Cinnamon-Buckwheat Vegan French Toast


No eggs? No problem. This vegan French toast is a full pantry recipe that will even please egg lovers! And of course, it is dairy-free, light, nutritious, versatile, and optionally gluten-free.

Cinnamon Buckwheat Vegan French Toast  - You won't believe it's egg-free! Also dairy-free and optionally gluten-free.

So what’s the secret behind this cinnamon buckwheat vegan French toast? Aside from the standard ingredients (milk alternative, sweetener, an flavoring), a little flour is used to thicken (buckwheat works amazing for flavor, heft, and gluten-free, if needed), and a surprisingly savory ingredient is added to mimic the richness of egg yolk: nutritional yeast.

Don’t let the name deter you. Nutritional yeast is a seasoning that adds depth to dishes, like this vegan French Toast, and a supplement that adds a little does of vitamin B12 (great for vegan recipes!), thiamin, and even protein. For this vegan French toast and most recipes, flaked nutritional yeast works quite well. It is easy to measure and readily dissolves in liquids.

Serve this vegan French toast with a drizzle of pure Grade B maple syrup (for the most flavor). Other delicious toppings include fruit (I used wild blueberries!) and/or a pat of dairy-free margarine. Also, the leftovers do freeze well. Simply pop a slice in your toaster or toaster oven until reheated and crisped to your liking.

Cinnamon Buckwheat Vegan French Toast  - You won't believe it's egg-free! Also dairy-free and optionally gluten-free.

Special Diet Notes: Cinnamon-Buckwheat Vegan French Toast

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just be sure to use the milk alternative and bread options in this vegan French toast that are appropriate for your allergies and dietary needs.

I’ve shared this recipe with Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free WednesdaysA Wholesome Bunch Link Party and Foodie Fridays!

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I learned this French toast cooking process from an Alton Brown recipe. The man just knows science! Don't let the added step scare you - this becomes a quick little production line that flows quite seamlessly. Also, wholesome options are fabulous in this recipe - we use sprouted whole grain bread (it tends to be drier, so it works quite well!) and coconut sugar.
  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF.
  2. Place the milk alternative, flour, nutritional yeast, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a blender, and blend for 30 seconds.
  3. Pour the mixture into a dish, and soak bread slices in it for 30 to 60 seconds per side. Carefully remove slices to a wire rack placed over a baking sheet or wax paper (to catch drips). Continue with additional slices until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Heat ½ tablespoon oil over medium low heat. Add 2 slices of the dipped toasted, and let cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly golden on the bottom. Carefully flip, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.
  5. Place the cooked slices on the rack in your oven, and let bake for 5 minutes, while you cook the next 2 slices.
  6. Remove the lightly baked slices and serve with maple syrup. Repeat until all slices are cooked, baked, and served.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. I never thought to use dairy free milk for french toast. I am not sure why, it makes perfect sense, I would be honored if you would come and share this recipe at Foodie Fridays where I co-host each week. Infusing some wholefood recipes into the mix would be awesome. Hope to see you there.

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