Brunch just doesn’t feel complete without French toast—am I right? But don’t worry, no chickadees need to die and no mother hens need be kept in a tiny cage for months on end for this recipe. In fact, you really don’t need eggs at all to make a fluffy, easy vegan French toast that is uber-delicious.
We turned to vegan chef duo Masha and Michael to bring you a great recipe for vegan French toast. As the founders of The Minimalist Vegan, this passionate pair is on a mission to eat the best food while living mindfully. They’ve concocted a book full of vegan recipes that excite the palate while also remaining kind to animals, our bodies, and the planet. So without further ado, here’s their recipe for vegan French toast. Enjoy!
Why You Should Make This Easy Vegan French Toast
You don’t need an excuse to make this deliciously sweet and satisfying vegan French toast but in case you need a little encouragement, we’ve outlined a few awesome reasons below. Whether it’s the fact that it’s super easy or that French toast is simply divine, you’ll be oh la la-ing all through brunch with this beautiful and delectable dish.
- No Batter, Batter – One of the best things about French toast is that much of the work is already done for you since all you need is a few slices of bread and the right ingredients to flavor it with. Unlike pancakes or waffles, there is no batter to make and cook. While you’re welcome to use your own homemade bread, your best bet when it comes to this easy vegan French toast is to use pre-sliced bread from the store.
- No Eggs Here! – Traditional French toast involves an egg soak and it can be quite difficult to find vegan French toast at a restaurant, depending on where you live. This recipe is perfect for satisfying your brunch cravings while assuring that no chickens were harmed to bolster your bread.
- A Simple Act of Love – Sometimes the best thing you can give a loved one comes right from the kitchen. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, accomplishment, or you just like to make brunch a special celebration, this easy vegan French toast is the perfect recipe for showing your appreciation.
What makes French toast so delicious is the fact that it combines so many different elements to make a dish that is downright delicious. The sweetness from the maple syrup paired with rich bread and a hint of saltiness is a recipe for rejoicing. Let’s bask in the ingredient breakdown:
- Maple Syrup – Maple syrup may be known as one of the world’s most popular sweeteners, coming in a variety of different grades, each one featuring a different flavor profile. Maple syrup also contains a variety of health benefits including antioxidants and decent levels of zinc and manganese, which help to fight illness and regulate blood sugar, respectively.
- Coconut Oil – The amazing thing about coconut oil is if you like the taste of it, then you can enjoy every ounce of coconutty goodness with unrefined coconut oil. If you’re not a fan, then you can enjoy a mild, refined coconut oil instead.
- Sourdough Bread – Bread is an anchor for so many meals and comes in so many different varieties. This recipe calls for sourdough bread since the sour notes go brilliantly with the sweetness of the maple syrup and cinnamon. Sourdough bread is also easier to digest than other wheat-based breads due to the yeast and lactobacillus used in the fermentation process. If you’re averse to sourdough, you’re welcome to use whichever bread you’d like! We would recommend shying away from commercial sliced sandwich breads since they don’t hold up as well as loaves (sliced or not).
How to Serve Up Your Easy Vegan French Toast
When it comes to serving up the ultimate vegan French toast, sometimes all you need are a few different sides to make everything truly come together. Here are some ideas to help you make the best brunch possible!
- Let’s Get Fruity – Fruit is an awesome way to balance out your brunch. Whether you go with a simple fruit salad or whip up a delicious smoothie, fruit adds color, flavor, texture, and a chilling element to your meal!
- An Ample Scramble – A side of scramble will knock your brunch out of the park. If you prefer a more egg-like option, go for a ready-made egg substitute such as the JUST Egg or Follow Your Heart Egg. Prefer to whip up some classic tofu instead? Try our Teriyaki Tofu Scramble!
- Vegan Bacon, Please – Vegan bacon and French toast? In 2021, there have never been more choices! If going with store-bought, you can go for Lightlife, Upton’s, or Sweet Earth. Doing it yourself? Try our eggplant bacon!
Equipment You’ll Need
Delicious vegan french toast that is soft and plushy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Perfect drizzled with maple syrup and paired with a bowl of fruit salad for brunch!
- 1 cup of almond milk (or any other nut milk)
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon of gluten-free all-purpose flour
- ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 4–5 slices of thick sourdough bread
- Coconut oil for frying
- ½ cup of maple syrup (or more if you like it sweet)
- Whisk all ingredients but the bread and maple syrup together.
- In a shallow bowl, place the liquid and each slice of bread to soak well on each side for around 30 seconds – 1 minute.
- Once soaked well, heat coconut oil in frying pan.
- Place soaked bread on the pan and fry on each side until golden brown on medium-low heat. Flip with tongs or spatula.
- Drizzle bread with maple syrup or other desired topping and serve while warm.
- Serving Size: 2
Keywords: brunch, vegan breakfast, toast, bread, maple syrup
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- Easy Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Perfect Vegan Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
- Easy Vegan Crepes Filled With Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Cover photo by The Minimalist Vegan. Article written by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article contains affiliate links which means shopping through them helps lights on at World of Vegan!