This easy classic vegan french toast recipe is tender and fluffy on the inside, and perfectly crispy on the outside. This has easy-to-find ingredients, and you won't even notice that this is a vegan version of classic french toast the whole family will love.
Who misses a traditional french toast? I know I did, so I finally got around to toying with some recipes and I feel like I nailed it. If you're looking for some other versions of french toast try these out; Vegan cinnamon roll French toast, or a delicious vegan French toast casserole.
There is something special about having french toast on a Sunday morning or even a holiday breakfast.
This vegan french toast recipe will make you never miss the old egg-coated recipes.
What I love most about this recipe is it's super easy to make and is the perfect breakfast.
I love breakfast foods that can be whipped out in a jiffy.
I am all about that pancake and waffles life, but sometimes it's good to have some variety.
For this easy french toast recipe, you need a grinder of some sort to grind the chia seeds.
The chia seeds are our secret ingredient, that's what makes the mixture stick onto the bread.
I am sure you could use ground flax (as a flax egg) as well, however, I have never actually tried it.
But they work in the same fashion.
I use a small coffee grinder but it's never been used for coffee, so it keeps the coffee flavor out.
This recipe also has a little bit of all-purpose flour in it.
It's almost like a batter to really coat the toast, just trust me- it's good.
Let's chat about bread options; what makes the best kind of bread for french toast?
We have a lot to cover here.
Do you use fresh bread or stale bread?
You typically don't want fresh really soft bread (you don't want soggy french toast) so semi-stale is the best.
The thicker the bread, the better, just like when making regular french toast.
Here are some good options for the best vegan french toast;
- french bread
- Texas toast *not all are vegan, look at labels
- sourdough bread
- Italian loaf bread
- white bread, if you can't the thick stuff, the regular stuff will do just fine! Don't sweat it.
If you want to make it a bit healthier you can use whole grain or whole wheat bread. Ezekiel bread is super healthy and actually would work pretty well if you wanted healthy bread. It's fairly dry, to begin with, so it won't soak up all the coating.
Just stay away from brioche bread, which almost always is never vegan.
Take a look at your grocery stores bakery section for thick bread and read labels.
Can I make these into vegan french toast sticks?
Yes, you can cut these into sticks, dip all four sides, you'll want to make sure all four sides get cooked. If I was doing this I would likely spread a little melted vegan butter on them and then dip them in cinnamon and sugar then cook them. Yum!
How do I store this easy french toast recipe?
French toast is best stored in the fridge in an air tight container. When you need to reheat it you can do so in the oven or toaster oven. At 200 degrees for about 5-10 minutes, watch it at the 5 minutes mark.
What do you need to make this delicious vegan french toast?
- chia seeds
- non-dairy milk (almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, whichever is your favorite)
- vanilla extract
- regular salt
- brown sugar
- baking powder
- cooking spray or vegan butter *for the skillet
- thick bread slices
Use any of your favorite toppings;
- fresh strawberries or any fresh berries
- pure maple syrup
- apple butter
- powdered sugar
- pumpkin pie spice
- vegan whip cream
- lemon curd
- peanut butter
- vegan maple butter
- chocolate hazelnut spread
- cinnamon and sugar
How do you make this simple vegan french toast?
Here's the perfect recipe and its step by step instructions;
Make the eggy mixture-
Start with mixing your batter ingredients for the french toast. Grab a medium-liquid measuring cup to mix all the ingredients.
Mix your non-dairy milk, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of salt, brown sugar, flour, and baking powder.
Grind your chia seeds and mix them into this mixture.
Stir until mostly combined, there may be some flour chunks, and that's okay, now place the wet mix and pour them into a shallow dish or shallow bowl.
Set this aside.
Heat up your skillet-
Start heating your skillet to medium high heat. You can use a variety of pans (nonstick skillet, fry pan, whatever works) I like to use a pancake skillet so I can get them done pretty quickly.
Once it's heated you can either use cooking spray or a quick rub of vegan butter.
Now get your thick bread ready. Do not fully submerge the bread we're talking a quick dab on each side and get to cooking.
Have the bread take a quick dip- do one slice of bread at a time.
Fry the bread up-
These take a few minutes on each side depending on how hot your pan is. Just keep checking the bottom for that golden brown not too mushy feel and then flip and do the same with the rest of the bread.
Serve with your favorite topping from above to make the best french toast for you.
If you want to keep your slices warm while making the whole batch- preheat your oven to 200 degrees and place the cooked french toast in a single layer in the oven while you're waiting to serve.
What do you like to top your classic vegan french toast with? Let me know in the comments! <3
Want other vegan breakfast recipes?
Awesome Vegan French Toast
- 10 slices thick toast amount will vary on size of toast
- 1.5 TB ground chia seeds
- 1 cup plant milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2 TB brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- cooking spray or vegan butter for cooking
- Take a small mixing bowl and mix your plant milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, salt, brown sugar, flour, baking powder and ground chia seeds, whisk together until combined. Let this sit and thicken while you heat up your skillet.
- Spray cooking spray or melted vegan butter to grease the skillet.
- You can either use this bowl or use a flat bottom pan or I use a square tupperware container to pour your batter into.
- Take a piece of toast and quickly dip each side into the mixture and put it on the hot skillet, cook for 2ish minutes on one side and flip and cook for about the same checking to make sure it doesn't burn. The cooking time will depend on how hot your skillet is. Finish with remaining toast.
- Serve with maple syrup, berries, powdered sugar, maple butter (my fav), or whatever topping you desire.
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