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In this recipe:

Original

Dairy-Free
Cream Cheese

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Vegan Cream Cheese & Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

VG
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Can you smell the love in the air? It may just be the smell of vanilla, cinnamon, and strawberries coming together in this recipe that’s got us jumping for joy. This restaurant-worthy french toast can be enjoyed right in your kitchen with your special someone.

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes

Serves

6-8

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Ingredients

8

ounces Nature’s Fynd Original Dairy-Free Cream Cheese

1/4

cup confectioner’s sugar plus more for serving

1/2

teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2

teaspoon kosher salt, divided

8

1⁄2-inch slices bread (whole wheat or whole grain)

8

strawberries, sliced (2 per stuffed French toast) + more for topping

1/2

cup plant-based liquid eggs

1

cup dairy-free milk such as almond or oat

1

teaspoon cinnamon

4

tablespoons vegan butter (1⁄2 stick)

maple syrup for serving

Steps

1.

In a small bowl, combine Nature’s Fynd Original Dairy-Free Cream Cheese, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

2.

In a shallow bowl or pie plate, add plant-based eggs, non-dairy milk, cinnamon, and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt. Whisk to combine.

3.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon vegan butter.

4.

Dip each bread slice in the egg mixture on both sides and place them on the skillet (do 2 at a time). Cook until golden-brown, 2-3 minutes per side. Add 1 tablespoon vegan butter to the skillet in between each batch.

5.

When all of the bread slices have been cooked, divide the cream cheese mixture and spread onto the bread slices.

6.

Top half with strawberries and top with the remaining 4 bread slices. Gently press down on each sandwich.

7.

Dust with confectioner’s sugar or drizzle with maple syrup, cut in half and serve.

Nutrition Information

Per serving (1 stuffed toast): Calories: 330 kcal, Fat: 14 g, Sat Fat: 11 g, Sodium: 510 mg, Carbohydrates: 48 g, Protein: 8 g

Allergen information: wheat in bread, vegan butter and eggs likely contain soy and/or coconut, potentially almond in milk.