Vegan Savory French Toast

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Fluffy, golden, crisp, and packed with flavor, this recipe puts a new spin on vegan French toast! Cooks up in minutes and perfect with your favorite savory toppings.

A few months ago I posted a recipe for vegan French toast and I got a bunch of requests for a savory version. This was the first time anyone asked for that, even though I’ve posted multiple versions of vegan French toast in the past.

Anyhow, I’ve never had savory French toast. But I did my research and from what I can gather, it’s pretty similar to its sweeter counterpart. Just, you know, without the extra sugar and accompanying seasonings like vanilla or cinnamon.

My savory vegan French toast starts out with a batter that’s similar to the one I used for my classic vegan French toast, but instead of cornstarch, I thickened this one with chickpea flour, because chickpea flour makes an excellent egg substitute that also happens to have a nice savory flavor. 

Whisk the batter together and dip your bread slices in it.

Pan-fry the slices in some oil, just until golden and crisp on each side.

The other thing about savory French toast: savory toppings are crucial! I went with avocado, chives and hot sauce, but vegan cheese, salsa, your favorite herbs, or some vegan gravy are some other delicious options.

FAQ & Tips for Making Awesome Savory Vegan French Toast

  • Don’t submerge your bread completely. Just dip each side! Vegan French toast batter penetrates better than egg-based batter, so you can easily end up with soggy French toast.
  • On that note, use thick slices of good, crusty bread.
  • The trickiest part about making vegan French toast is its tendency to stick to the pan. Use a good quality nonstick skillet (I like cast iron!), and ensure it’s adequately coated with oil. 
  • Another trick to prevent sticking: After a minute or so of cooking, slide a spatula under your French toast to unstick it from the pan. This will keep it from getting more stuck as it cooks.
  • The recipe calls for kala namak, also known as black salt. This type of salt is used in Indian cooking and has a high sulfur content, which gives the batter an eggy taste. Look for it at Indian markets or on Amazon.

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Savory Vegan French Toast

Fluffy, golden, crisp, and packed with flavor, this recipe puts a new spin on vegan French toast! Cooks up in minutes and perfect with your favorite savory toppings.

CourseBreakfast CuisineAmerican Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes Servings 6 slices Calories 205 kcal Author Alissa Saenz


  • 1cupunflavored soy or almond milk
  • cupchickpea flour
  • 3tablespoonsnutritional yeast flakes
  • 2tablespoonscornstarch
  • 1tablespoonsoy sauce
  • ½teaspoonkala namak
  • ¼teaspoongarlic powder
  • ¼teaspoononion powder
  • Hot sauce,to taste (optional)
  • About 2tablespoonscanola oil,or high heat oil of choice
  • 6slicescrusty bread

For Topping (Pick Your Favorites)

  • Super simple vegan gravy
  • Mushroom gravy
  • Vegan butter
  • Hot sauce
  • Avocado slices
  • Fresh herbs


  1. Whisk the milk, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, cornstarch, soy sauce, kala namak, garlic powder, onion powder, and hot sauce together in a medium bowl, until fully blended.

  2. Generously coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil nand place it over medium heat. 

  3. When the oil is hot, grab a bread slice and dip each side in the batter, then transfer the slice to the skillet. You can add a few more slices to the skillet if there’s room, but don’t crowd them.

  4. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

  5. Repeat until all of the slices are cooked, adding oil to the skillet as needed between batches.

  6. Serve with toppings of choice.

Nutrition FactsSavory Vegan French ToastAmount Per Serving (1 slice)Calories 205Calories from Fat 65% Daily Value*Fat 7.2g11%Saturated Fat 0.6g3%Sodium 580mg24%Potassium 280mg8%Carbohydrates 27g9%Fiber 4.5g18%Sugar 2.6g3%Protein 8.7g17%Calcium 100mg10%Iron 2.3mg13%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.« Baked Pumpkin Falafel with Maple Tahini SauceSpinach Dal »

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It sounds like a perfect breakfast for this weekend. Thank you for sharing the recipe!


  • In french the name of the recipe is “pain perdu”


    • Hi Alissa! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!
      I grew up eating French Toast with just salt and pepper. That’s how my Dad ate it, and he cooked on the weekends, so that’s all I knew. We never went out for breakfast. It wasn’t until I was an adult, and had kids that I found out French Toast was served with syrup and icing sugar! But I never changed my recipe to include vanilla in the egg/milk mixture when I made it for my kids, just provided the syrup and icing sugar to top it.
      I started eating plant based in 2017, and have been looking on the internet for a recipe ever since.
      I recently found yours, and was so excited, especially since I had all the ingredients in my pantry.
      I left out a few ingredients, (soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder and hot sauce) because I wanted to have my “nostalgia food” feeling. But the texture and the taste were perfect! Exactly how I remember it from my pre-vegan days. This recipe is perfect, and will definitely go into my weekend breakfast rotation!


      • Hi, I’m Alissa! I’m a former attorney turned professional food blogger. I love creating vegan recipes with bold flavors!

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