A few weeks ago I tried out a local Vegan restaurant called, Vertical Diner. My hubby and I had never been so we each ordered a few sides and shared. One of the items I ordered was french toast. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until I was looking over the menu that I realized I had not had a version of french toast since I went vegan… and honestly I think it’s been at least 1.5 years since I’ve had any kind of french toast! As I dug in, it was like, “How have I gone this long without trying to make this?!?”. During the drive home, I chatted about what could be in recipe and bounced ideas of my husband. When I got home, I took to Pinterest! Sooo many of the recipes out there contain bananas. I know some of you out there are a little adverse to bananas (especially when its not meant to have a banana flavor). That lead me to want to try making a banana free version – which was a bit tricky to get right.
Even when I was little I always hated it how the center would get soo soggy and I would cut out the centers of the bread and only eat the edges. I mean its called French TOAST isn’t it? Not French Soggy! That means I needed a batter thin enough to be absorbed but still thick enough so it wouldn’t drench the bread all the way through.
- You can just use cheap bread… but…. it’s so much better to use good quality bread!! Head to your local baker and pick up a fresh loaf of french or white bread! Then try and restrain yourself from eating it all before you get a chance to make your French Toast (a serious struggle for this bread junkie).
- When putting the bread in the batter, be quick if your bread is normal sandwich slice thickness, however if you have thick slices you can let it set for 4-5 seconds on each side.
- If you have a square dish use that, it’s a lot easier to coat the bread and use all the batter when the dish isn’t a bowl.
- 6-8 slices of bread
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 2 Tbsp Molasses
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 3 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Ginger
- Preheat oven to lowest temp and put a baking pan in (to keep toast warm until you are finished cooking)
- Mix all of ingredients in a shallow (preferably square) dish, let set for 2-3 minutes to allow the batter to thicken
- Lay bread slice in the batter and flip to coat both sides
- Spray cooking oil on a pan and turn heat to medium-high
- Place bread slice into a hot pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, cook for another 2-3 minutes
- Stir the batter between each slice to make sure everything is incorporated