Meatout Mondays 14-02-03



February 03, 2014

  Zesty Chocolate French Toast 

Nothing says cozy weekend brunch like homemade French toast. Sweeten things up with some chocolate, cinnamon, and orange zest for a dream worthy all-in-one fix. Hunker down with this scrumptious chocolaty French toast and good movie for a relaxing bellyfull weekend, escaping the chilly winter wonderland. Today's simple recipe comes to you courtesy of Annie from the website, An Unrefined Vegan


4-6 thick slices of whole grain bread
1/4 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours ahead of time
3/4 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Zest of 1/2 an orange
Sweetener to taste (agave or maple syrup will do)
Cacao nibs (optional)
Sliced strawberries (optional)


1. Rinse and drain the cashews, then put them into a blender along with everything but the orange zest. 
2. Blend until very smooth (about 1-2 minutes).
3. Pour the mixture into a deep-sided baking pan and stir in the orange zest.
4. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat.
5. Dip the slices of bread into the chocolate-cashew mixture and then carefully place in the heated pan. Brown on one side then gently flip and brown on the other side. 
6. Keep toast warm in a 200
°F oven while you cook the remaining slices. 


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  Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Nibs 

Thinking about adding a dash of extra sweetness to your French toast recipe as suggested by Annie, the source of today's recipe? Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Nibs has got you covered!

Known as "nature's chocolate chips," cacao nibs are made from the unprocessed beans that are used to make chocolate.  Rich in antioxidants as well as good fats, fiber, zinc, iron, calcium, and potassium cacao nibs (located at the center of each cacao bean) are not only tasty but are also a healthy topping for your favorite recipe.

Some of us have been known to pop a handful straight up for a quick snack too. 

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  Updated Vegan Planet Cookbook 

Popular and longtime vegan cookbook author Robin Robertson has released a revised and updated version of her classic, Vegan Planet cookbook which now includes 50 additional recipes. 

According to Robertson's publisher The Harvard Common Press, "The new Vegan Planet...has a newly expanded range of whole grains, super greens, new facts concerning cooking oils and how they relate to health, plus new saucing and flavoring ideas from" around the world. 

Some of Robertson's other cookbooks include Nut Butter Universe, One-Dish Vegan, Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, Quick Fix Vegan, 1,000 Vegan Recipes, Vegan on the Cheap, Vegan Fire & Spice, and Party Vegan.

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  World's Happiest Cow 

German farm animal sanctuary, Hof Butenland shared a touching video last week of one of its volunteers providing Fiet (the lovable cow) with scratchies and cuddles that seemed to put him in heaven.

The video, promoted by the animal rights group Free From Harm, demonstrates that cows--among other sentient beings--feel pleasure, express emotion, and have the right to be free and happy.

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