I was a little girl when I decided to become a vegetarian, and it wasn’t long after that I cut out eggs. I had always thought the idea of eating chicken periods, err, I mean eggs was horrifying, so to the best of my memory, I had avoided french toast my entire life. Yep, I had never tried french toast. It’s kind of hard to believe that a 25 year old (going on 26 ) has never had french toast…I had a hard time accepting this fact myself! I just had to try and make vegan, gluten free french toast right away because this problem had to be corrected.
Naturally, with my love of strawberries, I added them to the toast with vegan cream cheese. For a low fat version, you can sub in vegan yogurt in place of cream cheese. oh boy (or girl), it turned out oh so good! To be honest, I had no clue what I was doing since I had never done this before and didn’t want to follow instructions I found online (could be my defiant side coming out). Somehow, I thought it turned out wonderfully! I seriously have been missing out on french toast all these years! I highly doubt that french toast made from eggs is this good!
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Sandwich
Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free
Yield: 1 french toast sandwich
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
1/4 cup vegan cream cheese (I prefer Tofutti)
4 tbsp vegan butter
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp coconut sugar, light brown sugar, or granulated sweetener of choice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 slices gluten free, vegan sandwich bread
Here’s a recipe for vegan sandwich bread using gf flour and gf oats!
Chop or mash your Strawberries to your preferred size/consistency (I mashed them slightly). In small bowl, mix together softened Cream Cheese with your Strawberries until creamy, set aside. Lightly toast your bread (below 250°), and melt your butter while it’s toasting. In shallow dish, mix together your melted Butter, Vanilla, Sugar and Cinnamon until blended well. Set a skillet or griddle over low-medium heat. Take a slice of lightly toasted bread (toast it lightly unless bread is a few days old) and dip into butter-sugar sauce making sure it is evenly distributed onto your slice of bread. Now place slathered slice on hot skillet/griddle. Wait 1-2 minutes and with a spatula, flip over and wait until bread has absorbed all or most of the sauce. Repeat with second slice of bread and remaining sauce. Spread your Strawberry-Cream Cheese mix thickly onto one of your slices and place the other slice on top of it. Serve warm and top off with Maple Syrup, Powdered Sugar, Whipped Cream, Bananas, whatever tickles your fancy. Enjoy!