Raw Cinnamon Toast

I have been craving cinnamon toast. Craving with a capital C. I really have no idea why. Perhaps it has something to do with doctoring a sick kiddo for the last week. Cinnamon toast was a favorite sickie food for me when I was a kid. Perhaps it has something to do with this wicked winter that just won’t let go. But, for whatever reason, cinnamon toast has been my latest obsession. Sadly, grains and I aren’t getting along well these days, and making a loaf of cinnamon bread just does not appeal. The solution? Raw cinnamon toast, vegan and grain-free, warm from the dehydrator, sweet and crispy and oh so amazingly good. Yes, this hits the spot. I’ll try not to eat the whole batch in one sitting.

If you enjoy this raw recipe, you’ll want to mark your calendar now for April in the Raw – a month-long blogging event focusing on raw wholesome foods!

Raw Cinnamon Toast, smothered in vegan butter and more cinnamon

Raw Cinnamon Toast, smothered in vegan butter and more cinnamon

Raw Cinnamon Toast

1 small apple (110 g), peeled and cored
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup almond meal
1 T. cinnamon
Seeds from 1/4 vanilla bean (split and scrape seeds out)
1/4 cup raisins (optional)

In a food processor purée the apple and water. Add the rest of ingredients (except raisins) and pulse until well blended. Stir in raisins. Spread on a teflex or fruit leather dehydrator sheet. Dehyrdate at 140° for 1 hour, and then drop temperature to 115°. After a few hours, score the toast and remove it from the teflex sheet. Place it on the drying tray and continue drying until crispy. (Mine took about 24 hours, but I have a wimpy dehydrator.)

Note that if you have a high-powered blender you can probably skip the water and just purée the heck out of the apple itself. My food processor was having none of that, and I needed the water to get the apple to become mush. Less water means a faster drying time. So, by all means, try it without the water first.

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48 Responses to Raw Cinnamon Toast

  1. I love the flavor combos in this, Deanna! I don’t have a dehydrator (yet…) but may have to try this in a low oven. :)

    • Deanna says:

      I have a pear that’s gone past it’s prime and I’m seriously considering trying a baked pear version of these this afternoon. I’ll probably just use vanilla extract if I’m not going the full-on raw route, though. I’ll let you know how it turns out using the oven.

  2. This is fantastic, Deanna! :-) I’ve been craving cinnamon toast, too. No sick kiddos here (unless you count me from being glutened … aaargh), but I, too, think it’s the lingering winter that’s having an effect. (I say this as I get ready to fill the wood stove for the morning. I’m ready to be done with that routine for a while.) I’m not doing well with any grains these days, so raw cinnamon toast seems like just the ticket! I bought my son a dehydrator, but didn’t get one for myself yet. Must fix that problem soon so I can make this recipe. I’m imagining this recipes as having a sort of Cracklin Oat Bran flavor and texture … that cereal I used to love back in the day. ;-)

    Thanks!
    Shirley

    • Deanna says:

      Cracklin’ Oat Bran – too funny. I just had a conversation about that cereal. I honestly don’t remember what it tastes like, though. The toast is surprisingly sweet and nutty and just oh so yummy. I do believe I might be in love with it, and wishing I’d made a much bigger batch. :)

  3. Megan says:

    What a beautiful recipe, and so healthy too!

    • Deanna says:

      Thank you Megan. I’ve posted several rather indulgent recipes lately (and eaten a bunch of them, too) so I’m trying to get back on the healthy track. :)

  4. This looks delicious! Brittany at realsustenance.com is hosting a month long event in April called “April In The Raw.” A linky party will be left up for bloggers who want to share their raw recipes. Her site was hacked & isn’t working right now, but check back in a few days if you are interested in participating.

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks Lisa,
      I’m actually participating in that roundup April 9th. Maybe I should have saved this recipe for then. But, I’ve got a few other ideas rattling around in my head.

      • I adore you both!!!

        Lisa thanks for Spreading the word!! :) And Deanna thanks for linking this to my site- you rock.

        And this recipe is incredible. You impress me more and more all the time. AND by the way you should add this recipe to the Linky (along with any others you have) I’m thinking we could get a really good hub of recipe inspiration going!)

        Can’t wait to see what you come up with on the 9th!! :)
        xo

      • Deanna says:

        I totally forgot about the linky! I’ll go add it right now.

        I have a bunch of potential recipes for the actual event. I think I might be posting a lot of raw stuff in April. :)

  5. What wha WHAT?! You’re my new hero, Deanna. No joke! I just got a dehydrator as a hand-me-down gift and you can bet that I’ll be making this as soon as I’m physically able. WOW YUM! :D And because it looks so incredibly awesome, I couldn’t of course help but add this recipe to My Fav Recipes from Last Week post.

    Thanks! ~Aubree Cherie

    • Deanna says:

      Thank you so much Aubree Cherie! Your praise means a lot to me – you have a great eye for recipes and I’m honored to be one of your picks! Is your dehydrator the round Nesco type? That’s what I have (got it as a $10 score at Goodwill). Be prepared for long drying time if it is. But, it’s so, so worth it.

  6. Bean says:

    This looks fantastic! I used to love toast with cinnamon and sugar on it as a kid, but now I’m hesitant as I’m trying not to eat so much sugar. I might have to give this a try, though! Yum.

    • Deanna says:

      I wave very, very tempted to sprinkle a little palm sugar on when I added the extra cinnamon topping. But, I resisted and really, it was totally sweet enough for me. The apple and raisins really sweeten things up.

  7. Oh man.. I really need to get a dehydrator. This looks so good. I’ve been craving cinnamon too — maybe it really does have to do with all this snow that is still falling outside my home.

    I’m going to *try* this with just an oven .. let’s see how it goes! (crossing fingers) Thanks for sharing at this week’s Sugar Free Sunday potluck! See you again next weekend!

  8. Ricki says:

    That really *does* sound delicious–maybe even better than “regular” cinnamon toast. Of course, apples plus cinnamon plus raisins–not much could be better than that!

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks Ricki. Yes, apple + cinnamon + raisins = delicious by default. I’m eying up those browning bananas on my counter this morning and thinking a banana version would be pretty darn good, too.

  9. I used to eat cinnamon and sugar toast most mornings for breakfast….and when I was sick my mom had one of those press things that made it all gooey/cinamony except a part that said “I love you” on it! So cinnamon toast holds a special place in my heart. Just bought a dehydrator a couple weeks ago and cannot wait to try this!

    • Deanna says:

      Oooo….a press thing to make it extra gooey? How cool is that. Sadly, I’m pretty sure a press wouldn’t work in this case. But, still, what a yummy memory!

  10. Maggie says:

    You are a genius! This sounds amazing, I really need to get a dehydrator. Maybe I’ll let Hallie try it in her oven and see how it goes! Mind you, I am sure this would taste good baked too!

    • Deanna says:

      I think it would work in a low oven. I didn’t get around to trying it yesterday and I have zero free time until the weekend. But, I’ll probably try it then, since I ate the last of this batch for breakfast this morning. :)

  11. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan says:

    Jeez, another recipe of yours for me to bookmark! You are awesome. Thanks for the heads up about the Raw April thing, too!

    • Deanna says:

      Well I know that I, personally, can’t wait for you to start posting recipes of your own. So looking forward to that! That food you posted all looks amazing. :)

  12. Oh wow this sounds so good. I love cinnamon

  13. Fabulous recipe Deanna! I don’t have a dehydrator (yet!), but am thinking this would work in the oven too.

  14. Iris says:

    Yum! I can’t do almonds…do you think it would work with sunflower seeds? Hmm…now I’m really hungry!

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  16. Okay, it’s official… I totally need to get another dehydrator after seeing this recipe and me too! on the cinnamon toast cravings this week!! It’s these 36 degree spring days in PA that make me crave comfort foods.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Sadie

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  18. Jenna says:

    I just made this and have in in my dehydrator now- it’s the first recipe I’ve made since I got my dehydrator a few weeks ago. I can’t wait til it’s done! Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Beautiful! I was directed here by the fabulous Lisa — this looks so easy! I might even have time to get it going in the dehydrator this morning before work!

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  21. Okay this looks really yummy. I always miss having toast. Love this.

  22. Looks great. I’m looking for snacks that travel well and this fits the bill. Thank you!

  23. Nice work with the cinnamon toast dupe!! Gonna have to try it for sure, it was one of my favorite foods as a child. Deanna, we’d really love to add you as a chef on our raw food recipe compilation site RawFoodRecipes.com. Would you be at all interested?

  24. phucknraw1 says:

    do you think I could use coconut flour instead of almond meal Im fresh out & tryin to use what I have

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