Saturday, June 15, 2013

Vegan Cherry Walnut Cream French Toast With Sparkling Cherry Syrup

Cherries are the star fruit of this delicious breakfast.
I'm becoming big on soaking raw walnuts and have primarily used them for savory dishes like pesto sauces and cheesy deliciousness. Well, like the cashew, walnuts can too be on the sweet occasion scope of recipes.
So on another grocery store trip outing, Rainer cherries caught my eye- a new item for the season lying next to usual dark sweet cherries- which I also buy frozen. Now these Rainer cherries are a lighter shade of red with pink and peach golden hue at the top of their round plump exteriors. In one experimental bite, they are less sugary than dark sweet variety and that I liked.
In combination with creamed walnuts, Rainer cherry pieces add yummy component and sparkling cherry juice gives further flavor to crispy toast while thick syrup of chunky, bubbled goodness smothers rich, fulfilling breakfast in a refreshing uniqueness that would cause any big time cherry lover to wipe plate clean.
Feel free to substitute dark sweet cherries for Rainer or combine both (like I will in the future).

R.W. Knudsen's Sparkling Cherry Juice & Rainer Cherries are surprise ingredients.
Vegan Cherry Walnut Cream French Toast With Sparkling Cherry Syrup Ingredients and Preparation

Cherry Walnut Cream

1 cup walnuts, soaked
1/2 cup sparkling cherry beverage
8 cherries, pitted
2 tablespoon almond milk, unsweetened
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

bread slices, crusty
2 tablespoon coconut oil

Sparkling Cherry Syrup

1/4 cup sparkling cherry beverage
10 cherries, pitted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder

After pureeing all ingredients in a blender/food processor, evenly coat bread slice- one at a time.
In a sizzling hot, coconut oiled skillet, place bread and cover. Cook each side for 5-7 minutes. Afterwards time will lessen for next toast.
Bring cherries, sparkling cherry juice, arrowroot powder, lemon juice, and almond extract to a boil. Simmer down and allow time to thicken. Should take 5-7 minutes.
Top prepared toast with extra cherry walnut cream and warm sparkling cherry syrup. Dig in!


  1. What kind of Bread did you use? This looks wonderful

    1. I just used stale, semi-hardened 100% wheat bread. Thank you! It was delicious!