Cashew butter French toast

Cashew butter French toast

OH HI.

It’s 2017 and I haven’t posted in three weeks but I’M BACK! With a French toast recipe that doesn’t rely on ground flax seeds or mashed bananas and a list of things I hope to accomplish over the course of the next twelve months.

But let’s talk about last year. 2016 was a rough one for a lot of people. Hell, it was a rough one for the world. On a personal level, however, 2016 wasn’t all that bad. In fact, I’d venture to say it was one of the better years of my adult life despite the fact that I hit rock bottom right around this time last year (the holidays always put me in a funk and last year’s funk was one that almost got the best of me). We went to Europe, got a brand new kitchen, and Alchemy finally became something more than just a wild idea. And even though I hit a few potholes early on, those potholes are what encouraged me to try my hand at mastering the art of self-acceptance. So I did. And you know what? I’m better for it. I’m stronger. I’m happier. I’m healthier. And, at the end of the day, I really couldn’t ask for more from a year that dealt a lot of people I love a pretty shitty hand.

I ended 2016 in the same way I ended 2015: by compiling a list of goals for the new year. Ones that should be pretty easy to incorporate into my daily grind (meal planning, spending less money, etc.) and others that will probably to take some getting used to (drinking more water, stretching, etc.). I surprised myself last year, exceeding each and every goal on my list so I figured I’d do the same for 2017 because it’s just really (reaaaally) nice to be working toward something (even when that something is as small as drinking more water). And it’s even nicer to look back at the end of the year and be like HELL YEAH, GIRLFRIEND! YOU DID IT.


In 2017, I’mma try to:

– Stop being such a slob.
– Spend more time in the kitchen with my dude.
– Stop waking up at 4AM unless I actually need to wake up at 4AM.
– Start meal planning.
– Spend less money on stupid shit (if I don’t need it, it’s probably stupid shit).
– Keep lifting heavy things.
– Get a good pillow.
– Send more hand written notes.
– EAT DINNER AT THE GODDAMN TABLE.
– Ask Thom as often as possible, “what can I do to make your life easier this week/today/right now?”
– Post at least once a month on OH LADY IS BAKED.
– Read more; browse the WWW less.
– Do more to advocate for those in need.
– Purge the apartment of useless belongings at least once a month.
– Start stretching and rolling (’cause I’m getting old and I can feel it, you guys).
– Take more baths.
– Bake more cinnamon rolls.
– Exceed the goals Thom set for Alchemy.
– Drink more water. A lot more water.
– Speaking of water.. aim to be glass half full.


I’m curious, do you set goals for the new year or aim to resolve things on 1 January? Or are you the kind of person who doesn’t need a new calendar year (or month or week or day) to start making improvements to your life? I used to be in the latter camp but have recently come around to the beauty of goal-setting in the new year, and I decided I’d set them until they no longer serve me. Because what’s the worst that can happen? I discover that being a slob is an inherent part of my being?

Probably.

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Notes: Don’t have stale bread? Leave it out overnight on a wire rack. Works like a charm! If you don’t have cashew butter on hand, you can use any nut butter so long as it’s not gritty – it’s gotta be SMOOTH. For raw cashew butter, this is the brand I recommend (and the only one I use). If you’re looking to make just enough French toast for you and a +1, halve the recipe. But let it be known that leftovers can easily be frozen and reheated in the toaster. I like to use them to make a French toast sandwich – you know, with nut butter, fresh fruit, etc. It’s perfect when you’re in a hurry or on the go.

More early-morning goodness: Banana bread French toast, coconut oil cinnamon rolls, and my favorite overnight chia pudding (with the works).

CASHEW BUTTER FRENCH TOAST

Cashew butter batter
1/4 cup (60g) raw cashew butter (see notes above)
2 teaspoons (8g) suncoco oil (or any flavorless oil)
1 tablespoon (15g) pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons (20g) potato starch
Heavy pinch of ground cinnamon

1 cup (220g) unsweetened vanilla almondmilk

You’ll also need
8-10 slices basic whole wheat sandwich bread, stale (see notes above)
Coconut whipped cream
Banana slices
Nut butter
(I used homemade cashew-pecan butter)
Pure maple syrup
Flaked coconut
Pecans

In a small shallow bowl, whisk together the cashew butter, oil, and maple syrup. Add the potato starch and cinnamon, and whisk until smooth. Add the almondmilk in 1/4 cup increments and whisk until combined. Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes (this is a crucial step as it promotes thickening).

Once the mixture has chilled, give it a good stir then heat a large frying pan (or griddle) over medium-low heat. Oil appropriately. Dip the bread in the cashew butter batter, making sure to cover both sides; scrape off excess then transfer to the hot pan and cover with a couple shakes of ground cinnamon (if desired). I cook my slices for 3-4 minutes on each side but, depending on the strength of your stove’s flame, it may take more/less time. To keep the French toast warm, put the slices in a 200˚F oven (on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack) until you’re ready to serve.

Serve French toast with with coconut whipped cream, banana slices, nut butter, pure maple syrup, flaked coconut, pecans, or any of your other favorite toppings.

Yield: 8-10 slices

Cashew butter French toast

29 Comments

  • Reply Chelsea | Baked Greens 12 January 2017 at 8:51 AM

    I can’t wait to feast on this French toast! I’m definitely more of a make-goals-as-needed person, but this year I am hoping to do a few things (make more wedding cakes, turn my dads yard into a giant garden-unbeknownst to him, visit my grandparents more often).
    This might sound a liiiiiittle crazy, but instead of buying a fancy pillow you could also try going pillowless. I was frustrated with pillows last year and even after buying the best of the best, still felt like my neck/head/upper spine didn’t love pillows. So, I ditched them all together. It’s a little weird at first to sleep without one, but you adjust quickly. I’ve been sleeping pillowless for over a year now and it’s awesome!

    • Reply Meredith 25 January 2017 at 3:00 PM

      I’ve been pillowless for the past six years! I legit think it has improved my posture, in addition to finally getting rid of a perpetual stiff neck. When people find out, they look at me like I’m a monster, but honestly, it is fabulous. Highly recommend!

  • Reply Rachel 12 January 2017 at 9:30 AM

    I don’t typically set resolutions for the New Year, but I spend extra time thinking about what I accomplished in the past year and how I want the new year to be different. This year I’m having a little trouble getting beyond “This will be the year I get a manuscript accepted by an agent.” That’s a great professional goal, but I think it’d be nice to have a few intentions in mind for the day-to-day. Small victories too, you know?

    On the podcast Call Your Girlfriend (an excellent show, by the way), they suggested: “Don’t have the same problems in 2017 that you had in 2016.” As a general guiding philosophy/mantra for the year, I like it! 2016’s problems were some of the biggest I’ve ever had, and I’m ready to be done with them.

    On a cashew butter note, the local nut butter company in my current home city makes a cashew butter with cardamom, maca, and cinnamon. I put it *on* French toast over the New Years weekend and it was phenomenal. The nut butter is too gritty to use for your recipe, but I bet a little cardamom and maca mixed into your batter would be nice too =)

  • Reply Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land 12 January 2017 at 11:32 AM

    I’m brutally hungry after eye-drooling over your photos Ashlae! Love the 2017 goals. I don’t have too many goals except TO STAY ALIVE. Hehe. Oh, and also to continue to try and be mindful, and love all my loved ones extra hard. For my blog, my goal is to just shit out my heart whenever I feel like it and so far it’s felt so good. I’m looking forward to making my blog a place I enjoy again.

    PILLOWS!! I need a new one too! Also, Oh Lady Is Baked – going to roll over there right now!!!

    Happy new year sweet friend! Here’s to mucho success with Alchemy and lots of good times in 2017! xo

  • Reply Janaé 12 January 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Ash- WHERE do you get your plates and bowls ? <3
    I am not a new year resolution maker, having personal goals or a fresh outlook is different, but I don't like setting myself up for failure so, instead of saying "my NY res is to…" I like to just have a mantra I stick to or a theory. something I base my year around, not something my year is based ON.

    you rock !

    • Reply Ashlae 22 January 2017 at 4:44 PM

      Hi Janaé –

      I get most of them from West Elm, Crate and Barrel, etc. The little pinch bowls I source from Goodwill/various thrift shops. Love the idea of a NY mantra. I might have to steal that one for 2018. Actually, fuck it! 2017s mantra is to MAKE SHIT HAPPEN. ;)

  • Reply Hanna 12 January 2017 at 12:07 PM

    “Eat dinner at the goddamn table” made me laugh so hard I spit out my coffee! I love this list of goals but I especially love the one about helping to make Thom’s life easier.

    I don’t make NY resolutions but that’s mostly because I have terrible long term follow through. I do make a list at the beginning of each week and attempt to cross off as many tasks/things as humanly possible. Drink more water is almost always on that list and I almost never get to cross it off. Maybe one of these days…

    Anywho! I’m so happy to see you back in this space and hope you still have time for us when Alchemy takes off. ;) Happy NY! All my best to you and Thom.

  • Reply Emily 12 January 2017 at 12:22 PM

    I’m all for new year resolutions and admire your goal setting but can we talk about your table and chairs? I have been looking for a dining room table for months (any idea how crazy it makes a person to look at tables for hours on end?) and I love/need yours. Any and all info would be appreciated. MUCH LOVE! I’m happy you’re back.

    • Reply Ashlae 22 January 2017 at 4:45 PM

      Hi Emily –

      I’ll be doing a post about our new dining setup (and two giveaways!) soon. Stay tuned. :)

  • Reply DessertForTwo 12 January 2017 at 2:24 PM

    First, I feel the need to say that I just cropped my toes out of a food photo, but no longer will I be doing such silly things! Toes in cute socks are the best thing life has to offer, so why was I cutting them out?

    And, I love your resolutions. Self-acceptance/ self-care is mine. I’m such a see-saw when it comes to that stuff. I’m super proud of me for 5 minutes, and then the next minute is all the guilt.

    Love and alchemy,
    Christina

    • Reply Ashlae 22 January 2017 at 4:45 PM

      STOP CROPPIN’ THEM TOES, GURL.

  • Reply Rita 12 January 2017 at 3:18 PM

    It’s funny how I see myself in most of what you write, including those resolutions. Cuz I mean, I NEED a better pillow. Foam rolling, for sure! And all the rest. Honestly, I love reading your blog posts so much I almost forget there’s a recipe in them somewhere, but then I scroll down a bit more and BOOM! Delicious, ingenious goodness, every single time. I’ve got all these ingredients in my pantry, I’m giving these french toasts a go this weekend. :) Oh, and I’m loving your new dining table!!

  • Reply Emily Blasik 12 January 2017 at 6:33 PM

    I love the look of your coffee pot! What kind is it?

  • Reply Tori//Gringalicious.com 13 January 2017 at 12:53 AM

    Oh my! French toast is my childhood favorite so this version is bound to become one of my new obsessions!

  • Reply Karlie 13 January 2017 at 6:17 AM

    You are seriously so cool and such an inspiration for me 🙌🏻 might copy some of your resolutions cause they are so down to earth and gosh darn good. also, I am making this recipe this weekend hands down and I can’t wait.

  • Reply Scully 13 January 2017 at 9:03 AM

    I wholeheartedly support your choice of the Casper. After years of buying every pillow under the sun, this is my holy grail. The pillow is fantastic. The mattress is fantastic. And the people over at Casper are ridiculously delightful. I mean, look: https://twitter.com/urs_ski/status/818185510703218689

    Cheers!

  • Reply valentina | sweet kabocha 13 January 2017 at 9:06 AM

    I love this version of french toast!
    Anyway, I can relate to a lot of your 2017 resolutions…and 2016 has been so freaking intense, but good – my debut cookbook published, my elopement – and yet exhausting. I can’t wait to see Alchemy alive!

  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen 14 January 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Oh my gosh yessss I’m making it a big goal to purge our place of crap on a regular basis. It’s crazy how much stuff you can accumulate in just a year and you don’t even realize it. Unfortunately John isn’t on the same page as me and is resistant to getting rid of anything. :P

  • Reply Amanda - Create N Plate 14 January 2017 at 9:33 AM

    I can’t wait to try these omg. But I want to work on getting rid of more stuff and buying less of the unnecessary too. It’s a process but I’m determined to make it happen!

  • Reply Agness of Run Agness Run 14 January 2017 at 1:42 PM

    I love your recipes and the pictures! Picture perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Asha 14 January 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Love this Ashlae – the recipe as well as your list of goals for 2017. I too like to set goals for the new year…for me, a new year feels like a new opportunity to review where I am and to see where I want to go. I find it easier to do this at the start of a brand new year than mid year.

    I wish you and Thom a peaceful and happy new year!

  • Reply Aleksandra 15 January 2017 at 2:28 AM

    You’re writing is very addictive and so entertaining. I had to laugh at so many of your statements. I like to set goals for the new year. For me monthly goals work best because I don’t find it so overwhelming. French toast is something I have to introduce into my morning repertoire after seeing this recipe. I wish you a successful 2017!

  • Reply Karin 15 January 2017 at 7:40 AM

    I doubled the recipe for a family of 7 and everyone cleaned their plates! But the best part had to be that no one knew it was vegan. :D Thank you!

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout 15 January 2017 at 8:57 AM

    I love your photography + recipes so much! I have never been a new year goals writer, but I was inspired by your list so I wrote my own ANDDDD it actually feels pretty good to see it all written down. Less overwhelming and more exciting than I was expecting. Thanks, Lady! <3

  • Reply Katrina 15 January 2017 at 9:36 PM

    OH LADY IS BAKED?!?! Ok, I love you THAT much more!! So flipping excited to see some recipes on there!

  • Reply Laura (A Beautiful Plate) 18 January 2017 at 1:22 PM

    I LOVE this. I have this really odd fascination with reading other peoples’ goals and intentions, haha. I find it super fascinating. Also, OH LADY IS BAKED is amazing – such a fitting name!! Can’t wait to check out what you post there.

    Oh, and I love these photos. Where are all of your mugs from? I want them!!

    • Reply Ashlae 22 January 2017 at 4:51 PM

      OH HEY GURL

      One of the mugs is from More & Co. and the other is from a local artisan. :)

  • Reply Iga @ Dietmap 20 January 2017 at 6:31 AM

    These sound perfect for me!

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