Enjoy Just Egg French Toast with homemade cinnamon apple compote and drizzled with sweet maple syrup. It's quick, easy, and perfect for vegan brunch or Saturday mornings. Have this vegan friendly version of the comfort classic on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Realistic flavor! Traditional french toast batter is egg rich and making this vegan version with Just Egg makes it taste exactly like regular french toast.
- Perfect for brunch. Have this fluffy french toast ready in less than 30 minutes for the perfect vegan brunch. Great for hosting, weekends, and special breakfasts. Try my Maple Pecan Vegan Donuts or Vegan Blueberry Lemon Donuts for hosting options, too!
- Simple ingredients. With Just Egg and a few pantry staples, you can make the best sweet comfort food breakfast!
- Vegan! In addition to being eggless, this french toast is dairy free and completely vegan.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Just Egg - Just Egg is a vegan egg substitute that is made from mung beans. You can typically find it in the refrigerated dairy section, near the milk alternatives or sometimes near the eggs and bottled egg whites. Just make sure to buy the liquid version of Just Egg. They're pre-cooked folded eggs will not work for this recipe.
- Bread - I typically use gluten free bread or sourdough slices when making homemade french toast but you can use what you have on hand. Make sure to use stale, day old bread. If the bread is too fresh, it will get soggy when soaking in the custard.
- Almond milk - Unsweetened almond milk works great in this recipe, but if necessary you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk you have.
- Maple syrup - Maple syrup gives this batter the best, classic flavor. I do not recommend substituting the maple syrup for any granulated sugars like cane sugar or brown sugar as it would change the flavor and consistency of the batter.
- Cinnamon - Cinnamon is another classic in french toast, but if necessary you can omit it, or substitute it with ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. This will change the flavor, but it will still be delicious!
- Apple- Apple is essential for this compote. You may, however, sub with pears.
- Brown Sugar- Brown sugar sweetens the compote. You may also use coconut sugar or any other brown sugar alternative.
- Coconut Oil- You may use vegan butter instead.
Step by Step Instructions
How to Make the Optional Apple Compote
- Chop an apple into bite sized pieces, leaving the skin on.
- In a medium sized skillet over medium heat, heat the coconut oil until melted.
- Add in the chopped apples and coat in the coconut oil.
- Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon and sauté for an additional 8-10 minutes. You'll know it's ready when the apples are tender and caramelized.
- Set aside and begin to prepare Just Egg French Toast.
How to Make French Toast
- Prepare the batter: In a large shallow dish (I typically like to use a casserole dish), whisk together the Just Egg, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon and almond milk.
- Soak the bread: Add 1 or 2 slices of bread into the french toast batter, letting it soak for about 30 seconds on each side in order to soak up as much of the mixture as possible without getting soggy (keep in mind that thinner slices of bread will need less time to soak than a thicker slice).
- Pan fry the french toast: Working in batches, cook the slices over medium low heat in oil or vegan butter for about 4 minutes on each side. The surface of the french toast should look golden brown and crispy on each side once ready.
- Repeat with remaining bread: Once the french toast in the skillet has about a minute left to cook, add the next slices of bread into the french toast batter to soak. Repeat until all slices of french toast are cooked and ready.
- Serve: Serve your french toast slices immediately while hot with additional maple syrup, whipped cream and apple compote.
You can use many different kinds of bread for french toast, but it is important to always remember to use stale, crusty bread. I personally like to use gluten free bread or sourdough bread, but classic french toasts are typically made with brioche or challah. Really any bread you have on hand will work.
Yes! If you find that you have Just Egg batter mixture leftover, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can also whisk together the french toast batter ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator to make breakfast prep easier on weekends.
Yes, although it is of course best served fresh, any leftovers can be reheated in the microwave until warm.
Tips for Success
- Add additional oil or butter between cooking french toast pieces: In order to prevent your french toast from sticking to the skillet, I recommend adding additional oil or vegan butter in between batches to keep the skillet nonstick.
- Cook on low heat. If you cook the custard soaked slices on too high of heat, you will likely cook the outside of the french toast too quickly while the inside will remain uncooked and soggy. Further, this can cause the batter to stick to the skillet. If your cook top tends to run on the hotter side, don't be afraid to lower the heat.
- Bread thickness can effect the cook time. The amount of time it will take for your french toast to cook through will depend on how thick your slices of bread are. Thicker bread will take a bit longer because it will absorb more of the french toast batter.
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Just Egg French Toast (with cinnamon apple topping)
- 6 pieces bread
- ½ cup Just Egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup almond milk
- Your choice of cooking oil or butter
Apple Compote (optional)
- 1 apple softer apples work best
- ½ tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp brown sugar
- Add all ingredients, other than the bread, to a meduim size bowl (I find that casserole dishes work the best).
- Whisk the mixture until all ingredients are combined.
- Add one or two, depending on the size of your bowl, pieces of bread into the just egg mixture, letting it to sit for 30-60 seconds to enable it to soak up as much mixture as possible.
- Using a skillet, heat your choice of cooking oil or butter (approx 1 tbsp) over medium to low heat.
- Once the skillet is heated, place one (or two depending on the size of your skillet) piece of the bread covered in the Just Egg mixture directly onto the skillet.
- Allow to cook for about 4 minutes then flip and repeat on the other side. The surface of the toast should look golden brown and a little crispy on each side
- While the french toast is cooking in the skillet, add the next pieces of bread into the just egg mixture, allowing it to soak.
- Once the french toast is done cooking on each side, remove it and place it onto a plate then cook the additional pieces (be sure to add extra butter or cooking oil to the pan between each piece to ensure none stick).
- Top with maple syrup, whip cream + the delicious apple compote!
Apple Topping (optional)
- Chop the apples into bite size pieces, about ½ inch.
- Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Once work, add in the coconut oil.
- Once the coconut oil melts, add the chopped apple pieces and mix into the coconut oil to enable to be well coated.
- Add in the brown sugar and cinnamon and saute for 8-10 minutes, until the apples are tender. You will need to mix them often. (please note, harder apples will take a little more time to become soft).
- Once the apples are tender, and slightly brown in color due to the sugar and spices, top the Just Egg french toast with them! Enjoy!