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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.



An Elegant Afternoon Tea

An Elegant Afternoon Tea

Whether you call her Mom, Mother, Momma, or Mum, an afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate that special person in your life. It can not only be a fun and elegant occasion but also offer a wonderfully relaxed celebration. Afternoon tea has come to be a sort of ritual that allows you to slow down and take your time. The pace is gentle and calm, allowing time for everyone to unwind. Because it’s also something we don’t all do every day, it can help spark conversation and provide a special sense of occasion. The host can prepare food in advance, and with plenty of options both savoury and sweet, it can easily provide something that all will enjoy. And because offerings are all beautifully laid out and displayed, there’s no getting up and down from the table, which leaves everyone free for the most important reason for gathering—spending time with Mom. With afternoon tea, there’s plenty of opportunity to visit and spend time together and enjoy delicious food; these six recipes will help you prepare an afternoon tea to nourish body and soul and to celebrate Mom in style.