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from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

1 1/2 c soy or rice milk
3 tbsp corn starch
1 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp chickpea flour or brown rice flour
1 c finely chopped pecans
2 tbsp refined coconut oil, or more as needed for cooking
6 to 8 slices vegan whole wheat bread or whole wheat raisin bread
maple syrup, for serving

In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy or rice milk, corn starch, and cinnamon. Whisk in the chickpea or brown rice flour. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl. Place the pecans in another shallow bowl.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. One slice at a time, dip the bread in the mixture, turning to soak both sides. Dip one side in the pecans, pressing to coat. Arrange the bread in the skillet, pecan side down. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, until the pecans are well browned. Carefully turn the bread and continue cooking until the second side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately with maple syrup. Makes 6 to 8 slices.

This was our Day After Thanksgiving Brunch. I was lured in by the fact that it calls for chickpea flour! Legumes in my breakfast? Yes please! Also, I always have this cinnamon raisin bread on hand- it’s my breakfast staple. Plus, how can you go wrong with French toast? Well, there are a few ways- but with this advice, you can proceed confidently with this recipe! It was really tasty, easy to make, and baby liked the nut-free version of it that I made for her. Plus, you can make it soy and/or wheat free too, depending on which products you use. Now, I offer my advice:
-Why dirty an extra dish? Just mix the toast batter ingredients in the shallow bowl in the first place.
-Toast the pecans and sprinkle them on top later. The only piece that turned out was the first one I tried to stick the pecans to (it was also the only photo worthy piece- note the lack of pecans stuck to the piece it’s resting on!); once the pecans had any of the batter in them, they refused to stick. Even when I picked up handfuls and mashed them into the bread. No go.
-Woohoo! There was actually enough batter for 11 pieces! Ossum!



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