Make a healthier, but just-as-tasty version of the beloved brunch staple with this Healthy French Toast Recipe! It's slightly sweet, just the right amount of eggy, and super easy to make.
I love french toast, but I don't like the subsequent sugar-high and crash that often comes with them. That's why I created this healthier Healthy French Toast Recipe. It's full of flavor and the perfect texture while not being super heavy. Oh, and did I mention how easy it is to make?
Simply whisk or blend together all the wet ingredients, slice up your sourdough into thick pieces, and then soak the bread in the egg mixture. Next comes a cook on the stovetop over medium-high heat and then you're ready to impress with your healthy french toast recipe.
Where do we get all the flavor if it's not super high in sugar, you ask? It's all in the ratio of eggs to milk, using just enough butter for some depth, and flavor bomb additions like vanilla extract, cardamom, and cinnamon. The eggs and butter naturally add a savory richness and the spices a depth of flavor and sweetness that makes this dish shine without extra sugar calories and fat.
Because of this, this classic french toast recipe could also double as a cardamom toast. I guess it's all a matter of interpretation, though.
Because what isn't debatable is how satisfying and addictive this healthy brunch recipe is. Make it once to see for yourself. I'm convinced you don't be upset you did.
This Healthier French Toast Is...
- Rich, but not heavy
- A healthier take on the classic
It's the perfect easy brunch recipe for your next weekend morning feast. Make this french toast with almond milk or your favorite nut milk and you'll get to treat yourself to a classic while avoiding the food coma after. Talk about a win-win!
Common Questions About French Toast, Answered
How do I keep french toast from getting soggy?
The to high of a ratio of milk to eggs is what can cause the french toast to get soggy. To prevent it from doing so, make sure you have enough eggs in the mixture. This recipe has a good ratio, leaving the toast eggy and tender, but not too wet.
Can you undercook french toast?
Yes, you definitely can undercook french toast. It's important to make sure you cook the toast through until all the eggs are cooked. To do this, make sure each side of the toast is golden brown before flipping it. With this recipe, I cook the pieces for 8-10 minutes, flipping every 2-3 minutes and it turns out perfectly.
Should I toast bread for french toast?
Nope! You don't need to toast the bread for french toast. You "toast" the bread for the dish by cooking it on the stovetop, not by toasting it traditionally.
Other easy brunch recipes you might like:
- Banana Double Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- Black Bean Breakfast Enchiladas
- Crunchy & Fluffy Whole Wheat Waffles
- Lemon Blueberry Muffin Bread
- Oatmeal Blender Pancakes
- Chai Maple Breakfast Risotto
- Marbled Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
- Classic Coffee Cake (Two Ways!)
- Extra Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes
- Protein Breakfast Cookies
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A healthier but just as delicious version of the breakfast classic. Blend up the eggs in the blender for the easiest soak, but you can also whisk them rapidly by hand.
- 1 ½ tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 6 eggs
- 1 c. vanilla unsweetened almond (or other nut) milk
- 1 ½ tablespoon flour (whole wheat or gluten-free is OK)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 14 oz. loaf sourdough bread, sliced into 1-inch slices; day-old bread is ok
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter, divided
- Your favorite toppings: fruit, maple syrup or honey, powdered sugar, butter, yogurt, and more!
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place a large dinner plate in the oven. This will be for keeping the french toast warm after it's cooked.
- Add the melted butter through ground cinnamon to a blender or large bowl. Blend on high for 15 seconds or whisk vigorously for 30-45 seconds until the flour is thoroughly dissolved into the liquids.
- Add the bread to a large shallow bowl. Pour the egg mixture over and turn the bread in it until all sides are covered. Let the bread soak in it for 5-10 minutes, or until the liquid has absorbed but the bread isn't mushy.
- Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon butter or coconut oil and melt until hot.
- Add 2-3 pieces of french toast to the skillet (or as many that your skillet will fit without overcrowding the pan), and cook for 8-10 minutes, flipping every 2.5-3 minutes, or once the sides are golden and the bread is cooked through.
- Remove the toast from the pan and add it to the plate in the oven. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you've cooked all the bread; turning the heat down to medium if you find that the skillet is getting too warm as you continue to cook.
- Serve and enjoy with any of your favorite toppings!
1. Leftovers will store covered in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
2. Reheat in the microwave on medium power or in a toaster oven for the best results.
Serving Size1 piece toast without any toppings
Amount Per Serving Calories 260Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 116mgSodium 353mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 1gSugar 9gProtein 9g
This nutrition breakdown is just an estimate of the nutritional value of this recipe and cannot be taken as facts. The owners of Mae's Menu are not nutritionists or dieticians and therefore cannot be held accountable for this nutrition estimate. Please contact your nutritionist or medical professional for a nutritional breakdown of this food. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.