Sunday mornings are for sleeping in late. Turn off the alarm clock and let the sunlight wake you up (or pitter patter of rain if you’re in the PNW like me!). I’ve never been one of those people to wake up early on a Sunday to hit up the farmer’s market or go for a run. That’s just not me. I want to be lazy and sit in my PJs all day. Breakfast turns into brunch and my Sunday to-do list consists of coffee and Netflix. If there’s supposed to be a day of rest, it’s Sunday. One of my favourite Sunday things to do is cook a nice breakfast. Corey sleeps in past noon and I enjoy my coffee and do a little dance in front of the stove while whipping up some tofu scramble, pancakes, or this amazing Banana French Toast.
I am going to stand by the claim that this recipe will turn even the most die-hard carnist into being more open about vegan food. I cooked this for my entire family over the holidays and my dad, who has been pretty vocal about the whole “where’s my meat and cheese” thing, could not stop talking about it. It was like the proudest he has ever been of me is when I created this French Toast for him. I thought it was hilarious, but the people want what they want and apparently they want this french toast on their plates.
And I can’t blame them. It’s pretty rare that I’ll impress myself while eating a meal that I cooked. I know exactly what’s in it and I know what it tastes like because, well, I was tasting it while making it. But. This one right here. That first bite. I will audibly comment on how delicious it is every single time.
The biggest secret to this recipe is getting good bread. Don’t skimp on the bread. Wonder Bread will not be able to do what a good whole grain, super seedy, covered in oats bread will. Or a super crusty sourdough. Or a freshly baked loaf of french bread from the local bakery. If you’re going to a big grocery store for this, do spend the extra couple dollars on good bread. I stand by the Silver Hills brand (I used the Big 16 loaf in this one!) mostly because it’s good, but also because of the vegan label!
Sometimes bread has hidden or maybe-not-vegan ingredients like mono- or diglycerides, l-cysteine, and other things like dough conditioners or preservatives. If it’s someone else’s house, I try not to worry about it, but if I’m buying my own bread then I’ll absolutely make sure it’s 100% vegan. So, while I don’t buy bread super often, I will spend the $6 on a good certified vegan loaf, no question. And I highly recommend that you do the same! Or bake your own if you have more patience than myself!
French Toast usually has eggs. So how does one veganize french toast? BANANAS! Yes, bananas strike again as the not-so-secret ingredient. I used them in my chocolate chip cookie dough bites and they’re here again for breakfast. A black banana works best because it’s sweeter, but any ripe banana will do. Just be sure to mash it up. You’ll want your batter to be fairly smooth with a few chunks in it. Like this:
The batter could, potentially be blended, but I really like having the banana pieces fried into the bread slices. It adds a little something extra, I think 🙂
And a close-up…
Banana French Toast
About 20-30 minutes. Makes 4 pieces of French toast.
- 1 large banana
- 1 t ground cinnamon
- 1/2 t vanilla extract (optional)
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (sweetened or unsweetened, depending on how sweet you want it!)
- 4 large slices of bread
- oil or non-stick spray
- maple syrup, vegan butter, and extra banana for toppings!
- Heat a pan on medium heat, with non-stick spray or a small amount of oil.
- In a flat-bottomed bowl, or plat with high rims, mash the banana with a fork until it’s mostly smooth.
- Stir in cinnamon, then the vanilla and the non-dairy milk.
- Press the bread slices into the mixture to coat evenly.
- Fry the bread on both sides until it browns and the coating stick to the bread (and doesn’t slide off or stick the the pan/spatula), about 3-5 minutes per side. Be careful to watch the heat!
- Top with vegan butter, syrup, and banana slices! Enjoy immediately!