Summer Peach French Toast (Vegan)

Summer Peach French Toast (Vegan)

Got some leftover bread but bored your wit out with usual toastie scene? This peach french toast bake casserole is the breakfast makeover you’re looking for. For this l’édition d’été, we will bring in some sweet chubby peaches and slivered almond. They will make your breakfast taste like dessert, but fully vegan and without the sugar overload.

After the excitement for freshly baked bread at weekend, often do I find more than half lying untouched into mid-week. But before letting it go beyond edibility, I would put my creative hat on and turn it into preservable bits. From croutons for our #meatlessmonday soups, breadcrumbs for burgers and meatballs, to a gooey French Toast breakfast casserole. If toasties and sandwiches often get rejected during weekdays, French toast, on the opposite, gets all the lust! Here is why:

First off, the whole house will smell of baked goodness by the time everyone wakes up.
Next, the casserole will look so beautiful and delicious that will guarantee a crowd at the dining table.
And for the finale, the bread, once stale, will taste like a sweet, milky, and spongy cake, nestled in the juiciness of baked fruits, the crustiness of the bread rims, and nuttiness of flaked almonds.

For those looking beyond peach and summer fruits, check out this gorgeous Matcha French Toast version on my blog archive.

Leftover bread - Baked French Toast with Peach
The “Duck-to-swan” transformation of bread!

A bonus for the “baker” who would have to get up 40 minutes earlier than everyone else to get the tray into the oven. Most of the work is done all by itself … OVERNIGHT … in your fridge! This means, you will only need 15 minutes before bed for cutting the fruit and make the milk mixture. The next morning, get it to the oven and go back to bed for 40 minutes.

Baked French Toast with Peach
After 40min at 175C (375F)

Now that we’ve got the toast part down, let’s move to “le fruit”! Throughout the summer, stone fruits such as peach, nectarine, plum, apricot, and cherry are at their prime – freshest, tastiest, and cheapest. So pick out some peaches and get started on our Peach French Toast Bake!

Fruits in season Jul-Aug
Eat in seasons – Summer’s stone fruits
Source: Canva photostock

This is a healthier and vegan version of the traditional French Toast. We’ll be using a wholegrain loaf, non-dairy milk, grounded seeds as binder, and (optional) maple syrup instead of buttery brioche, milk or cream, egg, and heaps of sugar. It is a basic recipe that will work for any kind of risen/yeasted bread and with any fruits you like. So be creative and have fun with this new way of eating bread!

Healthy Peach French Toast Bake – Vegan
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
A healthy and delicious breakfast treat that will change the way you eat bread! No more thrown-away stale loaf, no more boring toasties, but a mouth-watering French toast casserole oozing with sweet peach compote that can be made overnight!
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: bread, breakfast casserole, french toast, healthy breakfast, peach, summer food
Servings: 4 people
Author: H.P.
Dry ingredients
  • 1/2 of a loaf of bread ~250gr, sliced
  • 4 ripe peaches ~450gr
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds ~24gr
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp salt
Wet ingredients
  • Zest and juice (~75mof an orange
  • 2 egg-substitutes: 1 tbsp (~10gground flax seeds + 80ml milk/water
  • 360 ml (~1.5 cunon-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Oil spray for the casserole
  • Optional: 2tbsp (~30mmaple syrup
  • 20 gr slivered almond
  • Additional maple syrup or maple-sweetened coconut yogurt
  • Optional: chop nuts and dried fruits
The evening before
  1. Make flax-egg: combine flax meal and milk/water in a cup, stir and let sit for 5 minutes
  2. Cut peach into wedges
  3. Spray the casserole with coconut oil
  4. Layer bread onto the baking dish, sandwiched with 1/2 amount of peach wedges
  5. Mix all wet ingredient into a milk mixture
  6. Add flax-egg, which has now thickened into a jelly texture
  7. Add chia seeds, salt and spices into the wet mix
  8. Stir well and pour onto the layered baking dish
  9. Move around so that it is evenly distributed
  10. Layer the rest of peach wedges on the surface
  11. Sprinkle with slivered almonds
The next morning
  1. Preheat the oven to 175C (375F)
  2. Bake on middle tray for 40 minutes
  3. Serve warm with maple or mapled-yogurt drizzle and extra chopped nuts.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.4g 7%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 717mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 12.5g 50%
Sugars 11.5g
Protein 9.8g 20%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.