Few things make me happier on a weekend than a great breakfast. Whether it’s the fact we all have more time in the mornings, or just fancy treating ourselves after a busy week of work, we all have those go-to ‘luxury’ breakfasts that are worth getting up for.
For me, one of those is French toast. Though I have indeed enjoyed this dish in my pre-vegan days, I love it even more now. Lots of people think you can’t make French toast without eggs, but that is of course not true! All you need is a simple recipe, and a bit of know-how.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, it’s hard to find somebody who’d say no to this age-old breakfast. I love my French toast with a topping of berries and drizzle of maple syrup. Alternatively you can add a dollop of creamy coconut yoghurt, a sprinkle of hemp seeds or even a dusting of icing sugar.
Is French toast vegan?
As you probably know, traditional French toast is not vegan. It is typically made by whisking milk, eggs and any optional flavourings/sweeteners together to make a batter, before bread is dunked into it and fried in a pan.
However, with a few small tweaks, this popular breakfast can easily be made plant-based, staying just as delicious and even being healthier too!
How to make vegan French toast
You can easily make French toast vegan by firstly swapping out the dairy milk for plant milk. This is a really subtle switch and has no impact on the flavour.
Next, you’ll want to find a substitute for the eggs. There are lots of different options for this, depending on the end texture and flavour you’re looking for. You can use chia seeds or flax seeds (mixed with water to make a vegan ‘egg’), and I’ve even seen some recipes that use banana.
My star ingredient for this recipe though is tapioca starch. Made from the tapioca plant, tapioca starch is a marvellous thickener for all kinds of batters, gravies and sauces. It can be used in place of cornstarch/cornflour in most recipes, and in other cases such as this, makes a great replacement for eggs. It’s incredibly low in fat and calories, bringing the saturated fat and cholesterol of this recipe right down.
Tapioca starch may sound like an unusual ingredient if you’ve never cooked with it before, but trust me, it’s very easy to find. You can order from Amazon* or Holland & Barrett*, check your local health food shop, or even find it in the baking aisle of some supermarkets.
This recipe I’m about to show you is for sweet French toast. If you prefer yours to have a more savoury flavour, you may need to look elsewhere, though I am always experimenting with different French toast recipes so may have a savoury one to share here soon!
Easy Vegan French Toast Recipe
Serves 1 (or 2 if you’re feeling generous!)
- 4-5 slices of good quality, slightly stale bread (I like to use some nice sourdough)
- 3/4 cup plant milk
- 1 tbsp tapioca starch
- Pinch cinnamon (or 1/4 tsp)
- Whisk or blend all of the ingredients except the bread together to make the batter. Pour into a large bowl.
- Heat a small amount of oil in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat (use the best quality oil you can afford; I like olive oil).
- Tilt the bottom of the pan until the oil is covering the bottom.
- Take one piece of bread and dip it into the batter so it is completely covered. Don’t hold it there too long though as it will become floppy!
- When the oil is hot, place the piece of bread into the pan. Cook until it is starting to look crisp and golden on one side, then flip with a spatula. (If your bread starts to burn quickly, your heat is likely too high. Try lowering it a little.)
- Do this with each of the pieces one by one. You can usually do a couple of pieces at a time in a regular frying pan. Keep the pieces warm in the oven until ready to eat.
- Top with desired toppings and serve!
- Fresh berries
- Maple syrup
- Date sugar
- Sprinkle of extra cinnamon
- Dusting of icing sugar
- Coconut yoghurt
- Melted chocolate sauce.
What do you think of this recipe? Will you be making it? Be sure to tag me in your pictures – #everythingspeachy!