Let’s do brunch: vegan French toast
You’re two weeks into Veganuary and you’re totally killing it. Loads of veg and fruit and more plant protein than you could chuck a chickpea at. But the weekend’s coming. Maybe you’re hankering after something a little less, well, virtuous? We hear you. Which is why we’ve brought you this recipe for vegan French toast by Phoebe Conway, a nutritionist and the creator of Pheeb’s Foods. It’s perfect for a Sunday breakfast, brunch or brinner, and it’ll satisfy those cravings without throwing a big ol’ T-bone steak in your plant-based plans.
“I have to admit, even I was sceptical that vegan French toast could be as good as regular French toast, but let me tell you, this might even be better,” Conway says. “The flavour of the cinnamon mixed with the Califia Farms almond milk is just next level. I love that the flaxseed adds a fantastic boost of fibre to the recipe, too.”
The almond milk used in this recipe provides a lovely vanilla flavour without any added sugar, which means this is one treat that won’t blow your sugar budget. It’s best served with your favourite fresh fruits and maybe a cheeky drizzle of maple syrup, but to keep those sugar levels down, try using Lakanto Maple Flavoured Syrup. It’s naturally sweetened with monkfruit and contains just two net carbs and 24 calories per 30ml serve.
Vegan French toast
A recipe from Pheeb’s Foods
1 tbsp cornflour
250ml Califia Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup ground flaxseed
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp nutritional yeast
Sliced bread of choice
1. Mix the cornflour with 2 tbsp of water in a small bowl and until smooth with no lumps.
2. Place all ingredients including the cornflour mixture into a bowl and whisk to combine*.
3. Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat and add a little olive oil or vegan butter.
4. Dip a piece of bread into the custard mixture, drain off any excess, then place into the pan – don’t leave the bread to soak, simply dip and remove.
5. Cook the toast on each side for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Serve the French toast with more maple syrup and berries.
*Note: the mixture will thicken slightly as it sits if you make the toast in a few batches, so feel free to add a dash more almond milk to thin if needed.