French toast is a classic breakfast and brunch food. Eating vegan doesn't mean you have to give up French toast. Instead, simply try making it egg-free. You can also use gluten-free bread for a gluten-free and vegan dish if that is a requirement of your crowd.
This easy egg-free vegan French toast recipe uses bananas instead of eggs, giving it a sweet flavor. And, by using bananas instead of eggs, you don't need to use a commercial egg replacer, so this is a great recipe if you don't happen to have any on hand. Add this French toast to any vegan brunch menu.
Many people like to use a thickly sliced whole grain bread or thick, eggy Challah when making French toast. This recipe works well with just about any kind of bread you choose. Also note that the recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice, which is a great chef's secret ingredient in making homemade French toast. If you don't have any, a little bit of cinnamon and/or nutmeg will work well.
If you're a vegan French toast lover, and you're feeling a bit more adventurous and want something beyond this basic recipe, try your hand at making homemade vegan crepes, or crowd-pleasing vegan blueberry pancakes.
- 2-3 ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup soy milk (or another non-dairy milk substitute)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 8-10 slices of bread (any kind is fine)
- Blend together the bananas with the soy milk, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. The mixture should be completely smooth. Pour the banana mixture into a pie plate or a wide and flat dish that you can dip your bread into.
- Pre-heat your skillet or frying pan to a medium-high heat.
- Gently dip each bread slice into the prepared soy milk and banana mix, carefully coating both sides of each slice of bread.
- Melt a bit of vegan margarine in your pre-heated medium-hot skillet and fry each slice of bread until lightly golden brown on each side. Coconut oil is another good option for cooking French toast, as the aroma is simply heavenly.
- Serve your homemade vegan French toast topped off with a bit of maple syrup, a delicious blueberry sauce, or simply a bit of vegan butter and fruit slices.
All of the ingredients in this recipe are gluten-free, except for the bread. If you want to make the recipe gluten-free, simply use a gluten-free bread. The French toast is served best hot off the frying pan. If you are making a big batch, simply set your oven to a low temperature (around 200 F) and place the prepared toast on a sheet pan in the oven until you are ready to eat it.