Vegan Banana French Toast

February 11, 2013

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day.  Lazy weekend breakfasts are even better, especially when they’re carby and covered in syrup.  While pancakes will probably be my favorite forever, sometimes I just really want french toast.  I don’t often keep eggs in the house, so most of my french toast recipes end up being vegan, because who really wants to run to the grocery store on a Saturday morning?  I’ve found that vegan french toasts can be even more decadent and delicious than their omnivore counterparts and trick you into actually eating fruit with your breakfast.

vegan french toast recipe

When I make french toast, I like to use thick and crusty bread, but really any kind of bread will work in this recipe.  Feel free to play around and add the spices you like best.  I’m pretty obsessed with nutmeg and tend add it to anything remotely sweet, but I feel like a teaspoon or so of cocoa powder or using chocolate milk could make this french toast even more epic (unfortunately, I was out of cocoa powder this weekend, I’ll have to try it soon!).  The flour in the recipe can be swapped out for a gluten free flour– it just helps to thicken the batter slightly and keep it on the bread.


Vegan Banana French Toast
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Serves: 2

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • ½ c unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • ½ tbsp vanilla
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 4 slices of bread

  1. Mash banana very well (I like to freeze and/or microwave to “melt” the banana and avoid a lot of lump) in a shallow container. A pie tin or small casserole dish works well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except for bread. Whisk well until mostly lump free and well combined.
  3. Dip slices of bread in batter and flip to get both sides. If using a thicker or drier bread, let soak briefly.
  4. Cook on a griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat (using a spritz of nonstick spray if necessary). Cook about 2-3 minutes per side, pressing down slightly to encourage browning. Flip and cook remaining side.
  5. Top with favorite toppings, I recommend peanut butter, more bananas, jelly or other fruit.

Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to coat additional bread. The nutritional information below does NOT include the bread, as calorie counts can vary significantly.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 80 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 2g Protein: 1g


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    Heather Jun 11, 2016

    I tried to make this and it didn’t cook right. It burned around the edges and the middle was a gooey mess. Any tips as to what I did wrong?

      Kelly Aug 26, 2016

      I’m not sure what went wrong for you. Perhaps you had the pan set a little too high or soaked the bread too long?

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    cookingactress Feb 16, 2013

    Omigoodness this looks gorgeous and so delicious!!! I can’t believe it’s vegan, too!

    Erin @ Texanerin Baking Feb 14, 2013

    Oooh… this is interesting! I love that you used banana in this. 🙂 It sounds fantastic. And I love lazy weekend breakfast. I should do them more often!

    Rachel @ Bakerita Feb 14, 2013

    Yum, this looks so delicious! Give me some of this for breakfast and I’ll be a happy girl.

    bakerbynature Feb 13, 2013

    I’m such a sucker for french toast! I must make a batch sooooooon!

    The Domestic Rebel Feb 12, 2013

    Mkay, I super heart French toast and I love banana French toast even more. SO genius. I want to slather pb all over this bad boy and go to town 🙂

    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry Feb 12, 2013

    Challah is the bread I use for french toast only because I love how it soaks up the eggs or milk. Mashing up a banana for a vegan option actually sounds better then using eggs. Yummy!

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Feb 12, 2013

    I haven’t made french toast in years, but I am totally craving it now. Thanks for providing a recipe for a vegan option! 🙂

    rebacox Feb 12, 2013

    This looks yummy! I have some bread that gettinga bit stale! It should work perfect for this!

    I’m a bit confused on how you mash your bananna though. Do you freeze it then process it in a blender?

      Kelly Feb 12, 2013

      I find that if I peel and freeze bananas and then let them thaw (or microwave them for 30 seconds or so) that they mash up very easily with very few lumps. This also works pretty well if you briefly microwave a fresh banana or you can mash a ripe banana as-is. I’m far too lazy to pull out a blender or a food processor, so I just mash with a fork.

    Julia Feb 11, 2013

    This french toast looks fan freaking tastic! I love the basis behind your blog – it’s amazing how you can cram nutrition into delicious foods and never know that you’re sneaking in all sorts of vitamins! Love it!

    Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes Feb 11, 2013

    This sounds SO good right now! I adore French toast and I love the addition of banana! Never thought to try that. Your pictures are just drool worthy!

      Kelly Feb 11, 2013

      Thanks! Taking pictures of food seems to have a steep learning curve!

    Reeni Feb 11, 2013

    I love that you smeared peanut butter on your french toast! I love when it gets all warm and melty!

      Kelly Feb 11, 2013

      Me too! Best kind of PB 🙂

    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust Feb 11, 2013

    I really love the idea of the banana in the mix! And the peanut butter! I see breakfast soon…

    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen Feb 11, 2013

    Sometimes I’ll see a recipe like this and think, yup, I could totally be a vegan with foods like this around. Looks sooo delicious!

      Kelly Feb 11, 2013

      You know, it works really well until you remember delicious non-vegan things, like cheese!

    Kim@Treats & Trinkets Feb 11, 2013

    I’ve never thought of vegan French toast, but this looks amazing! Sneaky fruits ftw!

      Kelly Feb 11, 2013

      I like to challenge myself with a vegan week every once in a while (to try new foods and eat just a little healthier). You wouldn’t even know this is vegan! You don’t lose any texture or flavor 🙂

    Sally Feb 11, 2013

    thick and crusty bread is the only bread I use for french toast too. 🙂 This sounds amazing! I’ve never made banana french toast before, but something has to change soon b/c now this is all I want for breakfast lunch and dinner. I’m drooling at my keyboard here!