Chocolate-Cinnamon-Orange Cashew French Toast

French Toast An Unrefined Vegan

One thing I discovered (though I’d already suspected it) while participating in the Green Smoothie Challenge: I eat too much bread.  It’s not that I felt a dramatic physical difference; I just felt lighter and just a little bit better.  So I’ve committed to reducing my bread/grains/carbs intake.  That doesn’t mean, however, that Sunday morning breakfast is getting kicked to the curb, no sirree Bob.  I’m nothing if not a deeply flawed human.  May I present: French toast.

Chocolate Orange Cinnamon French Toast
Serves 6
You don't need eggs to create this soul-satisfying breakfast! Whisk together a few ingredients, add a touch of orange and spice and you have delicious, crispy-tender French toast!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
115 calories
17 g
0 g
4 g
4 g
1 g
87 g
127 g
3 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115
Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 127mg
Total Carbohydrates 17g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4-6 slices thick, whole-grain bread (I leave the slices out overnight to firm up)
  2. 1/4 cup cashews, soaked for a few hours
  3. 3/4 cup almond milk
  4. 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  5. 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. zest of 1/2 an orange
  8. sweetener to taste (I used a few dashes of stevia powder)
  9. cacao nibs, optional
  10. sliced strawberries, optional
  1. Rinse and drain the cashews, then put into a blender along with everything but the orange zest. Blend until very smooth - give it a minute or two. Pour the mixture into a deep-sided baking pan and stir in the orange zest.
  2. Don't forget to warm some plates in a 200-degree oven. French toast loves warm plates!
  3. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat. I spritz mine very lightly with oil.
  4. Dip the slices of bread into the chocolate-cashew mixture and then carefully place in the heated pan. Brown on one side - be patient and don't cook too quickly. Then gently flip and brown on the other side. Keep toast warm in the warm oven while you cook the remaining slices.
  5. Serve with cacao nibs, strawberries and warm maple syrup.
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French Toast An Unrefined Vegan

55 thoughts on “Chocolate-Cinnamon-Orange Cashew French Toast

  1. The Healthy Flavor

    That looks and sounds absolutely amazing!!! I’ve never heard of dipping French toast that way. This is SO ON this week. I have everything to make them too. Yummy!

  2. Sophie33

    You read my mind! I was just searching recipes for making a vegan French toast & yours is healthy & pretty awesome too! 🙂 MMMMMM!

  3. narf77

    I have extended Somer’s wonderful green smoothie challenge and can’t eat bread yet but the moment I can this is it! 🙂

  4. tearoomdelights

    Mmmm what an absolutely wonderful Sunday breakfast and that little jar of maple syrup looks very tempting to pour over the top of those strawberries and cacao nibs. I’m quite sure I eat too much bread and would feel better for cutting down. In fact, I think I have noticed that on days when I eat less I do feel lighter, but it’s hard not to use it as a staple, it’s so useful and easy and tastes so good!

  5. A Tablespoon of Liz

    I looooove french toast! Although, I was thinking about it, and how awful would it be described to someone who didn’t know what it was? It’s bread… that you dip in liquid so it gets soggy, and then you cook it! haha. I love how you used cashews in there, I bet it tastes amazing

  6. infinebalance

    I hear you about too much bread. I’ve recently noticed the same problem with my own habits.

    PS – Is there nothing that blended up cashews can’t do? Yumm…

  7. Rachel in Veganland

    Whoa. What a fantastic combination! My favorite muffin at our old co op in Carrboro was the orange chocolate chip and this french toast might just hit that button for me! What a lovely Sunday morning treat!

  8. nikki

    This looks wonderful and it’s been a long time since I’ve had French toast. Add chocolate, well… yum.

    Also, just found your blog. Awesome!

  9. Angela @ Canned Time

    Okay, I’ve always HATED french toast. Never liked the way the cooked egg looked on it or something back from childhood. This one looks awesome! In fact, if you did away with the bread, it would make an delicious smoothie? Stop making things that I want to make! There aren’t enough meals to make them for X)

  10. Cauldrons and Cupcakes

    I’m soooooo making this for my omnivore husband for his birthday breakfast. But I think I’ll pan-fry some banana slices and add a dollop of coconut yoghurt too.

    I so love all your bread recipes, Annie. I hope you don’t deprive us too much!
    {{{HUGS}}} xoxo

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Um, yeah! Bananas and coconut can only make this recipe better. Over the top better!

      Can’t give bread up entirely – and gee – I do LOVE making/baking it…Just have to back off a bit, hehe!

  11. Richa

    I eat too much bread too. i dont know what i would do without it:))
    i love this french toast. so many flavors.. i need to make this this sunday!!

  12. Barb

    You know what’s strange? I was always that person who didn’t really like chocolate… until recently. And I think it’s recipes like this that are converting me! I also don’t make nearly enough fancy breakfasts like this… I gotta work on that, starting with this one!

  13. Shira

    This recipe looks just incredible Annie! It’s amazing the lightness that happens when we give up grains for a time – and how we can miss them!! This looks like a plate of heaven!

  14. happyhealthy365

    Life without bread is difficult!!! Right now I am trying to see how is life without bread, and oh man, it is very very difficult, especially that there are amazing bakeries on EVERY corner in Athens. So far I didn’t experience much ‘lightness’ from giving up grain, but I certainly miss bread. I can’t say I miss other grains or cooked starches, like rice or potatoes, but oh man, bread, could I ever live without it long term?! I think not.

  15. annesturetucker

    This looks so wonderful! What a genius idea to dip the bread in cashews – I bet it tastes divine 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend Annie!

  16. Somer

    Who needs chickpea flour when you can use cashews?!? I think I just got a little bit smarter reading this post 😉

      1. Somer

        Now you’ve got me going…. I made 3 loaves of artisan bread today. I’ve got a new combo that’s driving me insane with bread glee! One of them is bound to end up as french toast!

  17. Karista

    Delicious recipe and what a delicious blog! Found you via Shira’s blog In Pursuit of More. (Love her!) The blend of flavors sounds divine. I could reach into the computer screen and snatch a bite. 🙂

  18. tinykitchenstories

    Love this combo! Will try making some paleo bread soon, and do what I can to recreate your wonderful flavors! 🙂

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  20. Desiree

    I’m confused…I read the recipe over and over, I saw where you say to mix all the wet ingredients but orange zest, then you instruct to add orange zest then you say to put it in a deep side baking pan, then all the sudden it talks about a pan and says to dip slices of bread in mixture…I thought the recipe was making the bread? Is it only making the mixture to dip the bread in? Because I didn’t see where it said what degree to cook the bread or how long and you said you left “it” out overnight…what is “it”? Sorry if this is a stupid question 🙁 I’m new to this blog. I’m a low-carb vegan, I keep less than 20 net carbs a day and it IS A CHALLENGE! BUT once I lose the weight I need to, I’d love to add a dish like this, I’m just a bit confused on how to make it 🙂 forgive my stupid question I’m just not clicking with something here 🙂

    1. An Unrefined Vegan

      Desiree, sorry to hear you’re confused about the recipe – but I think I can set you straight ;-). This recipe isn’t for making the bread, it’s for the batter to make French toast. You’ll see at the beginning of the recipe that I list that you’ll need “4-6 slices thick, whole-grain bread.” The rest of the recipe lists the ingredients for the batter. I do have lots and lots of bread recipes on my site, however! Anyway, hope that helped and best of luck with losing the weight you want to lose.


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