My pregnancy cravings did not include French Toast until yesterday when I went on Pinterest and this popped up. I tweaked the recipe a little to make it vegan. While I'm sure it's not the healthiest thing to eat, a girl's got to live a little. Recipe via: HalfBakedHarvest.com
To make the ganache. In a microwave safe bowl add the cream, coconut oil and chocolate. Microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth. Stir in the instant coffee until dissolved and smooth. Place this in the freezer for 15 minutes or the fridge for 30 minutes, but no longer. You want the ganache to be spreadable or to be able to drizzle it.
To make the french toast. In a glass measuring cup or medium size microwave safe bowl add 1 cup of coconut milk. Microwave the milk for 2-3 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) or until the coconut milk is hot. Stir in 3-4 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix. Let cool 5 minutes.
In the meantime grab a 9x13 inch pan and whisk together the eggs, vanilla, coconut extract (if using) and salt. Whisk in the hot chocolate.
Grab your ganache from the freezer (or fridge) and use a spoon to carefully spread the ganache over one side of all the slices of bread (You will not use all the ganache). Sandwich the slices together to make four sandwiches. Place the sandwiches in the hot cocoa egg mixture, cover the pan and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes flip the sandwiches over so the other side of the sandwich is now in the egg mixture. Place back in the fridge for 15 minutes or let it sit overnight.
When ready to cook the french toast. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat generously with butter. When the skillet is hot, cook the french toast in batches (do not overcrowd) until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove and serve immediately with coconut whipped cream, marshmallows (you should toast them!!), toasted coconut and a good drizzle of more ganache.
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During the summer of 2013 I had the chance to visit my 2nd favorite city, Washington, D.C. After completing a trolley tour my family and I were looking for a place that everyone could eat. I was a pregnant vegan who was hot, tired, and hungry. Despite all that I was enjoying myself. My friend wanted me to meet him at a Vegan restaurant, but I couldn't find it or him and I needed to eat right away. We walked to the next block and I saw an advertisement for a green wrap in a window. They sold vegan food and had chicken for my non vegan family members. My family swears they didn't like it, but they ate everything they ordered. I'm sure if they didn't know it was vegan they would have loved it, lol. Anyways...I created my own green wrap filled with quinoa, avocado, corn, chickpeas, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, olive oil, and balsamic vinaigrette wrapped in kale. I loved it and if there were one in my hometown Wilmington, North Carolina; I'm sure I'd eat there quite a few times a week. The closest one to me is 4 hours away in Charlotte, N.C.
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Posted by: Candace
You are a crunchy parent if you do one, some, or all of these things. I myself do not do them all, but most of these apply to my daughter and I. Any of the terms listed below that are in bold are or were practiced in my household. I went on many crunchy blogs that had the terms, but not the definitions. Here, you can click on each term to find out the definitions. Each term may be practiced differently in each family, but the links will give you a general idea of what they are.
If you know of any other crunchy terms, please let me know. If you are a crunchy parent, please share your experience!
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