vegan french toast

vegan french toast / loveandlemons.com

The first year Jack and I were together, he was working in Austin while I was finishing college in Chicago. He’d come visit me nearly once a month. It feels like such long time ago now (11 years, yikes)… many of those early memories are fuzzy, but a few stand out.

Friday nights, I would take the blue line to the airport to “pick him up” and we’d ride back to the city together. I was always late, he was always mad (or madly in love, ha). 

Saturday mornings, we would head to the Pick Me Up Cafe where he would read The Onion in print (back then I think they only distributed it in Chicago), and I would eat vegan french toast. He’d read me funny headlines and I would ramble on about how this french toast couldn’t possibly be vegan. It was that good.

vegan french toast / loveandlemons.com

This one is close, or maybe better. Even Jack was surprised it didn’t have eggs. I used vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk, millet flour, nutritional yeast, (which seems strange, but it gives it that eggy essence), cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of maple syrup. I loved it with chewy ciabatta bread, but this would be gluten free if you sub in gluten free bread.

vegan french toast / loveandlemons.com

almondbreeze

vegan french toast

Yield: serves 2

Serving Size: 2-3 pieces per person

vegan french toast

Ingredients

  • 6 slices, slightly stale ciabatta bread, sliced about 3/4-inch thick*
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze Almond Milk, vanilla flavor
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (plus more, for serving)
  • 2 tablespoons millet flour (or any flour)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • small bit of freshly ground nutmeg
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • coconut oil, for the pan
  • serve with: powdered sugar, a dab of vegan butter, maple syrup & fresh fruit

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the almond milk, maple syrup, flour, nutritional yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  2. Place bread in a shallow dish (with sides) that holds all of the bread. Pour the mixture over the bread, flipping it around to coat thoroughly.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, place the bread slices and cook for a few minutes per side, until golden brown.
  4. Serve with powdered sugar, a dab of vegan butter, maple syrup & fresh fruit.

Notes

*this is gluten free if you sub in gluten free bread

*nutritional yeast is not the same as baking yeast, look for yellow nutritional yeast flakes in the bulk bins of your health food store.

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67 comments

  1. Kelsey K. from eatwelltraveloftenblog.blogspot.com on said:

    I used to have this image that popped into my head every time I heard the word “vegan”, something like the restaurant Tina Fey goes to in Baby Mama, where the food is just dough that’s alive and weird. I quickly learned this is not the case at all, and this french toast is further proof! I don’t follow a vegan diet, but I can’t wait to try this recipe!
    eatwelltraveloftenblog.blogspot.com

  2. I’m a big vegan french toast fan! I’ve made it with pumpkin puree, using bananas and even using Sunwarrior in the mix! Ripe banana made a great sweet batter!

  3. That seriously looks so incredible! I definitely need to try this since my dairy allergies have gotten worse.

  4. This looks amazing!! I miss delicious perfect bread like that, every one in a while. This is one of those times. No gluten-free bread has every looked like that ;) Love that first photo with the syrup being poured! So beautiful.

  5. Kathryn from londonbakes.com on said:

    I don’t really get on with eggs so I’m excited to try this version!

  6. I’m so excited to try this recipe!! I’ve attended a lot of brunches lately and wondered how to create a vegan version of this classic dish. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Lindsey from dollyandoatmeal.com on said:

    wow! this sounds so good. i always wondered how one could make eggless french toast.

  8. Quinn Cooper from quinncooperstyle.com on said:

    I normally don’t go out of my way to eat anything vegan, but this recipe looks really delicious. I might just have to try my hand at some vegan french toast!
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

  9. Another stunning photo…and delectable sounding recipe! I pinned it onto Delicious Karma’s Pinterest Breakfast Board so I can come back to it this weekend to make it! I’m not vegan, but this recipe really sounds terrific.

  10. Ashley from edibleperspective.com on said:

    This looks to.die.for. I am the biggest french toast fan ever! I’ve made a vegan french toast before using well-mashed banana [+milk/cinnamon] instead of egg. It’s pretty “eggy” when all mashed up. It worked really well and even formed a nice crust! Love your rendition with the millet flour and the light in these photos is so bright + cheery. Perfect for breakfast! :) Continue to love all that you do here!

  11. Love the almond milk in this french toast recipe! Nutritional yeast is something so new to me :)

  12. I am not vegan but I would definitely try this recipe out for French Toast. Its currently raining and cold in Sydney so this would be perfect this morning.

  13. laurasmess from laurasmess.me on said:

    Yum!!! I love the fact that you managed to make vegan French toast without the need for a flax or chia egg (I am not a huge fan, though I do appreciate the ‘binding’ qualities and the nutritional benefits). I already buy Almond Breeze and it’s a pretty yummy almond milk when I don’t have time to make my own. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe… your photos of the gorgeously chewy, pillowy bread with its crispy crust and the soft dusting of powdered sugar are drool-worthy!

  14. I’m going to dork out for a minute and just gush about how much I love this here blog! Your photos are phenomenal, and seriously… this french toast!? I’m in love!

  15. dina from dinaclabaugh.wordpress.com on said:

    This looks amazing Jeanine. Yum. We were planning to do flap-jacks this weekend but you just made us shift gears. Loving Love and Lemons. Thanks for sharing a bit about your courtship too. Very cute. We are headed to Chi town over Memorial Weekend. We love playing there…might have to check out your cafe.;)
    xo dina

  16. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com on said:

    This looks heavenly!! Oh man I want some!!! Beautiful!

  17. These photos are beautiful! If I could eat this I totally would. Not exactly gluten-free, but my mouth is watering!

  18. Patti on said:

    FYI…The Onion was founded in Madison, Wisconsin. Headquarters are now in Chicago, and the paper is distributed for free to many cities including Denver, Austin and Santa Fe!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks, we have it on every corner now. This story took place 11 years ago, so back then the print version was exciting to him :)

  19. Amelia from sistersinthekitchen.co.uk on said:

    Yum, looks so good! Thanks for sharing.

  20. What a cute story, it’s no wonder he was ‘madly’ in love. I can’t imagine you ever being late to anything, you’re way too detail oriented. It must have been the train’s fault, right? Right? Great looking breakfast spread!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      oh you have no idea… me and airports… I’m always running :)

  21. I love this idea! So many of my readers are not only gluten-free, but dairy-free or vegan. I think I’ll try using tapioca gel (a mixture of tapioca flour/starch and water) along with gluten-free bread to create a dairy-free gluten-free version. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I love your blog! I found you via Huffington Post’s article on Food Bloggers: The top 10 of February.

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  23. Becky from thevintagemixer.com on said:

    I like French Toast any way I can get it! This looks delicious for the vegan or non vegan eater :)

  24. Dinner-Pal from dinner-pal.com on said:

    I’m not a vegan but your picture looked so delicious that I want to have French toast for breakfast this weekend. It’s been a while since last time!

  25. I’m not vegan but it’s always nice to have an alternative, especially when you don’t have certain ingredients on hand. Can’t wait to try this when I’m off my self imposed starchy carbs ban.

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  28. Vegan Gypsy from thevegangypsy.com on said:

    This looks amazing! I think I’ll be requesting it for Mother’s Day brunch. :)

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  30. Leni from leniweitweg.wordpress.com on said:

    Love the container of the almond milk on the picture. Thanks also for having so many vegan recipes lately, so I don’t have to veganize them.

    Grüße aus Berlin

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Thanks, I really love it too :). I’m trying to bake less with eggs, which I find to be the hardest part.

  31. Love to see vegan recipes on your beautiful blog – keep ‘em coming! This looks incredible, btw.

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  33. Timothy from free-vegan.com on said:

    This is a great vegan recipe! I have made some vegan french toast without applesauce and fruit juice, it is delicious. Check it out.

    http://free-vegan.com/vegan-french-toast-recipe/

  34. grace from graceblumberg.blogspot.com on said:

    oh my goodness this was amazing (as with all of your recipes!). I even made a little post celebrating it! thank you for the vegan recipes–i love them!
    graceblumberg.blogspot.com

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Grace! So glad you liked it :)

  35. This is a very good recipe. Thank you for posting it. I just made it this morning, with vegan cinnamon-raisin bread. It was delicious.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ooh that sounds delicious, glad you liked it!

  36. APierce on said:

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to have found your amazing site! I am what I call a half vegan (very strict vegetarian, no eggs, but still eat cheese) and my boyfriend is a meat eater but likes to experiment with health food with me. I made him this vegan french toast for his birthday yesterday and he loved it so much we made it again today. So happy I found all your beautiful, healthy, unique, but somewhat easy recipes! Sometimes it’s hard keeping variety in vegetarian meals (especially with little time) and these are awesome… Thank you!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Thanks! So glad you’re finding some inspiration (and some variety!). So funny, I’m the opposite – limit cheese, but I eat tons of eggs. But I try to bake without eggs just so I can post things everyone can enjoy.

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  38. Karina on said:

    I’m vegan and made this for my girlfriends birthday today! It was amazing, best french toast I’ve ever had. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  40. I found you by looking for vegan french toast, and just tried this yumminess!! The nutritional yeast was a little strange at first, but once I added some syrup and fruit it definitely did add a little balance to all the sugar. I recently had some v. french toast with orange extract in it, and I think that would go AWESOME in this too, maybe hide the nutritional yeast a bit but also still let the flavor be there?? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Christina, glad you liked! If you felt like it was too nutritional yeast-ey, you could also just add less (or omit and add a little salt to balance…). I think the extract idea sounds wonderful!

  41. Elisa on said:

    I just made this with left over vegan challah. Amazing – so easy and so yummy. I had unsweetened vanilla almond milk and I wasn’t sure what type the recipe called for so I doubled the maple syrup in the recipe. (I like to err on too sweet!!!) It was a big hit!

  42. Gina from Www.veganstrong.blogspot.com on said:

    I missed grocery shopping day yesterday and had run out of our normal breakfasts for my 2.5 year old son and I. We did have half a leftover baguette in the fridge and a little single serve box of soy milk, plus the other staples, so french toast it was! So glad Google brought up your recipe, it was really delicious but even better, it was SO easy. I think I see more french toast in our future!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Gina,

      I’m so happy to hear, thanks for sharing!

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  44. Christine on said:

    This is such an incredible recipe – thank you!! My fiance made this for me for my birthday breakfast with cinnamon roasted apples on top. He isn’t vegan at all, but he turned to me and said “I don’t know why all French toast isn’t vegan.” So delicious! I will be using the batter to make baked pumpkin French toast this year :-)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ha! I love it! What a sweet fiance you have :)

  45. Courtney on said:

    Just made this and it was soooo good! Used plain soymilk and still delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  46. Jodie on said:

    I just made this. I can’t say it rocked my world but the end result was still decent enough. I’d try again with a softer bread. And at least I now know vegan french toast is possible! :) Giving up animal products is so much easier than many people can imagine. I once was one of those “no way, no how” people.

  47. jenny on said:

    My husband is vegan but I am not. I’m always looking for vegan recipes that we’ll both find delicious–which is particularly difficult for breakfast. This is hands down the best vegan french toast recipe EVER! It is easy to make, beautiful to plate, and absolutely delicious. It’s like a party in my mouth that I never want to end! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  48. Beth on said:

    I have been making this weekly for a couple of weeks and everybody in the house LUVS it even has a leftover the next day..

  49. John B. on said:

    I do not even want to imagine what was my breakfast 11 years ago. It probably contained a lot of bacon, eggs, among other ‘healthy’ food. It is nice that you have been a vegan for such a long time, and it serves as an evidence that people can really become lifelong vegans.
    Your recipe looks delicious. I believe I have tried something very similar on the Winterlicious food festival, although I do not remember if it contained some eggs or not. I’m slowly changing to vegan, so I would like to try your recipe without eggs or other non-vegan ingredients. I hope that baking it will be as easy as with eggs.

  50. John B. on said:

    I do not even want to imagine what was my breakfast 11 years ago. It probably contained a lot of bacon, eggs, among other ‘healthy’ food. It is nice that you have been a vegan for such a long time, and it serves as an evidence that people can really become lifelong vegans.
    Your recipe looks delicious. I believe I have tried something very similar on the Winterlicious food festival, although I do not remember if it contained some eggs or not. I’m slowly changing to vegan, so I would like to try your recipe without eggs or other non-vegan ingredients. I hope that baking it will be as easy as with eggs.

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