I’m very much the unplanned cook. I don’t purchase ingredients with recipes in mind, I create recipes from what I have on-hand. This system can fail, but often, I enjoy the challenge and come up with some pretty creative ways to incorporate things from my pantry.
This stuffed French toast recipe was inspired by something I saw online, but I have changed quite a bit. It’s easy, vegan and customizable!
1/2 Banana, the riper, the better!
1/4 cup Nut Butter (I used Almond, but I bet PB would be fantastic!)
1 TBSP Cacao or Cocoa Powder
1 TBSP Cacao Nibs or Nondairy Chocolate Chips
2 TBSP Brewed Coffee
1 tsp Vanilla
1 TBSP Brewed Coffee
Dash Ground Cinnamon
Dash Ground Turmeric
1/2 cup Nondairy Milk
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Lemon Juice
6 Slices Whole Grain Bread (or any bread you want!)
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
Optional Toppings: Sliced Banana, Maple Syrup, Cacao Nibs, Powdered Sugar, Cinnamon, Walnuts, Chocolate Sauce, Honey or Agave
Step 1: Mix ingredients of batter with a fork and let sit for a minute. This will allow time for the mixture to curdle to make a buttermilk consistency.
Step 2: While waiting for the batter to curdle, mix together the ingredients of the filling. Mixture should be spreadable. If it is too runny, add more banana or almond butter.
Step 3: Spread filling on 3 slices of bread. Place the other 3 slices on top to make sandwiches. Cut diagonally.
Step 4: Heat a pan on low to medium heat. Add the coconut oil to the pan.
Step 5: Soak sandwich halves into batter, making sure the bread gets wet on all sides. Don’t soak too long though – you don’t want the bread to fall apart! Immediately, place in pan.*
Step 6: Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve on a plate with maple syrup and banana slices or your toppings of choice. Enjoy!
*Author’s Note: Some breads get soggier than others, so choose wisely. The first time I made this, the bread I used barely got soggy, which upset me – I want my French Toast to be a little doughy. I switched to Multigrain Sunflower Bread from Costco and it was the right choice – but I had to be very quick with the batter process or else it would have fallen apart.