Here's a scrumptious holiday brunch idea! It sends the heavenly smells of gingerbread soaring through the house, surely waking everyone up bright and early on Christmas morning! These french toast sticks are perfect for adults and kids a like. They'll instantly fall in love with dipping them into sweet, creamy gingerbread fondue.
Watch this fun video to get the idea or keep scrolling for the full written recipe!
** makes 12 sticks
gingerbread fondue ingredients:
1 x 400 ml can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 C maple syrup (can substitute another sweetener)
1 tsp molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all-spice
french toast ingredients:
1 small loaf dense bread (we used a walnut sourdough)
2 tbsp chickpea flour
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 C non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)
3 tbsp vegan butter (for frying)
1-2 tsp powdered sugar (for dusting)
Preheat oven to around 150F - 200 F and place a non-stick or parchment lined baking sheet in the oven. This is where you can keep the cooked french toast sticks warm while you're cooking the rest in batches.
Combine all the ingredients for the gingerbread fondue in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until well combined and allow it to come to a simmer. Then lower your heat and whisk occasionally while it bubbles. This will thicken into a creamy syrup in about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile slice your bread into thick sticks. Combine the french toast batter ingredients together in a bowl and allow a few pieces to soak while your pan gets hot. Add a coating of vegan butter to the hot pan and then place 3-4 battered french toast sticks in the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes on all sides until golden and crispy.
Remove the warm french toast sticks from the oven and dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Pour the warm gingerbread fondue into a bowl or small individual ramekins for dipping. Enjoy!
This is our favourite way to make vegan french toast but we've experimented with other formulas as well, so if you don't have chickpea flour on hand you can try these recipes: