Saturday, March 23, 2013

French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Sauce (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Weekend mornings are for slowing down and enjoying a delicious breakfast that you normally don't have time for. It's about spending time with your family or roommates who are usually rushing past you on their way to the next place or appointment. So do yourself a favor this weekend. Sit back and relax. Go for a walk. Breathe in the fresh spring air. Make this super easy and delicious french toast!

French Toast
  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Approximately 12 slices of toast (make sure it is either vegan and/ or gluten free)
Makes approximately 6 servings.
Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until it becomes a smooth consistency. Transfer to a bowl or square pan. One at a time, dip the slices of bread in the batter, flip to ensure the slice is fully coated. Place slices on griddle or greased pan and cook approximately 1-2 minutes on each side on medium-low heat. Once cooked, remove from heat and top with strawberry sauce, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, chocolate chips, plain 'ol butter (vegan) and syrup... you name it. Get creative.

Fresh Strawberry Sauce
  • 1 Pound of Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract OR
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup, Agave or Honey for Non-Vegans (Optional. You may find that your strawberries are sweet enough that no additional sweetener is needed)
Rinse strawberries and cut off the green leaves. Place strawberries in a small pot over low heat and cover. Once the strawberries have started releasing juice and becoming soft, add the vanilla or lemon. Stir, replace cover and allow to continue heating, stirring occasionally. After approximately ten minutes, remove from heat and mash the strawberries with a potato masher until you've reached the consistency you want (keep in mind, the sauce will set and thicken once removed from heat). If you'd like a thinner, more syrup-like sauce, transfer strawberries to a food processor and puree until you've reached the desired consistency. Pour over french toast, pancakes or waffles and enjoy!

How do you plan on spending the first weekend of spring?

Peace & Love,

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