It's a French toast! Nope...it's a waffle! Well no, really, it's a magical combination of both. It's vegan French toast waffles, made from crusty bread slices soaked up in coconut milk batter and cooked up in the waffle iron!
I'm in charge of waffles at an upcoming wedding this summer. It's a small wedding. Probably not as small as mine was, but small enough that I should be able to handle feeding everyone waffles. The thing is, I'm also in the wedding, and I'm not into the idea of walking around for half a day with flour all over my bridesmaid dress. So I did some brainstorming as to what I could do to avoid mixing up waffle batter at the event. Whip it up in advance? I'm afraid the baking soda would loose all it's bubbles and we'd have flat waffles.
The answer? French toast waffles! I got inspired by this recipe for waffle French toast. I decided to give, the inverse, French toast waffles, a try. As luck would have it, no leavening is needed for vegan French toast batter - just coconut milk and a few thickeners and seasonings. I love vegan French toast and I love vegan waffles, but you know what? I think I love these more than both of those things combined. That's so much!
I'll be making them again this weekend for Mother's Day and I thought maybe some of you guys would want to do that too. I think mom will love them.
Vegan French Toast Waffles
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
- ½ cup unflavored soy or almond milk
- 3 tbsp. cornstarch
- 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour (you could probably get away with using whole wheat flour too)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- pinch salt
- 6 bread slices
Lightly oil and preheat a Belgian waffle iron (one with square cavities, see note). In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk, soy or almond milk, cornstarch, flour, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
Dip both sides of a bread slice into batter and place into one of your waffle iron cavities. If your waffle iron makes two waffles at a time, repeat and place a slice into the other cavity. Close waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's directions (they're usually done when steam stops coming out of the iron). Repeat until you've used all of your bread and batter.
Top with maple syrup, vegan butter, or your favorite waffle/French toast toppings. Serve.
Try to use a loaf of bread that has a relatively square shape and isn't too big, so it fits nicely into the waffle maker.
If you have a round waffle iron you could probably get away with cutting slices of bread to fit, but it might require some experimentation.