Sugar shack season is upon us! And what a wonderful excuse to share an incredibly simple Sugar Shack French Toast recipe. For those unfamiliar, a sugar shack is where the magic happens when it comes to maple syrup making. Within these shacks, sap is collected from maple syrup trees and boiled into maple syrup.
In late winter and early spring, the sugar shacks open to the public for a brief while to celebrate all things maple syrup. Maine, for example, has a yearly Maine Maple Sunday the fourth Sunday of March when sugarmakers open their doors offering free tastings and demonstrations.
Maple sugar and syrup have a long history of use by abolitionists. During the American Civil War, abolitionists used maple syrup to avoid supporting the sugar cane produced with slave labor in the south. Today some vegans use maple syrup to avoid the bone char derived from animal bones used in some sugar cane refineries during filtration for decolorizing. Though I respect the ethical avoidance of processed sugar, I agree with Vegan Outreach that focusing on processing and trace ingredients can make veganism seem exceedingly difficult and instead focusing on the most obvious animal ingredients is more fruitful.
While I knew making vegan pancakes was a breeze, I was a little more intimidated to try making french toast. After browsing a few recipes with my girlfriend, I’m pleased to share that cooking vegan french toast is also a breeze sure to please your brunch buddies, vegan or non. See recipe below!
Sugar Shack Vegan French Toast
- 1-2 bananas
- 1/3 cup soy/rice/almond milk
- 4-6 slices of bread
If you’re feeling fancy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Blend or beat bananas and soy milk together. If using vanilla, mix in now.
- Over medium heat skillet with a tablespoon of Earth Balance.
- Coat slice of bread on both sides with batter.
- Cook bread until golden brown sprinkling cinnamon on both sides while cooking if desired.
The mixture will vary depending on size of bananas so may need more soy milk. For toppings I like to use powdered sugar and sliced strawberries and of course maple syrup!
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