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Coconut French Toast (vegan, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free)

January 8, 2018

This French toast is a decadent treat that’s perfect all year long. It is a coconut-lover’s dream, with the coconut integrated into every layer of the dish.

Ingredients Makes 2 servings

1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (see Tips) 125 mL

1⁄4 cup aquafaba 60 mL
2 tbsp pure maple syrup 30 mL
1 tsp ground cinnamon 5 mL
4 slices white French bread (see Tips) 4
2 tbsp coconut oil, divided 30 mL
Coconut Whip (see recipe below)
Toasted unsweetened coconut flakes (see Tips)
Additional pure maple syrup, optional
COCONUT WHIP RECIPE (makes 
1 cup / 250 mL)
1 can (14 oz/400 mL) coconut milk 1
Put can of coconut milk in refrigerator overnight. (This allows the solids and liquids to separate.)
Chill mixer bowl and wire whisk attachment in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes.
Attach wire whisk and mixer bowl to mixer. Carefully open can of coconut milk, making sure not to turn it over. Scoop out the solids that have risen to the top and place them in the bowl (reserve thin liquid for another use).
Set speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Turn up speed as high as it will go; beat until fluffy and peaks form, about 4 to 5 minutes. Use immediately.

Instructions

Prep
  • Nonstick skillet
  1. In a small bowl, combine coconut milk, aquafaba, maple syrup, cinnamon and coconut flour. Whisk until well blended.
  2. Pour coconut mixture into a large, shallow dish (a baking dish works well here). Place bread in coconut mixture and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes to absorb liquid. Flip and let sit for a couple more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry bread on one side until crispy and brown around the edges, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook on other side for about 3 minutes. (You may need to do this in batches.)
  4. Place two slices of French toast on each plate. Top with a dollop of coconut whip and then sprinkle toasted coconut overtop. Serve with maple syrup, if desired.
It’s important to use canned coconut milk here, rather than coconut beverage, because this recipe requires its thickness and viscosity. French bread, which is a larger artisan loaf with a crispy crust, is often vegan. Check the ingredients list or ask your baker to ensure that your bread contains no eggs, dairy, butter or honey. To toast coconut flakes: Add coconut flakes to a dry skillet and toast over low heat, stirring constantly, until they are slightly golden on the edges, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Not all coconut milk is created equal! I’ve purchased cans of coconut milk that were homogeneous in nature and refused to separate, much to my disappointment. Look for brands that are free from emulsifiers and thickeners, like guar gum, carrageenan or cornstarch. The addition of these stabilizers will make your coconut milk homogeneous, something that, for this recipe, you want to avoid. You also need a full-fat coconut milk. For the thickest cream, it’s best to check the nutrition facts panel and choose the one with the highest quantity of fat you can find. I prefer Grace brand.

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