Learn how to make this delicious and easy Vegan French Toast and you'll be making it again and again. Can be nut-free, soy-free and gluten-free.
I have made this vegan French Toast recipe for many, many years now and it has lived on this blog for at least eight of those. I know a number of you love it too, and have written to tell me so.
But when I made it once again this week and had Desi photograph it for you, I was wondering -- as I usually do with old recipes that I update -- if there's anything I could tweak to make it better.
Like any classic, this recipe really needs no gilding. When I first made it, I used the most straightforward vegan substitutes: flax eggs for the eggs and soymilk for the cream/milk. I've made other versions of French toast since, savory, stuffed and sweet, but nothing really can beat the simple goodness of this eight-ingredient version.
What I also love about this recipe is that it's really good for you. The bread is whole wheat, and there's flaxmeal and whole wheat flour in the recipe. Yes, you can douse it in maple syrup, as I admit we often do at our home, but you could also just serve it with some fresh fruit or vegan whipped cream if you want to keep it as healthy as can be.
How do you make vegan French Toast that's not just good but good for you?
- You start out with wholesome ingredients. French toast is usually made with a slightly sweet, buttery bread like a brioche, but I find that by the time you've dipped it into the vanilla custard and the bread has soaked up all that goodness, it doesn't really matter if your bread is a white one or a whole wheat one. So I go the whole wheat route. If you want additional indulgence, use a brioche like my Vegan Olive Oil Brioche with Aquafaba.
- A reader said she adds cinnamon to the recipe, and I love that idea. If you do, add the cinnamon to the custard for best results.
- Make sure you process your nuts to be quite fine but not too powdery. The nuts make this recipe extra delicious but you could skip them if you're nut-free.
- Gluten-free? You can make this recipe with gluten-free sandwich bread, and whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch into the custard instead of the whole wheat flour.
Here's your simple ingredient list for the vegan French Toast:
- Whole wheat bread
- Whole wheat flour
- Vanilla soymilk or any nondairy milk (I like the soymilk because it's thicker which suits this recipe perfectly)
- Maple syrup
- Pure vanilla extract
- Vegan butter or oil for the skillet
This, needless to say, is a kid-friendly recipe, so if you have little ones in your home, you can be sure they'll love it. My son, Jay, gobbles this up and it's one of his most requested breakfasts. I hope you'll try it and if you do, come back and let me know all about it. Or take a photo and tag me on Instagram @HolyCowVegan.
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VEGAN FRENCH TOAST RECIPE
Vegan French Toast
- 6 slices wholegrain bread (I use whole wheat. Something like rye could be too strong, but go with what you like)
- 2 tbsp flaxmeal
- 1 cup soymilk
- ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup walnuts (optional, but nice).
- 1 tbsp vegan butter to coat skillet in a thin layer
- Place the walnuts in a food processor and pulse five to six times until the walnuts are finely chopped. Place in a shallow dish large enough to hold a slice of bread.
- Make the custard by whisking together the flaxmeal, whole wheat flour, soymilk, vanilla extract and maple syrup in another shallow dish large enough to hold the slice of bread.
- Dip the slices of bread one by one in the custard and coat on either side. I let them soak about 20-30 seconds on each side.
- Dip the slice of bread into the walnuts and shake off any excess.
- Heat a skillet and coat with a thin layer of vegan butter or spray on some cooking spray.
- Place a slice of the French toast on the skillet and cook on each side until golden brown.
- Serve hot with a drizzle of maple syrup.
- You can make this recipe with gluten-free sandwich bread, and whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch into the custard instead of the whole wheat flour.
- You can make it nut-free by omitting the walnuts.
- You can make it soy-free by using another non-dairy milk, like cashew or coconut.