Easy Vegan French Toast (10 Minutes!)

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Maple syrup being drizzled over vegan French toast

Introducing the only vegan French toast recipe you’ll ever need. It’s quick (10 minutes!), simple, and yields perfectly fluffy, caramelized, eggy, custardy French toast that tastes just like the real thing!

The idea for this recipe floated into my mind after making tofu with a cornstarch coating, which browned perfectly with crispy edges. I wondered if applying a similar method would work for French toast and was thrilled when it did. The batter comes together quickly with 6 pantry staple ingredients. Then simply dip in your bread (our favorite being day-old sourdough), pan fry in a little vegan butter, and dig in! Let us show you how quick and easy it really is!

Cornstarch, vegan butter, almond milk, sourdough bread, maple syrup, banana, turmeric, cinnamon, black salt, and vanilla

Who Invented French Toast?

Even though the name might lead you to believe French toast is…French, our research tells us it’s not that straightforward. Instead, the concept is believed to date as far back as a 1st-century Roman cookbook. And since that time, similar recipes with different names have been found in Germany, England, Italy, France, Canada, and beyond.

While French toast is traditionally made with eggs and milk, our version is plant-based yet equally delicious!

Pouring almond milk over a bowl of cornstarch

How to Make Vegan French Toast

This vegan French toast batter mimics the texture of eggs with a combination of almond milk and cornstarch. Mashed banana also contributes to an eggy, custard-like texture, while maple syrup adds sweetness, and cinnamon and vanilla provide classic French toast flavor.

The batter gets its eggy flavor from the addition of black salt (also called kala namak). Kala namak comes from Northern India and Pakistan and is recognized in Ayurvedic medicine for its health benefits (source). It’s a special seasoning that has a magical eggy flavor. It’s crazy how much it really does taste like eggs! If you don’t have black salt, either order it or just use whatever salt you have on hand. It’s not absolutely essential.

Slice of sourdough bread in vegan French toast batter

Once the batter is made, it’s time to dip the bread. We’ve found that when making vegan French toast, it’s best to use a sturdy bread such as rustic, day-old sourdough. It holds up better, which prevents the toast from becoming soggy.

Cooking vegan French toast in a skillet

Cook in a little vegan butter until golden brown and caramelized. Then add your favorite toppings and dig in!

Drizzling slices of vegan French toast with maple syrup

We hope you LOVE this vegan French toast! It’s:

Crispy
Tender
Custardy
Eggy
Vanilla- and cinnamon-infused
Quick & easy
& Just like the real thing!

It’s perfect for breakfast or brunch, especially paired with a glass of Super-Powered Orange Juice, Easy Green Juice, Creamy Coconut Hemp Milk, a Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder-Free!), or a Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie.

Stack of slices of vegan French toast with vegan butter and strawberries

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Close up shot of a bite of vegan French toast

Easy Vegan French Toast (10 Minutes!)

Vegan French toast that’s quick and easy, custardy, eggy, vanilla- and cinnamon-infused, and SO delicious! Ready in 10 minutes with simple methods.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Drizzling maple syrup on slices of vegan French toast with strawberries
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 (large slices French toast)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

BATTER

  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch (cornstarch helps the batter crisp up // we haven’t tested other starches)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (we also think you could use oat or coconut milk)
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp black salt (kala namak — adds eggy flavor // or sub sea salt)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp mashed ripe banana (adds a custard-like texture and subtle banana flavor // omit if you don’t like banana flavor)
  • 1 dash ground turmeric (optional // for color)

BREAD

  • 2 large pieces sturdy day-old bread (we recommend sourdough)
  • 2 tsp vegan butter (we like Miyoko’s with a hint of salt)

FOR SERVING optional

  • Nut butter or vegan butter (we like Miyoko’s with a hint of salt // or sub nut butter)
  • Fruit of choice (sliced bananas, fresh berries, or compote)
  • Maple syrup
  • Organic powdered sugar
  • Coconut whipped cream

Instructions

  • BATTER: To a shallow bowl or baking dish add cornstarch, then slowly add in dairy-free milk while whisking. Whisk fully to ensure there are no clumps. Then add maple syrup, vanilla extract, black salt (or sea salt), cinnamon, ripe mashed banana (adds custardy texture and subtle sweetness — leave out if you dislike banana), and turmeric (optional — for color). Whisk again to combine.
  • Next, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • DIP: In the meantime, add your bread slices to the batter and soak on each side for ~15-20 seconds. It shouldn’t be super soggy, but they should be well coated. Option to dust each side with a bit more cinnamon.
  • COOK: Add a bit of vegan butter to the hot skillet and as many pieces of French toast as will fit comfortably. Cook for ~2 minutes, or until the underside is golden brown. Then flip with a fork or spatula and cook for 2 minutes more, or until both sides are golden brown and caramelized. Repeat as needed until all French toast is prepared.
  • SERVING: Serve as is, or (our preferred) with vegan butter or nut butter, fresh fruit, and maple syrup. You could also sprinkle with organic powdered sugar or add coconut whipped cream for a more decadent touch.
  • STORAGE: Best when fresh. Not freezer friendly. You can make the batter up to 2 days in advance, though best when fresh. Enjoy!

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with fortified almond milk and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 slice Calories: 226 Carbohydrates: 38.8 g Protein: 4.9 g Fat: 5 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 430 mg Potassium: 110 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Sugar: 4.9 g Vitamin A: 1.9 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 146 mg Iron: 1.9 mg

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  1. Ciara says

    I used oat milk and whole grain bread instead. This recipe did not disappoint, it tasted like the real thing!

  2. Iralyn says

    Delicious! We used my husband’s homemade sourdough bread and made this for our parents. No one could tell it didn’t have eggs. Yum!

  3. Alaina says

    Subbed arrowroot powder, and it came out delicious. I love how the starch makes it crispy. The mashed banana was a nice added touch. I followed everything else exactly.

  4. Diana says

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been wanting to make French toast, but haven’t seen an egg free or dairy free recipe I’d like to attempt. I didn’t have any sturdy bread on hand so used regular sandwhich bread. I kept it in the liquid just enough to coat it. I can see how sturdy bread would have been ideal, but we made it work. We used oat milk. Also, I used an immersion blender to mix all of the wet ingredients to blend all the banana in. All five of my kids loved them!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad to hear you and your kids enjoyed it. Thanks for the lovely review! xo

  5. Kristin Pinches says

    I was so excited about this recipe, but no matter what I tried, it kept sticking to the pan. Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kristin, sorry to hear that! What type of pan were you using? Non-stick or cast iron is best here.

  6. Sarah R says

    Okay. SO I am allergic to gluten, eggs, dairy, and soy. Do you think I could make this with gluten-free bread? If so, do you have some recommendations?

    It seems like I wouldn’t even try to make french toast with food allergies like these, but I am pregnant and have been CRAVING eggy french toast more than anything. I almost fell out of my seat when I found this in my inbox!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, we hope you get to try it, Sarah! It will depend on the gluten-free bread, but if you can’t find a GF sourdough, perhaps try lightly toasting it first? Let us know if you try it!

  7. Elena Till says

    This recipe deserves (in my opinion) 1,000,000 stars. It is amazing!! I love this recipe so much! The recipe I normally follow took a lot longer, so this makes it so much easier. Thanks for all you hard work!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Elena. Thank you so much for your lovely review! xoxo

  8. Kate says

    This was so good with sourdough bread – the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast. I ate mine with strawberries, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Divine – I think this will be a Mother’s Day tradition!

  9. Susan C. says

    More of a comment than a question- I’m allergic to banana and have found that an equal amount of puréed pumpkin or squash substituted for banana usually works quite well. I plan to try it out very soon. Love your recipes!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Amazing! Thanks for sharing, Susan! Let us know how it goes if you try it in this recipe =)

    • Stacy says

      I made this for myself for a Mother’s Day treat, omitting the banana and used tapioca starch instead. Came out great! Served with peanut butter, banana and maple syrup. Gonna sub with macadamia butter and coconut flakes on leftovers!

  10. Tami says

    This is amazing! I recently got black salt and have been dying to try it in French toast. I had a more flimsy bread on hand and couldn’t wait, I toasted the bread first and it worked like a dream! Not soggy at all! I can’t wait to try it with a great sourdough!

  11. Kitkat says

    This recipe is soooo delicious!!!! I had to soak my sourdough longer than stated, but totally ok. The smell as it was cooking took me back to my childhood days of eating Sonic’s French toast sticks lol! Had with almond butter, berries, banana coins and a drizzle of maple syrup. This one is a keeper!

  12. Janet says

    Surprised by how great this tasted! I used soy milk and homemade light rye bread. French toast is one of the things I miss most since going vegan.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tracy, it will depend where you’re located! Homemade would probably be the best bet.