This healthy french toast recipe is the perfect replacement for any basic, regular french toast recipe.
Did you know French toast isn’t actually French? Experts seem to agree that this recipe dates back to the Romans.
French toast was actually born out of a desire to not waste food. This was an efficient way to use up stale bread.
So if it’s not French, why do we call it French Toast?
There are two theories surrounding this mystery.
The first is that the word “french” came from the old Irish word for “slice”. So this was literally, sliced bread.
The second theory, is that when this dish came to America, we simply gave it the name “French” to make it sound more like a high class dish. Americans have always held French cuisine in high regard. So putting the word “French” in front of any dish makes it sound higher class. (source)
The jury is out as to which theory is actually correct.
What Is Healthy French Toast?
The term “healthy” is subjective. It means different things to different people. This recipe for french toast would be considered healthy for those with no dietary restrictions. Although, I will give you substitutes.
French Toast Substitutions
Can’t have one of the below french toast ingredients? Try these substitutions:
- Gluten free – Use gluten free bread.
- Dairy free – Use milk alternatives like almond or oat milk.
- Egg free – Use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
- Maple free – Use honey or homemade syrup.
- Cinnamon free – Omit completely or use a favorite spice you prefer.
- Vanilla free – Try maple or orange extracts.
IS FRENCH TOAST GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?
French toast is definitely a decadent meal. It's typically higher in fat because it's fried in a pan. But healthier oils are always an option, so I tend to ignore that when I make french toast. After all, this isn't something you'd want to make every single morning anyway. To make basic french toast healthy, it really comes down to your choice of specific ingredients. A good quality, whole grain bread, good quality whole milk, a heart healthy oil and organic, free range eggs will always make for a healthier meal. After all, that's what clean eating is really about. You can make all your favorites, you just have to make wise choices where the ingredients are concerned.
THE HEALTHIEST BREAD:
The word healthy is very subjective from person to person. What's healthy for one is not healthy for another. But personal issues, allergies and sensitivities aside, one of the breads I enjoy the most is the Alvarado Street Bakery brand. They are available in many stores, so you just have to call around if you want it. (I was not paid to promote them. It's just bread I like and recommend) Give it a try! I get mine at Whole Foods.
You can check out the Alvarado Street Bakery brand here for locations.
BEST HEALTHY FRENCH TOAST RECIPE:
Healthy French Toast For A Clean Eating Plan
- 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1/2 cup milk (for non-dairy, unsweetened almond or rice work best)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 6 slices whole grain bread (no sugar added)
- maple syrup or honey for topping
- Combine your egg whites, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk until well blended.
- Soak your bread in the mixture, one slice at a time, until it's partially saturated (Don't let it get too soggy or it will be a drag to get it out of the bowl) Make sure you soak on both sides of each slice.
- To keep things lower in fat, cook in a non-stick pan without any oil.
- Keep the heat low to medium low so it doesn't burn. Cook a bit longer than you would regular french toast to be sure the egg gets cooked at the lower temperature.
- Plate your food and top with your favorite French toast toppings!
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally published 3/6/10.