Yes! I tried a vegan recipe…..and loved it!!!!!!!!
Having a vegan breakfast was NOT a planned decision. I allow myself one “cheat meal” each week although I have a few snacks on Thursdays. We have happy hour at work on Thursdays so I always have a beer and chips or an old-fashion donut……or both. And then I go to the gym and work hard. I am always careful to stay within my calories.
This week’s cheat meal was supposed to be French Toast from Original Pancake House. I remember reading that they were pretty high in calories despite being REALLY GOOD! 1000 calories. FOR JUST THE FRENCH TOAST! For 4 halves (or 2 pieces of bread)…..though that must be old because they give you 3 or 5 depending on if you get a full or half order. I don’t even think that includes the syrup. WHY LAWD!!!!!!!!!! Also, you have to order anything else you want to eat separately. It gets pricey very fast. I didn’t want to go THAT crazy with my cheat meal. I looked at IHOP (hoping to spend less and get other food) but still 1000 calories for the toast????????? Ugh! Another place had the same prices and again, you ONLY get the toast for that price. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Then I remembered Fitness Magazine had a recipe for stuffed french toast (I don’t like over done french toast). Maybe I can change it a little? I have to buy eggs? I don’t eat eggs that much….they’ll go bad! What to do? Can you make eggless french toast? YES! It’s vegan! Although some people don’t consider this true french toast. To you I say, have a seat! I saw multiple recipes and was iffy about buying things. I don’t eat a lot of bread (I either eat it too much or not at all) but I usually stick it in the fridge or freezer to use as needed.
And then! GLORY! I found a recipe that included ingredients I either had or planned to buy or at least use from time to time. The only thing that is new to me is flaxseed meal. Flaxseed in general for that matter lol!
So guess how many calories I ended up with? About 300 (according to My Fitness Pal’s recipe calculator)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes! 300 calories for just the toast. I didn’t include the 2 teaspoons of maple syrup that I dipped the toast in or the strawberries I added. I’ll guess a little under 400 calories total. If you were to have the serving size they suggest, using my recipe, you’d come in around 150 calories! DO YOU GET WHAT I AM SAYING!?!??!?!?! I fed my craving with just 300 calories rather than 1000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *faints, wakes up, wall slides, gets up, runs in circles, faints again*
End dramatics! Below is my modified version of Holy Cow! Vegan’s Eggless French Toast recipe which is a modified version of Nutrition MD’s French Toast recipe. You’ll notice in addition to using a few different ingredients, the measurements are different. That’s because I only wanted to make one serving although one serving is one slice and I’m having two slices. As I said, this was intended to be a cheat meal!
Vegan French Toast
- 2 slices Whole-grain bread
- 1/3 cup Almond Milk
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons Whole-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon (separated 2 teaspoons and 1 teaspoon) Maple Syrup
- 2 teaspoon Flaxseed Meal
- 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Canola Oil (or oil of your choice)
Combine almond milk, flour, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a flat dish (I used a square glass baking dish). Whisk until mixed.
Soak bread slices in batter until soft but not soggy about 20-30 seconds. (I soaked mine too long so one slice was a little soggy.)
Lightly cover bottom of a non-stick pan with oil and heat. Cook on each side until golden brown, about 3 minutes. (I forgot to turn the temperature down once it heated up. I’d suggest cooking on medium-high heat so that they don’t burn on the outside. About a 6 or 7).
I poured the other 2 teaspoons of maple syrup into a small cup (I have cute tiny measuring cups) for dipping. I also added one cup of fresh strawberries. 🙂
I’ll be making this again tomorrow for breakfast since I don’t have smoothies over the weekend!