Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Gluten Free/Vegan French Toast with Sauteed Bananas

One of our favorite family treats is breakfast for dinner.  Typically we get out the waffle makers and make gf/vegan waffles, which are out of this world! Tonight I thought I would mix it up a bit and come up with a french toast recipe.  I had just made a fresh loaf of gf/vegan bread that morning, so it was a perfect time to experiment!    This was one of those recipes where I used what I had in my pantry, and it came out great!

( I apologize for not having a photo of the finished dish.  The kids had lacrosse practice and they had to eat and run out the door. )

Ingredients: MAKES 15 SLICES
4 flax eggs (4 tbs ground flax to 12 tbs water)
1 can of full fat coconut milk
1/2 c water
1 c almond milk (or whatever non dairy milk you have)
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tbs pure maple syrup
1 loaf of bread (we used gf) make sure it is a firm bread, soft bread will fall apart.
coconut oil for the pan

For Sauteed Bananas
2 ripe bananas
gluten free rice cereal or gluten free flour
coconut oil

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flax and the water.  Gently mix it together and then let it sit for approximately 15 minutes.  Then add the coconut milk and whisk together.  Next add the rest of the ingredients,  (not the bread), and whisk together.   

Heat up your skillet or frying pan to medium.  I put a little coconut oil in the pan so the bread wouldn't stick, you could use cooking spray or vegan butter also.  Dunk a piece of bread into the mixture and then place on the hot skillet.   Flip the bread over when the first side is browned.  Make as many slices as you like, I was able to get 15 slices out of the mix I made.

For the bananas:
Heat a frying pan to a medium high heat.  I put about 2 tsp coconut oil in the pan.  Slice the bananas down the middle and then cut in half. Roll the bananas in the rice cereal or flour.  Put the bananas in the hot pan and flip once to lightly brown both sides.

Serve two slices of french toast topped with two pieces of crispy banana.  Pour some pure maple syrup over top.  ENJOY!

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