the contradiction. Yesterday I was talking about not eating bread, and today I’m sharing french toast. That was just poor planning…

Last week, after a chat with myself about basil and desserts, the idea for a strawberry maple basil-ey breakfast stuck in my head.

I rarely make french toast these days. In a previous, less healthy life (college), I ate it just about every day. Sometimes for breakfast and for dinner. I don’t recommend that, but I do recommend a sweet indulgent morning every now and then

Here are some other sweet strawberry breakfast ideas that caught my eye this week:

Strawberry Basil Scones from Happy Yolks

Cardamom and Nutmeg Waffles with Minted Strawberries from Turntable Kitchen

Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Oatcake from A House in the Hills

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Strawberry Basil French Toast

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Serves: 4 slices
  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Maple syrup
  • 1 basil leaf, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 4 slices day old bread
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Coconut oil, for the pan
  1. In a small bowl, mix and gently mash the strawberries with a little drizzle of maple syrup. Add the chopped basil. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs and almond milk together. Dip bread slices in the egg mixture and stack slices on a plate to let the liquid soak in for a few minutes.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and cook slices on each side until golden brown.
  4. Top with the strawberry mixture and serve with more maple syrup on the side.



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  1. Isabel Pruitt

    I just made this french toast for the first time and WOW! The sweetness of the strawberries combined with the aromatic and herby basil taste is just wonderful. It’s a great spring breakfast dish and I will definitely make it again. Thank you for the recipe!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Isabel, I’m so glad you loved it!

  2. Monica

    Deli :), but I have doubt with coconut oil. Is it good for cooking? I’ve read that it is not good for high temperatures.

  3. i’m never eat toast when breakfast but when i was try this recipe. I think i love idea for make the french toast for the favorite menus.

  4. Maria from

    Fabulous! I can’t wait until the weekend so I can make this!

  5. kale from

    I love strawberries and basil. In fact they are the stars of my next post. But I’ve never had them on french toast, so this looks new and delightfully inviting!

  6. I love french toast, a favorite in our house 🙂

  7. This is the *perfect* follow up to your sushi – everyone needs a little indulgence every once in a while and this sounds and looks wonderful.

  8. I love how you introduce interesting flavor combinations in unusual ways. I’m particularly intrigued by the strawberry basil scones!

    • jeanine

      yea me too, I really want to make those soon…

  9. Rachel from

    Putting green herbs in sweet things is something I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t experimented with yet. It looks like I’m going to have to make some more French toast this week…in the interest of science.

  10. Jeanine! I want your kitchen!!! I also want this strawberry basil French toast.

    • jeanine

      it’s a good kitchen, I have to admit… 🙂

      • From what I can see, “good kitchen” is an understatement. 🙂

  11. Lovely!!! 🙂 Sometimes you need to treat yourself to something a little sweet & indulgent. This french toast looks like the perfect reason to be a tad sinful 🙂
    Fantastic post as always 🙂 Happy weekend!

  12. Kasey from

    I say, ‘everything in moderation!’ This sounds amazing. And thank you for the link to my waffles! Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Lauren E.

    Definitely making a vegan version this weekend! I’ve been wanting to do something with the abundance of strawberries lately!

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