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I'm transitioning into vegan (from lacto-ovo vegetarian). I've already stopped eating eggs in the regular, omelet, scrambled, etc sense, and I know how to substitute eggs in recipes for cookies and such.

But what about french toast? How do I make french toast without animal-derived ingredients? I know it sounds silly, but I love french toast, haha.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


Fri. Jun 15, 10:09am

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Are egg beaters vegan? (I have no idea!)

The main qualities of eggs that make french toast so good are that they're a liquid that becomes a soft solid when cooked. So anything that does this will work. Probably even dipping bread into a combination of soy milk with a little olive oil, and flavorings like vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon, would be a good substitute, at least if you think of french toast really as "flavor-infused bread." Just a thought; I've never actually tried this.

Friday, June 15, 2007, 10:40 AM

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here's a link to the pages google came up with. looks like there's a lot of recipes! thanks for the question! i am always trying out new vegan foods with my frie3nds, but breakfast has been the hardest! now i have french toast on the menu!

Friday, June 15, 2007, 10:50 AM

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oops! here's that link...


Friday, June 15, 2007, 10:51 AM

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Why did I never think of just googling it? Thanks so much for the link. I knew there was a vegan life that included french toast, haha.

OP - rlheatley

Friday, June 15, 2007, 11:03 AM

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rockin' vegan chef

Isa Chandra Moskowitz of The Post Punk Kitchen has a couple of cookbooks out that focus on vegan baking and traditional comfort foods modified for the vegan diet. Her website and blog are very cool too.


Friday, June 15, 2007, 12:49 PM

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I really don't understand the vegan philosophy

I am not trying to be negative, I just would like to understand the rationale.
As babies, we drink our mother's milk, which is an animal product. So what is the rationale for cutting out all animal products?

Is is a helath issue? It doesn't seem to be health-related because a vegan diet is not necessarily healthier - in fact it seems much tougher to be a healthy eater as a vegan an to acheive balanced nutrition.

Is it an animal-rights issue? Is the reason you are vegan is to stop the exploitation of animals? If so, it seems that there are ways to consume animal products without contributing to their exploitation - albeit pretty tough in this day. But hunting or fishing in the wild and consuming/using all usable parts seems an option. Is that acceptable for the vegan lifestyle?

I am just curious because it has always puzzled me.

Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:04 PM

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it's a personal choice. everyone has different reasons. i might not agree with another vegan's reasons. why do you eat what you eat?

i don't like the idea of eating the flesh of another once-living being. i do not like the affect milk has on my digestive tract. many cheeses use rennet and some do not tell you, so i just avoid cheese. as far as achieving a well-balanced, nutritiously sound eating plan, it's much easier than you appear to think it is. even though you might not at this moment know about the many alternative products available, you can easily educate yourself by going online and just poking around or, better yet, take a short visit to your local health foods store and look around. ask questions. i think it's rather closed-minded to make assumptions without giving the vegan eating plan a try yourself, even though you were trying to be polite about it. after giving it a legitimate go for a couple of weeks, i'd be interested to hear your opinion again. back when i first changed my eating habits there were few options, but now you can find some vegan products at regular old supermarkets. i really hope you will try!

Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:33 PM

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I never went Vegan, but I became a Vegetarian for several years after working on a series of food safety ads- there's nothing like learning all about "acceptable levels of contamination" to put you right off meat for a while.

I eventually went back to meat, mainly because at the time it was nearly impossible to travel and eat vegetarian, and because I ended up gaining about 20 pounds as a vegetarian...

Friday, June 15, 2007, 1:56 PM

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What you eat and how you eat are personal choices. I strongly disagree with the Vegan diet. It's not natural and certainly not God's will.

Anyone hear of the GA couple doing life in prison for killing their infant. Yeah, the baby was on a Vegan diet and starved to death. The baby didn't get enough nutrients from the mother's breastmilk and was fed organic apple juice.

I know I sound extremely closed minded, I really am not that type of person. Now that I'm a mother, I more fully understand the importance of a well balanced diet and a balanced diet cannot be attained by being Vegan. Consult any doctor on this.

Friday, June 15, 2007, 2:04 PM

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sorry to point this out, but not only do you sound closed-minded, you are ignorant about the nutritional assumption that one cannot eat a balanced diet if vegan. it really does no one any good when people don't know the facts behind what they are opining about.

and by the way, meat-eating parents also starve and neglect their children. that situation is not about being a healthy vegan, it's about bad parenting. any parent has to choose wisely what foods their child will be given. any parent worth their salt will educate him/herself with regard to nutrition before trying to educate their child about it.

Friday, June 15, 2007, 2:13 PM

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