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What could be better than warm, decadent french toast in the morning? How about warm, decadent french toast…made without eggs and stuffed with sweet and smooth hazelnut spread?
Get your cozy jammies ready as we prepare this breakfast comfort classic in a flash!
Whether you live an egg free lifestyle, you’re having trouble finding eggs in the store, or you just can’t bear to spend that much on a carton of eggs — Manitoba Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed has you covered. We can laugh in the face of egg prices knowing that our whole milled flaxseed makes a wonderful egg substitute and provides its own generous array of nutrients.
Eggless French Toast?
We know what you may be thinking: “isn’t french toast mostly about the eggs?” Right you are! However, you’re going to have to trust us on this one. Call is science or call it magic, but it’s still possible to get that delicious crispy coating without a single egg.
Whole milled flaxseed serves as the binder in this recipe. Once it’s mixed in with the milk of your choice and a little bit of cornstarch, you can hardly tell this slurry is sans egg.
What about the flavor?
The majority of the flavor in this french toast base is coming from your milk and bread of choice, the splash of vanilla, and sprinkle of cinnamon. The flaxseed blends in so effortlessly into the coating mixture that its texture disappears and its flavor remains light.
The star of this show is the chocolate hazelnut spread! If that’s not your jam, you can use jam, nut butter, preserves, or skip the stuffing altogether. This recipe can stand alone topped with syrup, fruit, or whipped cream of your choice.
Stuffing the Toast
You can experiment with this step to figure out what works for you. We tried stuffing both before dipping in the eggless coating and stuffing after cooking. Stuffing before was a bit messier, but warmed up the filling and ensured that the toast would be ready to eat hot out of the pan.
Stuffing after the french toast was prepared gave us more control, but meant the french toast had lost some of its heat and structure by the time it made it to the plate. If you don’t want to fuss with stuffing, you can also drizzle or spread the chocolate hazelnut spread over the top of the french toast before serving!
Eggless Stuffed French Toast
- 4 slices thick cut bread of choice
- 2 Tablespoons Manitoba Milling Co. Smooth Whole-Milled Flaxseed
- 1 Tablespoon corn starch
- 1/2 cup milk dairy or non-dairy
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch salt optional
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or butter to prepare pan
- 1/4 cup filling chocolate hazelnut spread, jam, nut butter, etc.
- Set a large skillet over medium low heat. Spray or gently drizzle with oil (or butter).
- While the pan is heating, prepare the batter in a medium, wide bottomed bowl. Add the flaxseed and cornstarch to the bowl. Slowly add in the milk, stopping frequently to whisk in the cornstarch. Once all clumps of cornstarch have been whisked, finish adding the milk.
- Add vanilla, cinnamon, and salt (if desired) to the milk mixture and whisk to combine.
- Quickly tip each side of the bread in the milk mixture, removing quickly. Allow the excess to drip back into the bowl, then transfer the dipped bread to the heated skillet.
- Cook the bread about 3-5 minutes on each side, until it reaches your preferred level of browning. Flip each piece and continue cooking for another 3-5 minutes. The pan should sizzle gently, but not make a loud commotion. If the pan is sputtering, or the toast (or oil) is browning quickly, turn down the heat slightly. Alternatively, if the toast does not sizzle when it hits the pan, you may need to turn the heat up.
- Once cooked, remove from the heat. Once toast can be handled safely, slice into the top of the toast with a small knife, creating a pocket for the filling.
- Using a knife, spoon, piping bag, or zip top bag with a corner cut, fill each pocket with your filling of choice before serving.
- Serve french toast warm topped with syrup, fruit, whipped topping, cinnamon, or whatever your heart desires!
How do you like to eat your french toast? Plain with syrup, covered in fruit, or stuffed with hazelnut spread? Let us know @manitobamilling for a chance to be featured!