Dive your fork into this easy gluten free vanilla bean ricotta strawberry stuffed French toast. The vanilla and fresh juicy strawberry flavors blend in every bite to make this a delicious breakfast.

(*This post was sponsored by Franz Bakery. All delicious opinions and satisfying mouthfuls of chewy gluten free bagels are my own!)

One of my favorite things about May is that it is National Strawberry Month. What better way to celebrate than this delicious strawberry-stuffed French toast?

This is that, OMG, I could live on this stuff recipe. If you have fresh strawberries and my new favorite certified gluten free bread by Franz Bakery…you are almost all the way to a delicious breakfast!

You won’t believe how easy this strawberry-stuffed French toast recipe is to make.

If you love breakfast as much as we do, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free breakfast recipes! And if you want to try a great topper for French toast, try this homemade fig chutney!

And if you haven’t heard of Franz Bakery, you will because they are an up-and-coming bakery. They have a separate facility for their gluten free products, and they got their gluten free certification in 2012.

Franz Breads on a table.

You can not only find Franz gluten free bread in the Pacific Northwest, but you can order them online, too. (If you live in the Bay Area, head to your local Costco store because Franz Gluten Free is now in Bay Area Costco stores.)

Click here to read more about Gluten Free Shopping at Costco.

(Did I mention how fun it is to make stuffed French toast recipes? You can use any fruits you have on hand!) I will return to today’s special breakfast recipe in a few minutes.

Franz Gluten Free Bagels next to the bag.

I would hardly be doing you justice if I didn’t dedicate a short paragraph to tell you about Franz Gluten Free Bagels. Do you remember before you knew you had to go gluten free…when bagels were slightly chewy and delicious?

A fork holding up a bite of the stuffed French toast.

Are you ready to take a bite?

Are you ready to take a bite out of this French toast? The secret is adding fresh vanilla beans to the ricotta cheese stuffing. I used a whole vanilla bean to 1 1/4 cups of ricotta cheese. (I also included a tablespoon of sugar, which works so well with the vanilla flavors.)

Scraping seeds out of a vanilla bean.

It is really easy to remove the beans from a vanilla pod. I use a small steak knife to cut down the bean lengthwise. Pry open the pod and use the sharp tip of the knife to scrape the beans out of the pod. I do this over a small bowl to capture the beans as they fall.

Stuffed French Toast ingredients on a cutting board.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Franz Gluten Free Bread – Any flavor of gluten free bread works well.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Vanilla – Use pure vanilla extract.
  • Ricotta – Use regular or low-fat.
  • Strawberries – Other summer fruits like peaches, blueberries, and raspberries also taste great.
  • Milk – Use dairy or non-dairy milk.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions

A bowl of whisked eggs with Franz gluten free bread.

I love how easily the Franz bread works in this recipe. It is moist and doesn’t dry out when cooked.

Bread soaking in egg whites.

Dip the bread in whisked eggs. Use a fork to flip the bread so both sides soak in the egg evenly.

Cooking the French toast in a cast iron skillet.

Cook the French toast in a skillet on medium heat.

Spreading vanilla bean ricotta over the French toast.

Spread the vanilla bean ricotta onto a piece of French toast.

Add the strawberry layer to the French toast.

Add fresh strawberries, and then add another slice of French toast. I love that we can get fresh strawberries year-round, but they are so sweet and juicy. This is the perfect way to enjoy them for National Strawberry Month!

Pouring syrup over half of a Stuffed French toast.

Add syrup, and you have a wonderfully delicious breakfast or brunch.

Try some more delicious recipes with Franz Bread:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which brand of gluten free bread you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Pouring syrup over the gluten free stuffed French toast.

Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Ricotta Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Sandi Gaertner
This is an easy strawberry stuffed French toast recipe.
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 496 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups strawberries
  • 1 ¼ cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 8 slices gluten free bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  • In a bowl, add ricotta, vanilla bean, and sugar. Mix well.
  • In a large bowl, add eggs and cream and whisk to blend.
  • Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add coconut oil and allow pan to heat.
  • Dip a slice of bread into the egg mixture. Use a fork to turn the bread over so the egg soaks into both sides. 
  • Put the egg soaked bread into the skillet. Repeat until the skillet is full of egg soaked bread. Sprinkle each with cinnamon. Flip to the other side and cook.
  • Remove from heat when the French toast is ready.
  • Add ricotta and strawberries to a piece of French toast. Top with another piece of French toast.
  • Add syrup or powdered sugar.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 22gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 320mgSodium: 476mgFiber: 5gSugar: 14g
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  1. Hi Sandi, This recipe looks awesome, will definitely be trying it. I love, love Franz bread, it’s the absolute BEST
    One would never believe that it’s gluten free. I live in the northeast so I must order online, just received another order yesterday. Their hamburger buns are terrific as well. Thanks to you, I’ll be trying their bagels, All the best keep up the good work.

    1. I am not sure where you are located, but some Costco stores also carry Franz bread. Their bagels are fabulous. Have a great week 🙂

  2. Oh my, this looks terrific! I’d love to spread that vanilla bean ricotta on just about anything!

  3. This looks soooo good. Yes, those chewy gluten free bagels were just a no lol. Glad someone has figured out a good formula. Now I want these for breakfast.