Vegan Custard Toast

Crafting a vegan twist on a classic breakfast recipe has never been easier. Enjoy this delicious vegan custard toast in just a few simple steps. Try this recipe today and make every morning special!

Looking down on several slices of vegan custard toast with fruit on top. There are fresh strawberries and blueberries beside each slice.

Have you heard about this “viral French toast” recipe? It’s custard spread over bread and toasted with fruit. You can serve it just like you would French toast, with powdered sugar or maple syrup drizzled over the top.

It’s a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert and is ready in minutes. No wonder it went viral! The big question? Can you make custard toast vegan?

My big answer? Yes!

Let’s talk about how to do it.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Egg Replacer — We’ll combine flour (all-purpose, whole wheat pastry flour, or gluten-free flour) with water and a bit of olive oil to serve as an egg replacer for this custard.
  • Bread — I like thick slices of bread. You can use white, whole wheat, sourdough, or gluten-free bread. I highly recommend Nature’s Best Whole Wheat bread because it delivers thick slices with dense texture (so the custard doesn’t seep through).
  • Yogurt — Use plant-based yogurt to make the custard. I prefer using plain yogurt and adding sweetener, but you can use a sweetened yogurt, just don’t add sweeteners or flavorings.
  • Vanilla — Because I use plain yogurt, I like adding vanilla extract. If your yogurt already is vanilla-flavored, you may not need to add more vanilla flavor.
  • Maple syrup — You can sweeten plain yogurt with added maple syrup.
  • Spices — We’ll add some flavoring to the custard via pumpkin pie seasoning. You can substitute ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, or any of your favorite sweet spices.
  • Berries — I think fresh strawberries cut lengthwise makes this custard toast so beautiful. You can add fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and sliced bananas.
A hand holds a slice of air-fried custard toast with berries on top. There are more slices visible in the background, along with fresh berries.

How to Make Vegan Custard Toast

  1. Place bread slices on the prepared pan and press the center of each slice to form a well in the center of each slice.
  2. Combine the vegan yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices. Take a taste test. Add more sweetness or spices based on your taste preferences. Next, stir in the flour-based egg substitute. Stir until smooth.
  3. Spoon the custard equally in the well of each slice of bread. 
  4. Add desired toppings and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges of the custard beings to turn golden brown.

To make chocolate custard toast, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the yogurt and other ingredients. Then stir until combined. This may require vigorous stirring as cocoa takes some coaxing to blend. Then add chocolate chips on top for a extra dose of chocolate!

Best Vegan Yogurt for Custard Toast

There are so many dairy-free yogurts to choose from. Which one will create the best flavor for your custard toast?

It’s a great question and highly individualized to each person. Some prefer their yogurt (and custard) more tart and others prefer it sweeter. So, let’s talk about a few options and what you can expect:

  • Plain Yogurt — There are many plain vegan yogurts (no vanilla or sweetener), such as Forager’s or Sprouts Coconut Yogurt, or Siggi’s. I find most of them to be extra creamy and I love this texture in my yogurt. So, I recommend using plain yogurt and adding your own spices and sweeteners.
  • Vanilla Yogurt — You can buy yogurt with vanilla flavoring and that’s nice because it’s an indulgent flavor. Many of these have added sweeteners, so be sure to adjust the recipe below so your custard isn’t too sweet.
  • Flavored Yogurt — You can easily find flavored vegan yogurt in most major grocery stores. They usually are sold in the health food sections, but sometimes they will be with the rest of the yogurt. Either way, the flavor profile is usually something like blueberry or strawberry. If this is the yogurt you select, pick fruit that works well with your yogurt and reduce (or eliminate altogether) added sugar from the recipe. Most of these yogurts are already really sweet so they don’t need added sugars.

Cooking Methods

You have choices when it comes to how to cook your dairy-free custard toast. I prefer the oven/toaster oven, but any of these options will work:

  • Oven — Cook your yogurt toast in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the custard has thickend and the edges of the bread is golden brown.
  • Air Fryer — You can make Airy Fryer Custard Toast by cooking the custard bread in a single layer. Set the temperature for 350°F/177°C and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the bread is golden brown on the edges.
  • Pan — Cook your yogurt toast on a pan or electric griddle. Spray the skillet with some vegetable cooking spray and turn the heat up to medium. Add the toast and cook until the edges turn golden.
An air fryer basket holds two freshly cooked slices of eggless yogurt toast with berries on top.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can you make eggless custard toast?

You don’t need eggs to make custard toast. You can add a simple thickener such as flour or cornstarch to thicken your plant-based yogurt before spreading it over toast and baking it.

Can you make custard toast in the microwave?

You can reheat yogurt custard toast in a microwave in order to serve it warm. But for a crispy, toasty crust, you’ll want to cook them in an oven, toaster oven, or pan-fry them.

What to Serve with Custard Toast

Serve your dairy-free custard toast hot, with the same toppings you would add to French toast or pancakes. Here re some favorite options:

  • Powdered Sugar is a favorite topping.
  • Maple syrup drizzled over the top is fantastic.
  • Peanut butter syrup adds protein and the perfect nutty flavor. To make it, start with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup and stir to combine. Stir in teaspoons of water until you achieve a desired consistency.
  • Dairy-Free Caramel drizzled over the top adds the best flavor!
  • Fresh fruits and berries are colorful and nutritious.

Storage Tips

Transfer custard tost to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 to 2 days. To reheat, place it in a toaster oven or skillet and cook until it’s heated through and the edges are crispy. You can freeze custard toast in freezer-safe containers for up to 1 month. To thaw, transfer to the fridge overnight then reheat as instructed.

Looking down on several slices of custard toast, sitting next to a bowl of powdered sugar and fresh berries.

Breakfast Bread Recipes

If you love this vegan custard bread, here are more breakfast bread favorites to try:

A slice of dairy-free custard toast has berries on top. It sits beside fresh blueberries and strawberries.

Vegan Custard Toast

Make this delicious egg-free custard toast with only a few ingredients, including dairy-free yogurt. It's like a simple version of French toast, especially when you top it with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Every bite is delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 slices
Calories: 178kcal

Ingredients

Vegan Egg

  • 1 tablespoons flour (all-purpose, whole wheat pastry flour, or gluten-free flour)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Custard

  • 4 slices bread white, whole wheat, sourdough, or gluten-free
  • ½ cup vegan yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (see notes)

Toppings

  • cup berries fresh berries work best for this recipe
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (see notes)
  • Optional Garnishes for Serving: chopped bananas, chocolate syrup, coconut flakes, lemon zest, chocolate chips, maple syrup, and peanut butter.

Instructions

For the Vegan Egg:

  • Combine the vegan egg ingredients. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

For the Custard Toast:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place bread slices on the prepared pan and press the center of each slice to form a well in the center of each slice.
    Four slices of bread are in a baking pan. A hand holds a spoon, pressing in the center to create a well in each slice of bread.
  • Combine the vegan yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices. Take a taste test. Add more sweetness or spices based on your taste preferences. Next, stir in the flour-based egg substitute. Stir until smooth.
    A hand holds a bowl with a "flour egg", pouring it into another bowl with yogurt and spices.
  • Spoon the custard equally in the well of each slice of bread.
    A hand holds a bowl of custard, and is using a spoon to distribute into four slices of bread in a baking pan.
  • Add desired toppings and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges of the custard beings to turn golden brown.
    A hand is adding sliced strawberries on top of pieces of bread topped with yogurt custard in a baking pan.

Air Fryer Custard Toast:

  • Cook custard bread in a single layer in the air fryer at 350°F/177°C for 4 to 5 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.
    An air fryer basket holds two freshly cooked slices of eggless yogurt toast with berries on top.

To Serve:

  • Serve custard toast warm with powdered sugar sprinkled on top, coconut flakes, or your favorite pancake toppings, such as maple syrup.

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Notes

If your plant-based yogurt is vanilla-flavored, you may not need to add vanilla extract. 
I prefer pumpkin pie spice because it is a perfect blend of the best spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and more. You can test any of these spices to see which you like best.

Gluten-Free

For vegan gluten-free custard toast, use your favorite gluten-free bread. Substitute 2 teaspoons of cornstarch for the flour.
 
Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

2 Responses to Vegan Custard Toast

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAL Reply

    Yummy! I was feeling a light breakfast with yogurt and happened upon this recipe. So easy and quick, and flavorful!
    *I ended up using frozen berries and turned them into a jam, and topped the toast with that. Still really good, although I’m sure it’ll be even better with fresh berries as recommended!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you liked this custard toast recipe! I think your idea of creating a frozen berry jam is amazing!

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