Berry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast

September 15, 2017

Berry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #Vegan

I think our fill-in-the-blank exercise on Instagram went pretty well last week. Sprinkle pancakes?! Apple coffee cake?! Spaghetti?! Okay that last one threw me a bit, but I would still dabble seeing as spaghetti is delicious. But what got me the most was the sincerity of joy that came across as we all jogged our memories a bit to revisit the weekend breakfasts of our childhood. I love how so many of you opened up about why the breakfast you remember most was the most special. For some of you it was because you knew if it was being made that it meant you were spending the morning together (your mom/dad/family of any kind), for others you knew it was a sign of love in your home. Preparing food for others is absolutely a type of love language (most definitely one of mine) and food itself it a powerful tool for memory. The smells, the tastes. They lock in “upstairs” somehow and can bring back such specific moments in a single whiff.

Of the many breakfasts I remember bouncing up and down in my seat about as a kid, I remember getting the most excited for french toast. Something about getting to douse my breakfast in maple syrup and then have permission to coat the top in a nice thick layer of powdered sugar really spoke to my sugar-loving-kid pallet ;). My mom was a sweetheart and a whiz in the kitchen, I feel so grateful for her taking the time to make weekend mornings a special time for my brother and I – cause I know we kept her energy levels pretty well drained. After our plates were licked clean, I remember my brother and I always looking up at my mom by the sink (probably doing dishes but I was completely oblivious) and saying, “one more?”. I can’t stop smiling. She always made us one more.

When Scott and I got married, I (unintentionally) stepped into my moms shoes. Saturday morning came, and Scott woke up to pancakes. It was the weekend, I said, this is what we do! A year later we bought a waffle maker, and our pancake Saturdays turned into waffle morning Sundays. It didn’t matter what we had going on in life, on one of those two days I was going to be making him something that got coated in syrup. I had yet to tackle my beloved french toast, however, afraid of failure thanks to my high standards from childhood. But after several tweaks over the past few weeks, I came up with a recipe I can stand behind! And even Scott said he would choose it over his most favorite pancakes. Believe me, that’s saying something. I wanted to keep the recipe ridiculously simple for people with busy mornings, and use ingredients I knew most everyone would have on hand. Add a little nutmeg come Christmas time and you’re in for an eggnog french toast treat ;).

What really changed my breakfast game a few months ago was a swapping out of pans. I had been using cast iron (which I still love) that I had to coat in coconut oil to keep any pancake or the like from sticking. Then GreenPan had reached out to me to try a set of their fry pans for some potential sponsored work. I was hesitant at first. I had just written an entire post to you outlining how I was going to be stepping back from sponsored work for a while to better “discover” myself as a cook, and therefore rely on your support through the affiliate links in the recipe sections of my posts + on my resource pages. (You stepped up to the plate in a major way, thank you for continuing to keep this site running. I appreciate you.) I decided to be honest with GreenPan and communicated this exactly. They not only were supportive of my decision and reasoning, but insisted on sharing their pans with me still. They seemed to really believe in what they were making, and were looking to partner with people who genuinely used and loved their pans everyday. I was really into this and pretty blown away by their down-to-earth-ness and sincere approach.

After a single use of their pans I remember opening my email inbox to write my wonderful contact at GreenPan (who graciously spent time with me on the phone beforehand discussing all things GreenPan, blogging, and life – it was pretty unreal and wonderful). I said something to the extent of these pans are pure magic! – and stick by this statement to this day. What makes them so wonderful? First off, they are non toxic and completely nonstick. It’s a special ceramic coating they developed and patented, paving the way for healthy non-stick cookware years ago and I can’t believe I am just now hopping on the Green-Pan-train. We now flip our pancakes in zero oil, and these french toasts? Yep. No oil used here either! I really value having that freedom. Plus simmering sauces, making stir-fries, any and everything comes straight off like pure magic.

This year is their ten year anniversary, and they have put together this beautiful set I’m sharing with you here to celebrate. It has a gorgeous bronze exterior and it comes in a set with a 10″ fry pan, 12″ fry pan with a lid, spatula, and cookbook too. Both the interior and exterior are non-stick, and thanks to the stainless steel handles they are oven safe as well! It’s at an incredibly reasonable price (see here), and to make things even sweeter, all of their fry pans are temporarily 20% off from the 15th to the 24th of this month on all their online retailers. This is such an amazing deal and I cannot recommend this company enough when it comes to healthy, high quality cookware. I hope you get to snag this set or a couple other pans (whatever suits your needs). And no matter which pans you use, I hope you get to enjoy this french toast with people you love soon. (Two words: berry sauce.)

Happy Friday, go weekend your hearts out. -xx

Berry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #VeganBerry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #VeganBerry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #VeganBerry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #VeganBerry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #Vegan


Makes 2 servings, multiply as needed.

berry sauce
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice

french toast
1 ripe, 8-inch banana (about 2/3 cup mashed)
1/2 cup plain plant milk (I used soy)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 thick slices of sturdy bread (such as whole grain sourdough)

Make the sauce. Place berries in a blender container or food processor bowl. If they are frozen, allow them to thaw. Then add the remaining ingredients for the sauce and blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a small pot on the stove and bring to a simmer. Allow to reduce in size by half, whisking often, before removing to cool. Pour through a fine mesh sieve, pressing gently with the back of a spoon to help along. Strain twice for a smooth texture. Set aside in a glass jar on the counter to cool to room temperature before serving. Can refrigerate if made ahead of time.

Make the french toast. Heat a non-stick ceramic skillet over medium heat on the stove. (If using a different type of skillet, add a teaspoon or two of coconut oil to cook the toasts in so they don’t stick.) Combine the banana, plant milk, cinnamon, and vanilla in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a low-wide dish. Place a slice of bread in the batter, allow to sit for 30-60 seconds, flip, let sit again for 30-60 seconds, then transfer to the preheated skillet on the stove. Do not touch the bread for at least 5 minutes, then peak underneath to see if it has browned  – and when it has, flip to cook the other side. Repeat with all 4 slices of bread and serve warm with a good smothering of the berry sauce (fresh berries too if you have them).

I love seeing what you create! Be sure to tag your photos on Instagram with #FWmakers.

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Berry-licious Breakfast Sauce & Cinnamon French Toast by Faring Well #Vegan



  • Reply Amanda September 15, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Jessie—I’m swooning over your photos in this post. They are so, so beautiful. I have a Le Creuset non-stick pan that I actually took with us on our travels (hi, I’m crazy) and then shipped back when I realized I didn’t need my ENTIRE kitchen with me. It got warped in the mail (so sad!) and now it’s not as non-stick as it used to be. I’ll definitely be checking out GreenPan as a replacement. I like my cast iron too, but sometimes I’d rather not use a giant glug of oil. :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Aw Amanda this is so sweet of you to say, thank you friend, you made me smile big time! And GAH so sorry about the pan getting warped, what a bummer. Especially such a nice one! Hoping you get to try the Greenpans soon, I just know you’ll fall crazy in love. They are such great everyday pans that cook so well and without all the fuss – MEGA WIN.

  • Reply Maile September 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

    What a beautiful post! Bought a duo of green pans at Costco this year and love love them. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Yay Maile! So glad to hear you love your pans too :) and hope you love the recipe!

  • Reply Dee Lynn September 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I’m so glad I saw your IG story of this post! I was just thinking about how I wanted to make French Toast for Saturday breakfast and even better!! you shared the GreenPan special deal. I’ve been wanting to get these for the longest time. I totally snagged that 10 year anniversary deal. Totes making this recipe this weekend.

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:23 am

      You’re the best Dee! Way to go snagging a set of these pans, I hope you fall mega in love with them AND the french toast too! xx

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine September 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Girl! This is just what I needed! Ryan accidentally damaged my beloved Scanpan a few months ago by using a metal spatula on it (sad face) and I’ve been thinking about replacing it with Green Pan. The only reason I haven’t gotten it yet is because I couldn’t decide which one to get. I just ordered this set- so excited to have matching with you! Love reading about your childhood french toast memories. So genius to soak the bread in banana milk!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Oh no! I’m sorry Emily, poor dude – I bet he felt so bad, those things happen. But I’m kinda secretly stoked we will have matching pans now too :) that line made me smile. And thank you for the recipe love too! You’re so sweet. I bet you make a killer french toast as well ;). Happy almost fall friend, hope you’re sending off summer with a bang this week. XO

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore September 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Awww I love that you and Scott take it slow on the weekends! Atleast 1 weekend morning my husband and I make a point to have a nicer breakfast and slowly sip our coffee and chatting about whatever (usually allowing our coffee to get cold :p). This french toast and berry sauce sounds absolutely scrumptious! :D That sauce would also be amazing on oatmeal!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:28 am

      That sounds like the sweetest weekend tradition, we may need to copy you on that too ;). AND omg this sauce on oatmeal = YES.

  • Reply Jess September 16, 2017 at 4:23 am

    LOVE this post so so much! First off, you have a heart of gold and your morning traditions are the cutest. I love getting insight into your little cozy life and yours and Scott’s adorable relationship. It’s always so loving and playful. Basically makes my heart melt :) Secondly, you’re french toast childhood memory makes me smile and reminisce of my weekend breakfasts as a child. My breakfast of choice was pancakes. Always pancakes (made with the white bisquick mix with a few extra additions like lemon juice and more baking powder to make them EXTRA fluffy!). I would bring my mom my different beanie babies weekly and request my pancakes be made in the shape of that specific animal…lol. My mom did her best trying to create my request and I was always amazed at her ability to create a (distorted) unicorn, horse, puppy in pancake form. I would eat my pancakes with warm jelly because I didn’t like maple syrup…(who am I?)…so this berry sauce has a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing!!! ALSO, I just purchased my GreenPans (finally) thanks to you!!! I love this collaboration and I’m ecstatic about my new pans!

    Sooo ending my short novel, thank you and keep doing you! You’re amazing and as always so inspiring my friend. xx, Jess

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Aw Jess where do I even start on how much I love this comment of yours?! I adore you, and pancake shapes?! Laughing real good right now, gosh I hope my kids never ask me I’d probably make them cry with my terrible shaping skills *laughing crying face* your mom is such a sweetheart! Thanks for sharing that with my friend. And YAY for your new pans! Oh I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear what you think. Hugs and hugs sweet Jess – XX.

  • Reply Kati | black.white.vivid. September 16, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Good pans are like good bed linen. It’s so worth to invest in a high-quality, non-toxic one. And even though I just bought myself a new cast-iron pan I will definitely have a closer one at the ones from GreenPan. Your post made we really curious :) x Kati

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      So well put Kati! And I’m glad you’ll be taking a peak at these too, they compliment my cast irons so well. xo

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel September 17, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    So much sweetness here, Jessie—I feel like we need to have a SoCal breakfast party! This french toast is just gorgeous, and obviously I’m obsessed with my GreenPans, too. Yay!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Oh my goodness can we?! I’d love that Lily. You’re the best.

  • Reply Gena September 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I love the GreenPan brand! And I love this scrumptious, nostalgic, yummy breakfast recipe even more, Jessie. And such a cool idea to do a berry sauce in lieu of the regular old maple syrup (not that I don’t love syrup). Yum!

    • Reply Faring Well September 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Yay for more Greenpan love, Gena! That’s so neat. Thank you for the breakfast love too <3 and never any maple syrup hating over here either ;) haha, but was pretty exciting to find another way to use up some end of summer berries! Xx

  • Reply Marta September 20, 2017 at 12:55 am

    I love breakfast games :D And your pictures, so beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Oh my goodness thank you! And you are the queen of breakfast, Marta :).

  • Reply Gabby September 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    oh yes oh yes. I have some fresh wheat sourdough in the freezer and some fresh blackberries! Sounds like a lovely Saturday morning breakfast :) Love your stuff Jessie! You are a KWEEN :)

    • Reply Faring Well September 21, 2017 at 9:04 am

      You are too sweet Gabby, thank you! xx

  • Reply Jodi September 23, 2017 at 4:24 am

    For us it always pancakes on Sunday, the only meal when my Dad would take charge in the kitchen. He had this secret recipe for pancakes that are still perfect to this day, but no matter how many times I try to make them, they just never taste the same. I’m in love with this berry sauce, Jessie. I LOVE maple syrup, but you always seem to need more! It just disappears into the pancakes. I’m so proud if you for being honest and sharing your values here. It shows so much integrity. You are a pleasure to know in this blogging world. x

    • Reply Faring Well September 23, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I love those precious recipes we can never replicate, it makes their existence so much sweeter! Thank you for sharing that memory here Jodi, and for your kind words on everything else too, warms my heart. You inspire and motivate me daily <3.

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