Yes, I am one hundred percent serious.

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Now please, do not get confused.

I am in no way suggesting this for breakfast, although I can totally find many ways in my brain to justify this as breakfast. No, this is dessert and this dessert does not mess around.

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Let’s just skip all my yapping. You guys could probably use a break from it anyway. Today let’s just get right down to the food.

Because oh my gosh, this dessert is pure awesomeness on a plate or in your hand or better yet in your mouth. Yes, in your mouth for sure!

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Everything starts with this Challah bread,ย that I ironically I tried to make healthy only to later make it… well let’s just say I can no longer claim it as being healthy. Actually, if I am being honest, I only made the Challahย bread so I would have the bread to make this dessert.

Makes total sense, right? Yes, yes it does. Trust me. It does!

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This french toast is unlike any other of its kind.

Not only is the center filled with a chocolate mocha ganache (oh my gosh, yes it is!!), but the bread is actually soaked in hot chocolate.

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Ahh huh. Soaked in hot chocolate.

Stuffed with ganache.

Topped with coconut whipped cream and homemade marshmallows.

Drizzled with more ganache and sprinkled with toasted coconut.

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It. Is. Incredible.

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The process to make these is similar to any other french toast recipe. First you slather some ganache on the toast and then sandwich them together. Then soak the french toast sandwiches in eggs, or in this case eggy hot chocolate, for thirty minutes or as long as over night. Then just fry in a skillet, top as desired and be seriously amazed.

Kind of a picture perfect dessert if you ask me.

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The coconut element to these can be omitted, but man oh man, I love the coconut with the chocolate.

It’s so good, but if coconut is just not your thing I included swaps for you in the recipe.

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And the marshmallows?

You have to try making them yourself. Sure, you can use store-bought and it will still be awesome, but homemade is so much better.

I used this recipe that I posted a few weeks ago and it is really so awesome and easy. Promise, you guys can do it!

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And that’s pretty much it.

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Best Ever Hot Chocolate French Toast

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 490 kcal

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Ingredients

French Toast

Hot Cocoa Ganache

  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk may sub heavy cream
  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • 2 teaspoons instant expresso powder

For topping

  • whipped cream, marshmallows, and coconut

Instructions

  • To make the ganache. In a microwave safe bowl add the cream, coconut oil and chocolate. Microwave on 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth. Stir in the instant coffee until dissolved and smooth. Place this in the freezer for 15 minutes or the fridge for 30 minutes, but no longer. You want the ganache to be spreadable or to be able to drizzle it.
  • To make the french toast. In a glass measuring cup or medium size microwave safe bowl add 1 cup of coconut milk. Microwave the milk for 2-3 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) or until the coconut milk is hot. Stir in 3-4 tablespoons of [hot cocoa mix | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-holiday-gifts-easy-double-chocolate-vanilla-bean-hot-cocoa-mugs-marshmallows/]. Let cool 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime grab a 9x13 inch pan and whisk together the eggs, vanilla, coconut extract (if using) and salt. Whisk in the hot chocolate.
  • Grab your ganache from the freezer (or fridge) and use a spoon to carefully spread the ganache over one side of all the slices of bread (You will not use all the ganache). Sandwich the slices together to make four sandwiches. Place the sandwiches in the hot cocoa egg mixture, cover the pan and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes flip the sandwiches over so the other side of the sandwich is now in the egg mixture. Place back in the fridge for 15 minutes or let it sit overnight.
  • When ready to cook the french toast. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and coat generously with butter. When the skillet is hot, cook the french toast in batches (do not overcrowd) until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove and serve immediately with coconut whipped cream, marshmallows (you should toast them!!), toasted coconut and a good drizzle of more ganache. DEVOUR! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. your website is amazing my brother is fond of chocolate and me as well i am sure when i make is he will be crazy about it thank you for perfect recipes love u sooooo much .

    1. Hey Mandy! You can do a shorter soaking time if you are short on time. I would say soak each side for at least 3-5 minutes. Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope you love the french toast! Thanks!

  2. The bread I have on hand is your typical Bag-o-sliced-store-bought-bread, which isn’t cut nearly as thick as Challah. My question is: Will soaking the bread in the Hot cocoa mixture for the recommended time make it soggy? (It’s pretty hearty bread, it’s just thinner)

    1. Hi Pam!! I think that your thinner bread should be fine. If you are concerned just soak the bread for a little less time, but it’s French toast so the idea is to get it pretty soaked in the egg mixture so that it cooks up nicely in the skillet. I think your bread will be just fine. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you love the French toast! Thanks! ?

  3. Hi! I just stumbled upon this in my pinterest feed. I am wondering if you think it would be ok to bake it in a casserole dish? I thought it might be a good treat for Christmas morning, but would be a lot easier if it wasn’t necessary to cook each piece individually. It sounds divine!

    1. Hey Janelle!

      I think that would probably work, but I can’t be sure. I would try it out first and make sure it goes well. It should work though. Let me know how it goes. THANKS!

  4. Sounds delicious! But I am just wondering if the bread won’t break/become soggy from being in the cocoa egg mixture that long?

    1. Thanks! The bread gets crisped in the skillet, so being in the mixture does not make the bread soggy…just delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I made this recipe this weekend! It was amazing! I ended up using instant coffee instead of espresso and it still was so good!

  6. What holy goodness is this?! Not for breakfast?! These can be for ANY meal in my books! Wow Tieghan these look heavenly !!

  7. YES! 1,000x yes. Tieghan, my goodness. Now this is breakfast! I love french toast on cozy winter mornings, especially made with challah bread. Perfection. And the hot chocolate ganache, the coconut milk – everything about this screams comfort and indulgence. I want chocolate for dinner now…

  8. This looks absolutely amazing! So decadent and delicious – I know it is dessert, but would it be ok to have it for breakfast on Christmas morning?? You really come up with the most creative recipes!

  9. purely decadent dish…this is one of the reasons we love celebrations and winter…we get to make and savor some of the richest and most delectable treats ever,thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. There’s only one word for this – killer! And I love that you used challah, it makes the best French toast!

  11. Holy cow, this is BREAKFAST? I need to spend a Sunday morning at your house! Amazing hot chocolate French toast, Tieghan. So dreamy and delish!

  12. Challah is the best french toast bread hands down. However, you could probably make this recipe with a piece of cardboard and it would be amazing!

  13. Ummm yeah I totally called it, knew this was happening! Hell yeah and challah atcha my friend! Everything you make is pin worthy!

  14. You are out of control – you make the craziest, yummiest food! Your fam is so lucky! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Stop it. Stop it right now. I can’t handle this. IT’s too much amazing. Dang it, I am licking my screen in 3…2..1 LICK!!

  16. What an awesome way to incorporate your beautiful challah…and of course, you know how much I love my homemade marshmallows. Love this!!

  17. Oh. My. Gah! I love how serious you are about this gorgeous french toast. Drooling here. Pinned.

  18. AHHHHHH! The dipping the bread in hot chocolate thing has blown my mind. This looks so amazing!

    And especially love that shot with the eggs! My breakfast this morning is going to be totally boring compared to this. And yes, I would eat this for breakfast.

  19. Homemade bread, homemade marshmallows, omg just right there. YES! And then that ganache. I can totally tell you’re using your big girl lens. The chocolate is just so…right there, tack sharp, glistening, lovely. What an amazing creation! pinned

  20. I have never wanted to drop the F bomb so bad in a comment…this French toast looks AMAZING! I’m imagining how it melts in my mouth with all the chocolatey creamy flavors. You slay me, my dear!

  21. I’m mad at you. I read “french toast” and was all “WOO HOO finally she makes something that I can actually replace my oatmeal with this morning!” and then you go and say “don’t eat it for breakfast.” Maybe I’ll be a rebel and do it anyway. Tieghan, if my stomach had a heart, it would be yours. This is everything I love on planet earth on a plate. Yum! Pinned!

  22. Ok, wow! Never would have thought of this, ever! This is definitely making into my ‘to try’ rotation of recipes!!

  23. This looks amazing! & soaking in hot chocolate? Genius! Thanks for sharing – PS: I pinned this as “Sweet Breakfasts.” Whoops ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. OK, I don’t even like French Toast and I’m definitely not a breakfast food person (give me plain oatmeal with fruit and coffee and I’m a happy camper) but this plate of decadent carb loaded goodness smothered in chocolate? YES, PLEASE!!