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Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

May 20, 2022
Recipes - Breakfast - Dairy-Free - Dessert
Make a beautiful dessert with layers of baked French toast and sweet strawberry sauce.

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

This Strawberry French Toast Trifle is a stunning dairy-free treat for summer with homemade strawberry sauce, baked cinnamon french toast, and coconut whipped cream.

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

French toast is a crowd-favorite sweet breakfast or brunch. But if you turn it into a layered trifle with homemade strawberry sauce, whipped cream, and nuts, you have a breakfast-for-dessert recipe that never fails. This version of french toast trifle is perfect for a summery dessert featuring everyone's favorite berry!

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Ingredients for Berry French Toast Trifle

Here's what you need for this pretty layered dessert:

  • Brioche. For vegan trifle, make sure you're using vegan bread, most brioche contains milk and eggs! You can make your own dairy-free brioche with this recipe
  • Almond milk. Feel free to use any plant-based milk you like. If you love almond milk, I recommend making your own with this no-soak method. 
  • Eggs. Let your eggs come to room temperature before starting. 
  • Spices. Use the classic french toast spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and pure vanilla extract. 
  • Maple syrup. The pure stuff will add delicious notes of flavor.

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Strawberry Topping for Trifle

To add the fruity flavor to this french toast trifle, make a simple strawberry sauce with:

  • Fresh strawberries. Hull and slice the berries before cooking. 
  • Sugar. Use organic cane sugar to ensure it's vegan. 
  • Lemon juice. To pep up the berry sauce. 

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Toppings for French Toast Trifle

To complete this stunning layered treat, add toppings that match the flavors and add extra texture, such as:

  • Coconut whipped cream. You can make your own with full-fat coconut cream or buy it at the store. 
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Maple syrup for extra sweetness.
  • Pecans. Toast your pecans for a rich nutty flavor.

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Ingredient Swaps and Substitutions

You can easily substitute a few ingredients in this trifle:

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Big-Batch Strawberry French Toast

If you'd like to make a bulk recipe for this Strawberry French Toast Trifle, I recommend this Baked Strawberry Croissant French Toast. It's made in a baking dish for a simple one-dish meal. 

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

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Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

Dairy-Free Strawberry French Toast Trifle

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This beautiful layered trifle is made with baked dairy-free french toast and homemade strawberry sauce.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients

FRENCH TOAST:

  • 1 loaf Brioche bread, sliced (Ensure that this is vegan-friendly)
  • 1 ½ cups Almond milk (You can use your favorite plant-based milk!)
  • 3 large eggs, at room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup

SIMPLE STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice

TOPPINGS:

  • Coconut whipped cream, homemade or store-bought (See Notes!)
  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Pure maple syrup, for drizzle
  • Toasted pecans, optional (See Notes!)

Instructions

TO MAKE FRENCH TOAST:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together all the ingredients (except for the bread) into a large bowl and set aside so that everything marries together and activates, about 5 minutes.
  • Next, dip 1 slice of bread into the mixture, shaking off any excess liquid and place it onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat until all breads are dipped.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

TO MAKE THE SIMPLE STRAWBERRY TOPPING:

  • In a saucepan, add together all ingredients over medium-high heat, stirring until combined. Once strawberries begin to soften, continue stirring until mixture begins to thicken a bit, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

ASSEMBLY:

  • Once done----remove the bread from the oven and cut each bread into medium-sized cubes.
  • Create trifle by adding a few cubes of bread to the bottom of a jar or glass, followed by coconut whipped cream, and 1-2 Tbsps of strawberry topping. Repeat layer once more.
  • Make sure that coconut whipped cream is at the very top of trifle and top with fresh strawberry slices, toasted pecans (if using), and and maple syrup, if desired and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • BREAD: Instead of brioche bread, you can also use vegan challah or ciabatta bread or any other rustic bread. In most cases, day old bread works best!
  • HOMEMADE VEGAN BRIOCHE: To make your own vegan brioche bread, see my latest recipe.
  • TOASTED PECANS: Add chopped pecans to a baking sheet and toasting them in the oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 5-10 minutes, tossing them halfway to avoid browning on one side.

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