Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Oh how I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but it’s all thanks to Kristy Turner’s debut cookbook, But I Could Never Go Vegan! Each chapter in this beautiful book is a rebuttal to the common excuses of why someone might think they couldn’t give up their favorite foods—cheese, burgers, and cookies, among others. The overall vibe is definitely comforting and familiar, and I’d say if this French toast recipe is any indication, omnivores will be hard-pressed not to fall in love with these vegan meals.

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Aaron has been asking me to make him French toast for-ev-er. It’s his go-to every time I ask him what he wants for breakfast (or lunch or dinner). Over the years, I’ve learned that there are a couple of really key things that separate sad vegan French toast and awesome vegan French toast:

  1. The bread. If the bread tastes meh and cardboard-y on its own, the French toast is going to taste meh and cardboard-y too. We stopped by our favorite bakery and picked up a loaf of their French bread. Even in the middle of the day, there was a line down the street—this place is that good.
  2. The pan. You absolutely must use a non-stick pan (and steer clear of teflon/chemically non-stick pans, please!). I purchased this one last year as an “investment piece” (side note: Aaron hates when I call things “investment pieces” to justify the price) and it’s held up really well after daily use. If you only own one pan, you might consider this one. And it appears to be on sale. Doh!

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

A few things take this particular recipe over the top (apparently I’m in list-making mode):

  1. A layer of vegan cream cheese before you stuff the bread with apple goodness. It adds a really nice richness and decadence.
  2. Chickpea flour in the batter. It has a slightly egg-y flavor when cooked which makes for a truly authentic tasting French toast.
  3. Green apples coated in lemon juice. The tartness balances out the sweet coconut sugar, maple syrup, and caramel sauce perfectly.
  4. The caramel date sauce. Oh my! But you already knew medjool dates were magical.

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

I’m thinking the timing of this post is kind of perfect considering it’s Friday and all. Hint, hint. Fancy weekend brunch, anyone? Or maybe breakfast for dinner? That’s what we did!

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Vegan Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

Vegan,

Serves: 4 to 6


Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

This easy French toast is stuffed with warm, caramelized apples tossed in a rich caramel sauce. Chickpea flour and non-dairy milk make for a simple vegan version.

Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast (Vegan & Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Vegan Caramel Apple-Stuffed French Toast

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Ingredients

For the caramel sauce:

  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2⁄3 cup (160 ml) non-dairy milk
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) water
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Salt to taste

For the apples:

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or vegan brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

For the French toast:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) non-dairy milk
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) canned coconut milk or vegan creamer
  • 1⁄2 cup (55 g) chickpea flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 11⁄2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 large loaf of French bread, about 4 to 5 inches wide (not a baguette)
  • Vegan cream cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Maple syrup, for drizzling
  • Vegan powdered sugar or powdered xylitol, for dusting, optional

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 4 to 6

Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 20 mins Total Time: 50 mins

This easy French toast is stuffed with warm, caramelized apples tossed in a rich caramel sauce. Chickpea flour and non-dairy milk make for a simple vegan version.

Instructions

  • In a food processor, combine the caramel sauce ingredients. Process until completely smooth, scraping the sides as necessary.
  • Melt the vegan butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the apple slices and coconut sugar; stir to combine. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is gone and the apples are softened and golden. Stir in the lemon juice and remove from the heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the caramel sauce.
  • In a large shallow bowl or baking dish, mix the non-dairy milk, coconut milk, chickpea flour, maple syrup, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Slice the bread into four to six 2 inch (5 cm) slices. Use a bread knife to make a slit in the top of each slice, keeping the sides and bottom intact, creating a pocket.
  • Carefully spread the cream cheese inside one side of each pocket, then stuff it with about 1/3 cup (80 ml) of apples.
  • Preheat the oven to its lowest setting. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  • Heat a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Spray generously with cooking spray. Take one “sandwich” and soak in the milk mixture, 15 to 20 seconds on each side. Place the soaked sandwich on the heated pan and cook until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches, spraying the pan again before each. Serve warm, topped with maple syrup, the remaining caramel sauce, or both. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Notes [2]

Simplify the recipe by leaving out the caramel sauce and replacing the apples with uncooked strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or even mango!

Make plain French toast by slicing regular-size slices of bread and leaving out the fruit and caramel altogether.

Recipe reprinted from But I Could Never Go Vegan!: 125 Recipes That Prove You Can Live Without Cheese, It’s Not All Rabbit Food, and Your Friends Will Still Come Over Dinner. Copyright © Kristy Turner, 2014.

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  1. Oh myyy goodnesss! I’m going to make this next week for my review and your pictures just got me SO excited. aaron is killing it with these!

  2. Liz says

    I love stuffed French toast!

  3. Jo says

    French toast is the best fancy brunch meal, and this one is drool worthy! YUM!

  4. Mina says

    It was Isa’s coconut french toast, but now i need to give this a try!

    1. Amanda says

      I’ve made that recipe too! I love everything Isa, but dare I say it, this French toast is better!

  5. I am in dier need of a good quality pan!
    I am working on a new french toast recipe right now, hahaha!

  6. Zoey says

    There is a local vegan cafe near my apartment. They sometimes serve pumpkin or chocolate stuffed french toast as brunch specials. I love their stuffed french toast, which is my fancy brunch choice indeed! But I am so eager to try this recipe, maybe I can have my fancy brunch at home in the future! 🙂

  7. Shannon says

    I LOVE making either pancakes or French toast for brunch at home. This sounds a little too perfect for me!

  8. Maria Anne says

    My favorite fancy brunch is tofu benedict! I’m a fan of savory breakfast most days! A vegan benedict is something that’s hard to find at restaurants so when I find one, I jump on it!

  9. Jillian O. says

    If I had more opportunities to brunch, I would definitely make avocado toast. I would do it up really fancy!

  10. Anne says

    The chickpea flour in the batter is brilliant! Such a good tip. Your pics are super beautiful also 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Anne! Aaron will be really happy to hear you like the photos.

  11. kim says

    I just had dinner and now I’m ready for breakfast. 🙂

  12. Lydia Claire says
  13. Kristy says

    Thank you so much for your review of our book! Chris and I are both just in awe of the photography too! I am so happy you liked the dish- I wish we lived close enough so we could’ve came over and shared it!

    1. Amanda says

      I wish we lived closer too! It would have been one very awesome meal. Congrats to you and Chris on creating such an awesome book! I can only imagine the amount of time, work, and love that went into it. xo

  14. Corrine says

    A tofu scramble, french toast, pancakes and more!

  15. Paula says
  16. abby says

    i’m obsessed with a good bowl of steel cut oats and a side of drippy egg and toast.

  17. Jessie says

    My fancy brunch meal of choice are the waffles from Isa Does It. So good! I make a big batch and freeze a bunch for weekdays.

  18. Fi says

    Fruit bowls taste deliciously refreshing and get the day off to a good start every time!

  19. Maryann says

    Steamed veggies with grains drizzled with tahini

  20. Jackie Green says

    My brunch choice is scrambled tofu from Isa’s Vegan Brunch! 🙂

  21. Amanda says

    I guess my fancy brunch would involve this stuffed french toast recipe because I have never made french toast since going vegan and anything stuffing is automatically fancy!

  22. Jacky says

    I hate to be unoriginal, but French toast always wins me over! Gooey chocolate chip pancakes are awesome too.

  23. Your photos are to die for! The most gorgeous extreme close-up shots I’ve seen in a long time.

  24. Jessica Caneal says

    Waffles for the win!

  25. Kait says

    Oh my god. This book needs to be mine. Like yesterday. 😉

    Ok fancy brunch meal – French toast waffle. Yes it’s a thing – WooDaddy (pop up vegan waffle restaurant in Worcester) had it and zomg just nooooomz.

    1. Amanda says

      French toast waffle. I’m taking a minute to process that. I think I need to make one.

      1. Kait says

        Yes yes you do. It was a banana-based batter and just so damn delish.

      2. Kait says

        Totally unrelated – the top of that loaf of bread looks positively sinful. And by sinful I mean sexual – every single time I scroll through I think its going to be a picture of something entirely else. Its like the sexiest top of a loaf of bread ever… 😉

      3. Amanda says

        Aaron and I do aim for photos that are “food porn-y”… Next time we’re at Clear Flour Bakery, we’ll pass your compliments along to the bakers. 😉

  26. Carla says

    I am a fan of french toast but can’t say I’ve ever tried a stuffed version. I think this will be our Valentine’s Day treat for the day.

    1. Carla says

      I forgot to add that my fancy brunch choice used to be omelets because I was intimidated to try them at home but now that I make chickpea flour omelets instead of egg ones, I make them all the time!

      1. Amanda says

        That’s awesome, Carla! And I think this stuffed French toast is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

  27. Rachel R. says

    My fancy brunch choice would have been eggs – omelets, frittata, strata – until recently (I’m trying to be vegan!), so I’m looking for a new favorite – this french toast may be the winner!

  28. Chely says

    Woah! That looks marvelous. Must find a good GF bread.

  29. Chely says

    I love to make a kind of casserole with potatoes, sausage spiced tempeh, and a tofu custard… Mmm.
    Also. i love chickpea flour omelets.

  30. Becca F says

    Tofu quiche or pancakes!

  31. Megan J says

    Tofu benedict for a savory breakfast, and blueberry pancakes for a sweet one.

  32. Jenn says

    fancy brunch in our household are crepes suzette

  33. Madeline M. says

    Ooh, I dunno what my fancy brunch choice would be. Maybe a berry platter with vegan crêpes?

  34. I could have tofu scramble every day of the week, not just for brunch. 😉 This French toast looks amazing!

  35. Holy cow! These pictures are amazing!! And this french toast sounds soo drool-worthy. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks ladies! Highly recommend this French toast recipe.

  36. Annette says

    My favorite brunch meal of choice is soup and salad with a piece of crusty bread.

  37. Sarah smiley says

    Perfect for a late weekend breakfast! Otherwise I’d love a tofu and tempeh scramble!

  38. Breanna says

    Hmm… the best vegan brunch I’ve had lately was from a local vegetarian restaurant. It was a giant plate of red-fife waffles, topped with this delicious banana cashew cream and apple/whiskey compote. I’m drooling just thinking about it! But at home, I love a good plate of pancakes. 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      Wow! That sounds incredible!

  39. Emma says

    Stunning photos! This book looks like it’s full of fancy treats. Favorite fancy breakfast treat. Fruit topped WAFFLES all the way.

  40. Kyra M says

    HI i’m an aspiring vegan who fell in love with your blog! My fancy brunch meal choice would have to be either stuffed french toast or a pile of brunch desserts :p

    1. Amanda says

      Welcome, Kyra! Brunch desserts sounds like my style too.

  41. Lina says

    Oh that would be pancakes always pancakes but french toast is pretty close 🙂

  42. cassandra says

    i absolutely love pancakes.

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