This healthy, high-fiber Vegan French Toast is perfect for brunch and weekends! With only 5 ingredients, it’s a simple and special breakfast.
French Toast is one of my favorite foods. If there was a breakfast buffet with French Toast my plate would be stacked high — until I realized eating it resulted in breakouts and a major energy crash.
This delicious vegan and paleo version is a healthy French Toast recipe alternative so you can still enjoy your favorite breakfast. It’s high in fiber and doesn’t have any added sugar!
There are a few special ingredient swaps that make this French Toast recipe extra healthy and delicious! Try it out on a weekend morning, or prep ahead and store in the fridge or freezer.
This recipe is:
- vegan + vegetarian
- refined sugar-free
What you’ll need
- Gluten-free & vegan bread (if you’re not gluten-free, you can swap regular bread)
- Plant-based milk
- Chia seeds
- Vanilla extract
- Vegan butter
- Chia seeds are high in fiber and may help to slow inflammatory insulin spikes (Healthline)
- Grain-free, vegan bread may help slow the absorption of sugar as compared to white bread (Healthline)
- Plant-based milk like coconut milk avoids added hormones from dairy (NutritionFacts)
French Toast is simple to make from scratch once you learn how to make the batter! The batter is made of 4 ingredients: plant-based milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. The delicious batter is used to coat bread slices, then it’s cooked until it’s a light golden brown.
Simply grind up the chia seeds using a coffee or herb grinder! You won’t even notice them. Substitutes for chia seeds would be an egg replacer such as Bob’s Egg Replacer.
When looking for a bread, select one that’s gluten-free and vegan. If you have options at your grocery store, pick the thickest bread. I used Food For Life’s grain-free almond bread.
Traditional French Toast usually contains milk and eggs.
Try topping it with fresh fruit, nut or seed butter, coconut nectar, or coconut whipped cream!
Easy Vegan French Toast
- 6 slices gluten-free vegan bread see notes
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 1.5 tbsp chia seeds ground if preferred
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon plus extra for sprinkling
- 2 tbsp vegan butter pan
- Mix the milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a wide and shallow bowl. Place the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes so the chia seeds thicken.
- Add vegan butter to a pan over medium heat. A non-stick pan will work best.
- Dip a slice of bread into the batter on one side for 10 seconds, then dip it on the other side for 10 seconds.
- Place the bread on the pan. Repeat with 1-2 more slices. Bread should be spaced out enough that the slices are not touching each other.
- Cook until the bottom is a light golden brown, for approximately 4 minutes. Flip each slice, then cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes until it's a light golden brown too.
- Remove from pan and place on serving dish. Between batches, add more butter to the pan as needed. You can also mix in an extra sprinkle of cinnamon to the batter bowl between dipping slices.
- Serve with maple syrup and fresh berries! Enjoy while warm.
- When selecting a gluten-free bread, thicker breads will be better for french toast. Sandwich bread will work, but it may not hold together as well or can get a little soggy. If you’d like to keep this recipe paleo, select a bread that is paleo.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. The french toast slices can also be frozen.
- If you don’t have vegan butter, you can use an oil such as coconut or avocado oil.
- If you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, be sure to grind them using a coffee grinder or herb grinder.
- Option to sprinkle extra cinnamon and mix into the batter in between dipping slices.