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Cinnamon Banana English Muffin French Toast

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This Cinnamon Banana English Muffin French Toast is a twist on the classic.  Bake these babies up for a delicious, yet healthy, vegan weekend breakfast.

english muffin french toast (2)Valentine’s Day just so happens to be on a Saturday this year which is also one of the reasons I got this remote control vibrator for more enjoyment.  You know what that means…

english muffin french toast 4There are zero excuses for your Valentine to not make you breakfast in bed.

Unless, of course, your Valentine lives five hours away.  In that case, you should roll out of bed, bake up some healthified French toast made with English muffins, serve it on a pretty plate with fancy toppings, and eat the whole thing all by yourself.  Yup, that is my plan for my Valentine’s Day breakfast!

english muffin french toast 3I really cannot complain too much about my “single” status on Saturday.  I saw my Valentine over this past weekend and will see him again on the 20th.  I am pretty lucky for that!  But Valentine’s Day won’t be quite the same without him.  And that is exactly why I will treat myself to a delicious breakfast in bed.  And maybe lunch, dinner, and snacks in bed, too!

english muffin french toast 5Send this recipe to your sweetie with a little “hint-hint” note.  It’s beyond easy to make, so he or she will have no excuses!  Or… you can be an awesome significant other and make it for the both of you.  Sometimes we have to take things into our own hands to make them happen.

english muffin french toastCinnamon Banana English Muffin French Toast

Serves 4
*Adapted to make vegan from this recipe.


2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 very ripe medium banana
pinch of sea salt
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 whole wheat English muffins, halved
1 medium banana (ripened to your liking), sliced
pure maple syrup or nut butter, optional
additional optional toppings like coconut, nuts, dried fruit, and/or chocolate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly spray a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray.

2. Add milk, ripe banana, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to a high-powered blender.  Pulse several times, or until smooth and creamy.

3. Pour the batter into a large bowl.  Soak English muffin halves in the batter for one minute.

4. Place soaked English muffin halves onto the baking sheet.

5. Top each muffin with banana slices.

6. Bake for 30 minutes.

7. If desired, top English muffin French toast with warm maple syrup or nut butter.  Shredded coconut, chopped nuts, raisins, and/or chocolate chips are also great additions.

english muffin french toast 6I chose warm pure maple syrup and chopped cashews for my toppings.  A salty crunchiness + a lot of sweetness = perfection.

english muffin french toast 2I am a big fan of English muffins, and an even bigger fan of French toast.  And the fact that this healthified version of French toast is bakeable makes it even better… and perfect for lazy weekend mornings!

I hope your Valentine makes you a delicious breakfast this Saturday morning, whether it be this English muffin French toast, Blueberry Cornbread Pancakes, or Apple Spice Oatmeal.

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  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 9, 2015, 12:35 am
    Good for you for treating yourself to breakfast in bed! I've actually never had breakfast in bed before - I'm going to remind my husband of that :) No better year to start than this one since it's a weekend day! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Filet Mignon with Truffled Mushroom RagoutMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:36 pm
      Oh well it sounds to me like you definitely NEED to be treated to breakfast in bed then!! ;)
  • Ashley February 9, 2015, 6:06 am
    You should definitely treat yourself to this again!! It looks fantastic! I might be pushing it asking for the husband to make me breakfast and dinner ... so maybe I'll just have to make breakfast for us :) Ashley recently posted...Peanut Butter Banana Bread WafflesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:36 pm
      That sounds like a good compromise! You make the breakfast and he can make the dinner!
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 9, 2015, 6:22 am
    Mmm... French Toast is one of my favorite "treat yourself" breakfasts for the weekends. I wish I could have it during the week but who has time for that? ;) I love your version and will be sending a hint-hint note to Kyle, hehe! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...10 {Ir}rational fears of a soon-to-be motherMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:38 pm
      I agree. French toast is definitely a weekend breakfast. I certainly don't have time to make it during the week. I do, however, normally make a large batch on the weekend and reheat leftovers in my toaster. They aren't quite as good, but still make for a great breakfast at work!
  • Heather @Fit n Cookies February 9, 2015, 6:27 am
    Mmm!! Take all my favorite things and put them together! I love cinnamon. Seriously makes its way on everything I eat, haha. I have never eaten breakfast in bed. Aaron hates crumbs ha so I just get out of bed.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:41 pm
      Haha, that's too funny!!! I think he should make an exception for Valentine's day! ;)
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 9, 2015, 6:41 am
    This looks delicious!!! I used to eat my breakfast in bed allllll the time. Then I got married and I figured my husband might not appreciate the coffee stains and toast crumbs that I was always leaving behind ;) haha but there is something so relaxing about eating in bed!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:43 pm
      Haha, too funny!!! I hear you though. It is almost impossible to not make some sort of mess when you eat in bed. Maybe he will let it slide for a special occasion?
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 9, 2015, 7:17 am
    I occasionally go make breakfast then climb back into bed to eat it -- there's just something magical about eating breakfast while tucked into a warm and toasty blanket. I love the idea of using english muffins instead of regular bread for french toast - sounds so tasty! Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Cheesy “Chicken” Ranch CasseroleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:44 pm
      Breakfast in bed is definitely extra appealing during the winter months... especially if I am eating an acai bowl. I always need tons of blankets for that ;)
  • Linda @ Veganosity February 9, 2015, 7:46 am
    You can't go wrong with French toast and breakfast in bed. Just have a Skype session and pretend you're eating together. :) Linda @ Veganosity recently posted...Deconstructed Timballo di MelanzaneMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:52 pm
      I love doing that! We had a Skype dinner date one time and it was a blast. I'll have to keep that in mind for a weekend morning!
  • Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing February 9, 2015, 8:10 am
    Thanks for this - it looks so good!! French toast in bed is definitely going to be my Valentine's Day morning for sure!! Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing recently posted...Skinny Vanilla Bean CheesecakeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 1:57 pm
      I'm so glad to hear that, Rebecca! We all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then :)
  • Channing C February 9, 2015, 8:43 am
    French Toast is my favorite, but I haven't really been able to find a healthy version of it. At the moment, I just eat a veggie sausage patty on an english muffin for breakfast. Channing C recently posted...Red Velvet Cake RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:12 pm
      This is definitely a healthier version since it uses banana as a natural sweetener. I hope you give it a try! :)
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 9, 2015, 9:14 am
    I feel like making this for lunch! I think Thomas' used to make a French toast English muffin in limited edition. It was so good. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Weekend Smores & StuffMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:14 pm
      Oh, I bet they did! They always have the most creative English muffin and bagel flavors!
  • jess meddows February 9, 2015, 9:36 am
    I think I was calling you the Queen of Vegan Brekkies the other day. This just nails it, so delicious! :D
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:15 pm
      Haha! Oh yes... I need to keep these up so that I can keep that title ;)
  • Amanda @ The Refurbished Home February 9, 2015, 9:39 am
    This looks fantastic! I love breakfast foods at all times of the day, maybe this will be for dinner tonight!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:15 pm
      I totally agree! Making "brinner" is one of my favorite things to do!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 9, 2015, 9:50 am
    So cute! I love making my own gf/vegan english muffins AND I love french toast (which I did finally make the other week!)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:16 pm
      I REALLY need to try making my own English muffins. I bet they are fabulous!!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul February 9, 2015, 11:17 am
    MMM this looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 2:16 pm
      You are so welcome, Erin!! Now you just need to get Josh to make you breakfast in bed!
  • Erica February 9, 2015, 4:48 pm
    This looks so good! If I wasn't trying to stay away from gluten, I'd give them a try!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 7:20 pm
      Can you find gluten free English muffins? I hope so so that you can try it!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien February 9, 2015, 7:55 pm
    Mmmmm amazing turning an English muffie into french toast!! I love Whole Food's vermont bakery whole wheat english muffins...the best :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 9, 2015, 9:30 pm
      Thanks for the recommendation! I'll be on the lookout for those :)
  • Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating February 10, 2015, 7:53 pm
    I do understand your sadness for being away from your significant other, trust me, Hannah. I am very fortunate, though, that my man will be able to visit this weekend. It's our first engagement party coming up on Sunday! And I'll be visiting him again very soon at the end of February for his birthday weekend. I want to start crafting up more healthy breakfast ideas so when Wade and I eventually move in together (planned this Summer! Cannot wait!) I can whip up some varied breakfasts for us, especially on the weekends. I like the idea of the english muffins! Hope you have a happy Valentine's! Kaylin @ Enticing Healthy Eating recently posted...Favorite Wedding Planning WebsitesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 10, 2015, 8:47 pm
      That is so great, Kaylin!! I'm glad you will be able to spend the weekend together. And major yay for Summer and moving in together. It will be here before you know it!

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