Vegan French Toast


Why can’t all weekends be three day weekends?  This one included ALL the things I want in a weekend: friends, trail running, great food, tons of family time, a new water sport, and a BIG race added to the agenda.


This is the hummus wrap from Cafe Del Soul in Mill Valley. Why can’t they open in the East Bay?! It shares a parking lot with San Francisco Running Company, so it was the perfect stop after the race.

Some members of my tri club belong to a private lake that’s just over a mile from our house, and they had a barbecue and swim on Sunday night. I put on the wetsuit for the first time since Wildflower, and swam a mile. Then I decided to try stand up paddle boarding. It was fun, but I’m pretty sure I’d fall immediately if I tried it in the ocean.

On Monday night, Mike and I sat down to schedule our future races, and I somehow ended up on the Ironman website. Then I somehow ended up looking at Ironman Texas, and next thing I knew, I was registered.


I knew 2014 was going to be the year of my first Ironman, and I had been pretty certain I was going to sign up for Wisconsin.  But seeing this in May, and the fact that registration was already open and just BECKONING me to sign up, I went for it.  It’s going to be ungodly hot and humid but I’m really excited!

French toast is one of the weekend breakfast staples around here.  But now that Mike’s vegan, and I’m in the middle of a little vegan experiment (again…hoping to last more than two days this time), we needed a way to figure out how to make it without eggs.

Ellie still gets the real thing, but this weekend I tried coconut milk, and it worked really well.  I think the key is to oil the pan well, and let it cook until it starts to brown (otherwise it will just be mushy bread).  I definitely recommend using hearty bread, not regular grocery store sandwich bread.  I used homemade whole wheat that was a couple of days old.

I don’t have a specific recipe, but more just an idea of what to do: mix about 2/3 cup full-fat coconut milk with 1 tsp vanilla and a nice big pinch of cinnamon.  Heat about a tablespoon of grapeseed oil (or other neutral oil) until a drop of water sizzles. Dip the bread in the coconut milk and cook for a few minutes on each side, until nice and brown. Top with whatever you want… I used mashed banana and it was delicious.


8 Responses to “Vegan French Toast”

  1. 1 Josie May 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

    When Caroline was allergic to eggs, I used to make vegan French toast for her using bananas that were pureed in the food processor with some milk (I used pumpkin puree instead once too). i think I got the recipe/method from Emily at Daily Garnish?

    Looking forward to reading about your training for the Ironman! You are a machine!

  2. 2 Kira May 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

    So excited to hear about IMTX! A friend & fellow female minister did that one last year and said how hot it was. And my brother just qualified for Kona at the 70.3 in St. Croix, so I’m surrounded by IronMenandWomen.

  3. 3 MJ May 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

    IMTX14-you are going to do great! I have volunteered the past 2 years-its crazy hot-but every participant I spoke with said it was a wonderful experience.

  4. 4 Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen May 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Congrats on the IMTX registration! Can’t wait to read about your training! I always get so much race envy & motivation after reading your blog.

    Also, love this French toast idea!

  5. 5 Kate May 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    One of our friends just got into paddleboarding. He’s trying to convince J to join him more often, but right now J will only do it if there’s no surf.

  6. 6 Cathryn May 30, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    LOVE the paddle boarding in a dress. Hilarious! And that wrap looks amazing…wish I’d known that was available in Mill Valley on Monday instead of the unimpressive lunch we had after our hike! Next time!!

  7. 7 Page May 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I’m so pumped for you and IMTX!!! Congrats!

  8. 8 Timothy June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend! i have a brother who does the Iron Man competition and he loves it. Also a great vegan french toast recipe I made with fruit juice and applesauce was delicious. Check it out. Good luck with vegan experiment.

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