I’m not gonna lie. I almost didn’t share a post today because, as usual, I was grossly unprepared for the beginning of the week. Monday came bright and early yesterday and smacked me in the face and I just wasn’t ready. But, it would be a crime not to share this green smoothie vegan french toast recipe with you, so I finally got my act together around 11 pm last night and wrote something.
If you’re a long-time reader of ExSloth, you’d know that there are days, occasionally weeks, when I don’t post a single recipe. My biggest problem with recipe development is a lack of inspiration. I’m a creature of habit so I hardly ever stray from my chosen path. And that includes the things that I eat.
For most of my life, I’ve had a variation of the same 6 or 7 things for breakfast and even less for lunch and dinner. I was a picky eater as a kid, and even though I eat more veggies these days, I’m still not the most adventurous eater.
Blogging about food has helped me branch out of my comfort zone a bit and experience more of the food the world has to offer. But there are still days when I just can’t seem to make my brain get creative. So, when recipe inspiration strikes, no matter how crazy it seems, I run with it. Exhibit A: this Green Smoothie Vegan French Toast.
I’m not sure that we really need green french toast in our lives. French toast is supposed to be a decadent breakfast, right up there with pancakes and waffles. But, I already put spinach in everything, from crepes to scones, because I need all the help I can get when it comes to veggie consumption. So I figured, why not green french toast?
Green Smoothie Vegan French Toast
Turns out, green smoothie vegan french toast is 100% feasible and tasty. I don’t really taste the spinach but I could be immune thanks to the frequency with which I put it in all the things. My roommate, on the other hand, claims he does can tell it’s there. So if you’re not a fan of spinach based smoothies, this one may not be for you.
But if you are game to try it, you won’t be disappointed. Because this green smoothie vegan french toast is crispy on the outside, thanks to the slightly thicker batter, tender on the inside and filled with delicious banana green smoothie flavour. What’s not to love?
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup spinach
- 1 cup almond milk + more if needed
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 3 tsp flax seeds
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 7 - 8 thick slices of day-old bread*
- coconut oil for cooking
- Toppings: maple syrup, sliced bananas, peanut butter drizzle etc.
- Add the banana, spinach, milk, chia seeds and 1 tsp flax seeds to a blend and blend until smooth
- Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl and whisk in remaining flax seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla
- Set the mixture aside for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly. If it is too thick add more milk if it is too thin, let it sit for a little longer so the flax and chia seeds can do their work.
- Once the mixture is thick enough, heat your skillet or griddle and coat with coconut oil
- Dip your bread into the batter, letting it soak for about 5 seconds on each side. *Soak for less time if you are using thinly sliced and/or fresh bread.
- Transfer to the hot skillet or griddle and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium heat, turning carefully since the mixture may stick to the pan. Lower heat if the bread is burning or browning too quickly
- Serve immediately with desired toppings
Any bread will work as long as it isn't fresh out the oven and can hold up to being dunked/soaked in liquid
What about you?
- What’s the weirdest ‘green’ thing you’ve ever made?
- Are you a french toast, pancakes or waffles person?
- If you’re a blogger, what’s the hardest part of blogging for you?
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