Hot Chocolate “Nutella” French Toast Sandwich

Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF
Uh-huh, you read that title right. All your wildest dreams are going to come true with this super-indulgent and crazy delicious weekend brunch recipe. Or midweek recipe. Heck, have this for dinner if you want! (I would.)
Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF
If you haven’t seen my previous post, go read it now. I started a somewhat controversial debate about New Year’s Resolutions and expectations we place on ourselves and others with these unattainable goals we set ourselves. What makes 1 January so special anyway? You can change your circumstances any day of the year, any minute of the day, even.

Me, I’m continuing doing more of what I love. Enter the Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast Sandwich, which I love very, very much. Mr Cookie Monster didn’t so much (he was in a weird mood), so I ate his share too. It’s probably a rather Continental thing to have chocolate at breakfast; it’s certainly not something that’s done very often in the UK. A friend of my mother’s was rather surprised to find, during a trip to the Isle of Skye, that there was no chocolate spread available for breakfast…
Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF
For me, it’s not just about being glutinous at breakfast, though. It’s about saying no to things that feel unnatural to me and yes to everything that feels right. That can be chocolate for breakfast, or working from home because I just don’t see the point in losing two hours of my day in commuting.

More of what I love also includes this blog. I aim to provide a lot more delectable recipes to you guys this year, but that all takes a lot of my time, and time is money… I hope you understand that in order for me to keep on blogging, I need to place advertising on my blog and carefully selected affiliate links. Nothing spammy and nothing that deviates from my blogging philosophy. I’ve decided to use BlogHer for advertising, as I believe these adverts are most in line with my blog’s theme and your interests.

But hey, just ignore the extra “stuff” if you don’t like it, and focus on the food 🙂 That, I promise, is not going to change.
Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF
So, to the matter at hand: this Hot Chocolate “Nutella” French Toast. The stuff dreams are made of! I called it “hot chocolate” because it tastes the way I make hot chocolate: thick and luxurious, extra chocolatey, bittersweet. In short, totally irresistible. Add some chocolate hazelnut spread in the mix and I am begging for more!

Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast by TCVF

Feast yer eyes, m’dears — or better yet, go make this for yourselves!

Hot Chocolate Nutella French Toast

For the Hot Chocolate Mix:
1 tbsp cocoa powder
125ml (1/2 cup) soya milk
1 ripe banana, peeled
2 tsp maple syrup

For the toast:
6 slices of sourdough bread
Coconut oil for frying (approx. 1-2 tbsp)

For the vegan “Nutella”:
3 tbsp crunchy hazelnut butter (I use Meridian)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup

1. Start with the vegan “Nutella”: mix all the ingredients in a small cup. Spread on 3 of the bread slices.

2. Next, prepare the “hot chocolate” mix:  blend all the ingredients until smooth, then pour into a deep dish or hollow plate.

3. Soak the bread slices, including the ones already spread with “Nutella”, a few minutes on each side. They should be really well soaked.

4. Assemble the sandwiches: take one slice of bread coated with “Nutella” and one uncoated (both soaked, though) and stick them together. Heat a little coconut oil in a large frying pan. Fry the sandwich for about one minute on each side.

5. Repeat twice more to create three Hot Chocolate “Nutella” French Toast Sandwiches.

Are you doing more of what you love this year? What’s that?

Love and cookies,