French Toast Smoothie

This is the ultimate breakfast smoothie. Especially when you want your smoothie to actually taste like...well, breakfast! Some of these ingredients might seem like odd additions, what with avocado and nutritional yeast, but I assure you this is the real deal. Make it and see for yourself! Produce On Parade - French Toast SmoothieThis dreamy smoothie really tastes just like french toast. It has that perfect eggy, maple syrup, and sweet vanilla flavor that you find only in french toast. I might have made this for dinner, but breakfast was clearly on my mind. 

French Toast Smoothie

Serves 1 

Notes: I like soy milk here because coconut and almond milk have too strong of a flavor. I used frozen avocado because of it's more neutral taste, though you could use a banana, but I think it's too strong of a flavor. The nutritional yeast is essential to this smoothie. 

  • 1 cup soymilk
  • 1/4 avocado, frozen and chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, large flake
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. ground flax seed (or 1 tsp. whole)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • small grating of fresh nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Feel free to blend in a few ice cubes too, if you like. 

Produce On Parade - French Toast Smoothie Produce On Parade - French Toast SmoothieServe topped with fresh nutmeg and a dash of maple syrup!

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German word of the day: Arme Ritter --> French Toast (pronounced: armeh ritter)

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Spiced Chai French Toast

Ooooo, I am so excited to share today's recipe with you! This is the most delightful breakfast ever.  When I worked up at Hatcher Pass Lodge (see cool photos here), I was a french toast making extraordinaire. I learned how to make the most splendid and lavish french toast. And I have to tell you, if you're making french toast with regular ol' sammy bread...you're doing it wrong. Just STOP. No more, I forbid it. Once you make french toast with actual french bread (well, french "style" bread)...oh gosh, just...if you haven't, you need to. This is not The Depression. Make it with french bread, not sandwich bread. Sandwich bread is for sandwiches and french bread is obviously for, well, french toast. 

Also, you have to wear your fancy pants when you eat these.

Produce On Parade - Spiced Chai French ToastThis perfectly fluffy french toast is scented with chai spice and deliciously decadent. If you think you need eggs for the best french toast ever, you are mistaken. I'm sorry, I'm just the messenger. Have you had vegan french toast? No? Better get on it! Gosh, I'm sooo bossy today.

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Oh, also...we slathered ours with birch syrup. If you're in Alaska (like me) and have a small fortune to squander (unlike me), it's time to get yo'self some birch syrup. I think it's, please excuse my contrived snootiness here, richer and way more complex than maple syrup. It's has so much more going on. It's darker and more caramelly (it's a word, I checked). If you get the chance to try it, please do!

Spiced Chai French Toast

Serves 3

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used a vanilla coconut milk)
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. chai spice (recipe to mix your own here)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray
  • about 6 slices of french bread, about 1 inch thick

In a shallow bowl, I like to use a pie dish, whisk together all the ingredients except for the bread. 

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Slice up the french bread in about 1 inch thick slices. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastCoat a slice of bread in the french toast liquid for about 10 seconds on each side. The bread should feel slightly heavier but not soaked completely through. That's the  trick!

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastThe blood bank loves me. Place the slice in the hot pan for a few minutes on each side, flipping with a metal spatula. 

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastRepeat with remaining slices of bread, until all the liquid is gone. 

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Serve hot, drenched with maple (or birch!) syrup, and topped with powdered sugar and strawberries. Or whatever your fav toppings are!

Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French ToastThis french toast means business. Produce On Parade - Chai Spiced French Toast Listening to Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (this group helped produce SNL's "Dick In A Box" and other Lonely Island songs, just sayin')

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Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast

Sometimes I don't feel like cooking. I admit, it doesn't happen terribly often. Wednesday night, however, I felt this way. It was heightened by the fact that I was very tired and kind of stressing about packing and cleaning as we leave for Ohio today! And so, I turned to my trusty friend. Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast is my go-to dinner when I just can't bring myself to cook anything. Although, this isn't entirely true as I did make Todd a vegan grilled cheese and avocado sandwich. Does making a fancy grilled cheese sandwich count as cooking? Erm, possibly not... Anyways, this is obviously very simple to make. This recipe, if you can call it that, it's more like a conglomerate of ingredients placed lovingly upon a piece of toast is a fantastic breakfast, a superb snack, and (how I consume it most often) a very quick and satisfying dinner. Yes, I truly do eat this for dinner. On average, probably at least three times every couple of weeks. Some of those instances I didn't have the time to cook, or I didn't want to cook and but usually it ends up that I was just craving Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast!

Produce On Parade: Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast

Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast

Inspired by Myself

Makes 1 open-face sandwich

  • 1 piece of quality vegan bread, toasted
  • slathering of peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • small amount of maple syrup (1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 ripe banana, sliced in about 6 rounds
  • sprinkling of chia seeds (1 tsp.)
  • sprinkling of ground cinnamon (1/4 tsp.)
  • dash of salt (optional)
  • dash of sugar (optional)

Let me start out by asking for your forgiveness. Not a great way to start but really it's just that I never use any measurements when I make this toast. And I refuse to! You can't make me. This is my easy, quick, simple breakfast/dinner/snack, and gosh darnit you don't need no stinkin' measurements. Yet, I did try to estimate out of respect for crazy recipe followers who shutter at the words "small amount". I used to be one of these people. What the hell's a "small amount" anyways!?

Okay, on to the toast. Get yer most favorite piece of bread and toast it. BTW, I found the most amazing vegan bread, I am in love. Check it out in the picture below! While it's still warm, smear on an amount of peanut butter deemed you appropriate. Don't put on as much as you'd normally use for say a PB&J though. As the peanut butter warms it will become melty and if you put too much on it will just drip off. Same goes with the maple syrup, a little goes a long way on toast. You could use molasses too, if you like. In my pre-vegan days I used honey.

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Next, slice half a banana into about six round slices and arrange on the bread. Again, there isn't rocket science. You're the boss. I like bananas quite a bit and sometimes I make a fun puzzle on the bread to see if I can cover every square inch. This is not necessary and I can see how it may be counter-productive if you're short on time.

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Sprinkle chia seeds and cinnamon on top to your liking. I do the seeds first so they stick to the bananas and then the cinnamon. If you really like cinnamon so I tend to use a lot. Plus it's very high in antioxidants!

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Sometimes if I'm feeling super fancy-like, I will add some salt or sugar. Add whatever else you want to it. It's your canvas. A delicious, filling canvas.

Produce On Parade: Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast

Ah, the perfect anytime snack.

Cinnamon Bananas On Maple Peanut Butter Toast
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Katie - Produce On Parade
Serves: 1
A simple little open-face sandwich, great for breakfast, snacking or if you really don't want to cook dinner.
Ingredients
  • 1 piece of quality vegan bread, toasted
  • slathering of peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
  • small amount of maple syrup (1 tsp.)
  • 1/2 ripe banana, sliced in about 6 rounds
  • sprinkling of chia seeds (1 tsp.)
  • sprinkling of ground cinnamon (1/4 tsp.)
  • dash of salt (optional)
  • dash of sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. Toast bread, smear on peanut butter and maple syrup.
  2. Next, slice half a banana into about six round slices and arrange on the bread.
  3. Sprinkle chia seeds and cinnamon on top to your liking. I do the seeds first so they stick to the bananas and then the cinnamon.