Indulgent vegan French toast that is incredibly easy to make, for a relaxing weekend breakfast. This frugal recipe makes use of stale bread, which provides an excellent excuse for cooking this dish.
Today I’m sharing with you how to make the BEST vegan French Toast with one magical ingredient.
This recipe has now become a weekend staple for me. I just love how something that is so simple to make and ready in a flash can taste this indulgent!
This vegan French toast recipe is quick and easy to make, with frugal and easy-to-find ingredients.
The secret ingredient here is chickpea flour. Don’t worry, this is really easy to find, inexpensive and will make the best tasting French toast, I promise.
The chickpea flour, Besan or “gram flour” is used as an egg substitute and works fantastically to create that familiar texture and flavour.
Find it in the supermarket, either in the World Food or health food aisle, Indian grocery stores, health food shops or online.
The best bread to use for French toast
It’s important to use the right kind of bread here, for the best results.
We want thick cut, freshly baked bread or Ciabatta, not flimsy thin-sliced bread from a packet.
The bread I used in these photos was a day-old loaf of white Farmhouse bread, cut into thick slices.
- Prepare your bread – If not already slice, cut into thick slices.
- Mix your batter – Whisk the chickpea flour, with the seasonings, whilst slowly incorporating the dairy-free milk, to avoid too many lumps.
- Heat your skillet with a little oil or vegan butter
- Dip each slice into the batter, for 15-30 seconds, depending on how dry your bread is.
- Fry for a minute on each side, until golden.
And that’s it! Time to add toppings.
Vegan French Toast Topping Ideas
Topping options are endless but here are just a few ideas:
- Maple or golden syrup
- Powdered Sugar and ground cinnamon
- Mixed berries or berry compote
- Strawberries & Cream
- Stewed rhubarb & vegan custard
- Vegan bacon strips
- Coconut yoghurt
So there it is. The best vegan French toast for the perfect Sunday morning breakfast.
Just right for when you want something special but nothing too complicated to make.
The base recipe is delicious with all sorts of toppings. I chose to just add some cooked mixed berries, some maple syrup and a dollop of coconut yoghurt which definitely hit the spot.
More vegan breakfasts
Easy Vegan French Toast
This vegan french toast makes a quick and easy breakfast that tastes like a special treat!
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour*
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp mixed spice, or pumpkin pie spice mix
- 120 ml dairy-free milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp vegan butter or mild-flavoured oil
- 4 thick slices of soft bread, white or wholegrain / gluten-free, if neeed
- Maple syrup, fruit, coconut yoghurt
- Whisk the chickpea flour, spices, milk, vanilla and salt together in a shallow container.
- Gently heat the butter or oil in a skillet.
- Dip a slice of the bread into the mixture and coat well on each side. If your bread is quite dry, leave to soak for about 20-30 seconds.
- Place the soaked slice in the skillet and fry on medium heat for a minute on each side until golden brown.
- Repeat with the other slices.
- Serve with fruit, syrup and yoghurt. Enjoy!
*Don't worry this is SO easy to find! It's sometimes called gram flour or besan flour and you can find it in most supermarkets (in the world food aisle), Asian markets or health food shops.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size g
Amount Per Serving Calories 375Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 22mgSodium 276mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 3gSugar 32gProtein 9g
Albert Bay says
Will defenitely try this yummy french toast!
What is the purpose of chickpea flour in this recipe? I’ve never made french toast with flour. Also does this recipe taste like normal french toast? Thanks!
Hi Kristen. Chickpea flour makes a really good egg replacer, particularly in savoury recipes and French toast. I personally found it tasted pretty much the same! But chickpea flour or gram flour is very inexpensive (especially if you buy from asian supermarkets) so it is worth experimenting with to see what you think.
I wonder if this could be made into a baked french toast casserole? Maybe add some blueberries and vegan cream cheese? I think I might have to give it a try!!!
That sounds lovely! I’m sure that would work well. Let me know if you try it!
These turned out absolutely amazing! I’m not usually a fan of French toast but this recipe has officially converted me to a fence toast lover!
Also love the fact that they’re vegan
That makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for the comment, Caitlyn :)
Terry Heise says
Will be making these for a party and breakfast a few times. Since my daughter went vegan several years ago, I have been led toward a plant based dr iet and the eggs are the worst thy o give up.
I’m n ok t ready to give up p all my Carnivorous tendencies but eat vegan probably eat 3 to 4 times a week.
That’s great, Terry! Hope you enjoy :-)
This looks great! My daughter has a chickpea allergy, though, is there any other flour that might work? I know chickpea flour has a very specific profile, so this question may be a looking shot.
Erin Watson says
We will enjoy this Sunday morning.
Hope you enjoyed it, Erin!
Can anyone tell me if it’s normal for my french toast to have a sticky teaxture on the ouside instead of golden brown? I leave it on the pan for much more then a minute but it doesn’t seem to get cooked well enough.
Might be that your pan isn’t hot enough.
I usually crave something sweet for breakfast and this is my new favorite things to make whenever I have some extra time on my hands. It’s tastes just like real French toast but it’s completely vegan so I’m extremely happy I found this recipe :) thank you for sharing!
That makes me so happy to hear, thank you Erica! It’s one of my favourite breakfasts for the weekend, you’ve just inspired me to make it again this
Finja Kemski says
This looks so good, thinking of making this for tomorrow. :)
Hey honey! looks delicious, but where can I find recipe for blueberries jam?
You can make your own by smashing a cup of blueberries and add a tablespoon of chia seeds to thicken it. Sweeten to taste.
Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake says
This looks so delicious! Is the recipe easy to double or quadruple? Would love to make it for a group brunch.
My boyfriend eats a lot (I will forever envy his metabolism) so I had to double this for us and it turned out great!!
Mirjam Therese says
Wow! I’m so happy to have found this recipe! I’ll have to try it next weekend :D Or as soon as I find chickpea flour ^^,
Amber Em says
What could I sub the chickpea flour with?
The chickpea flour is an essential ingredient as it’s what provides the eggy texture and flavour. I’ve heard people make french toast with corn starch before but that would be a whole other recipe. It’s very easy to find though! It’s often called gram or besan flour and you should be able to find it in the world food aisle of your supermarket or local Asian food shop.
I use to in the 70s use flaxseed for the egg mixture!
Abigail Jones says
These look SO good, I’ve been eating plant based for the past six weeks and im loving it!
Abigail Alice x
So happy to hear that! I’ve been plant-based for two years now and am still loving it :-)
it doesn’t describe what mixture to dip the bread in? Is it just the milk?
Hi Sidney, step 1 is the mixture :-)
The Vegan 8 says
I LOVE french toast and it’s probably one of my hubby’s favorite breakfasts that I make! It’s so comforting and delicious. This is a beautiful version and honestly, who needs eggs?! These are perfection and the berries on top are so pretty!
Thanks Brandi! It’s definitely becoming one of my favourite breakfasts :-)
Vegan Heaven says
This looks so pretty, Aimee! I think I still got some chickpea flour, so I’ll give this a try. :-)
Thanks Sina! Chickpea flour is magic :-)
BEST. FRENCH. TOAST. EVER. yummmmmmy!
Gabriella @ Putumayo Kitchen says
Ah this looks so delicious! I’ve been using chickpea flour a lot recently to make vegan omelettes, socca etc but haven’t thought of french toast! Definitely on my list to try :) x
Thanks Gabriella! Chickpea flour is amazing stuff. Love it for socca and omelettes too :-)
Maikki | Maikin mokomin says
Such a brillinat recipe Aimee :)
Thank you Maikki!
Mel | A Virtual Vegan says
That looks so delicious and your photos are beautiful!
Thank you Mel :-)
Hana | Nirvana Cakery says
Fabulous recipe Aimee, just perfect for those autumn weekend mornings! xx
Thank you Hana! Definitely will be making this a lot during the Autumn x
I do not make nearly enough French Toast. And it’s so easy, so I’m not sure why. I just never think about it. This dish is gorgeous! Love that berry sauce!
Saaaaaaaaaame. That needs to change!
Linda @ Veganosity says
French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods. I love that gorgeous fruit compote topping too. YUM!
Nico @ yumsome says
This looks so yummy, Aimee, and your images are gorgeous (of course!).
I’ve never had French toast before (vegan or otherwise) – does the bread go soggy at all, or is it crispy, as with toast done under the grill?
Girl, you are missing out BIG time. It;s crunchy on the outside but like a delicious, sweet, eggy, fluffy texture inside. Just heaven.
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I love finding new healthy cooking techniques like your chickpea flour trick, Aimee. So clever! And your images make vegan and free-from cooking look very desirable! Pinned, Yummed, Flipped, FB’ed and Tweeted! PS thanks for stopping by my blog. :-)
Thanks so much, Kellie! I love your blog, photos and recipes :-)
Looks lovely. Using vegan custard powder mixed with non-dairy milk also gives a lovely eggy bread coating and texture!
Ooh good tip – I know that using starch can work too, which is why custard powder would work. I might actually try mixing custard powder with the chickpea flour sometime!
Nicole Dawson says
Such a pretty looking breakfast! I absolutely loved when I learned how to make french toast without eggs…..what a game changer!
Right? So easy for such a delicious breakfast!
Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite says
Such a pretty french toast! I love french toast, so much easier to me than pancakes. It’s a staple around here for our fancy breakfast mornings. Those berries and whipped topping are making me drool!
You’re right, so much easier than pancakes!
Becky Striepe says
This looks so good! I love French toast.
Me too. Thanks Becky!
Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says
Styling is perfect. Recipe is perfect. Gooey berry goodness on top making my mouth water is perfect. I am craving this so much right now!
Haha thank you so much, Natalie! You’re the loveliest.
This looks SO GOOD! I’ve never used chickpea flour for French toast, but I need to try it!
You will be surprised how well it works! Chickpea flour is definitely my favourite “eggy” substitute :-)
Awww Aimee this looks stunning! I love gram flour tortillas, so easy to make and lovely texture and flavours. The best bit is gram flour is so cheap! Beautiful recipe and stunning pictures xxx
Right? I love how inexpensive it is and how far a small amount can go. Love making tortillas, quiches, scrambled eggs etc. with it :-) Thanks Hedi! Looking forward to seeing you sooooooon x
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Chickpea flour is so good for French toast! It really works so fantastically!
I think I’ll be making some french toast next weekend, I haven’t made any in months!
I never think to make it but I always crave it, which is just silly. Need to make it more often! Thanks Rebecca :-)
I looooove French toast!
Especially with lots of maple syrup and banana!
I’ve never tried it with chickpea flour before, but will definitely give it a go soon! :)
Chickpea flour works so well to get that eggy bread texture and taste – I love it!