Coconut French Toast

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My husband is adorable. It’s amazing how a person’s quirky little behaviors can develop into all the reasons you love them. Let me tell you about his kitchen habits.

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First of all, he claims he loves to cook. Yet he always tags on, “But why would I do it, when YOU cook so much better!” A compliment and cop-out rolled into one.

He does however, make dinner a couple times a year. One random evening he casually states, “Babe, I’m going to cook for you tonight!”

“Great!” I reply.

Then he rushes off to the store and spends triple the amount of money I would spend on one meal. He comes home loaded down with bags, then bustles around the kitchen for hours. Every time I peek into the kitchen, he tilts his head, gives me a half-cocked smile and says, “It’s almost ready.”

By the time it actually is ready, I have fed the kids sandwiches and tucked them into bed. Then we sit down for a lavish dinner and he critiques his dishes and technique throughout the whole meal.

It’s actually very cute, yet makes me glad I do most of the cooking.

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One area in which he truly excels is breakfast making. He makes breakfast as much, if not more, than I do. He’ll come downstairs on any given morning and starts cracking eggs.

Every now and again, he gets really creative when making breakfast for the family. A couple of weeks ago he came up with the idea of putting cayenne pepper and shredded coconut together in his french toast.

Genius. I married a genius!

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I’m a big fan of a sweet and spicy combo, so this Coconut French Toast with a kick is absolutely perfect in my opinion.

When I make french toast, I usually use some sort of whole-grain bread and take it easy on the fat. However, Lt. Dan’s version is not what we’d call “health food” but I suggest you make it as-is without trying to lighten it up. It will definitely taste better!

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The bread should be thick white bread so it stands up to the egg mixture, but doesn’t compete with the other flavors. Also, don’t skimp on the oil. The idea is to create an ultra-crispy exterior with a moist, almost custard-like interior.

Lt. Dan’s spicy Coconut French Toast is a dreamy weekend breakfast the whole family will enjoy. If you are sensitive to spice, feel free to omit the cayenne.

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Coconut French Toast

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

Cook Time:15 minutes

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Amazing Coconut French Toast with a crispy exterior, moist custard-like interior and a touch of spice! This easy french toast recipe is a must-make.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 loaf French bread, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Oil of frying (I used coconut oil.)
  • Pure Maple Syrup for serving


  1. Heat a large skillet to medium. Whisk the first seven ingredients together in a baking dish or large bowl.
  2. Pour the shredded coconut onto a plate. Pour enough oil in the skillet to completely coat the bottom. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture for 15-20 seconds per side. Then dip the slices in the shredded coconut on both sides for an even coat.
  3. When the oil is hot, start frying one slice as a test batch. Cook for 1 minute per side. Watch for a crispy golden-brown crust. The coconut may turn a deep brown, but avoid BLACK! If the coconut burns before the crust has formed, turn the heat down a little.
  4. Add more oil as needed and continue with the rest of the bread. Serve the French Toast warm with maple syrup and berries!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4-6 servings, Serving Size: 6

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 249 Calories
  • Total Fat: 15.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.1g
  • Cholesterol: 128mg
  • Sodium: 220mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21.4g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sugar: 14.9g
  • Protein: 7.5g
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last updated July 2, 2018

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46 comments on “Coconut French Toast

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  2. Mikeposted December 10, 2016 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Wow. I will try this over the Holidays. Full fat is the only way to go. The low and no fat trend is why so many people are obese today. Move outa the 80’s and into the 21st century.    

  3. Gaby Dalkinposted August 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm Reply

    Seriously sounds like the best french toast recipe ever! LOVE! And a win for husband’s making breakfast :)

  4. Stephanie @ Long Distance Bakingposted August 23, 2015 at 9:37 pm Reply

    I’m really intrigued by this flavor combination. It sounds so decadent yet light at the same time. I can’t wait to try it!

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  7. wannafoodieposted June 25, 2010 at 8:17 pm Reply

    This is so great! I'd completely agree that this is a genius combination of flavours!

    Rating: 5
  8. FashionFoodFataleposted June 24, 2010 at 5:23 am Reply

    Men… bless! But who cares when you are sitting down to this fabulous French Toast. I love your twists on the classics Sommer. Too clever.

  9. Wheels and Lollipopsposted June 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm Reply

    My hubby is the Scrambled Egg King ! Don't you love this side of them :)
    Its funny in France its called 'pain perdu' or lost bread and not as popular as you think but on a cold winter day this is my comfort food. Love anything that has coconut on it :)

  10. Diana's Cocinaposted June 20, 2010 at 4:15 am Reply

    How sweet! I'm a fan of french toast – loving the cayenne pepper and coconut flakes.

  11. Devakiposted June 19, 2010 at 8:27 pm Reply

    What a precious post Sommer! I loved reading about the evening Hubby decides to fix dinner and the way you get the kids into bed with PB&J :)

    The cayenne pepper and coconut flakes on the french toast is fab! Also totally agree with you on the – don't skimp on the oil/better. Right you are!

    Hugs, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  12. Rickposted June 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm Reply

    That looks really good! And I have to say, I love the "you cook so much better" excuse. Cute, but sly.

  13. baking.serendipityposted June 19, 2010 at 2:16 am Reply

    What a cute post! It sounds a lot like my house…my husband cooks full fat, mostly breakfasts and takes a little longer than I would have expected to finish :) This looks like a great recipe non-the-less! How lucky are we to have such awesome husbands?

  14. sweetlifeposted June 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm Reply

    How sweet of your hubby , my hubby cooks sometimes, but makes such a mess, oh ya my hubby loves to make steak and eggs, yum..I love this french toast, I think sometimes you have to indulge, and what a great way to with this treat


  15. Magdalenaposted June 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm Reply

    And congrats for the adorable husband :)

  16. Magdalenaposted June 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Hi! Your toasts are absolutely, absolutely gorgeous ! The toasts look great and tasty…very good idea!

  17. tasteofbeirutposted June 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm Reply

    This post is great; first of all it is heartening to see loving married couples; also I love this French toast with the coconut. Yum!!!

  18. Rubyposted June 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Very intriguing recipe and OMG you're so lucky to have a man who cooks!

  19. Maryposted June 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm Reply

    I loved your post today. Your husband sounds like a charming man – at least he tries :-). The French toast looks delicious and you were able to get some great pictures of it. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  20. The Housewifeposted June 18, 2010 at 7:25 am Reply

    I love your post.. it kinda reminds me of my husband! The only difference is that my husband only can make pancakes and french toast! But I still love it when he makes something for me :) Great recipe..kudos to your husband!

  21. Mother Rimmyposted June 18, 2010 at 5:27 am Reply

    Amazing. This is a must try! I can definitely see this on a brunch menu.

  22. citronetvanilleposted June 18, 2010 at 4:45 am Reply

    Seems like you have the perfect husband, can I borrow him :o) ??? LOL
    Those are definitely great toasts especially with the addition of coconut! a cooking husband and coconut French toasts are a great combo to me!

  23. es65posted June 18, 2010 at 3:54 am Reply

    another great post Sommer

  24. Stephanie Savors the Momentposted June 18, 2010 at 3:01 am Reply

    That Spicy French Toast sounds delicious! I loved this post, my husband is very similar, breakfast is his specialty too. Just signed up to follow you – stop by and visit sometime at Looking forward to your next post!

  25. gringarlposted June 18, 2010 at 2:43 am Reply

    reading your post I was thinking if we are married to twins, my husband loves making breakfast, and he's really good at, but when is a special day and he decides to make dinner it takes him all day to make something I would have made in about 1 hour.
    thanks for the coconut french toast recipe and the marriage quotes :)

  26. lauraposted June 18, 2010 at 2:25 am Reply

    I love this post! Brian is great at breakfast as well and yes, he is a good cook, but also says why should he try when I'm always one step ahead of him in planning meals? This French toast looks amazing!

  27. Pacheco Pattyposted June 18, 2010 at 2:11 am Reply

    Where do I begin? Your spicy coconut french toast post has it all, first off it sounds like a super recipe, second, it has a great story, including marriage quotes and don't forget great step by step photos with directions, I hope you can tell I really enjoyed your post!

  28. zerrinposted June 18, 2010 at 12:02 am Reply

    I enjoy reading every line in this post. A great review of your husband's culinary adventure. A very familiar story to me.

    And adding coconut to french toast is a great idea! I must tell this to my husband.

  29. 5 Star Foodieposted June 17, 2010 at 7:31 pm Reply

    Wow, what a unique and delicious french toast! I love the addition of coconut and cayenne pepper! Excellent!

  30. Debbieposted June 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm Reply

    How funny about your husband! I love that you used french bread in this recipe, it is pretty and looks really tasty. Thanks!

  31. CC Recipeposted June 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Wow, does this french toast look good!

  32. Cooking with Kaitposted June 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Hi Sommer, what a great post. The part about your husband going to the store, spending to much and spending hours in the kitchen reminded me of my boyfriend. He does the same thing.

    The french toast looks amazing. The coconut and cayenne is GENIUS.

  33. Rachel Jposted June 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm Reply

    The man in my life also dominates breakfast and he has recently been teaching me to overcome my fear of eggs. But french toast is something I am good at and this recipe is super creative. Tell your husband THANKS!

  34. Jennifurlaposted June 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm Reply

    I am so making this, strange thing is French Toast is also my hubbies go to – he loves making it. I really cant wait to try this.

  35. Emily Malloy (Ziegler)posted June 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Holy crap you're my favorite person. This is AMAAAAAZING.

  36. 12th Man Training Tableposted June 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Thanks for the FoodBuzz tip!

  37. 12th Man Training Tableposted June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Wow … coconut … so simple, so obvious, but i never would have thought of that in a zillion years.

    Someone needs to invent an app so i can bookmark all of everyone else's recipes into one convenient, searchable format. I know, I could just bookmark them on my browser, but it needs to be searchable.

  38. denise @ quickies on the dinner tableposted June 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Alright, now, I'm a little jealous. Hubs never cooks for me, ever! *sigh*

    This is pretty out-of-the-box and a must try! I love the photos. They seem so dynamic!!

  39. Belinda @zomppaposted June 17, 2010 at 11:45 am Reply

    How funny – and sweet – very fortunate y'all are. This a great toast – who doesn't like French Toast?

  40. MyKitchenInHalfCupsposted June 17, 2010 at 7:52 am Reply

    And here I was thinking "How come nobody does French Toast any more?" This should be Texas French Toast with all that cayenne pepper!
    A little advice: I'd say keep that guy!

  41. Gourmandeposted June 17, 2010 at 7:25 am Reply

    That's a lovely man.

  42. Magic of Spiceposted June 17, 2010 at 6:00 am Reply

    Just amazingly delightful!

  43. bradposted June 17, 2010 at 4:49 am Reply

    I totally agree, Dan is ……."adorable"! But if all else fails he can make a mean martini.

  44. penny aka jeroxieposted June 17, 2010 at 4:23 am Reply

    I am diggin that french toast!

  45. Cook with Madinposted June 17, 2010 at 4:10 am Reply

    ohhh, your husband is so sweet. I know exactly what you're talking about "Steak and Eggs". I would love to try this, my husband love french toast, maybe he can make them for me.
    Thank you for sharing your husbands recipe and your marriage quotes.

  46. My Kitchen in the Rockiesposted June 17, 2010 at 4:06 am Reply

    What a funny post. You made me laugh. Mine does the same with waffles in the morning but he would never spend a lot of money at the supermarket. His challenge is to "empty the frezzer!". That is our special dinner.
    Your marriage quotes are so true!
    Great post, Thanks.