Make Vanilla Almond French Toast (in the Panini Press)

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French toast is a good cheap eat, making use of dry bread that might otherwise go to waste. Make the process of making it easier by cooking it in the panini press.

Panini press french toast

Earlier this year, I shared a long list of small kitchen appliances that I love. Somehow, I overlooked the humble panini press. I’m not sure how that happened!

Not only has it revolutionized my grilled cheese sandwich making, but it’s also allowed me to make breakfasts a little easier. While some might think it’s a uni-tasker, I say, Nay. In fact, I’ve made hashbrowns a super success when prepped in the press. And now, my French Toast making has been transformed.

French Toast is part of our breakfast rotation this summer. It’s easy to make and uses up dry bread that might otherwise go to waste. 

clearance bread for french toast

I buy clearance bread and rolls whenever I get a chance. It’s super cheap to buy it this way. The baked goods might be a tad on the dry side for regular sandwiches, but they are perfect for egg bakes, bruschetta, croutons, bread crumbs, garlic bread, and of course, French toast.

In the past, I’ve baked my French toast or cooked it on the griddle. The panini press version takes the flipping out of the process. Just dip the bread in the egg mixture, slap it in the hot press, fold it down, and walk away.

Well, don’t walk away for too long, just until it’s toasty, golden brown. Serve it with butter and maple syrup for a rocking breakfast with very little effort.

panini press and egg mixture for french toast

I’m working toward delegating more kitchen duties to my kids and this is an easy thing that the older ones can take care of without much, if any, help from me.

If you make too much, simply cool, wrap, and freeze any leftover French toast. They can be popped in the toaster oven straight from the freezer for an easy breakfast or snack.

French toast from the panini press

This version of French toast is flavored with vanilla, sweetened with maple, and gets a little bit of crunch from the almond meal mixed into the egg custard. It’s naturally sweetened and all real food goodness. Perfect for breakfast.

I used sub rolls because that’s what was on sale. You can use sandwich bread or slice up a large Italian or French loaf of bread. Use what you have and adjust cooking time accordingly.

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Vanilla Almond French Toast
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: french toast, Vanilla almond french toast
Servings: 6
Calories: 306 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal or ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 sub rolls split horizontally
  1. In a shallow dish combine the eggs, milk, almond meal, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  2. Heat the panini press or griddle. Grease the griddle, if using, with melted butter or oil.
  3. Dip the bread pieces in the egg mixture, flipping to coat.
  4. Cook the bread in the panini press, for about 5 to ten minute, or on the hot griddle until toasted brown. If using the griddle, you will need to flip the bread once the first side is toasted.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 1/6 of the recipe. Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Almond French Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 382mg17%
Potassium 156mg4%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 336IU7%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 12mg67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  1. I often buy reduced price bread but never thought of buying it specifically for such recipes. I also like the idea of freezing French toast but would have to make it up specially for this when everyone is out as we never have left overs!!!

    • Jessica says

      Freezer cooking is always more successful when the family is gone just so they don’t eat it all!

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