Crispy Vegan French Toast

Maple Drizzled Crispy Vegan French Toast

I’ve been making this delicious crispy vegan French toast for breakfast for about four years now on our slow mornings and am feeling like it’s time to share it with you all.

This recipe was in the free One Week of Meals Cookbook that we had as a download (which is no longer available), and we got lots of great feedback on it. I wanted to give it a bit of an upgrade, so here it is—in all, it’s simple, yet delicious crispy glory.

French toast is something that I grew up eating. Do you have stale bread? No problem, French toast coming right up! It’s such a classic dish and so many people love it for its simplicity and the fact that you can save some food is an awesome bonus. That’s a win, win situation.

When I was younger, it was made with eggs, milk and butter. And when I have a childhood dish that I crave or wish to veganise, I want it to be just as good as it was, or even better.

This one is soft and fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside (helps if you use vegan butter) and it’s such a nice way to start the day! With a cup of tea or coffee, it’s morning perfection.

Maple Drizzled Crispy Vegan French Toast

What’s the best bread for vegan French toast?

Make sure you don’t use just any bread. The real deal is when you use bread that was purchased (and baked) freshly – not the stuff you find on the supermarket shelves pre-sliced and wrapped in plastic. Real bread from a bakery that you can slice yourself at home, and often 2-3 days after bake date. When you can’t really use it for anything other than the compost, bread crumbs or feeding it to birds, this is the stuff you want for French toast.

Crispy Vegan French Toast

A list of potential toppings for this vegan french toast

Here are some great topping ideas if you want some inspiration: 

  • Chocolate sauce from this recipe
  • Any jam – my favourites are strawberry, raspberry, apricot, rosehip and plum
  • Any berries – like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Chopped walnuts, banana and maple syrup
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Cinnamon, maple coconut whipped cream
  • Nut butter
  • Cinnamon and sugar
  • Caramelized banana, with pecans and maple syrup
  • Poached pears, with coconut nectar and macadamias

Oh, the list could go on and on! What’s your favourite topping?

Crispy Vegan French Toast

Crispy Vegan French Toast

Yield: Serves 2
Inactive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

I have been making this vegan french toast recipe for breakfast for about four years now on our slow mornings. It's the perfect vegan breakfast!



  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

The Rest:

  • 4 slices of thick bread (2-3 days old is ideal)*
  • ½ cup maple syrup (or more if you like it sweet)
  • Vegan Butter or coconut oil for frying


  1. Whisk all the batter ingredients together.
  2. In a shallow bowl, place the liquid and each slice of bread to soak well on each side. For a few seconds either side.
  3. Heat the butter or oil in frying pan on low-medium heat. Around 1-2 tbsp for the first round.
  4. Place soaked bread on the pan and fry on each side until golden brown.
  5. Repeat process for the rest of the slices of bread.
  6. Serve on plate and drizzle with maple syrup or other desired topping.


*Any good quality bread will work. I went for a classic Sourdough Pane Di Casa.

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Crispy Vegan French Toast

Other vegan breakfast recipes you’ll love:

  1. Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus Toast with Asparagus
  2. Easy Fluffy Vegan Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  3. Apple, Blueberry and Vanilla Oat Bran Porridge
  4. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding With Cashew Cream
  5. Rose and Pistachio Rice Pudding

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  • Balissa 31/12/2019 Reply

    I am new to all Vegan and minimalism. I have been listening to your podcast and I am excited to see that this can be done, and transitioning is okay. Right now I am the only one in my family that has but we are having a New Year’s Day brunch and I will be cooking as many vegan dishes as I can to introduce them to my family. I can’t wait to serve this one!

    • Hi Balissa, what an exciting journey you’re on! Kudos to you for leading the charge and preparing some vegan dishes for your family. This french toast is an excellent recipe to start with. Thanks for tuning into our podcast 🙂

  • Emilia 22/01/2019 Reply

    can i use coco milk instead of almond milk?

    • I haven’t tried it with coconut milk before. If it’s quite thin it may work but there might be too much fat as well. Give it a go and see how they turn out! Also depends if it’s the type that comes in a can or not.

  • Rhea 21/01/2019 Reply

    I’ve been wanting to make French toast, so I gave this recipe a shot. In recipes with almond milk I often will substitute about a tablespoon of almond butter, freshly ground from only almonds, from my local co-op, mixed with enough warm water to measure one cup. It worked perfectly. Very delicious and no leftovers. ?

    • Sounds like a great alternative! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂 We never have leftovers either haha

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