Vegan French Toast with Lavender-Infused Syrup
Vegan French Toast with Lavender-Infused Syrup- just 5 ingredients is all you need for this simple vegan French toast. It’s so good you would never guess it’s made without dairy and eggs!
I realize the whole “lavender-infused” part of this recipe sounds fancy but I promise it’s not. You guys know me. I’m so not fancy.
I mean, it might seem like I am to someone who eats a Standard American Diet but I’m actually not. It’s just using a few different ingredients than what most people are used to. But they’re cheaper and easier to work with.
Okay so the lavender part isn’t exactly what I’m referring to when I say that. Dried lavender isn’t something I usually cook with but I had some on hand and thought, Ima throw this in my syrup. Very good decision. What I am talking about is the vegan part of this French Toast. Instead of eggs we’re using chickpea flour! It’s less than $2 a bag and it’s high in fiber and protein without any cholesterol or saturated fat. Plus you don’t have to hassle with egg shells or salmonella. Need I say more?
The first time I tried to make vegan French toast was with ground chia seed. Maybe it’s just me but it stuck to my pan like glue. I was so disappointed…and hungry.
This time around worked so much better. All you have to do is whisk a few tablespoons of chickpea flour in with some plant-based milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon, and you have a perfectly good batter to coat your favorite bread with. For me that means a nice loaf of local and organic whole grain sourdough. Can you believe just 2 ingredients (flour and water) can make up something so dang beautiful? It’s all very romantic. Watch Cooked on Netflix. You’ll see what I mean.
The chickpea flour works wonders to form a nice golden crust on your bread that tastes exactly like good ol’ French Toast. You can skip the fancy factor and just serve it with regular *pure* maple syrup. But if you happen to have dried culinary lavender on hand then you MUST try infusing your syrup with it!
All you have to do is cook them together for a few minutes in a small sauce pan then use a fine mesh strainer to remove the lavender bits. BOOM.
It’s seriously amazing served with fresh strawberries and coconut whipped cream. And if you happen to have some leftover, it makes a fantastic natural sweetener for your iced tea. Just sayin’.
Vegan French Toast with Lavender-Infused Syrup
Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 20
Total Time: 30
- 1 day old loaf artisan bread, cut into 1 and 1/2-inch slices
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 4 tablespoon chickpea flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- coconut whipped cream and sliced strawberries for serving
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2-1 tablespoon dried culinary lavender
Warm a large skillet over medium heat and lightly grease as needed.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the pure maple syrup and culinary lavender. Bring to a low boil then turn heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup non-dairy milk with 4 tablespoons chickpea flour, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until smooth. Dip each side of the bread into the batter then cook in the skillet on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until light golden brown.
Serve French toast warm with whipped cream, strawberries and lavender-infused syrup.
I didn’t include nutrition facts for this recipe because it will vary greatly depending on the bread you use.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
You knowwww how much I love lavender–that lavender syrup sounds divine Sarah! Gimme gimme.
I love cooking with lavender! This is such a beautiful French Toast!
Ahh how beautiful! I’m currently growing a lavender plant so I need to learn the difference between what I’m growing and what can be used in cooking!
ummm a amazing!1
I would have never thought to use chickpea flour in French toast!! Such a genius idea— will definitely be trying this very soon!
I love the bread you used for this French Toast…. so much better than regular sliced bread! :)
Oh this looks delicious! I’ve never been into French toast because I don’t really eat eggs, and I’ve been meaning to make vegan French toast for awhile now. Lavender-infused syrup sounds amazing!
This looks divine!
I love this, Sarah! I’ve not tried a chia egg on French toast, but I have in other baking applications and it’s never worked for me. I don’t get the whole chia egg thing – maybe I’m not doing it right :/ . I love how you’ve whipped up these gorgeous French toasts for us using chickpea flour! Those chickpeas are pure magic.. what can they not do? And that sourdough! If I could only make my homemade look that pretty.. but I’m working on it! Thank you for sharing your recipe! :D
Oh it’s been so long since I’ve had french toast! This looks just dreamy! I keep meaning to try using lavender but always seem to forget to order some!
I love this idea!! I love regular French toast but sometimes by Saturday or Sunday we run out of eggs so this would be great in one of those situations. I’ll definitely be trying it and letting you know.
Just discovered your blog and obbbbbviously this vegan french toast caught my eye immediately! Not to mention your photography – amazing!
I can’t wait to explore some more :) keep it up!
Aw thanks Haley! :)
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