Vegan French Toast
French Toast is one of our go-to weekend breakfast meals, so I’m super excited to be sharing this Easy Vegan French Toast Recipe with you!
This is a recipe that I’ve been meaning to post for years now! Seeing as French toast is one of my all time favorite breakfast dishes, I figured that it was time I created a vegan version. I’ve tried a quite a few vegan french toast recipes that make things extra complicated with hard to find ingredients so I really wanted to keep this simple.
The hardest part about making french toast vegan is replacing the egg. In most baked goods, it’s easy to replace an egg with apple sauce, banana or several other things. But that doesn’t quite work here.
Instead, we’re replacing the egg with ground flaxseed. It works to kind of stick to the outside of the bread and give that nice thick texture to the cooked toast.
How do you like to dress up your french toast? I’m a big fan of a little fruit and lots of maple syrup. I start with a little bit and then add more as I see fit. So, in other words, I keep the syrup RIGHT next to my plate :)
How to Make This Vegan French Toast Recipe
Vegan French Toast is made just like regular french toast, just without the eggs. The milk is easily replaced with any non dairy milk (I typically use almond milk because it’s always in my fridge) and for this particular recipe, we’re replacing the egg with a flax egg of sorts. French toast needs a bit of a binding agent that sticks to the outside of the bread and solidifies as it cooks (these are all very untechnical terms).
All of the ingredients (minus the bread itself) is whisked together in a shallow dish. We start with the milk and ground flaxseed to let it sit for a few minutes. Then add in the rest of the ingredients. No matter what I do, I find combining the cinnamon and nutmeg into the liquid rather difficult. If you whisk for a good few minutes, it’ll incorporate a decent bit. Then I usually add in a little more cinnamon mid way through dipping the bread into the mixture.
Some Important Notes
The kind of bread you get REALLY matters for this recipe; even more than for the average french toast recipe. Do NOT use fresh, soft white bread for this recipe. You can make it work for traditional french toast that has egg in it BUT it does not work well for this Vegan French Toast. You want slightly tougher bread that will hold up once dipped in the liquid. You’ll want a bread that is roughly the thickness and texture of potato bread or challah bread. You can also use softer bread that has gone a bit stale which is what I used here.
When I make traditional french toast, I let the bread soak up a lot of the liquid. DO NOT do that with this vegan french toast recipe. Lightly dip each side of the bread into the milk mixture so that it is fully covered but not completely soaked through.
I’m really excited for you to try this recipe! Please let me know how you like and what kind of bread you used. I’m always experimenting with different kinds of bread and what how the affect the final outcome.Print
- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal
- 1 cup of non dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 6 thickly cut slices of tougher bread**
- Cooking spray
- In a large shallow dish, whisk together the ground flaxseed and milk. Let sit for 5 minutes so the flaxseed can thicken.
- Whisk milk mixture again before adding in the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk lightly until fully combined. In my experience, the cinnamon is hard to combine so I usually add a little extra in midway through dipping the bread.
- Over medium heat, spray a large skillet with cooking spray.
- Lightly dip the slices of bread in the milk mixture so that the bread is just covered on each side but not soaked. Do not let the bread sit in the milk mixture of any amount of time.
- Cook the bread in the skillet for ~4 minutes on each side or until a nice golden brown.
- Once done, top with syrup, fruit, and a dusting of powdered sugar and ENJOY!!
**do NOT use fresh, soft white bread for this recipe. You can make it work for traditional french toast that has egg in it BUT it does not work well for this Vegan French Toast. You want slightly tougher bread that will hold up once dipped in the liquid. You’ll want a bread that is roughly the thickness and texture of potato bread or challah bread. You can also use softer bread that has gone a bit stale.