It’s easy to make healthier french toast. Check out this simple recipe–your family will love it!
My kids love French toast. They especially love the French toast sticks they serve at school sometimes. Now, this is really not my favorite school lunch, but I let them choose 1-2 days a week to order and this is one of their favorites! Fortunately, soon after they declared their love for this sugar-filled school lunch, I decided to make my own healthier version at home.
Aside from the sugar, I think part of the appeal is the “stick” shape, which is so easy to do at home. You just cook the french toast whole and then use scissors or a knife to cut it into strips that they can then dip into their syrup if they want. Another fun way to serve french toast at home is to use cookie cutters to create cut out shapes. I mean how fun is that?
How do I make it healthier? I substitute whole grain bread for white, use a small amount of coconut oil or grass-fed butter and use 3 eggs to maximize the protein content. And then, of course, I make sure to serve the French toast with fruit and a small amount of real maple syrup. (I try for 1 tablespoon or per person since just 1 tablespoon of syrup has 13 grams of sugar!) You can serve the syrup in a little bowl to dip into or drizzle it over—whichever is preferred. A glass of milk or a handful of nuts rounds out the meal.
So if you have a French toast lover in your house, or if you are looking to mix up the breakfast routine a bit, give this recipe a try. Because there is no measuring and mixing flour involved, it’s quicker than pancakes, and as you can see from the photos, you can get as creative as you like. (The slivered almonds and seeds are purely for me–my kids would rather have just syrup and fruit!)
- 3 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup milk (any kind)
- 4 slices of whole wheat bread (or gluten-free bread if needed)
- 1 tablespoon or coconut oil (or butter if not dairy-free)
- Whisk together eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and milk in a bowl large enough to fit the bread.
- Put bread in mixture and turn/submerge until it is soaked.
- Heat coconut oil (or butter) in a nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
- Place bread in skillet and heat for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through and golden brown.
- Transfer to a plate and use scissors to cut into “sticks” or a cookie cutter to press out a shape.