An easy, vegan breakfast casserole that is a great way to use up leftover bread and a lot easier than making individual french toast.
Having house guests always leaves me with leftover food. The other week, my sister, her kids & their friends spent a few days with me in San Diego. It was so much fun!
Did I mention that it was 7 people (3 adults including me and 4 kids) in my 450 square foot studio apartment? Yep. Luckily, I really love & like these people.
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Anywho, they went to the store when we first got here since I'd been gone for about a week (i.e. had absolutely no food).
They bought some bread, and while I love bread, I don't eat it that often. Not because I'm restricting myself from bread but I just prefer to have something more substantial for breakfast and I don't love sandwiches.
That being said, I had about half of a loaf of bread hanging around my house. Plus some bananas that were past their prime. Oh and peanut butter because I always have peanut butter.
I decided I'd make some french toast casserole because that always makes me happy; then I realized that I was completely out of eggs. What the?! I am never out of eggs.
Instead of running to the store, I decided to get creative and come up with a vegan version of french toast. Not everyone eats eggs, and I think they should be able to enjoy french toast casserole, too!
There were a few things I did to help the french toast casserole to taste like the kind I am used to eating (meaning, one with eggs and milk).
To help the casserole rise (who wants a flat, super chewy breakfast casserole? ew), I added some baking powder. I also added a ton of goodies like banana, peanut butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup and cinnamon.
I served mine with a little extra maple syrup and a smoothie (that's also vegan) for some extra produce. You could also have a big bowl of cut up fruit for a crowd.
This is a great meal to make for a big group, and while the recipe only serves 4, it's super easy to double it for a crowd.
Vegan French Toast Casserole
- In an 8 or 9 inch baking dish, mash the banana.
- Stir in the flax meal, milk, water, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Let sit for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350*F.
- Add in the baking powder until completely incorporated.
- Stir in the bread and let sit until most of the mixture has been absorbed by the bread.
- Transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 60 to 75 minutes until done in the center.
- Serve with extra maple syrup or peanut butter if desired. Enjoy!
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