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Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast

This Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast pulls together all flavor as a great option for breakfast or brunch. This French Toast is thick, delicious, uses a handful of ingredients, naturally sweetened, and completely dairy-free and vegan. Fully laced with decadent balsamic flavor, this french toast dish comes completely ready to be your family's new staple.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword baked, balsamic vinegar, Berries, bread, breakfast, brioche, brunch, classic, dairy-free, easy, fall recipe, fluffy, french toast, healthy, healthy bowl, homemade, indulge, natural, nut-free, plant-based, recipe, strawberry, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

Ingredients

French Toast:

  • 1 loaf vegan brioche bread (Preferably a day old; See Notes!)
  • 1 cup Almond milk, Unsweetened (Room Temp.) (I use Califia Farms; You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 Tbsps Arrowroot Starch (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter, for cooking + 1 Tbsp

Balsamic Strawberry Compote:

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pure cane sugar (See Notes!)
  • 2 Tbsps balsamic vinegar (I use Primal Kitchen)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  • Begin by combining the strawberries, sugar, vinegar, and vanilla in a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Let simmer until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. After 4-5 minutes, remove from heat and let cool so that sauce thickens. Set aside.
  • Whisk together all the ingredients (except for the bread) into a large bowl and set aside so that everything marries together and activates, about 5 minutes.
  • Preheat griddle to medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp of vegan butter, melting it.
  • Also, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prep a large baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. 
  • Dip 1 slice of bread into the batter, soaking it in for a few seconds on each side. Place slice unto the heated griddle, cooking on each side for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Repeat until all french toast has been made.
  • Once done, add all french toast onto baking sheet (side by side) and bake for 10-15 minutes until crisp on the edges. Remove and serve.
  • To serve—stack french toast atop each other, spoon a generous amount of balsamic glazed strawberries and drizzle with date pure maple syrup, if desired.
  • Enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Notes

BREAD: Instead of brioche bread, you can also use vegan challah or ciabatta bread or any other rustic bread. In most cases, day old bread works best!
STARCH: As a substitute, you can always use cornstarch or tapioca flour instead of arrowroot starch.
SUGAR: You can also use organic brown sugar, coconut sugar, or pure maple syrup as a substitute for pure cane sugar.