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Easy Vegan French Toast

This easy vegan french toast calls for only 5 ingredients! And it’s still crispy, sweet and golden-brown. Perfect for Sunday brunch, or my favorite – breakfast for dinner! 

This easy vegan french toast calls for only 5 ingredients! And it's still crispy, sweet and golden-brown. Perfect for Sunday brunch, or my favorite - breakfast for dinner! | @TheFoodieDietitian

Ever have one of those days where you’re like I wonder if I could pull that off?

You know, like a pixie cut, or aviators, or yoga pants with elephants on them, or making vegan french toast?

Yeah, it’s kind of weird, but I like to challenge myself in the kitchen to see what recipe makeovers and variations I can actually pull off.

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Vegan french toast I wasn’t so sure about. I love regular french toast and was a little worried about ruining an already good thing we had going. Curiosity overruled my skepticism though and before I knew it, I was busting out the flaxseed.

I tried making the batter two different ways – one where I added all the ingredients together (including the flax) and the other where I made a “flaxseed egg” separately and let it sit in the fridge before adding it to the batter. The “flaxseed egg” version may have been a smidgen thicker but honestly, I don’t think it made much of a difference.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with how the french toast turned out. It was crispy, sweet, and delicious. I personally missed that “eggy” flavor though and am wondering how adding a little nutritional yeast to the batter would play out in mimicking that flavor (I would have tried it but ran out after making vegan mac n’ cheese last week).

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Easy Vegan French Toast


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 loaf day-old bread, sliced
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Optional: maple syrup for topping


  1. In a wide-rimmed bowl, add coconut milk, flaxseed, vanilla, and cinnamon, whisk, and let set.
  2. Heat coconut oil on a griddle over medium-low heat.
  3. One side at a time, dip slices of bread into the batter, leaving no spots untouched.
  4. Transfer slices to the griddle and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden-brown.
  5. Optional: Drizzle french toast with maple syrup.


I usually add 1/2 the amount of cinnamon at first and once the batter is about half way gone, I add the rest so that each slice of french toast is equally cinnamoned (new word).

I totally did a BFD (breakfast for dinner) move on Friday night and had this french toast and smeared peanut butter on top. YUMMM. Is anyone else a BFD fan??

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Whadya think? Ever tried vegan french toast? Or BFD?

And if you’re hungry for more breakfast inspiration, check out this Vegan Banana French Toast in a Mug and my Pinterest board: Breakfast Bites!

Vegan Banana French Toast in a Mug

Vegan Banana French Toast in a Mug

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  1. Have you ever tried a pinch or two of “Black Salt”? I’ve used it in vegan quiches and it gives the quiche an egg aroma. Since I use a pinch or two of salt in most French Toast recipes I’ve made I was wondering.

    • I’ve never tried black salt but I think it would be a perfect addition to this recipe – try it and report back, Chris!

    • I just tried this recipe. You nailed it. To replicate my grandma french toast recipe make it vegan I add a teaspoon of almond extract and a teaspoon of ground nutmeg. I used grapeseed oil to cook. The medium low heat for the 5 minutes each side got the texture I have never gotten from other vegan french toast recipes.

    • Thanks, Theresa! Glad you enjoyed!

  2. Annlisa Mefford

    What kind of bread did you use for the French toast. I can not have egg or milk so what did you use

  3. This was the best French toast I’ve ever had. My family loved it!

  4. Hey, thanks. This was first vegan french toast that I’ve made that actually came out right.

  5. These turned out wonderful! We found out in December my toddler cannot have eggs and we are already a dairy free household, so these were great! My husband who eats everything said they were the best French toast he’s eaten!
    I used canned coconut milk which gave them a very custard-y flavor, added 1/4 t salt and about 1 T sugar. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  6. I’m a huge BFD- breakfast for dinner fan! What a great option for vegan readers and clients 🙂

  7. I’ve had vegan french toast, and this looks delish as well! Although I do have to admit I am partial to the eggy, battery version of traditional French Toast.

  8. OK making these this weekend! Those slices are so golden and delicious, yum!

  9. BFD all the way!!! I wish I had this recipe last week, when my daughter was still on her week on vegan diet experiment. No matter though-it looks yummy enough to eat any day-vegan or not!!

  10. Did not think this was possible and you just made my day!! My husband, a lifelong vegetarian (and not an egg fan), is going to be very happy!

  11. Ian Hamilton

    Here’s another one that you might like, haven’t tried it myself but it’s on the list. uses custard powder:

    Also if you’re looking for eggy taste, get hold of some Kala Namak (sometimes referred to as black salt, even though it is pink). It is sulphuric volcanic salt, sounds obscure but you can get it in any indian store. It is really pungent, so you only need a little, and it tames down quite a bit when cooked too.

  12. Hi, which coconut milk should use? Coconut milk from a can for like Thai recipes or coconut milk for drinks? Thanks! 🙂

  13. I will try this tomorrow. I’m not vegan, but I really hate eggs and I haven’t had french toast since I was little. Can’t wait!

  14. This is going to be our Easter brunch main dish! Looks easy and sounds delicious.
    As for BFD well OF COURSE! Doesn’t everyone?! Pancakes and maple tempeh slices and oven roasted diced potatoes ….

  15. WOW. I just made this for breakfast , and my mom and sister LOVED them. Amazing flavor! I didn’t have any flaxseed, but I had the rest and it turned out great!
    thanks for the recipe!
    -keyla 🙂

  16. I wonder if Kala namak (Himalayan black salt) would work for the egg flavor you’re missing? It works great in tofu scrambles to make them seen more eggy.

  17. I’m going to try this in the morning, but I’m mostly commenting because I LOVE that you interact with your readers and respond to comments. ❤️ very nice.

  18. I LOVE breakfast for dinner and haven’t done it in SO long. May have to change that soon! Also, I NEVER thought that a vegan french toast would turn out. Sounds super delish!!

  19. This looks amazing! What kind of bread did you use to make this??

  20. Holly Larson

    Hi Kara! Are you using the canned coconut milk here or boxed? Thanks 🙂

  21. Hi Kara:
    Assuming I can sub ground chia in place of the flax? My kiddo is horribly allergic to flax, eggs, dairy, gluten, oats and a few nuts, so I am struggling to replace her former favorite breakfast.
    Thank you.

  22. Hey this recipe is awesome! Thanks! Made 6 slices for me, I used regular sliced bread from frozen..toasted and then dipped and fried in coconut oil. I added nutritional yeast and used vanilla soy milk 🙂 thanks again been craving french toast for a while.

  23. Stephanie

    I made it for brunch, and I added nutritional yeast and man oh man was it good! I used almond milk because that’s what I had on hand, but I did cook with coconut oil. Super easy and for me, perfectly sweet without syup. I didn’t even add butter. It was just THAT GOOD. Did I mention it’s good? Thanks for the recipe.

  24. Paula Romanovsky

    Thanks Kara, I LOVE French toast, and yes totally can have it for dinner. I grew up in Europe and I’m used to big lunch and small dinner. But with this not sure if I can keep it small….lol
    It looks great, love vegan recipe!!!

  25. “Stale” bread is key 😉 And yay for keeping it vegan!

  26. I so gotta try coconut milk and flax out the next time I make French toast – thanks so much for this recipe Kara!

  27. This looks delicious Kara. I felt the same skepticism the first time I made vegan French toast, but it turned out great. I didn’t use any egg substitute, just eggnog (it was the Christmas season) and some soy creamer. I thought that the texture was very similar to the conventional, maybe it’s because I haven’t had eggs in over a year?

  28. Mmm! Check out this CRUNCHY GOODNESS! 🙂

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