Delicious orange-infused vegan french toast topped with maple-glazed roasted strawberries- A perfect dairy-free breakfast treat!
Okay, it’s official, I’ve got the healthy eating thing down, during this extra time at home. I’m literally filling every meal with healthy fruits and vegetables in a bid to improve my gut health and boost my immunity. But recently I’ve been craving something sweet and this vegan french toast with maple glazed strawberries definitely hits the spot.
I held off for a LONG time on trying vegan french toast – scared of how the taste and texture would differ. Luckily, with some experimentation and tweaking – I’ve found a delicious easy vegan french toast recipe that has become a new favourite.
When I first started trying to find the perfect dairy-free version of this dish, I originally thought about all the ways I could incorporate a vegan egg replacement. However, I’m also a fairly lazy cook ( yup, I admit it!) so I didn’t want anything too complicated.
Luckily, this recipe requires NO egg replacement or ‘extra steps’ and is a super simple mixture that’s easy to flavour and customise. Honestly, this is the best vegan french toast for people who like things nice and simple.
For this particular version, I decided to make an orange zest french toast with a maple roasted strawberry topping. Because I recently made a similar orange-infused chia pudding and I loved it ( recipe coming soon!)
How to prepare the maple glazed strawberries
Baked strawberries are a new discovery of mine, and something I’m still experimenting with for different flavour variations and cooking methods. However, the version I used for this french toast was so heavenly that I had to share.
Strawberries and maple syrup are a delicious match anyway – topping pancakes and porridge etc. Yummy.
With this baked strawberries method, you end up with these delicious ooey-gooey strawberries that are absolutely packed with flavour.
Note* If you’re not someone who prefers a bit of bite to your strawberries then you can actually combine all the ingredients like a marinade. Leave your strawberries to marinate within the liquid for around 30 minutes at room temperature and the strawberries will soften, releasing their juices.
To begin, prepare the strawberries by de-stemming and slicing the strawberries.
Note* the thinner you slice them, the ‘mushier’ they’ll be after roasting. Chop in half for strawberrries that stay relatively in-tact.
Begin by mixing all the marinade ingredients in a bowl
Toss the strawberries in the bowl, to coat with the marinade
Cover a large tray with baking paper and spread the strawberries in a single layer.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180C. once ready, the strawberries will have softened and the marinade juices will be bubbly and thick.
How to make vegan french toast
As I mentioned above, the main benefit of this recipe is that there’s no having to deal with egg substitutes or anything like that. Instead, this recipe uses nutritional yeast to give the slightly ‘eggy’ flavour to the mix.
Begin by slicing your bread. I used a bloomer loaf- You could also use a vegan brioche or your favourite bread of choice.
Mix the dairy-free milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutritional yeast and orange zest in a wide bowl/dish. It has to be large enough for the bread slices to lay flat.
Stir thoroughly, making sure there are no clumps in the mixture.
Heat a little coconut oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Meanwhile, soak the first slice of bread in the ‘egg’ mixture. I tend to soak mine for 20-30 seconds on each side.
Place the bread in the pan and fry on each side till light golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
Note* I’ve found that this vegan mixture sticks to the pan a lot more than egg does. It also doesn’t brown quite as much and can be a bit more ‘moist’. Just make sure to put extra coconut oil in the pan, if needed.
While one slice of bread is frying in the pan, get another one ready in the soaking mixture.
If you a large enough pan, it’s better to try fry two slices at the same time.
Once they’re all ready then pile up on the plate and top with the maple glazed strawberries, some optional extra maple syrup and maybe even some coconut whipped cream or yoghurt.
Best eaten immediately, while still warm.
The Easy Vegan French Toast Recipe w/ Maple Glazed Strawberries
Vegan French Toast w/ Maple Glazed Strawberries
For The Vegan French Toast:
- Bread I used a bloomer loaf
- 4-5 Tbsp Rice Flour
- 3/4 Cup Plant-based milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- Coconut oil for the pan
- 1/2 Orange zest
- Orange extract optional if you want it more 'orangey'
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
For the Strawberries:
- 300 g Strawberries sliced
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange extract optional
- 1/2 orange zest
- Prepare the strawberries by de-stemming and chopping/slicing
- Mix all the liquids in a bowl and toss with the strawberries
- Cover a tray with baking paper and spread the strawberries in a single layer.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180C.
- Meanwhile prepare the french toast ingredients by slicing your bread of choice and mixing the flour, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutritional yeast and orange zest in a wide bowl ( big enough for your bread slices to lay flat )
- Stir thoroughly, making sure there are no clumps in the mixture.
- Heat a little coconut oil in a large frying pan while you soak your first bit of bread in the 'egg' mixture. I tend to soak it for between 20-30 seconds one each side.
- Place in the pan at medium heat and fry on each side till lightly golden brown and thoroughly cooked.
- While one slice of bread is frying in the pan, get another one ready in the soaking mixture. Continue till all are cooked.*
- Once they're all ready then pile up on the plate and top with the maple glazed strawberries, some optional extra maple syrup and maybe even some coconut whipped cream or yoghurt.
Other Recipes You May Like:
If more Vegan desserts are what you’re in the mood for then you might like these Pink Vegan Crepes, 4-Ingredient vegan truffles, or these blood orange puff pastry bites ( which you can swap out with your favourite jam or even vegan Nutella!)
As always, I’d LOVE to see your results, so if you try the recipe out then let me know. Feel free to tag me in any pics @MemoirsSoLuciie and #MSLuciierecipes.
Till next time,
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