This healthy french toast recipe is the perfect replacement for any basic, regular french toast recipe.
Is French toast really French? Does anyone know? I mean, if the French invented this, I think I may need to relocate. I know they are culinary geniuses and all, but da-anggg! French toast R.O.C.K.S!
I’ll be adding this to my Saturday morning repertoire with my munchkin man. He loves it too. Here’s how I adapted an old recipe to a clean eating version.
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.
HEALTHY FRENCH TOAST RECIPE:
A delicious, basic recipe for clean eating french toast!
- 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!
Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.
Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally published 3/6/10.