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Coconut Crusted French Toast (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Soy-free, Deliciousness-full)

Toronto Naturopathic Doctor

We are happy to share this recipe from our friend, vegan chef, Doug McNish!

Doug will be catering our Open House and we are thrilled to be sharing his passion for delicious, organic, healthy food with you.

Enjoy and share!
This recipe provides a way to create a smooth and creamy batter, without egg or dairy products, that is perfect for coating bread.

Makes about 5, 3-piece portions.

Breading, Wet:

  • 2 cups chopped banana (about 2 large bananas)
  • 3 cups nut free and dairy free milk of choice (e.g., hemp, rice)
  • 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla beans (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt

Breading, Dry:

  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt

Other ingredients needed:

  • 12-15 pieces gluten free bread
  • Grapeseed or coconut oil (for searing)
  • Maple syrup (for drizzling)
  • Ground cinnamon (for garnish, optional)


To prepare the wet breading mix combine banana, almond milk, brown rice flour, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and set aside.

To prepare the dry breading mix, in a bowl, whisk together shredded coconut, brown rice flour, cinnamon and salt until well-mixed. Set aside.

To assemble, dip bread pieces in wet batter, coating well, then dip into dry batter. Ensure bread is coated evenly on all sides.

In a large skillet, heat grapeseed or coconut oil on medium to high heat. Place French toast in pan, taking care to lay away from yourself (so as not to spatter hot oil). Cook on first side until golden brown, flip, and cook on second side until golden brown.

Serve immediately, topped with maple syrup and dusting of ground cinnamon.

Doug enjoys this French toast with a warm blueberry compote and a drizzle of dairy free yogurt!


Posted: 2014 September 10

Homemade Granola Bars (Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free)

Toronto Naturopathic Doctor

Looking for a healthy snack to pack for lunches? Look no further! We love these nutty, grain-free granola bars that are so easy to make and kid approved.

Forget the sugar-ladened granola bars and try these homemade healthy treats.

Following our Wellness Wednesday video from yesterday, Du La, ND, shares with us one of her favorite, healthy, kid approved snacks.



  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 7 soft, pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse raw almonds, raw walnuts and raw pecans until you have a coarsely ground nut meal. Add pitted Medjool dates and pulse again until evenly distributed throughout the meal.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in coconut flour, vanilla extract, sea salt, goji berries, raisins, cacao nibs, pumpkin seeds and honey or brown rice syrup.
  4. Press in a pan lined with parchment paper (tip: leave extra parchment paper on the sides so you can fold it over and press the granola down with your hands).
  5. Bake until golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool completely and cut to desired size.


Posted: 2015 March 5