This vegan Stuffed French Toast is as decadent and delicious as breakfast can possibly get, but it's also healthy. Wholegrain bread is slathered with peanut butter, stuffed with fruit, and coated in a scrumptious mixture of chia seeds, walnuts, and maple syrup.
A brand new year is like a chance to start fresh, isn't it? I know it's just a day like any other, but there is just something about the arrival of January that shakes awake the slumbering optimist in me and sets me looking forward to a year that will be even better than the one that just went by.
In my last post I asked you to tell me what your resolutions were. Some of you said you want to spend more time with your families, some of you want to get healthier or fitter. Samantha wants to get her family to eat healthy, Vani wants to run a marathon, and Chitra wants to watch less TV and read more. As I read each of your resolutions, I was thinking, me too!
But there was one resolution from Jennifer that made me really pause and think-- to not participate in self-hatred.
Now there's a resolution that I could certainly adopt. Every day, as I go through my life, I find myself thinking of all the things I could be that I am not. I wonder why I didn't do this or that or get things right that time. I think of the times I messed things up and how I landed in a bigger mess because I wasn't paying attention when I should have. In short, I find it hard to let go of my mistakes, forgive myself, and move on.
It's a crime against ourselves that many of us are guilty of, but how often do we even realize it? No one is perfect-- we all make mistakes. But it's important to remind ourselves that we also have the power to set our lives on a better course.
So this year, in addition to my newly dusted goals of losing weight, getting fitter, reading more, cooking and blogging more, getting out more, and getting together with friends more often, I am adding one more resolution to my list: I will appreciate myself more, and I will focus more on the things I do right, instead of those I don't.
And oh, I am hoping to catch a Billy Joel concert too. 🙂
My resolution for a healthier 2014 got an early start with this healthy Stuffed French Toast that I cooked up for breakfast.
I wanted to make something decadent and French Toast had been on my mind. I had posted a healthier -- and vegan-- version of Vegan French Toast on this blog a while back which many of you have cooked and loved, but for New Year's Day I wanted something a little more special.
So I cooked up my Vegan Whole Wheat Vanilla Bread, sliced it up, slathered some creamy peanut butter on each slice, loaded it up with fresh strawberries and bananas, dunked it in an eggless wash made of chia seeds, almond milk and vanilla, and then finished it all up with a coating of powdered walnuts to give my French Toast a golden crust.
I was expecting deliciousness, but this toast was beyond that. You have to eat it to believe it. The heat makes the strawberries and bananas just tender and the peanut butter all gooey, and the walnut-chia crust is to be eaten to be believed.
You can try this toast with my gluten-free sandwich bread too. Use 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch in the eggless wash instead of the whole-wheat flour, and you will have a treat that's completely gluten-free.
Here's the recipe now. Enjoy, all, and if you cooked up something healthy on New Year's Day to keep up with those resolutions, I'd love to hear.
More vegan breakfast recipes
- Vegan Strawberry Bread
- Orange Almond Breakfast Loaf
- Vegan Zucchini Breakfast Strata
- Vegan French Toast Casserole
- Vegan French Toast
Healthy Vegan Stuffed French Toast
Healthy Stuffed French Toast
- 8 slices wholegrain bread (try my vanilla whole wheat bread which is perfect in this recipe. Recipe link in notes below.)
- 8 ripe strawberries, thinly sliced
- 2 medium bananas, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup nondairy milk like soy or almond
- ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds, can use 2 tablespoon of flaxmeal instead, powdered in a food processor or spice grinder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup walnuts, crushed to a fairly fine consistency. Some bigger pieces are okay.
- Oil spray to coat the pan
- Make the eggless wash by whisking together in a shallow dish the nondairy milk, powdered chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and flour.
- Spread some peanut butter on one side of each slice. Then arrange the sliced strawberries and bananas on the buttered side. Place the second side, buttered side down, on top and press down firmly.
- Dredge the stuffed toast in the eggless wash, coating the top and bottom sides thoroughly. Then dredge it in the powdered walnuts.
- Heat a cast-iron or nonstick griddle or skillet and spray with oil. Place the French Toast on the griddle and toast each side until it's golden-brown. This should take 3-4 minutes per side on medium heat.
- Serve hot. The stuffed French Toast is great by itself but it's extra-special with a drizzle of maple syrup.
- The toast is quite filling-- one half makes a hearty serving. Nutrition info is for half of each stuffed French toast.
This is amazing! A lot of work with all the grinding, but worth it. The recipe makes a lot so I’ll freeze the ready-made sandwiches and see how it reheats. I didn’t have banana or strawberries so used apple and cherries instead. Fabulous! Thank-you!
I am going to try this recipe. Its very innovative. Thanks so much for posting it! What would you suggest to replace the banana? I was thinking I could use peach
Peach would be great!
wow eye catching __ will definitely try it on this weekend
The Vegan Junction
Now that is one intense breakfast! I love the fruity filling. 😉
I just made this for breakfast and it was amazing! Thanks so much for this recipe!!! Everyone in the house liked this and it was so easy.
Here's my write up:
This looks fantastic, but I have a question. My son is gluten free. Can you recommend a substitute for the whole wheat flour?
Hi Phil, you can use brown rice flour or tapioca starch. Use the same amount -- 1/4 cup-- if using rice flour, but cut down to 2 tbsp if you use the tapioca. Happy cooking, and hope your son likes it! 🙂
Thanks so much for this input! Very helpful. My son does eat eggs, so I suppose I could just replace the whole eggless wash with eggs. Right?
Yes, you could.
This looks amazing, I love the peanut butter outside. Looks far more interesting than the traditional version - I love it when people take a conventional recipe and veganize it with so much creativity.
This is a gorgeous recipe!
Oh man, this is really something... I'm so gonna make this! Thanks for sharing ^_^
I wish I was your neighbor ..... Would have smelled that and come wafting on its heavenly tail to beg you to fix me a slice... 🙂 now I have to do all the hard work myself if I want to eat that ... 🙁
Hi Anusha, would be wonderful to have you for a neighbor. 🙂 You are welcome to visit any time. This recipe may look like it has many steps, but honestly it comes together in no time. I hope you will give it a try sometime.
What a gorgeous brunch dish!
This year, rather than making a bunch of vague resolutions all at once (which I've done for years- they just fizzle out), I'm choosing to establish one habit every month. It takes a few weeks to make a habit stick so this works out well.
In January, I'm working on my bedtime routine- to make it a habit to go to bed early (tearing myself away from books and knitting and TV) and get my rest as much as I can. I'm a parent of a poor sleeper and the lack of sleep is ruining my quality of life 🙂 so I have to salvage as much as I can.
Nupur, I get it. Facing a full day without enough sleep can be daunting. Here's wishing you a successful -- but restful-- 2014.