How to make the BEST Vegan French Toast! So easy to make in just 10 minutes, using everyday ingredients. You won’t miss the eggs at all in this delicious weekend morning breakfast. A secret ingredient makes these french toast incredibly crisp, thick and perfect!

vegan french toast on a plate with syrup on it.

French toast was one of the first meals I started making for myself as a kid. There wasn’t a lot of cooking or baking going on in my home growing up, in fact I lived on mostly convenience foods like canned spaghettios, ravioli and pop tarts. But we did make french toast a lot, especially on the weekends! It was easy, fast and simply delicious. 

I had never made a vegan version of french toast before testing this recipe. Honestly, I was quite doubtful it would work, or be delicious enough to even post here. I have seen recipes for vegan french toast before, but I really couldn’t see how they could possibly taste as good as the nostalgic breakfast of my childhood.

Well, I was SO wrong! My family and I were SHOCKED at how good this vegan french toast tasted, and we ate the first batch up in about 5 minutes flat. Creamy on the inside (but NOT soggy at all), crispy on the outside, with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. The perfect french toast, period, and SO darn easy to make!!

stack of vegan french toast on a plate with butter, powdered sugar and syrup.

How can I make Vegan French Toast without eggs?

The secret ingredient in my french toast recipe is so common I’m sure you have it in your pantry right now: Cornstarch. It’s perfect for getting that crisp exterior, and works like a charm as the bread cooks in the pan.

Without eggs, your batter for vegan french toast includes these ingredients: Soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk), cornstarch, ground flaxseeds (just a teaspoon, to help thicken the batter), 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (trust me), maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla.

How do you make vegan french toast?

It’s as easy or easier than the original! Whisk all the batter ingredients in a shallow bowl, large enough to hold a piece of bread. 

ingredients for vegan french toast being mixed in a small bowl.

Heat a little vegan butter or oil in a frying pan. Right before dipping the bread in the batter, whisk the mixture again (cornstarch will settle to the bottom.) Dip a piece of bread in the batter, on both sides, and soak for about 10 seconds. 

thick bread being soaked in the batter for vegan french toast.

Add the bread to the pan, and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with all remaining bread and batter, then serve immediately with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit, if desired. 

vegan french toast being cooked in a pan.

What kind of bread is best for french toast?

I used a quality loaf of ciabatta that was 1 day old. It was perfect. I wouldn’t recommend using soft sandwich bread, or your french toast runs the risk of being soggy. Thicker sliced bread works best, that is quite dry, such as french bread, sourdough or even a day old baguette. Smaller bread is fine, you will just have more french toast!

stack of vegan french toast with orange juice in background

I hope you enjoy this Vegan French Toast!!

Want more vegan breakfast recipes? Check any of these out:

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Vegan French Toast

How to make the BEST Vegan French Toast! So easy to make in just 10 minutes, using everyday ingredients. You won't miss the eggs at all in this delicious weekend morning breakfast. A secret ingredient makes these french toast incredibly crisp, thick and perfect!
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 3 people

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6-8 slices thick sliced quality bread, such as ciabatta or french
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil for frying
  • For serving: maple syrup, powdered sugar, or fresh fruit

Instructions 

  • In a shallow bowl, wide enough to hold a piece of bread, whisk together the soy milk, cornstarch, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla.
  • Add a little bit of vegan butter/coconut oil to a pan over medium-high heat and melt. Whisk the batter again right before dipping bread, as the cornstarch will settle to the bottom of the bowl. 
  • Dip each side of the bread in the batter and let soak for about 10 seconds, then add the bread to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Add more vegan butter/oil to the pan as needed in between pieces of bread. 
  • Serve with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit, if desired. 

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Notes

  1. May use any kind of non-dairy milk, such as soy, coconut, almond, cashew or oat milk.
  2. For gluten free vegan french toast, use gluten free bread.
  3. This recipe does not freeze well, and is best served fresh. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 648mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 524IU | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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Comments

  1. OMG BEST recipe for vegan French toast I have ever found!! My craving has been fulfilled. I have tried way too many other recipes and non have been like this. Im seriously so happy and I never comment on stuff like this but I just had to tell everyone.

  2. Love this recipe!!! So easy to make.
    Best French toast I have ever had.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Adding a little tip. Add milk slowly while mixing to avoid corn starch or cinnamon powder to make lumps.

  3. This really is the best french toast ever! I made it a few weeks ago and been dreaming about it ever since! lol I’m making some again this morning (finally!) and can’t wait! It’s perfectly toasted on the outside and soft on the inside. The flavor is wonderful! For anyone contemplating using this recipe, just do it! You won’t regret it. Thank you Nora for sharing your wonderful vegan recipes. I’ve tried a few already without disappointment.

    1. You are welcome, Marie! Thank you for your wonderful feedback and review! I’m so glad you are loving the french toast! Welcome to my site! Wishing you happy cooking!

  4. Wish I could have tried this recipe. You said you dont recommend using soft bread cuz it could be soggy. Well I grew up using soft bread for French toast and actually like it a little “soggy” but you LITERALLY CANNOT even make this French toast with soft bread. It literally burns and tears the bread up and does not crisp up AT ALL to flip. Had to throw it all away. Guess I have to buy specialty bread to make French toast from now on..so sad.

    1. Hi Jessica, sorry it didn’t work out for you. This is exactly why I don’t recommend using soft bread. I always have great results with day-old ciabatta!

    2. Jessica, You CAN make this recipe with soft bread; I use this recipe with soft bread all the time due to our family’s severe egg and dairy allergies. I just use my grandmother’s tried-and-true tip for baking French Toast with soft bread: Either leave the bread you will use on a sheet pan overnight (making it into stale, “day-old” bread) or heat in an oven preheated 300F for 10-20 minutes until stiff and dry. Then soak the “stale” soft bread in the batter for ten seconds on each side and cook at medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes on each side as suggested in the recipe (any more time and the bread will burn).

      Thank you for this vegan French Toast recipe, Nora! It is absolutely scrumptious; it has become a family favorite!

  5. This is definitely the best vegan french toast recipe I have tried — it reminded me of the french toast I used to make before becoming vegan!! Thank you!! I love your site and have not been disappointed in any recipe yet!

    1. Hi Debbie. I am thrilled you love the French toast! Thank you for your glowing feedback! I appreciate you using my recipes, and am happy you are loving them!

  6. I’m new to this vegan lifestyle..lol I was legit just wondering if powdered sugar and pure maple syrup is vegan. I’m sorry I’m just learning

    1. Don’t worry about it. Ironically not all sugar is vegan. ALL organic sugar is vegan by default.

      However if it’s not organic you’ll need to trace its source. A lot of white sugar uses animal bones to refine it.

      Stick to raw cane sugar if possible, absolutely stick to organic sugar otherwise. I make powdered sugar at home, I don’t buy it anymore. I get 10lb bags of organic raw cane sugar from BJ’s and use my Vitamix to powder it.

  7. I have tried so many vegan french toast recipes that turned out horrible, I had almost given up. But this one is a keeper!!! It turned out perfectly! I loved the texture and the flavor. Thank you so much!!! Most of my family members are vegetarian so they eat the typical French toast and I usually can’t partake. I can’t wait to make this for the whole family — they’re going to love it!!

    1. Hi Rosemarie. I’m happy you’ve found my French toast and that you love it, and all of your family can eat it, including you! It is so rewarding for me to know my recipes allow people to once again eat food they love and miss! Thanks for your positive feedback! Wishing you happy cooking!

  8. This is very good!! Made it this morning for me and my daughter and we both loved it!! Used sourdough bread and my griddle French toast heaven!! ?

  9. I honestly rarely comment on recipes…whether I like them or not (yeah I should do better). However, this recipe was SO good! I was craving french toast and was wondering how I can still get that crispiness yet fluffy texture from a vegan recipe (new to plant based eating). This recipe was amazing! Thank you for sharing!

    1. You are welcome! It’s wonderful that you love the French toast! Thank you for taking your time to share your magnificent feedback and review!

  10. Oh my God! Thank you Nora! This is delicious, much more than with eggs… ❤️❤️❤️ I divided the recipe by 3 for one thick slice… maybe I should not have… I would have made myself a second one. I made it with my homemade whole wheat bread… I ate this for lunch… it was a cool day and rainy… thank you! I just added a pinch of my ginger powder  that I dehydrated… this is definitely going in my favorite recipe folder as I did for many of your recipes. Thank you again… now debating if I make myself a second one… ??

    1. Hi Danielle. Sounds like it was a perfect day for french toast! I’m thrilled that you loved it! Thank you for sharing your wonderful feedback and ideas!

  11. This turned out great. My 2y/o is a VERY PICKY eater & he devoured this.

    Side Note: If you don’t use think quality bread as suggested (I didn’t, I used what I already had). It can still turn out good. I had to lower the temp a little & cook for 4min on each side. It was soggy at first but cook a little long sloved that.

  12. Rarely ever leave comments but these were EPIC!

    Substituted Flax with chia and Maple Syrup with honey and added a hint of nutmeg! Also threw them in the toaster at the very end for extra crunch and OMG!  SO SO good!  And very easy and fast.

    My go to now!

      1. Hi Nora!! I’m wondering if the cornstarch can be substituted? I’m running low, and have a big bag of arrowroot. Will that also work? Thank you!!

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