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Banana French Toast with Raspberry Syrup

  • Servings4


Custardy French toast drizzled in pure maple syrup is a cozy, cold-weather breakfast classic. We’ve given this recipe a vegan makeover by swapping out eggs in the batter with mashed banana and a bit of ground flaxseed. This clever swap makes the French toast reminiscent of banana bread. Top it off with a decadent drizzle of raspberry syrup and you’re just a quick stint in the kitchen away from breakfast bliss.


Citrus swap

If you don’t have any bananas around, consider swapping for an orange. In blender, add zest of one large orange along with peeled fruit and other batter ingredients. Blend until smooth and proceed with the recipe as described.



Banana French Toast with Raspberry Syrup

  • Servings4


  • 1 cup (250 mL) frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened oat milk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) vegan butter or coconut oil, divided
  • 8 slices sourdough loaf, cut 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into rounds


Per serving:

  • calories413
  • protein8 g
  • total fat7 g
    • sat. fat2 g
  • total carbohydrates80 g
    • sugars39 g
    • fibre8 g
  • sodium435 mg



In small saucepan, add raspberries, water, and maple syrup before placing over medium heat. Stir until mixture comes to a simmer and let cook, stirring often, until raspberries break down, about 4 to 5 minutes.


Into bowl, strain warm syrup through fine-mesh strainer, using spatula to press mixture through sieve until all seeds have been separated. Set aside to cool. Syrup may be stored in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.


To make batter, in large bowl, mash banana; there should be about 1/2 cup (125 mL) total. Whisk in milk, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Set aside for 5 minutes.


Preheat large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, generously coat with vegan butter or coconut oil, about 1 Tbsp (15 mL).


Dip 1 piece of bread in batter, letting sit for 5 seconds each side. Transfer immediately to preheated frying pan. Continue process until pan is full. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until an even golden brown. Take care when flipping French toast, as banana mixture can be a bit sticky. Transfer to serving platter and continue process with remaining bread. Add remaining vegan butter or coconut oil to pan if needed.


To serve, divide toast among serving plates and top with orange slices and a drizzle of raspberry syrup. Serve immediately.



Going Pro

Going Pro

You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.