Healthy French toast is the perfect treat to order at weekend brunch, but making it at home can seem daunting – and you might assume that it doesn’t jive with your usual healthy eating goals. Not so! Healthy French toast can easily be an incredibly healthy and easy breakfast for even busy weekday mornings with your kids. It’s the perfect way to use up stale bread and it’s endlessly customizable.
Here at Zaggora, we love quick and easy breakfasts. If you’ve never made healthy French toast, here’s a basic formula that will work in any of the ideas listed below: Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. In a shallow, wide bowl, whisk together two eggs, 1/3 cup milk (nondairy or regular), ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Dip slices of wholegrain bread in egg mixture – you can either just coat them in the mixture or you can let them sit in the mixture for a minute or two, which will create a more custard-like texture in your healthy French toast. Grease your pan or griddle (I like to use coconut oil baking spray) and cook your French toast on both sides until browned and crispy. Enjoy immediately with butter, syrup, or any other toppings you prefer.
Try out these healthy and unique takes on healthy French toast and let us know what you think in the comments!
Healthy French Toast
- Pumpkin French Toast. Pumpkin is full of vitamin A and fiber. Add a big spoonful of pumpkin puree to your French toast liquid ingredients. Extra cinnamon and nutmeg are great additions that complement the pumpkin flavor. Cook your toast as usual – it might take a bit longer due to the pumpkin.
- Low Carb French Toast. Following a low-carb diet? Never fear, you can still enjoy everyone’s favorite breakfast treat. Find a store-bought low-carb bread you like and dip the slices in a mixture of heavy cream, eggs, stevia, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cook in a hot pan and top with sugar-free maple syrup and butter. Deliciously indulgent and nearly carb free!
- Coconut French Toast. Boost the fiber and flavor of French toast with this easy trick. After dipping bread in egg mixture, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes and cook as usual, flipping with care. The coconut will “toast” onto the outside of the bread and create a deliciously crunchy and nutrient-packed coating. Top French toast with sliced pineapple and mango to further enhance the tropical vibes.
- Apple-Stuffed French Toast. Increase your fruit intake for the day and impress your friends and family with this gourmet take on French toast – stuffed French toast! Cut thick slices of wholegrain bread and carefully create a slit in the side of each slice. Dice apples finely and combine with honey, cinnamon, and a little bit of butter. Stuff apple mixture into bread and proceed as usual with making French toast. Top toast with more apple slices and cinnamon and enjoy.
- High Protein French Toast. Looking to boost your breakfast’s staying power and feel full all morning long? Protein is one of the best ways to increase satiety. To make protein French toast, use just egg whites instead of whole eggs in your liquid mixture, and add half a scoop of protein powder (vanilla tastes best in my opinion). Make French toast as usual, and top with nut butter instead of regular butter for a little extra protein.