First, a disclaimer: Crunchy, cakey slices of challah or brioche that have been soaked and seared in a bath of vanilla-scented cream, eggs, and butter are a work of art and cannot be compared to. ("Comparison is the thief of joy.")
However, there are unfortunate events—snow storms, apocalypses, hangovers—that can keep us from making a batch of proper French toast at home or hitting the local diner. To that end, we're here to share a sweet trick for taking French toast from a multi-step process to a two-ingredient, single-step recipe you could make in your sleep. Care to join us in our melted ice cream era? (Vegans welcome!)
You should be using melted ice cream to make vegan French toast
All you need to nail a basic batch of French toast is a pint or two of melted ice cream. It makes perfect sense: A standard French toast recipe typically calls for soaking bread in batter made from some combination of milk, eggs, and vanilla. This is more or less the "makeup" of melted ice cream: milk, eggs, vanilla. Following?
Next time you’re pressed for time and don’t want to clean another dirty dish, get the tub of Ben & Jerry's out and hit the defrost mode because it’s French toast time. To really paint the picture, Isaiah Acosta from @comfortcooks716 demonstrates how to make an easy two-ingredient French toast with ice cream in a recent TikTok video.
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How to make a vegan French toast recipe using melted ice cream
You don’t need milk or eggs (or even dairy ice cream) to make French toast batter. Instead, you can easily swap these ingredients for plant-based versions.
For vegan bread, we recommend Silver Hills Bakery’s Vegan The Big 16 Sprouted Grain Bread. It's made with organic sprouted whole wheat and has a whopping six grams of protein per slice. Then, you’ll want to pick up a pint of your favorite plant-based ice cream, like Oatly’s Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, and let it get nice and melty.
The best part: You get to skip over the egg cracking, milk measuring, vanilla splashing section of the French toast-making process and get right to the good part—dunking the slices of bread until they’re sopping wet and have absorbed the batter into the nooks and crannies. Of course, you can stop right there...but if you’re feeling a little extra, might we suggest some toppings?
If you're in the mood for something tropical and fruity, try making vegan French toast with melted dairy-free coconut milk ice cream, like So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert as the base. Then garnish with chunks of fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts, and coconut flakes. Consider your Mother’s Day brunch party plans made.
2-ingredient vegan coconut french toast recipe
Yields 4 servings
1 pint of vegan coconut ice cream
8 slices of vegan bread
Vegan whipped cream for garnishing, optional
1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks, optional
1/2 cup of coconut flakes, optional
1. Melt the ice cream ahead of time or in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, place the batter in a shallow bowl.
2. Dunk the bread in the ice cream mixture, soaking both sides.
3. Transfer the bread to a hot skillet over medium heat and cook until both sides are golden brown, about three to four minutes per side.
4. Place the French toast on a plate and garnish with whipped cream, fresh pineapple, and coconut flakes. Serve hot, and enjoy!
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