This vegan Banana French Toast is a great way to use gluten free bread (or regular bread).
If you’ve read this blog before, and I certainly hope you have, then you’ll know that I have serious issues with store-bought gluten-free bread. Or, if you’re my brother, you’ll think that I have serious issues, period.
Leaving my brother’s thoughts aside (he doesn’t read this blog anyway), I think that a lot of people would agree that gluten-free bread is not something you’d happily serve your friends and family. Unless you’re trying to inflict pain on them. Which, I suppose, might be the case.
However, if you turn gluten-free bread into French toast, it’s completely edible! Moreover, it’s delicious!
Recently, I’ve been giving my family lots of gluten-free French toast (including a baked French toast!) without telling them it’s lacking gluten.
The French toast has passed my checklist for serving gluten-free food:
- No one has accused me of trying to poison them; and
- There have been smiles all round.
Hooray! And trust me, my family – especially my aforementioned brother – would not spare me their criticisms.
Even I’m struggling to believe there’s a way for gluten-free bread to be not only delicious, but useful. For once, it’s actually useful! It’s not just the bane of my existence!
For you see, regular bread has to be 2 – 3 days old before it can be used in French toast – otherwise it will fall apart and be a soggy mess. However, since gluten-free bread is so dry and horrible, it’s perfect for French toast! No waiting required! If it’s frozen, just let it defrost and you’re good to go.
I’ve made this recipe with both sliced gluten-free bread and gluten-free English muffins. The pictures in this post are of a French Toast-ed gluten-free English muffin.
I should also mention that this recipe can easily be made with regular bread, just make sure it’s 2 – 3 days old. This is a French toast mixture that I’ve used many times before, including back when I could eat gluten. I even have an old photo of this recipe made with regular bread, see:
*Sigh* I miss bread.
Moving on, this recipe is also vegan – which I realize sounds weird for French toast. But the banana replaces the need for the egg.
Also – and this going to sound really weird – I love to ‘taste-test’ batters and mixtures. I’m the type of person who will only end up with 10 cookies when the recipe says it makes a dozen (because I ate so much of the cookie dough). Unlike regular French toast mixture, which tastes disgusting and is full of raw eggs, this banana French toast mixture tastes really good. Vegan French toast pretty much involves soaking bread in a smoothie.
Just before I give you the recipe, here are a couple of (re)heating tips. Since I take forever snapping pictures of my food, I’ve become a bit of an expert in reheating food.
Firstly, if you’re cooking the French toast in two batches, keep the first batch warm in a low-heat oven (160 – 200°F, or 70 – 100°C).
Secondly, cooked french toast can be reheated in a skillet. Preheat the skillet over medium heat, spray it with cooking oil, and cook the French toast for a few minutes (flipping occasionally), or until it seems warm.
Question of the Day?
French toast, pancakes or waffles? Or is it too hard to choose!?
- 1 very ripe banana
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons ground flaxseeds
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 slices gluten-free bread*
- Maple syrup, to serve
- Use a blender (or food processor) to blend together the banana, almond milk, ground flaxseeds, cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Place the bread slices in a single layer in a large dish. Pour over the banana mixture, and flip the slices to coat them completely. Let the slices sit for 10 minutes. Flip, and let them sit for 10 minutes more.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Grease with cooking oil spray, and then add the soaked bread (you may need to cook the bread in two batches). Cook the bread for 4 - 5 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for 3 minutes on the other side. The French toast is ready when each side is lightly golden and flecked with darker patches. Adjust the stove heat as necessary to prevent burning.
- Serve the French toast with a generous amount of maple syrup (of course). Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Vegan Brunch.