Your new favorite breakfast…..with just four ingredients!
My childhood self could demolish multiple plates of two-foot long stacks of crispy and fluffy French toast! I always loved mine to be topped with bananas, blueberries, strawberries, powdered sugar, whipped cream, and maple syrup! However, French toast is also demonized as one of the most fattening dishes you could ever order on a brunch menu. There’s no surprise, given that the commercial recipe uses eggs, milk, and butter, all of which can be extremely high in fat. Combined with heaps of sugar, it’s an absolute disaster to have on a regular basis.
However, if you substitute white bread with whole grain bread, a gluten free whole grain bread, or grain free bread, dairy milk with non-dairy milk, and eliminate or minimize the refined sugar, then the recipe becomes much more nutritious! For my take, I used Lakanto Monkfruit Maple Syrup, which is virtually sugar free, but if you are to use regular maple syrup, make sure it is 100% pure maple syrup.
This French toast recipe is inspired by Cassey Ho’s recipe in her best-selling book, Hot Body Year Round, which I received as a Christmas present two years ago! Yep, my review will be kiiiiiiiinda late, right? Admittedly, this was also around the time I started turning to weight lifting and HIIT as my main exercise routine rather than Pilates, and my diet became more plant-based while many of the recipes in this book call for animal products (however, most if not all of her recipes can be adapted to suit a vegan diet). Fortunately, I will not be neglecting the book whatsoever and will re-read it for a post reviewing it in-depth! So stay tuned!
Anyhow, enough chitter-chatter, let’s talk about this French toast recipe.
Truth be told, there were some ingredients I had to omit and substitute since I didn’t actually have them in the house (i.e. orange juice), but it’s an INSANELY easy recipe that works like a charm! You probably have most of the ingredients in your home: sliced bread, almond milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon! Within minutes, you’ll have a deliciously sweet, hearty, and satiating breakfast, only from these ingredients. Crazy, right?
Granted, if you do not have a fancy schmancy “health” bread such as sprouted whole grain bread or superfoods bread nor non-dairy milk, then you can definitely still follow this recipe. Just because a recipe is made with certain ingredients doesn’t mean that other alternatives won’t work as well. Besides, in a perfect world, I’d have French toast made with French baguettes and coconut cream. Wouldn’t that be nice? But, that’s for another day. Maybe my birthday or vegan anniversary will call for such an indulgent dish!
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk; I used almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- 2-5 bread slices of choice; I used 21 Whole Grains and Seeds of Dave’s Killer Bread
- Five is the maximum and how much I ate for this recipe
- 2 TBSP maple syrup for topping (optional, but highly recommended)
- Blueberries and strawberries for topping (optional)
- More cinnamon for topping (optional)
- Other toppings, such as chocolate chips, banana coins, coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, carob chips, pumpkin spice, lemon zest, sweet potato mash, peanut butter, jam, etc.
- In a wide bowl, add the vanilla extract and cinnamon (trust me).
- Carefully pour the non-dairy milk on top of the vanilla and cinnamon. This enables the vanilla and cinnamon to dissipate evenly and thoroughly into the milk without allowing anything to stick to the surface of the milk.
- Whisk the liquid mixture with a fork if necessary.
- Press one bread slice into the liquid and let rest for five seconds. Flip the slice on the other side and let rest for five seconds. Repeat with every remaining bread slice.
- Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray with nonstick spray if needed.
- When the pan is hot enough, place at least one bread slice onto the pan, turn the heat on low, and let cook for five minutes, or until the side is browned and crispy to your liking. Flip and cook on the other side until even. Repeat with each slice of bread.
- Serve warm with maple syrup, cinnamon, and fruit on top.
Have you tried my Pumpkin Spice French Toast waffles? They are easily veganizable by substituting the bread and cinnamon in this recipe for pumpkin spice waffles and pumpkin pie spice!
What do you like on your French toast? What was your most recent Christmas present?