I spent over 15 years in the food service industry and devoted most of that time to working at a breakfast and brunch restaurant. So when it comes to breakfast food, I consider myself an expert. I’ve probably cooked 100,000 eggs to order (which sounds awful to me now…), flipped 50,000 pancakes, folded 20,000 omelets, and made 10,000 orders of French toast (these are actually low estimates). I don’t mean to sound boastful, I’m just experienced and I know what works and what doesn’t on the breakfast table.
That being said, rest assured that this French toast works! I’ve tinkered with this recipe for months now and have found what I think is the perfect combination of flavor and consistency. French toast is really quite simple, just some day-old bread dipped in a lightly sweetened custard and cooked to a golden brown. Getting that custard-like consistency was the challenge, but using both the flaxseed mixture and banana proved to work beautifully.
Try this French toast for yourself and let me know how you like it in the comment section below!
2 TBL ground flaxseed meal
1/3 cup water
1 cup vanilla-flavored non-dairy milk (I prefer almond milk)
1 ripe banana
1 TBL vegan brown sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
8 slices day-old whole grain bread
Combine flaxseed meal and water in small jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well for 15-20 seconds. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to allow mixture to thicken.
In a blender, combine flaxseed mixture and all remaining ingredients (except for the bread of course!) and blend for a minute or so. The idea is to get everything really smooth and creamy without incorporating a lot of air into the mixture.
Transfer mixture to a shallow bowl.
Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium-high heat (a water droplet should dance across the surface, not explode) and lightly oil.
Dip each slice of bread in batter making sure to coat both sides evenly and gently place on skillet or griddle. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
Serve with sliced bananas, almond butter, fresh fruit, chopped nuts, or my favorite – pure maple syrup!
Servings: 4 (2 slices per serving)
Per serving: 258 calories (29 from fat), 3.2g total fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 329mg sodium, 46.2g total carbohydrate (12g dietary fiber, 15.7g sugar), 9.2g protein, 3% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 26% calcium, 18% iron
- Good Points: Low in saturated fat, no cholesterol, high in calcium, dietary fiber, and vitamin E