Eggless French Toast

Vegan French Toast, eggless and dairy-free

Even if the nationwide salmonella outbreak from contaminated eggs hasn’t actually made you sick, the horror stories that have emerged from the farms that produced these eggs have surely made you want to throw up your omelet?

The ongoing, nationwide recall of more than half-billion eggs has given us more evidence than we should possibly need that eggs hurt– both the humans who consume them and the hens who are forced to produce them like machines while living in conditions no sentient creature should ever have to endure. Federal investigators this week found the henhouses in the two farms where the salmonella-tainted eggs originated, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, were stacked with eight-feet-high piles of manure, and crawling with rats and flies and maggots that “crunched under foot.”

It’s a pretty safe bet that conditions at egg farms around the world are no different. Worse, hens at these farms go through immense suffering that has been observed and chronicled by organizations like the Humane Society of the United States:

Like birds raised for meat, chickens in the egg industry suffer immensely—beginning right after birth. Male chicks are considered byproducts, as they’re unable to lay eggs and aren’t bred for meat production. Millions each year are gassed, crushed, or thrown into garbage bins to die from dehydration or asphyxiation. Most female chicks are painfully mutilated without any anesthesia. The tips of their sensitive beaks are sliced off with a hot blade, making it difficult for them to grasp food…

More than 95 percent of hens in U.S. factory farms are intensively confined in small, wire “battery cages,” stacked several tiers high and extending down long warehouses. Hens are given less space than the area of a letter-sized sheet of paper in which to eat, sleep, lay eggs, and defecate…After two years, the hens are no longer profitable and are ripped from the cages, limbs often tearing, as teams work at an hourly rate of up to1,500 birds, sometimes holding seven hens at a time. As with broiler chickens and turkeys, egg-laying hens are crammed in crates stacked on transport trucks and denied food, water, or protection from extreme temperatures during their journey to slaughter.

At the slaughter plant, the birds are dumped onto conveyors and hung upside down in shackles by their legs. In the United States, federal regulations do not require birds to be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered… Birds have their throats cut by hand or machine. As slaughter lines run at rapid speeds (up to 8,400 chickens per hour), mistakes are common and some birds are still conscious as they enter tanks of scalding water intended to loosen their feathers.

Does that sound like a horror story? It is, a very real one at that, and who in their right heads would want any part of it?

If all that still isn’t enough, and if you still actually believe eggs are good for you, chew on this: a single egg contains more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol– that’s more cholesterol than you’ll find in a McDonald’s Angus Beef Burger or in a KFC Double Down sandwich or, in fact, in almost any disgusting fast-food menu item out there.

Doesn’t sound healthy to me.

Whether you’re a vegan or not, eggs are by far one of the easiest foods to replace in your diet. Look at my vegan substitutes page for ideas on how to bake, cook and eat egglessly and healthfully and — big bonus– minus that absolutely yucky eggy stink.

And now, so I can put my egg substitute where my mouth is, here’s my completely eggless French Toast recipe which would convert the hardiest egg aficionado. It’s not just delicious, but it is actually good for you.

Enjoy!

Vegan French Toast, eggless and dairy-free
Eggless French Toast
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 slices wholegrain bread (use a mild-flavored grain, like wheat--  not rye or sourdough, unless you actually happen to like your French toast with those breads)
  • 1 cup soymilk
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely crushed (optional)
  • Oil to coat skillet or griddle in a thin layer
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except the bread, walnuts and oil in a shallow container and mix well.
  2. Place the walnuts in a separate dish
  3. Dip the slices of bread one by one in the batter and coat on either side. I let them soak about 20-30 seconds on each side.
  4. Dip into the walnuts
  5. Heat a skillet and coat with a thin layer of oil
  6. Place a slice of the French toast on the skillet and cook on each side until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with a drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar

For more eggless recipes, check out my Whole-Wheat Challah Bread, one of the most popular recipes on this blog, or my pancake, waffle cake and cookie recipes that use absolutely no eggs.
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Update: I was thinking of including this in my original post because I knew someone would inevitably raise it: that vegetables like spinach and tomato have also been recalled for salmonella contamination in the past. It’s like that ultimate argument weapon in a meat- or egg-eater’s arsenal.

Unfortunately for them, though, I do have an answer: It’s  the meat, stupid (that’s not original, by the way, but I just couldn’t resist it!) 

Salmonella are intestinal bacteria that grow and flourish in animal intestines. Since vegetables don’t have an intestine, the reason they get contaminated is because germs from chicken and cow feces in animal farms contaminate waterways used for irrigating vegetables. It’s been proven time and again in federal and state investigations of these salmonella outbreaks.

The bottomline is this: animal farming is what causes salmonella. And stopping animal farming and giving up animal products is the only way to stop future infections of anything we put into our mouths.

Let’s all  toast to that!

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Comments

  1. says

    It is indeed a horrifying story..Although I dont cook with eggs, I didn’t mind the occasional cake/cookie , but have completely stopped eating products containing eggs since the past few months…I am glad I did so ! Your recipe looks very easy and delicious ! Will try it this weekend :)

  2. says

    OMG…I literally cried after reading the part about their beaks being cut…gosh,its horrifying!!I am a vegetarian but use eggs in baking.I really have to think twice now before using eggs!!

  3. says

    The jury is still out on the cholesterol aspect of the egg, so I don’t think that alone is a good reason to stop eating eggs all together.
    There are other ways to stay healthy and I think focusing on them might be a better solution if one was watching his or her diet.
    If I remember right, spinach has a recall following a salmonella outbreak too!

  4. says

    That looks so good!

    We had just watched a documentary from Mercy for Animals on the egg industry. My husband and daughter both decided on the spot not to eat eggs or chicken again! (they had both been huge egg and chicken fans). I’ve been trying to go vegan for a while now, and am doing pretty well! I love it and will never go back to my old way of eating.

    I love your blog because it gives me some great recipes to integrate into our menu at home. They are so good that I don’t have to tell my daughter or husband they are vegan, just serve it, and they love it:)

  5. says

    Sharmilee, Thanks.

    Chhaya, Divya, Pavani, yes, it’s absolutely horrifying and heartbreaking. And completely unnecessary.

    Latha, thanks!

    Mints, that’s a great tip. I was also thinking yesterday how much like a pancake batter this was.

    Anudivya, the jury is actually in on the egg cholesterol issue. There is an incredible amount of research that shows a direct correlation between cholesterol found only in animal products) and lifestyle diseases like diabetes and heart disease. And even studies that actually say an egg a day is okay always temper that advise with consuming only the egg white and leaving out the fatty yolk, and eating no more than an egg a day. Doesn’t sound safe to me at all. I’d rather eat food that I know is doing good things to my body than raising my risk for terrible diseases.
    As for the salmonella in spinach and tomato-I am glad you raised because I knew someone would and I can’t wait to answer. Salmonella are bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts of animals. Vegetables don’t have an intestine, so the only reason they get contaminated with salmonella is because they are handled by people with contaminated fecal matter on their hands, or if they come in close proximity with animal products like meat, unpasteurized milk, meat and eggs, which are the primary sources of salmonella. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has investigated and found this to be the case in each vegetable infection of salmonella. More reason to stop eating those animal products.

  6. says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe..I had read another recipe similar to this that used pureed bananas in the batter..sounds equally delicious..I feel awful even when I go to the county fairs and see the animals..can’t ever picture myself eating eggs..absolutely detest them..How’s your pet dog doing?

  7. says

    Vaishali,

    I love this recipe and loved your curd rice recipe as well! You have made both into vegan, thank so much! I have been trying to find better way to make both of these! Did you just listened to my subconscious mind?

    The way they raise eggs, and hens, more reason to be vegan!

  8. Anonymous says

    (From Aarti)
    You’re totally right about the way that animals are treated. But I don’t think the larger problem with food is not going to go away by simply not eating animals. We must change the agriculture. Soy, for example, is almost 100% genetically modified. Even if it says it is not GM—the pollination patterns cannot guarantee anything. Pesticide use as well as genetically modified seeds means that non-animal food is not healthy either. Not eating animal foods for those who want to do so (And I am a vegan for the very reasons that you are. I agree with all your points on not eating animal products) is fine if people want to do that, but not necessarily healthy.
    Thank you for all your delicious recipes

  9. says

    French Toast is my favourite comfort food – my Dad taught me how to make it.

    This is a great recipe which doesnt have ingredients which arent available in India (atleast in the metros). I guess the browning is aided by the maple syrup? else would have loved to omit it, since Im not a fan…

  10. says

    Great post! The french toast looks delicious and I’m glad somebody pointed out that these egg recalls are not just a fluke… its more like a fluke when people don’t get sick.

  11. says

    Jenny, Thanks for your email and your kind words. Your family’s lucky to have your guidance. I would like to watch that MFA video and will look for it for sure.

    GKB, yes, I’ve seen recipes that use pureed bananas and they do sound wonderful. Gotta try my French Toast that way sometimes– I’d imagine it’d taste a bit like banana bread. Yum.
    Thanks for asking about Lucy– she’s doing well. She’s already been through four doses of intensive chemo, and is now on a maintenance dose. There are so signs so far that the cancer has spread, which is great.

    Preeti, thanks, and it’s really horrifying, isn’t it?

    Aarti, I totally agree with you. Soy is one of the most controversial foods around today because of the way its farmed, and I do limit my use of it for that very reason. The ruthlessness of the corporate farming industry, fueled by the greed of multinationals like Monsanto, is something we all need to educate ourselves about to protect our health. Because vegetable products that are raised irresponsibly can also harm.

    Priya, thanks!

    Miri, thanks, and you can definitely either skip the syrup or substitute it with plain sugar or sugar syrup. I’d use powdered sugar because regular sugar might not mix thoroughly in the batter.

    Sanjeeta, Thanks!

    T, :) You hit the target.

  12. says

    For a long time now I have been buying eggs from a local farmer. You know I am not vegan, but I respect those who are, and I love your blog. :)

    This eggless version looks so scrumptious!

  13. says

    Hi Vaishali,
    Following ur blog for smtime nw but commenting first time!
    Recreated your mango bread recipe the other day [of course not vegan]…. loved it. I am really amazed at your creativity and skills to make vegan food look so tasty and appetiziting.Curdless Curd rics simply knocked me on the floor…tofu was an amazing idea.
    Thanks
    Sinfully Spicy

  14. says

    If I may say, my mother rescued a dozen of 1 year old hens from such a henhouse. They were in a pitiful condition. They did not even know how to eat grain, or walk !

    Luckily, we had a lonely rooster who taught them how to live freerange. I don’t think they are unhappy.

    And their eggs, which we eat when they are available, are awesome !

    But we’ve stopped buying mass-produced eggs, though…

  15. says

    I’m NOT a vegan, or health conscious in the least. My wife is both. I do, however, have a child with a severe egg allergy. Found this recipe via google this morning, and made it.

    Bravo, and thank you! It was delicious, and acclaimed by all :D

  16. Anonymous says

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making a recipe with ingredients I actually have on hand! I’m tired of vegan recipes with “egg replacers” where you don’t really know what’s in them

  17. says

    Oh man, I’ve missed French toast so much since abstaining from murder. This is simple, looks delicious and even helps me get my flax for the day.

    Bodacious.

  18. says

    Thanks Vaishali for your wonderful recipes! I’ve tried a few eggless french toast recipes, and this one is definitely the best. I added a 1/2 tbsp of nutritional yeast for the flavor/vitamins, and used honey instead of syrup. Plus I added cinnamon because I’ve never had french toast without it, although my BF says he never had it with till he met me! Anyway, turned out great! Thanks!!

  19. Latha says

    Though I’ve read a lot on the benefits of flax seeds and it being a successful (and healthy) substitute to eggs never got around using it. I’m really glad i tried this for our breakfast this morning. i used whole grain spelt flour, oats milk and the result was just too good. this will be a regular snack box recipe for my 6 yr old. he and his little sis loved it too. Thanks Vaishali!

  20. Anonymous says

    Hi Vaishali,
    What an eye opener for all!
    I come from a pure vegatarian family and I never miss a moment to thank God for being so kind to me for this. Today after reading the article on the plightful conditions of the hens, I once again bow down to god for being so generous to me. Although I am not a vegan(i.e. we use dairy products), i ceratinly would like to go one as when situation permits. Since my husband is in IAF and his is a transferable job, at times we find it difficult to even find dairy products; forget about the vegan substitutes. Is there any other substitute of flaxmeal seed powder(it is impossible to fins at korukonda, a small village in AP)?

    With Thanks,
    Nisha,
    God Bless.

  21. says

    Nisha, Feel free to leave out the flax seeds. You might even try adding some ground sesame seeds instead of the flax powder. Hope that helps. :)

  22. Amy says

    This is so good! I had my doubts when the first piece stuck like glue to my skillet, but I persevered and used a little more oil in the pan and the rest turned out delicious!

    We used Earth Balance vegan butter and organic powdered sugar instead of syrup. All six in our family loved it and I will definitely be making this again soon.

  23. says

    Hi
    I actually made this finally- really had to wait for bread to be a bit stale..so that it doesn’t fall apart.It was delicious.My kids helped me make it and they loved it..the walnut addition is simply brilliant.
    I also used the technique listed here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zyJT-PiqUA
    According to this chef,the toast turns out better if you brown it slightly in the pan and then stick it in an oven at 400F for 10 min or so.This additional step was worth it.
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

  24. wildflower says

    It’s an old comment but I just have to reply regarding soybean production with an example: Over 90% of the soybean crop in USA is used for livestock feed. Best way to minimise the production of soy and other grains is to grow them for human consumption and eat these foods directly, rather than through animal products. This would save so much energy in the process. I agree Monsanto is pure evil. But it’s easy to talk about ‘change’ without really understanding how it applies in everyday life. Our consumption of animal foods plays a BIG part in agricultural practices of today.

    By the way, Thanks for another yummy recipe! :)

  25. says

    Mmm. Thank you. I do eat eggs, but I get them from a few small local farms. I can actually go visit the hens and see that they are being raised humanely. I haven’t gotten out to the farm lately, and I had a craving for French Toast. Your recipe is delicious! I don’t miss the eggs at all.

    If you can use crushed bananas as breading, I wonder if pumpkin puree would work. I can see that tasting amazing with cinnamon and nutmeg.

  26. says

    Mandi, glad you liked it. Pumpkin puree sounds like a good idea in theory, but I am not sure how it would taste here because it has a rather sharp taste. You’d need to sweeten it first too. If you try it, I’d like to know how it turned out.

  27. Anonymous says

    Just made these this morning for myself and my 5 yr old. We both LOVED them! I’ve tried a few different versions of vegan french toast, and this is my new favorite. Next time I will try it with the walnuts, but this morning we just didn’t have time.

    We used Dave’s Killer Bread and pure maple syrup, so I can at least feel good that I’m giving my child something that is like a treat, but still reasonably healthy. We don’t eat animal products, so things like french toast are truly a treat for us. :)

    Thanks so much! I love your site and all of the great recipes! We love Indian dishes and trying to make them vegan, so I refer to your site often when I’m looking for new ideas. Thanks so much for all your fantastic ideas.

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