Thursday, 24 September 2009

Banana French Toast and Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from 'Vegan Brunch'

Vegan Brunch"Banana Rabanada" or (Brazilian French Toast)

This definitely falls into the category of 'I can't believe I didn't think up this!' - using bananas to make a french toast 'dip' - brilliant! I do love my French Toast recipe but as I have mentioned I'm cutting soy out of my diet. Long story short - I think excess amounts have been making my lupus flare up and just want to try without for awhile. So I was very excited to see this soy free recipe in there.

It's absolutely delicious too, the first time I made it I followed the recipe and dusted cocoa powder and cinnamon over top but wasn't too sure. This time I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the liquid and omitted the cocoa. Personally I preferred it that way.... once cooked I spread with vegan marg and lots of maple syrup. Only thing I found was that they stick to the pan quite badly. I used a non-stick pan and greased it but they still stuck. Would be interested to hear if anyone else has this problem! Still, it's worth it and I'll definitely be making this again :)

vegan brunch"Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins"

And another hit! These were so good, really, really lemony - like a good lemon poppy seed muffin should be. They came out so light in texture too - perfect! I really thought the amount of baking powder was going to be too much but it's fine. We all loved these, Finn having his after school everyday :)

So, just a couple tests from the cookbook for now, I have loads more bookmarked to try and will add to this post when I do. So far love everything!


  1. Please can I have one to take into work for breakfast tomorrow. Please, pretty please!

  2. Of course! ;) They were good for breakfast too, great with coffee!

  3. I love vegan french toast, i usually have it with banana and maple syrup. This one sounds like a great variation though.

  4. I tried to make the french toast, and it did NOT work for me!! I couldn't get it to crisp up, it was just a soggy lump of bread!

  5. Hi Artichoke! Yeah, I found the length of time they soaked the bread to be way too much. I know that's the norm for french toast but I've never liked it that saturated so I literally just dipped the bread into the mixture, not really leaving it to soak. That might help.... I'm still struggling with it sticking though, maybe the dip mixture itself needs some fat...

  6. Hi, I came across your blog today and I like it very much:) I must say that Brazilian Toast is one of the few things in this book I didn't like: it was ok, but nothing memorable to me. I liked a lot those muffins but my hit are tomato scones. Delicious!
    I ogled your tags and realized we own pretty much the same books:) Must mean we have a similar taste so I'm going to explore your recipes now:)

  7. Thanks and welcome Azzahar! I forgot I always wanted to try those tomato scones!!

  8. So here's a tip for you: thery're delicious, but sweet if you follow the recipe. Now I don't know you but I think most people don't put sugar on their tomatoes, so I just add one teaspoon of sugar to balance the flavour and pour in some chilli sauce. Works great! And they are great looking too. That's how mine come out:

  9. Thanks for the tip! I definitely wouldn't want them too sweet :-) They look great too - lovely blog!


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