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Vegan french toast topped with strawberries and banana on a white plate
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Crave-Worthy French Toast (That’s Actually Good For You)

French toast reminds me of lazy Sunday mornings with the smell of cinnamon and syrup in the air. This vegan version is a crave-worthy and healthy breakfast option because it’s made using a simple, sneaky ingredient.

Golden crispy crust, with a tender crumb and all the flavors you’d expect from a classic French Toast, this whole food plant-based recipe is 100% omnivore and kid approved.

This vegan French Toast is extra healthy and nutritious being oil free, salt-free, and refined sugar-free.

Let me show you how easy it is to make French toast vegan.

Ingredients for Vegan French Toast

Here’s what you’ll need to make this breakfast recipe:

  1. Whole wheat bread, preferably a good quality sprouted grain or a homemade bread like my Oil-Free 100% Whole Wheat Vegan Bread Machine Recipe.
  2. Ground Flaxseed. The vegan egg substitute we’re using for this recipe is a flax egg. It’s really easy to make by combining ground flax and plant milk.
  3. Unsweetened plant milk. I love using unsweetened vanilla oat milk. Oat milk is naturally sweeter than soy and by using a vanilla version it allows me to skip adding more vanilla extract.
  4. Cinnamon for flavor.
  5. Vanilla for flavor.
  6. A really awesome non-stick pan. I use T-Fal and it’s incredible. If you don’t have a good non-stick pan, you can opt to use cooking spray or even better, place a piece of parchment paper on the pan. Works like a charm.
  7. Sliced banana. Adds a ton of natural sweetness.
  8. Frozen defrosted berries. I love this trick because the juice from the defrosted berries acts as a syrup, coating the french toast in natural flavor.
  9. Pure maple syrup. Totally optional. I find the french toast is sweet enough with the fruit added.

How to Make French Toast That Isn’t Soggy

I always found the hardest part about making french toast was getting the right amount of egg or egg substitute on the bread.

If you hold the bread in the liquid too long it absorbs way too much and becomes a wet mess.

This will also increase the cooking time and then you run the risk of burning the outside of the bread before the center is done.

So here’s how to fix that problem.

Only dip your bread for half a second.

Literally just enough to gently touch the bread with the flax mixture.

Then go ahead and use your (clean) fingers to remove some of the mixture from the surface before placing it in a hot pan.

Vegan french toast topped with strawberries and banana on a white plate

Making a Flaxseed Egg

For this recipe you’re going to use 1/3 cup of ground flax mixed with 1 cup of plant milk.

It’s literally as simple as whisking the two ingredients together in a bowl that is wide enough to allow you to dip a piece of bread in.

There is one little trick though…

Be sure to let the flax mixture stand for 5 minutes before using it. This will allow the flax to gel and replicate the egg much better.

Also, I like to whisk the flax mixture every so often as I’m dipping new pieces of bread just to make sure it’s still well combined.

Quick tips to get it Right

  1. Make sure to use ground flaxseed. Whole flax will not gel to create an egg substitute.
  2. Periodically whisk the flax mixture in between dipping the bread to ensure it continues to be evenly mixed as sometimes it will settle.
  3. Preheat the pan before adding any french toast to it.
  4. Use a good non-stick pan to avoid the need for butter or oil.
  5. Lower the heat once the pan has been preheated. This will allow you better control of the crust color and prevent burning.
  6. Serve the French Toast with sliced banana and defrosted berries to avoid added sugar from maple syrup.
  7. If you use unsweetened vanilla plant milk, you can skip adding vanilla to the mixture.

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Vegan French Toast topped with fresh strawberries, sliced banana and maple syrup.

Crave-Worthy Vegan French Toast

This french toast is such a treat because it tastes absolutely delcious and it's good for you! Packed with healthy flax and topped with berries you just can't get a better breakfast!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Canadian, vegan
Keyword French Toast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 304 kcal
Author Megan Kerry

Ingredients

  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup plant milk unsweetened vanilla oat milk is delicious
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat a nonstick pan over medium high heat.

  2. Mix together the ground flaxseed, plant milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside for 5 minutes.

  3. Take a piece of whole wheat bread and quickly dip one side into the flax mixture for less than a second.

  4. Dip the second side the same way then remove any excess flax mixture using clean fingers.

  5. Place the dipped bread into the pan and reduce the heat to low.

  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes a side, being careful not to burn the bread.

  7. Trasnfer to a plate and if desired, place the plate into a warm oven (170 degrees) while you continue to cook the other pieces of bread.

  8. Serve with freshly sliced fruit and defrosted berries. Add maple syrup if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Nutritional information is an estimate only. This recipe was calculated without adding maple syrup.

Megan Kerry is a Vegan Lifestyle Educator and Licensed Practical Nurse. Her content focuses on vegan recipes and ethical living. She is a mom of four children, a long time vegan, and an even longer time foodie. She loves veganizing any and all dishes and sharing her recipes and lifestyle tips with all of you!

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