Vegan Coconut French Toast

by Kelli on September 20, 2013

Thanks to secret ingredient coconut milk, you'll never miss the eggs and cream in this Vegan French Toast. | #vegan #brunch

I’m not vegan or vegetarian.  I’m not gluten free.  I’m not dairy free or nut free, either.  I have a number of friends that have restricted diets, though.  Some by choice, and some not.

My diet, well, I don’t know what I’d call it.  Plant based, I suppose.  Most of my meals are centered around vegetables (and fruit), and eating “real”, whole foods.  I eat meat and fish, usually a couple times a week.

I’m often curious about other food lifestyles.  I don’t see myself going vegetarian, vegan or gluten free.  I’ve tried a few times, with the hope that changing the way I ate would help me feel better and more energized.  And, I felt great…..but, it turns out I like oysters and lamb chops and a good burger, and cheese a little too much to cut them out of my life forever.  Sometimes it’s fun just to experiment with different way of eating…say, with a plate of French toast at breakfast.

Thanks to secret ingredient coconut milk, you'll never miss the eggs and cream in this Vegan French Toast. | #vegan #brunch

Earlier this summer I saw mention of vegan French toast somewhere on the internets.  I don’t remember where, and I didn’t have a chance to check out the recipe, but I was intrigued.  Could vegan French toast possibly live up to its eggy, buttery, non-vegan counterpart?  Last weekend I got in the kitchen, determined to make it happen!

And, happen it did!

Thanks to secret ingredient coconut milk, you'll never miss the eggs and cream in this Vegan French Toast. | #vegan #brunch

There were two hurdles that to overcome.

First, the bread.  My favorite breads for French toast are brioche and challah.  Unfortunately, both contain eggs, so they’re not vegan.  Instead, I used a small sourdough loaf.  If sourdough isn’t really your thing (really?), ciabatta or French bread make great substitutes.

Second, a flavorful custard sans cream and eggs.  This part was actually easier than I initially thought…..creamy (non-dairy) coconut milk, a dash of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla.

Seared to perfection with a little bit of coconut oil, and topped with warm maple syrup and strawberries, this Vegan Coconut French Toast is so delicious I’ll bet you’ll fill up your plate with seconds.

Head over to Greatist to get my recipe for Vegan Coconut French Toast!

Thanks to secret ingredient coconut milk, you'll never miss the eggs and cream in this Vegan French Toast. | #vegan #brunch


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Joanne September 20, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Oh I do love me some French toast and it is pretty amazing that this is egg and dairy free! Coconut milk truly is such a magical thing. :)


Kelli September 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This is perfect long run recovery breakfast right here!


Amy @ Elephant Eats September 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I have the same diet as you…i find myself mainly eating vegetarian, mostly because my husband isn’t a huge meat eater. I’ll throw some chicken or fish into our meals once a week or so, though. I could never go vegan though- no cheese!
Challah french toast really is the best kind, right? I never use any other bread. I have to say though, this version looks delish and is a great way to switch it up. I’m going to give it a try! :)


Kelli September 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Confession…it was a little hard parting with Challah bread for this….but the change up was SUPER delicious!


Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough September 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

GENIUS. Vegan, vegetarian, it doesn’t matter — if it’s French toast I’m all. over. it. Love the coconut addition to these!


Kelli September 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The coconut milk is amazing, and totally makes you forget there’s no dairy. French toast is the best!


Erin | The Law Student's Wife September 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

If someone told me they made french toast without eggs, I would have thought they were crazy. You, my dear, prove that my skepticism is totally misplaced! Coconut milk is an awesome idea. I need to try this!


Kelli September 20, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Yes…before this situation I thought the same thing. Coconut milk is one delicious problem solver!


Julia September 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM

This is the first time I’ve seen vegan french toast! I’m so intrigued! I’m not vegan/gf either, but like you, I enjoy a plant-based healthful diet, which can mean dabbling into those arenas from time to time. Headed to check out the recipe now!


Kelli September 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Honestly, if you tasted it not knowing it was vegan you’d never know the difference. I think you’ll love it!


Kalyan September 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!


Kelli September 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Thanks, Kalyan!


Lisa October 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I have recently started eating vegan due to some hormomal issues and I am such a lover of French toast, I cannot wait to try this out! Thank you x


Kelli October 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I bet you’re going to love this, Lisa!


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