For Mother’s Day this year the family decided to do brunch for the first time ever! I was really excited about this because that meant less meat at the table! Actually, I was surprised to find out that there was NO meat at the table! No bacon, no sausage, no meat!
My mother asked me to make the pancakes so my husband & I would be sure to have something vegan that we could eat. She said my sister would be making french toast casserole… non-vegan of course. What?!?! I want french toast casserole too!!! So, I guess I’ll need to make it myself! I asked my sister for her recipe and proceeded to veganize it! Yep, anything you can eat, I can eat vegan!
The vegan french toast casserole was AMAZING, cholesterol free and lower in fat in calories! But, don’t get me wrong, this is no healthy breakfast dish!
It was really easy to make… just make sure to start it the night before for best results. You want to give the liquid time to soak into the bread!
1.5 cup non-dairy milk (I used Almond Milk)
1/3 cup flour or ground flaxseed
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
10-12 slices bread, 1 inch think (I like used french bread)
3 tablespoons vegan butter (I use Earth Balance)
1/2c brown sugar
2/3c maple syrup
2c chopped pecans
Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and layer bread slices into dish.
Mix together the rest of the ingredients from part 1 and evenly pour on top of bread.
Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least an hour. Turn bread slices half way through.
Preheat oven 350*
Melt butter and add remaining ingredients from part 2. Pour over bread and bake 45 minutes – 1 hour. It should be golden brown and bubbly. Allow to sit for 10 mins before serving.
so…. french bread that doesn’t have eggs in it, right?
Of course! Why would anyone want eggs in their food?!?!? I get mine at the Krogers grocery store… no eggs, no milk… completely vegan! If you can’t find vegan french bread in your area you can substitute with another.
Not a problem for me. I make my own bread and the recipes I have don’t call for eggs. I use water and oil as well, instead of milk and butter. And it tastes just like bread. 🙂
I have to tell you that I am so excited we will be eating this after opening our Christmas presents this morning. I wanted French toast casserole on our Christmas breakfast menu and this one is perfect for my vegan family! (I only kin wit is perfect because I made it already for my office Christmas breakfast party, and no one their knew it was vegan. Also we are gluten free, so I have made it with gf bread and just added a bit more liquid! Thanks for your recipe! It will be a go to in our family from now on!
I’m so glad you like it, it is one of my family’s favorites and it’s so full of gooey goodness that you can’t even tell it’s vegan! Merry Christmas!
How many will this serve?
Sorry for the late reply Deb! Serves 6-8!
The recipe was good, however it tasted more like a Cinnabon or cinnamon roll versus french toast. I would also recommend less sugar for those that have a simpler palate.
Love this! So easy that I don’t have to with for a holiday. ALSO–so much faster than pancakes on Sunday before church. Put together the night before, and let it cook and the bacon (gag) while I am in the shower, it turns out great! I also shop at Kroger’s, and I buy the discount French bread, so not only is it delicious it is super cheap!
Can you suggest anything other than flax seeds? My son is allergic to all seeds in addition to eggs.
Just use the flour instead of the flax… It’s either or in the recipe!
That was absolutely wonderful! I roughly cubed the bread and tossed it with the liquid so everything was well coated. Going to make that both regular and gluten free for our “breakfast for dinner” party next weekend! Thanks so much!
Glad you liked it Dana! I’ll be over next weekend!
Delicious easter brunch item. was worried about swapping out the recipe with 8 eggs, heavy cream, :-0 etc., but this vegan french toast was actually BETTER! fruit, roasted tricolor carrots, spinach salad. good stuff.
Linda, so glad you liked my vegan French toast casserole! It proves that you don’t need animal products to enjoy a delicious meal! It’s one of my favorites!
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