This Vegan French Toast is just as delicious as the original, but it’s made without eggs or dairy. The bread gets nice and toasted on the outside, with a tender center, and I love how quick and easy it is to prepare.
Vegan French Toast Recipe
All you need to make this Vegan French Toast is your favorite bread (many breads are naturally vegan, but be sure to check the label!), milk or water, and an egg substitute. I like to add a little maple syrup and ground cinnamon for flavor, but that’s totally optional.
You’ll also need oil or vegan butter for greasing the pan. I used olive oil in my cast iron skillet, which worked very well.
Gluten-Free Vegan French Toast
I tested this batter with several types of bread, and all seemed to work well. My first attempt was with Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-free bread, and then I realized that it is NOT vegan. The little “V” logo at the bottom of the package is confusing, as it looks like it’s a “vegan” label, but it’s not– so don’t make the same mistake I did and carefully read the label if you need a vegan option.
In fact, most gluten-free bread is not vegan, but I did find one brand that was: BFree White Bread. (I found it at Costco in the freezer section.) This little French Toast experiment has given me new motivation to work on my own gluten-free bread again, but in the meantime, this works!
And if you can eat gluten, any sturdy bread is a great choice for French Toast. I used a bakery loaf of sourdough for the photos here, as I wanted something thicker. Keep in mind, though, that thicker bread takes longer to cook than the thinner slices. I might actually prefer the thinner slices now that I’ve tasted both options!
Vegan French Toast Egg Replacer
I tested this recipe both with a flax egg and arrowroot starch as a vegan egg substitute, and I’ve come to the conclusion that either will work. Ultimately, I think the starch “egg” produces a slightly crispier result, so that’s what I’ve used in the recipe below, but be sure to check the notes below the recipe for a flax or chia seed variation.
This VEGAN FRENCH TOAST is naturally dairy-free and egg-free, with gluten-free notes included. I love how easy the batter is to make, and how it still gets crisp on the outside.
- 3/4 cup water or non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch (or tapioca starch)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 6 slices bread , thickly sliced (see note)
- olive oil , for greasing the pan
Grease your skillet generously with olive oil and preheat it over medium-low heat on your stove top.
In a medium bowl, combine the water or non-dairy milk, starch, maple syrup, and cinnamon, and stir well to combine. (I think using a whisk helps it combine faster.)
Dip one slice of bread into the mixture, then quickly flip it over and dip the other side in so that the bread is coated. You don't want it to stay in there too long or it will get soggy. When you lift the bread out of the bowl, let any excess liquid drip back into the bowl.
Place the coated bread into the preheated skillet. It should start sizzling right away. After a minute, slide a spatula under the bread to make sure it isn't sticking to the skillet. (Don't flip it yet, this is just to ensure the coating doesn't totally stick to the pan.)
Flip the bread after 2 to 3 minutes, and cook the other side. In my experience, the first side usually wants to stick to the pan more than the second side does. Continue flipping the bread every minute or two, until it's nice and golden on both sides. Repeat this process with the remaining bread and "egg" mixture until all of the French Toast is cooked. (Stir the egg mixture each time, as the starch has a tendency to sink to the bottom as it rests.)
I like to keep the cooked French Toast slices in a warm oven (around 200ºF) while I finish cooking the rest of the batch. Serve warm with fruit and maple syrup, as desired.
Per Slice (will vary by bread): Calories: 108, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 16, Fiber: 2, Protein: 3g
- To use a flax or chia egg, replace the starch with 1 heaping tablespoon of ground flax or chia seeds. Whisk well into the liquid, and let it rest for about 10 minute before dipping the bread into the mixture so that it can thicken slightly.
- For gluten-free french toast, I’ve found that the BFree brand gluten-free white loaf works well for this recipe, though the bread is a little more fragile. Most other gluten-free breads do contain eggs, so be sure to read labels carefully if you need a bread that is gluten-free and vegan.
Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite weekend breakfast? The weekend is when we usually take the time to make my gluten-free toaster waffles (in No Excuses Detox) or my fluffy Gluten-free Vegan Pancakes!