Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Brunch: Vegetarian Bacon and Brown Sugar Stuffed French Toast Recipe

Day 30.

OK, so, this recipe turns out to be more for me than for the meat-eaters. But I get an A for effort. Primarily, I think, it failed because real coconut that you dry yourself just does not turn into bacon like bulk coconut. It fails to become smoky enough and instead tastes like smoky toasted coconut. I love it. My husband, the meat-eater who I do these conversions for in the first place, HATES coconut. But, I digress. French toast. Drool. Bacon, drool. Put em together, uh, YUM!

Bacon & Brown Sugar Stuffed French Toast
1 whole coconut's worth of "bacon" (about 3-4 C)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened (Tofutti makes a good vegan version)
3/4 C brown sugar
1 T. maple syrup (or 1 t. maple extract)
12 slices bread
4 eggs (Sub 2-3 ripe bananas bananas for vegan)
1/3 C milk (I subbed Almond Milk)

Combine softened cream cheese, brown sugar and maple syrup in a mixing bowl. Beat until combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer or about 5 minutes by hand. Refrigerate both bacon and the cream cheese mixture until using.

Spread the cream cheese-brown sugar mixture onto one side of each slice of bread. (I actually mixed it all in together since my "bacon" was pre-crumbled and spread that all on the bread.)

Add 3-5 slices of bacon on top of half the bread slices. Cover with the remaining slices to make sandwiches.

Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow dish. Sprayed skillet or griddle with non-stick spray and set on medium-high heat. Dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture (I had to dip four sides because I missed that whole "shallow" bowl part. Sigh. Cook about 3-5 minutes per side, until golden brown and toasty. Recipe adapted from Kate's at Stolen Moments.

The Results
Holy cowabunga Batman. This is stinking delicious. It's like this weirdly smoky toasted sugary coconuty cheesy glob of deliciousness inside French toast! Who doesn't love that? Turns out neither my husband nor our toddler love that. Good! More for mommy! It's almost like a samoa cookie, or whatever toasted-coconut name they're calling those Girl Scout cookies nowadays, stuffed inside French toast. So. Good. Again, it tastes NOTHING like bacon, to me. Or to my meat-eater husband. But it is FANtastic. Next time I'll go get the bulk coconut and make it actually taste like bacon and share. Maybe.

What are you having for Sunday Brunch, Breakfast or Lunch?

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This post is linked at Sundays at One Food Club, Just Something I Whipped Up, CravingsMy Meatless Mondays and Potluck Sunday.


  1. Thanks for stopping by today and inviting me to link up!

    Around My Family Table

  2. Hi Kristi,
    Looks like you are having a great brunch. I brought you some of my Spicy Butternut Bread. Thank you for hosting us today. Hope you are having a great week end!

  3. Yummy!This looks wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Fellow Blog Hopper:)

  5. So you make bacon. Out of coconut. And it can actually taste like bacon.

    I'm in a kind of wary awe of you right now, considering I often dream in bacon and butter. Which leads to me picturing my heart as a strip of bacon. Which leads to nightmares about angioplasty.

    Okay, I'm over-sharing.

    Stopped by from the blog hop. I'll be back for the bacon recipe.

    Love to see you at

  6. I grew up vegetarian and really hated being different which it was way; way back then. I have recently been leaning back in that direction so thank you for sharing the recipes!
    I am glad I stopped by via 'I Love My Online Friends' editor..hmm ever do any free lancing?

  7. Thank you all for the yums!

    lovinangels—LOL, it is SUPPOSED to taste like bacon, but due in part to my cheating and using whole coconut and then adding all that brown sugar and cream cheese into the mix, it just tastes like delicious coconut. As for the usual version, my husband likes to say fake meats only taste like the meats they impersonate to people who haven't eaten meat in a long time. So, I can only say, it does to me and listen while the carnivores chuckle. :)

    Doreen—That's cool that you're exploring more veggie stuff again. I'm glad you found the blog. I do freelance on occasion. :)

    Thanks all for sharing and coming by.


  8. This looks delicious and perfect for my Beat the Winter Blues Party! Tomorrows topic is comfort food, come and link up @

  9. This recipe looks so delicious. I love the way it's being prepared. It give me a very hearty appetite.