Special Diets | 12 October 2016Apples and Oats French Toast Share article facebook twitter google pinterest lt’s apple season and few things are better than delicious, gooey apples over your favorite french toast. This recipe from The Great Vegan Grains Book is so decadent and packed with flavor, you’d never know it was healthy! GRAIN: STEEL-CUT OATS > SOY-FREE POTENTIAL > QUICK AND EASY Gently spiced apples are the perfect match for the crunchy, only slightly sweet French toast. The very best version of this we’ve ever had was from apples we’d picked ourselves. It’s an ideal way to start your day or wrap it up with a homey dinner. FOR THE APPLES: 2 teaspoons (10 g) vegan butter or oil 2 McIntosh (or favorite) apples, peeled, cored, and diced ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch fine sea salt 2 tablespoons (40 g) pure maple syrup, plus more for serving FOR THE FRENCH TOAST: 1 cup (176 g) steel-cut oats 1½ cups (180 g) all-purpose flour ¼ cup (52 g) evaporated cane juice 2 teaspoons (9 g) baking powder ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch fine sea salt 1¼ cups (295 ml) plain, unsweetened vegan milk, more if needed 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or maple extract 12 slices (1-inch, or 2.5 cm) stale French bread High heat neutral-flavored oil, for cooking To make the apples: Melt the butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, cinnamon, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes until the apples have softened. Add the maple syrup and stir to coat the apples. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes to heat through, and then set aside. If necessary, reheat the apples over low heat when serving. To make the French toast: Put the oats in a blender. Briefly process the oats until they are no longer whole, but do not grind into flour. Pour the oats into a baking dish. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir with a fork to combine. Stir in the milk and vanilla so that all the dry ingredients are wet. The mixture will be thick, but some lumps are okay. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Dip both sides of the bread into the batter, then put the bread into the hot oil. The mixture tends to thicken as it sits, so add splashes of milk as needed. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until golden. Turn over to cook the second side for 2 to 4 minutes or until golden. Cook the remaining slices in the same way. To serve, put 3 slices of French toast on a plate and top with one-quarter of the apples. Drizzle with the additional maple syrup. YIELD: 4 servings Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Enjoy over 100 whole-grain vegan recipes for every meal and occasion! Whole grains are a great source of protein and other nutrients that are typically found in meat and eggs, making them a valuable part of any plant-based diet. While naturally vegan by nature, grains are often paired with non-vegan ingredients, making many recipes off-limits to vegans. That’s where The Great Vegan Grains Book comes the rescue, taking you step-by-step through the myriad grains available today, and providing you with more than 100 delicious and easy plant-based, whole-grain recipes (many of them low-fat, soy free, and even gluten-free!). Each recipe uses whole-food ingredients that can be easily found at most grocery stores, so you can say yes to grains and eating better too! Cook delicious meals with ancient grains like amaranth, farro, millet, quinoa, and more and try recipes that will quickly become favorites, such as: – Quinoa Breakfast Pilaf – Apple and Oats French Toast – Sausage Smash Potato Hash – Spelt and Bean Burritos – Tempeh Buckwheat Bowl – Teff and Pea Fritters – Cracked Wheat Koftas – Roasted Corn and Barley Chowder – Warm Farro and Sweet Potato Salad Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.