Mango-Blackberry-Coconut French Toast

12 Feb

Did I go on a tropical island getaway? No, not so much. Just another Saturday morning in snowy New Hampshire. Saturday mornings have become all about getting up to make a big breakfast, leaving the dishes for later, cuddling with the dog, catching up on Dexter, and not “officially” getting out of bed until noon. Now all I need is someone to come make this for me so, I don’t have to get up at all. Until then, here’s a quick recipe that won’t take away too much of your laze time and proves you don’t need dairy or eggs to have a delicious breakfast. What more can I say about french toast? Oh yeah: It’s freaking delicious!

Go ahead, have it with a mimosa. You deserve it. It’s the weekend.

Ingredients:
(serves 2, or 1 large serving)

4 slices soft, vegan whole wheat bread (just make sure there’s no eggs, dairy, or honey in it)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp unbleached all purpose flour (arrowroot or cornstarch will do)
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

Fruit Topping
1 small mango, skin removed and cubed
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/8 tsp coconut extract (or vanilla if you want)
1/4 cup fresh blackberries (frozen is fine, *see directions for instructions)
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
organic powdered sugar, sifted, for garnish


Directions:

Cut each slice of bread, vertically into 4 pieces, if desired. Set aside. In a small bowl, toss the mango, syrup and coconut extract together. Set aside. Set the blackberries aside in a small bowl. If using frozen blackberries, thaw them in 2 tbsp warm water and let them soak and turn the water red (you can pour this liquid on the toast when it’s done, to turn the syrup the red color shown in the photo). In a shallow bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the batter.Spray a non-stick pan with oil and heat on medium low. Place the bread in the bowl with the batter, making sure each side, including the edges, is lightly covered. It is very important that you not soak the bread through! Place each slice in the pan and fry until golden brown on each side and crispy. Remove from pan and stack the bread on individual plates, 3 slices laid vertically on the bottom, then 3 on top of that horizontally and so forth. Arrange the fruit topping on top of the bread, sprinkle with coconut flakes and sifted powdered sugar. Serve with additional maple syrup and/or vegan butter if desired. Enjoy!
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2 Responses to “Mango-Blackberry-Coconut French Toast”

  1. Vegan Mom February 26, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    >Might have to try the french toast tomorrow morning, it looks so yummy!Also wanted to let you know that I awarded you the "Stylish Bloggers Award" on my blog. Bloggers so need an accolade such as this once in a while to encourage them to keep on keeping on. Your willingness to pass this gift on to others is not only a kindness but an inspiration. Hope you will pass on the award to other bloggers as well and Congrats! Thanks for having a great blog!

  2. Melody M. February 28, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    >Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate them and am encouraged by them! I'm honored you like my humble blog! I hope you liked the french toast too!

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