Jan 6, 2011

Vegan banana-oat french toast

I love french toast, and it has been one of the things I’ve missed the most since switching to a more heart-healthy diet. For years, I’ve hesitated to make a lowfat or vegan version for fear that it would be disappointing. But the other day my cravings got the best of me and I gave it a shot. Many vegan french toast recipes call for tofu to give the batter body, but tofu is not something I want in my french toast. Instead, I used a combination of oats, flax and banana to create a thick, rich batter based on almond milk, and added orange juice and cinnamon to boost the flavor.

The result isn’t exactly like traditional french toast, since it doesn’t have the same kind of eggy crust. However, it’s delicious in its own right, with the banana creating a nice caramelization on the outside. Add maple syrup  and fruit, and you’ve pretty much achieved breakfast nirvana.

Note: choose bread that is airy enough to absorb the liquid; if you use a very dense and heavy whole grain loaf, this won’t work quite as well. And it’s better to cut your own thick-ish slices here rather than using pre-sliced bread. I used an artisan whole wheat loaf that was crusty but light.

Vegan Banana-Oat French Toast

2 cups vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon ground flax
1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 banana
8 slices whole-grain bread
Organic canola oil
Fresh fruit of choice and maple syrup, for topping

Combine the almond milk, flax, oats, orange juice, cinnamon and banana in a blender and process until well blended. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and soak the slices of bread for a minute or two on each side,until the liquid has completely penetrated the bread. Rub canola oil onto a griddle and heat on medium-high. (Note: if you have a nonstick griddle, do not use cooking oil spray, because the soy lecithin in it does ugly things to nonstick surfaces!) Cook until well-browned on one side, then flip and brown the other side. Serve with fruit and maple syrup.

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  • This looks just like actual french toast. I’m going to try this and taste it myself

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  • Mary

    This is appealing enough to be one of my favorites!

  • Who could say ‘no’ to a breakfast like this one?

  • Jeremie June

    Just made this for breakfast. Surprisingly soft in the center.

  • This looks delicious! Gotta try it! :)

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  • Emma

    I’ve decided to become a vegan for many reasons but the biggest one is how meat and dairy is farmed and the cruelty that goes on. I just couldn’t justify eating meat and dairy any longer. And in the uk it’s becoming more difficult to buy local 100% free range. Obviously being a meat and dairy eater for many years I thought that it would be tough. Luckily after doing a lot of research I got to the point where I just didn’t want to eat it and the thought turns my stomach. I came across your blog and WOW!! I’ve tried this recipe and the lasagne recipe….both were absolutely delicious :-) Thank you so much for sharing your tasty delights. I look forward to making and sampling many more.

  • whatwouldcathyeat

    Emma, your comment makes me very happy! Thanks so much – and keep it up.

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