FABULOUS FRENCH TOAST

FABULOUS FRENCH TOAST

quick and easy

From our friends at Fran Costigan

French toast–it’s not just for Sunday breakfast,
and it sure doesn’t need to be made with the typical cholesterol-loaded
egg-based custard or refined bread.  It is very quick and easy to
make, using just a few pantry staples. Some of the ingredients may be
unfamiliar to nonvegans, but all are easy to find.

he recipe makes enough of the intentionally thick
custard for four average-to-large slices of bread. Make a double batch, if you
prefer. 

 

Makes 2 servings

Time to make: 40 to 45 minutes

 

Ingredients:

·        
1 cup almond milk, coconut milk beverage, or soy
milk

·        
1/2 teaspoon guar gum

·        
3 tablespoons pure grade B or dark amber maple
syrup

·        
1 1/2 teaspoons nutritional yeast powder or 3/4
teaspoon flakes, optional but recommended

·        
2 teaspoons ground black or white chia seeds

·        
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of fine sea
salt

·        
4 thick slices bread (any bread of your choice)

·        
2 tablespoons coconut oil, vegan buttery spread,
or mild-tasting extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed

 

Preparation:

1.      
In a blender, combine the milk and guar gum.
Blend on high for 1 minute. The milk will be thick. Add the maple syrup,
nutritional yeast (if using), chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Blend on high for
2 minutes if using a standard blender or 1 minute if using a high-speed
blender. Taste the custard. There should be no crunch of chia. If you taste any
crunch, allow the custard to rest for 5 minutes and blend for another minute.

2.     
Pour the custard (you will have about 1 cup)
into a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Press the bread into the custard. Wait 5 minutes
and then turn each slice over with a wide spatula. Spoon some of the custard
over the top of the bread. Allow the bread to soak for another 5 to 10 minutes,
depending on the thickness of the bread, turning the slices over another time.

3.     
When you are ready to cook, put the oil or
spread (or a combination) onto a griddle or heavy-bottom pan. Heat over medium
heat until the fat begins to sizzle. Place as many slices on the griddle as
will fit without touching. Cook for 5 minutes on each side, turning the slices
with a wide spatula. Increase the heat and flip again if necessary to get a
darker color. Serve warm with maple syrup or confectioners’ sugar.

 

Chocolate and Banana French Toast Sandwiches
Variation

 

Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped vegan
chocolate on 2 slices of the cooked French toast. Chop 1 banana and divide
between the 2 slices, placing it on top of the chocolate. Top each with a
second slice. Press down with a spatula. Cut each sandwich in half or into
quarters, and serve warm from the pan, with or without a drizzle of maple syrup
or confectioners’ sugar.

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.

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