Fast and Easy Vegan French Toast

>> Monday, July 19, 2010

Breakfast is fast becoming my favorite meal of the day. Unfortunately, right before work is when I have the least time (getting up, running, getting ready, blogging, etc.). With a little planning, though, I find I can squeeze in a Sunday-brunch worthy breakfast in less than 15 minutes. If I don't have time to eat at my dining room table, I grab a to-go container and bring it with me to work.

The best days start this way.

The No-Knead Chocolate-Walnut Bread works well for this easy vegan french toast recipe. For some extra fancy-ness, add in cocoa extract (vanilla would also work just fine). Add your favorite fresh fruit. Add some maple syrup. Top with chocolate chips. Whatever you do, make it your favorite combination of flavors.

Mashed banana acts a lot like egg, which is why this the end result is so successful. Even if you aren't vegan, consider trying this method out. It's a way to get some extra fruit (potassium) in your day if you don't typically like the texture of bananas.

What you'll need . . .
  • Bread (again -- I suggest making some no-knead chocolate-walnut bread), sliced
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2/3 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa extract (or vanilla would work just fine)
  • Fresh fruit, maple syrup, and whatever else you'd like to top it with

Method . . .
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to mash together the banana, the almond or soy milk, coconut flakes, and cocoa extract. It's helpful to put the banana in first, mash it until "eggy" -- basically with no lumps. I actually did this part with a fork -- no fancy techno-gadgets required!
  2. Slice your bread (this recipe makes enough mixture to coat about 6 small slices). Then pour the "egg" mixture into a shallow bowl and start dipping your slices in it.
  3. Put a medium to large pan over medium heat on the stove. Use a little canola or sunflower oil to grease. Then continue dipping your french toast and cooking in the pan like you would for "normal" French toast.
  4. Top with your fruit and other toppings. Make over and over and over again.

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