Strawberry Basil French Toast

Delight guests at your spring or summer weekend brunch with this easy strawberry & basil topped French toast. Sweet, surprising, and dairy-free!

I realize the contradiction. Yesterday I was talking about not eating bread, and today I’m sharing french toast. That was just poor planning…

Last week, after a chat with myself about basil and desserts, the idea for a strawberry maple basil-ey breakfast stuck in my head.

I rarely make french toast these days. In a previous, less healthy life (college), I ate it just about every day. Sometimes for breakfast and for dinner. I don’t recommend that, but I do recommend a sweet indulgent morning every now and then

Here are some other sweet strawberry breakfast ideas that caught my eye this week:

Strawberry Basil Scones from Happy Yolks

Cardamom and Nutmeg Waffles with Minted Strawberries from Turntable Kitchen

Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Oatcake from A House in the Hills


Strawberry Basil French Toast
 
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Serves: 4 slices
Ingredients
  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Maple syrup
  • 1 basil leaf, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 4 slices day old bread
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Coconut oil, for the pan
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix and gently mash the strawberries with a little drizzle of maple syrup. Add the chopped basil. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs and almond milk together. Dip bread slices in the egg mixture and stack slices on a plate to let the liquid soak in for a few minutes.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat and cook slices on each side until golden brown.
  4. Top with the strawberry mixture and serve with more maple syrup on the side.

 

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  1. Lauren E.
    05.11.2012

    Definitely making a vegan version this weekend! I’ve been wanting to do something with the abundance of strawberries lately!

  2. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com
    05.11.2012

    I say, ‘everything in moderation!’ This sounds amazing. And thank you for the link to my waffles! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Lovely!!! 🙂 Sometimes you need to treat yourself to something a little sweet & indulgent. This french toast looks like the perfect reason to be a tad sinful 🙂
    Fantastic post as always 🙂 Happy weekend!

  4. Jeanine! I want your kitchen!!! I also want this strawberry basil French toast.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      05.11.2012

      it’s a good kitchen, I have to admit… 🙂

      • From what I can see, “good kitchen” is an understatement. 🙂

  5. Rachel from blog.muffinegg.com
    05.11.2012

    Putting green herbs in sweet things is something I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t experimented with yet. It looks like I’m going to have to make some more French toast this week…in the interest of science.

  6. I love how you introduce interesting flavor combinations in unusual ways. I’m particularly intrigued by the strawberry basil scones!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com
      05.15.2012

      yea me too, I really want to make those soon…

  7. This is the *perfect* follow up to your sushi – everyone needs a little indulgence every once in a while and this sounds and looks wonderful.

  8. I love french toast, a favorite in our house 🙂

  9. kale from tastes-good-to-me.com
    05.14.2012

    I love strawberries and basil. In fact they are the stars of my next post. But I’ve never had them on french toast, so this looks new and delightfully inviting!

  10. It’s a good combo in ice cream, so why not French toast? Lovely idea.

  11. Maria from twopeasandtheirpod.com
    05.14.2012

    Fabulous! I can’t wait until the weekend so I can make this!

  12. i’m never eat toast when breakfast but when i was try this recipe. I think i love idea for make the french toast for the favorite menus.

  13. Monica
    07.21.2015

    Deli :), but I have doubt with coconut oil. Is it good for cooking? I’ve read that it is not good for high temperatures.

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