Vegan French Toast


Yawn!  It’s only 8:15 in the morning and I’ve already gone to the gym (Body Pump!), read a chapter of Wuthering Heights, given Sean a wake-up call, and created a protein pancake recipe! I feel like I should be tired, but I’m refreshed and ready to go!

Body Pump was awesome, as usual.  It’s the perfect combination of good (tough!) choreography, a fantastic teacher (Teresa is awesome!) and super-motivated classmates.  Everyone gives 100% effort. Interestingly, a ton of teachers and school board members take that 5:30 a.m. class before heading to school.  I really admire their dedication and I hope I can keep workout out in the mornings once I’m back in class, too!

I upped my weights today for lunges as well as chest and back, and what really kept me going was the promise of breakfast when I got home.  Pancakes were ready to be made and iced coffee was waiting in the fridge!  The pancakes were good, but they need a bit of tweaking before I post the recipe.

Instead, I’ll start this sunny Thursday with another recent recipe of mine:

Vegan French Toast

Although I’m not entirely vegan (darn that yogurt…and chocolate…), I’ve been trying to find vegan alternatives to animal-based foods whenever I can.  Since French Toast traditionally relies upon eggs, however, I never thought I’d successfully be able to veganize it. Using egg whites instead of whole eggs is a healthy option, but I wanted to go vegan-all-the-way!

My first thought was to use soft tofu, but we only had extra-firm in the fridge and I didn’t feel like messing with it at 7 in the morning.  So here’s what I ended up with as my bread “marinade”:

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Almond Breeze, Oats, Vanilla protein powder (don’t be fooled by the container – I used it to house a bit of soy protein powder!), my experimental tub of calorie-free chocolate dip and half banana, mashed.

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All mixed up.  Definitely more complex than simple eggs, but it tastes much better, too!  I would eat this straight up any day. The proportions are really up to you.  It’s all about creating your desired consistency. I used about 2 T of oats, 1/8 cup almond milk, 1/2 scoop protein powder, and a few spoonful’s of chocolate dip.  Feel free to add Stevia and cinnamon to taste.

And that’s it!  French toast, veganized! Dip your bread in the mixture and cook away!

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In my family, we put a dollop of butter on each piece while it’s still warm, so that you get a melted butter pool.  Then we scoop on heaps of powdered sugar! Definitely yummy, definitely great if you want to go into a sugar coma.  I opted, instead, for melted Better’n Butter (are you sensing my obsession yet?) and microwaved frozen berries mixed with Truvia to great a nice berry glaze.

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And then I went a step further:

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Raisins and crumbled pecans!

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A couple of carob chips snuck their way onto the plate, too!

This was delicious, and it ended up being prettier than traditional French Toast, too!

Have a great Thursday, everyone!  I’m off to hydrate and do a bit of AFAA studying:

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And then I’m going out to lunch with my mom!  Excited!

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