Vegan French Toast & Caramelized Pears

Vegan French toast

You’re wondering what to do with this weekend’s bread leftovers? Don’t throw them away! Instead, I suggest you try this vegan french toast recipe. It will make you forget that you’re eating stale bread, I promise!

Zero-waste breakfast

The last couple of years, I tried implementing some changes into my habits, with the goal of reducing negative impacts on the environment and get closer to a zero-waste lifestyle. Of course, I still have a long way to go, but I managed to eradicate some nasty habits, like food waste. No more food is going to the garbage! We plan, get organized, buy only what we need and compost what we cannot eat.
This is one of the reasons why I love this vegan French toast recipe – it allows me to cook bread leftovers. In general, we do not have a clue on what to do with a few-days old loaf of bread; it almost always ends up in the garbage. What a shame, when you see what a mouth-watering breakfast it could become!

What toppings for this vegan French toast?

On busy mornings, I’m often tempted to eat this French toast with just a dash of maple syrup. If you’re feeling the same way, go for it, it is delicious just like that! On other occasions, I like to add some fresh, in-season fruits. I would advise to try it with fresh strawberries for instance, it is to die for!
On this day, I went with pears. I was craving something super comforting, so I decided to caramelize the fruits. I also added some walnuts. The whole thing was so delicious!
In short, just go with whatever you are craving at the moment. All in all, it’s the same as with pancakes: the more toppings, the better!

Vegan french toast
Delicous and zero-waste breakfast recipe

Vegan French toast recipe

Serves 2 persons
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes


2 large pieces of bread (I used a week-old loaf)
120g oat milk
15g unrefined cane sugar
1tbsp tapioca starch
A dash of sunflower oil
2 pears
Chopped walnuts


Pour the sugar and the tapioca starch in a bowl. Slowly add the milk while constantly stirring, to avoid any lump. Put the bread in this batter and let it soak on both sides for 5 good minutes. Please note that the older the bread, the longer it needs to stay in the batter. Adapt consequently – if the bread is already hard, you will probably need to let it soak for 15 minutes.

Pour a dash of oil in a frying pan and bring to high heat. Wait for the pan to be well heated, then place your bread in it. You can pour what is left of the batter on top of the bread. Bring to low heat and allow the bread to caramelize for a few minutes. Keep watch, you do not want your bread to burn! Flip aside and fry on the other side.

In the meantime, peal (or not) the pears and cut into slices. Remove the bread from the pan and set aside. Place the pear slices in the pan and allow to caramelize for a few minutes.

Finally, set up everything on a plate: first the bread, then the caramelized pear slices and the chopped nuts. Finish with a dash of maple syrup if you feel like it.

Bon appétit!

Vegan french toast
Vegan French toast with caramelized pear and walnut chunks

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