I can get fancy with the best of them, but sometimes simplicity is best. Such is the case with vegan french toast. I have seen (and tried!) some pretty over the top recipes with everything from tofu to zucchini but they just leave me not quite satisfied. I love french toast and needed a basic go-to recipe that could be whipped up in a flash with stuff I already have, well here you have it folks.
Simple Vegan French Toast
2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
4 Tbsp. warm water
1 cup non-dairy milk
1/2 cup non-dairy yogurt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 slices of bread
In a shallow bowl or pie plate mix the flax and water, whisking well, at least 30 seconds. Set this aside for a few minutes. This is a good time to preheat your skillet and slice your bread or watch this video. Now add the rest of the ingredients being sure everything is getting mixed together very well. Dip your bread in the mixture just enough to cover each side, you don’t want to saturate it. Cook on a preheated skillet until golden brown on both sides.
So, I bet you are wondering about my delicious looking, blueberry studded, fluffy bread there. You don’t think I would leave you hanging like that, do you?
The recipe is adapted from here (the original version, by the way, is fabulous). I used limeade* instead of the green tea (water would work fine also) and reduced the agave nectar to 1 Tbsp. (because of the sugar in the limeade, if using water or tea use the 1/4 cup agave) and used 2 cups white whole wheat flour and one cup all purpose instead of bread flour. After the first rise spread the dough somewhat flat, just using your hands, and sprinkle 1/3 cup thawed wild blueberries, fold the dough in half and repeat this flattening and sprinkling 2 more times, using a total of 1 cup berries. Put in a bread pan and let rise again until doubled in size and bake for 25 minutes or so in a 375 degree oven, check on it at around 20 minutes and cover with foil if it is getting too brown.
*I love having limeade concentrate in the fridge, here’s how you make it:
Mix 2 cups water and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it cool for about a half an hour, then stir in 1 cup fresh lime (or lemon) juice and 1 tsp. zest from one of the limes. For each glass of limeade, add equal parts concentrate and water to a glass. I especially like this with sparkling water (fancy, I know).