Monday, 22 April 2013

[raw] Maple Cinnamon French Toast + Coconut Bacon, Bananas and Walnuts

If you're looking for THE ultimate raw vegan comfort food, I think you've hit the jackpot. Let me introduce to you the much loved classic, French toast. Perfect for rainy days, Sunday brunch, or just because you want a treat for yourself that reminds you of good 'ol times. Of course, this rawified version is even better than the one we've all come to love- not just healthier, but also tastier. Nomnomnom. 

The raw buckwheat bread was pretty simple to prepare; all it takes is a bit of buckwheat groats and dates processed together then dehydrated. I then soaked it in a concoction of non dairy milk and spices. Top that with a little bit of bananas, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts and coconut bacon and you're good to go. Uh huh, you read that right.


Whaaaat. If this doesn't make you love me, I don't know what will. 

Kidding. But seriously. LOOK.

Now, if you're really strict about keeping it raw, I would suggest using raw coconut nectar or date syrup instead of maple syrup. Obviously it isn't going to taste quite the same, but whatever happens, love the food and savour it for what it is. Your body knows food that tastes good and makes you feel good, so enjoy it. 

On that note, if you want this dish to be lower in fat simply replace the coconut with eggplant or shiitake mushrooms. I'm sure it will be just as great.  Do remember that the bacon has to be prepared ahead, as with the toast, since they're going to have to go into the dehydrator. 

Note: Please don't be discouraged by the long recipe that follows. I promise it is not complicated or time consuming at all. 

[raw] Maple Cinnamon French Toast with Coconut Bacon, Bananas and Walnuts

3/4 buckwheat groats
5 Medjool dates
Around 1T of water

Process the buckwheat groats into a fine meal. Add in the Medjool dates and process until the mixture starts to stick to itself. If it's a bit too dry, add in the water; be careful not to add too much otherwise it will take a lot longer to dehydrate. Press into a pan to a thickness of about 3-5mm, cut into two slices, and dehydrate for about 6 hours. Since you're going to soak this in a batter anyway, I wouldn't dry it all the way- just dry it enough so that it doesn't fall apart when you lift it. 

Coconut Bacon:
2C coconut meat (you could also use eggplant or shiitake)
2T maple syrup (or if you want it raw, use raw coconut nectar or date syrup)
3T coconut aminos, tamari or Nama Shoyu
1t olive oil
2 drops of liquid smoke
A pinch of salt, if desired

Combine all ingredients but the coconut in a bowl. Adjust to your taste. Marinate the coconut meat, preferably cut as largely as possible, for around an hour. Dehydrate overnight. 

French toast batter:
1/2C non dairy milk 
1/2t vanilla
1t cinnamon
1/8t cardamom

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Soak the prepared raw bread for about 30 minutes. At this point, you can choose to soak it a bit further for a soft French toast. Alternatively you can take it out of the batter and dehydrate overnight so that it's ready for breaky when you wake up; that is, if you want a little bit of crunch for the toast.

For the finale:
1 banana, sliced
2T maple syrup
A handful of walnuts

To arrange, put a slice of French toast on a plate and top with half of the sliced bananas, 1T maple syrup, coconut bacon, and some walnuts. Sprinkle on some ground cinnamon, and serve.

OH MA GAAAWD. Uhm I mean... Enjoy!


  1. Coconut bacon?? What?!!! This is awesome!

    1. Thank you! And yes, coconut bacon! You could also use eggplant or shiitake mushrooms, but who can resist coconut?! Certainly not me! Haha.

  2. you are awesome!