There is a comforting feeling about a stack of bread battered and cooked until it’s golden brown and topped with too much maple syrup. That is Sunday morning perfection, in my mind. This Vegan Cinnamon Roll French Toast takes a classic breakfast to the next level. The pecan cinnamon-sugar topping will knock your socks off. It makes for all the cozy vibes you need on your weekend mornings.
no eggs, no problem in this cinnamon roll french toast
French toast without eggs? Is that even a thing. It sure is! And no one can tell they are missing. So what does this recipe use to help mimic the texture and taste of regular french toast? It’s a combination of chia seeds and arrowroot powder. You still soak/dip the bread in the batter for a few minutes until it has absorbed some of the moisture. Which in the end is what gets the french toast that perfectly crispy outside with a softer and flavourful inside.
what bread to use for your vegan french toast
The bread you choose is your call. I haven’t tried it on gluten free bread yet. But I buy an organic spelt loaf from a local store and it works wonders with this recipe. I once made vegan french toast (different recipe) for my mom using a gluten free loaf (it was from a local bakery too). I think maybe from all the starches used in a GF loaf, the outside crisped up nicely but the inside was completely soggy. She still ate it cause it was smothered in maple syrup and that stuff amazing. So I’m not entirely sure if gluten free bread will work with this recipe, but hey it’s worth a shot.
here are a few reasons why I love this dairy free french toast, so listen up!
- This dairy free french toast is a straightforward recipe to follow for such a fancy outcome. And as a baker’s hint, if you have two pans on the go at the same time, your cook time will be cut down!
- This recipe is super easy to double if you have more people coming for breakfast. It’s pretty hard to mess up the batter as you just throw everything in a shallow bowl and mix. Then dip the bread in and let it soak for a few minutes. Easy Peasy.
- The cinnamon roll pecan topping is totally optional. But it takes this recipe to the next level. This topping is what puts the cinnamon roll in cinnamon roll french toast. So you probably shouldn’t skip it. This topping is sweet, creamy and loaded with the delicious flavour of cinnamon. It is to die for.
This cinnamon roll french toast usually happens on the weekend. It starts the weekend with a little self-meditation in the kitchen. It slows down the craziness of the week and starts my Saturday or Sunday off right. So treat yourself with a little extra cinnamon and a little extra sugar this weekend, you deserve it.
vegan cinnamon roll french toast
french toast batter
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- pinch of nutmeg
- coconut oil for frying
- 6 large pieces of bread (I used spelt bread from a local bakery)
cinnamon roll pecan topping
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (from a can)
- 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix all the french toast batter together in a shallow dish so the bread can lay flat. “Batter” should be very liquidy.
- Preheat the oven to 250ºF and place a baking sheet in the oven (for the toasts to stay warm). Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan. Option to have two pans on the go to speed along the process. Each piece of bread takes about 5 minutes per side to cook in a hot pan.
- Add the bread to the batter to soak for a few minutes. Enough time for the bread to absorb some liquid. Place on a pan and cook until golden brown on the underside. Carefully flip and cook until the other side is golden brown as well – 5 minutes/side
- I would suggest adding coconut oil in between each new round of bread in the pan to avoid sticking. When pieces are done, pop them in the oven on the baking sheet to stay warm as you continue to cook the next round.
- While the french toast is cooking begin to make your cinnamon pecan topping. Add 2 tbsp of coconut oil to a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Once melted, add the coconut sugar and the coconut milk. Whisk together. Then bring the mixture to a boil. Boil until the mixture has become thicker (2-5 minutes) Make sure to whisk every so often so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Once the sauce is thicker, lower the temperature and add the pecans, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- Top french toast with the cinnamon pecan topping, coconut whip (see notes), maple syrup.