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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah

Healthy French Toast Recipe (With Easy, Delicious Toppings!)

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This easy healthy French toast is incredibly indulgent and packed with flavor! You will love how versatile this delicious breakfast recipe is – it’s easily made vegan or gluten free, and includes so many different ideas for toppings! Made with healthier swaps, it’s naturally low in sugar and is rich in dietary fiber thanks to lots of whole grains. Feel free to also use this tasty recipe for French toast sticks or an overnight casserole – the possibilities are endless!

quick healthy french toast with berries and syrup served on a white plate

I guarantee you, this is the best healthy french toast recipe you’ll ever make. Why? Because it tastes JUST like classic french toast but is so much better for you! That means you literally get to have your “cake” and eat it too, thanks to this low-sugar, low calorie french toast recipe.

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Traditional french toast recipes call for thick white bread, lots of butter, whole milk or heavy cream and sugar. That’s a refined carb & fat treat that tastes delicious but isn’t exactly good for you.

Our french toast is soft, fluffy, and slightly sweet thanks to cinnamon, bright citrus, thick slices of bread, a little maple syrup, and creamy milk — but is still super healthy for you! The best part: this simple recipe is ready in just 15 minutes!

Great for special occasions or for feeding a crowd, you can batch cook this healthier french toast, or even turn it into a French toast casserole and bake it in the oven for a delicious breakfast or brunch option!

It’s a total quick and easy breakfast and great for meal prep – but it tends to disappear quickly – you probably won’t be able to stop eating it once you start! 🙂

Whether you are making this sweet breakfast recipe for birthdays, holidays such as Mother’s Day or Christmas, busy mornings, or just an easy Sunday morning, this is one of the best breakfast foods and an absolute favorite in our house!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Versatile: This recipe is so easy to customize with various topping and ingredient ideas. Whether you want to enjoy this French toast with homemade whipped cream or vegan honey, the results are so satisfying!
  • Easy to Make: Ready in under 30 minutes for the most busy mornings, this French toast recipe is made with just a handful of basic steps that will have you enjoying a yummy meal in no time.
  • Kid Friendly: Great for a healthy breakfast for the whole family!
  • Healthy: With no refined sugars, tons of fiber, both vegan and gluten-free options, you can feel good about this flexible recipe!

🥘 Ingredients

The best part about this dish is that it is made with a few simple ingredients! You may already have these ingredients in your kitchen and refrigerator, but if not, then you should be able to locate these in your local market.

ingredients for healthy french toast
  • Eggs: For this recipe, we used whole eggs that were at room temperature to yield the best results. You can lighten this up even further by using 2 egg whites for every whole egg used in this recipe.
  • Bread: Whole grain bread slices are the way to go here! You can use whole wheat bread, sprouted wheat like Ezekiel bread, or whole wheat sourdough bread.
  • Milk: Either dairy-free or regular organic low fat milk will work for this recipe! Both options help to lower the overall fat content.
  • Sweetener: We like to use maple syrup or honey. Brown sugar or coconut sugar would work too. You can also omit this altogether to keep this recipe completely sugar free!
  • Spices: What is French toast without ground nutmeg and cinnamon? You will definitely want to make sure to add these items to the recipe!
  • Citrus: The zest of one orange is needed for this sweet recipe to add a hint of bright citrus! This adds sweetness and flavor without any calories!
  • Oil: For this recipe, we used coconut oil, but you can use any neutral oil such as grapeseed or avocado oil.

Healthy French Toast Toppings

  • Fresh fruits like fresh berries, sliced banana, or diced apples
  • Sweet toppings like powdered sugar, a drizzle of syrup, or whipped cream
  • Crunchy toppings like granola or slivered almonds
  • Creamy, protein-packed toppings like a small amount of Greek yogurt, peanut butter or almond butter

🍽 Equipment

📖 Variations

  • Change the Bread: From the softest and richest breads such as brioche and challah to artisanal breads like sourdough–feel free to use any type of bread! Even sprouted wheat or thickly sliced sandwich bread will work for this recipe. The key to making the best healthy french toast is to use a thick-cut “sturdier” bread.
  • Make it Keto or Gluten Free: Use your favorite low carb bread or gluten free bread!
  • Add Extra Flavors: For extra flavors, add almond extract, orange juice, or vanilla extract!
  • Make it Vegan: To make this healthy french toast vegan, use a flax egg and a little bit of cornstarch instead of the regular eggs, and unsweetened almond milk instead of the regular milk! Also be sure to use maple syrup and not honey for the sweetener.
  • Milk: Feel free to use coconut milk, oat milk, unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or cashew milk.
  • Healthy French Toast Recipe For One: Just cut this recipe in half and you have an individually sized portion of french toast just for yourself!

🔪 Instructions

Follow these step-by-step photos to make the best french toast every time!

Whisk Ingredients: First, whisk the eggs, milk, and sweetener until combined.

egg mixture in a mixing bowl

Pour the egg mixture into a shallow bowl or dish.

egg mixture in a baking diwh

Soak the Bread: Next, place four slices of bread into the egg mixture and allow them to soak for two minutes before turning over and soaking again for another minute.

bread slices being dipped into egg mixture

Melt Oil: While the bread soaks, melt some coconut oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat.

bread slices being dipped into egg mixture

Cook the Bread: Remove each slice of bread from the egg mixture and cook until golden brown. Repeat.

healthy french toast being cooked in a skillet

Serve: Serve this recipe with your favorite toppings!

easy low calorie healthy french toast with berries and syrup served on a white plate

How To Make Healthy French Toast Sticks

You can easily turn this recipe into french toast sticks! Just cut the bread into 1 inch wide strips, then dip into the egg mixture and follow the rest of the directions in this recipe! Kids tend to love this version because it’s easy for little hands to manage.

❓Recipe FAQs

Is French Toast Healthy for you?

Classic french toast is actually not that healthy for you. It’s typically made with refined carbs, too much sugar, and lots of fat, making it high in calories! But there is a healthy way to make french toast! All you have to do is use whole grain bread, reduce the amount of butter/oil/cream, and add healthy toppings like fresh fruit! With these healthy swaps, this quick healthy french toast is low calorie, high in fiber and high in protein!

How Many Calories In Healthy French Toast?

There are only 250 calories in 2 slices of this low sugar french toast! Each serving also has 8 grams of fiber, only 3 grams of added sugar, and 15 grams of protein!

What type of bread is best for French toast?

It depends on whether you want to make your french toast healthy or not! For an indulgent, traditional french toast, I’d recommend brioche, a thick french bread, or challah. Raisin bread also makes for a sweet and dessert like french toast. If you want to make healthy french toast, I recommend whole wheat or sprouted wheat bread! But really, any day-old bread will work well!

How do you make French toast not soggy?

If you do not want soggy French toast, then you will need to use stale bread! You will definitely want to make you the bread you are using is stale. If you are using stale bread, it allows for the cooked French toast to be more crisp and pleasant.

Can you use fresh bread for French toast?

Technically, you can try to use fresh bread, but I wouldn’t recommend it because you may end up with soggy French toast. If all you have is fresh bread, then I’d recommend either toasting it or leaving it out for a few hours to help dry it out before making this recipe.

Can You Freeze Healthy French Toast?

Yes! This recipe freezes really well. Let the french toast cool, separate the individual slices using parchment paper, store in a freezer safe airtight container, and freeze! See details below on reheating instructions!

🧊 How to Store

  • Refrigerator: Store the leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight storage container for up to four days.
  • Freeze: To freeze this recipe, transfer the cooked French toast to a reusable storage container or bag and layer with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for up to three to four months. Defrost in the fridge overnight, and then heat the frozen french toast slices on a skillet on the stovetop or in the oven until warmed through.

👨‍👩‍👧 Servings Suggestions

These are some of my very favorite ways to serve healthy French toast!

  • As a base for overnight French toast casserole
  • With fresh fruit such as sliced bananas, raspberries, apples, or even pears.
  • With eggs, veggie sausage, or tofu bacon.
  • Serve this recipe with healthy no-bake cookies for an indulgent brunch spread!
easy low calorie healthy french toast with berries and syrup served on a white plate

💭 Expert Tips

  • Feel free to substitute the oil with organic grass-fed butter.
  • Make sure the eggs at room temperature before making the custard mixture to reduce the “eggy” flavor.
  • Use two-day old bread for the best results. If using fresh bread, it will not be as good.
  • Use gluten-free bread instead of sourdough when you’re wanting gluten-free French toast.
  • You can easily make the egg mixture ahead of time. Store the mixture in an airtight container overnight in the fridge and use it the next day. Just give it a quick whisk before using.

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quick healthy french toast with berries and syrup served on a white plate
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Healthy French Toast

This easy healthy French toast is incredibly indulgent and packed with flavor! You will love how versatile this delicious breakfast recipe is – it's easily made vegan or gluten free, and includes so many different ideas for toppings!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 8 slices thick slices of whole wheat sourdough bread Can also use sprouted whole wheat bread, plain sourdough
  • 4 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup milk unsweetened almond or organic low fat dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • zest of 1 orange

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh berries
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sliced banana
  • Slivered almonds

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients from eggs to maple syrup in a medium mixing bowl until well combined. Pour the egg mixture into a flat, shallow dish.
  • Place 4 slices of bread into the egg mixture and allow to soak for 2 minutes before turning over and soaking again for another 1 minute.
  • While the bread is soaking, melt 1 tsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over a medium heat.
  • Remove the bread from the egg mixture and cook two to three minutes on each side until golden brown. Repeat with 3 bread slices. Then repeat: melt 1 tsp coconut oil in a large skillet again, and use that to cook the remaining 4 bread slices.
  • Serve this recipe with your favorite toppings!

Video

https://youtu.be/2EAlW1d05eM

Notes

  • Feel free to substitute the coconut oil with organic grass-fed butter
  • Have the eggs at room temperature to reduce the “eggy” flavor
  • Use two-day-old bread for the best results (and to avoid soggy french toast). If using fresh bread, it will not be as good.
  • Use gluten-free bread instead of sourdough when you’re wanting gluten-free French toast.
  • You can easily make the egg mixture ahead of time. Store the mixture in an airtight container overnight in the fridge and use it the next day. Just give it a quick whisk before using.
  • You can use skim milk, whole milk, soy milk, almond milk, or any other nut milk.
Nutritional information calculated using whole wheat sourdough, 1% organic milk, and no additional toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 2slices | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g

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