Gather around the breakfast table for the best healthy french toast recipe you’ve ever tried. Made with healthier swaps like almond milk, coconut oil and fresh-squeezed orange juice, this healthy french toast recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
I come from a long line of French Toast connoisseurs. My Mom is basically the queen of all French Toast so I’m really giving her a run for her money on this one. Hey Mom…How did I do?
Truthfully, this recipe isn’t that different from Mama Maven’s, albeit a bit healthier and with a few extra add-ins to make it the ultimate. I love experimenting and when you have as good of a base as Mama Maven’s recipe, it makes it easy.
It’s actually quite surprising I haven’t posted this BEST Healthy French Toast Recipe yet since it’s pretty much the top requested recipe in our house. Every weekend when we’re home (and I’m not in yoga teacher training!), C begs me to make this and even though I’m waiting for the day when he makes it for me, I happily oblige. It’s that good!
The key to making the best healthy french toast is the bread. Don’t skimp on this. I like using a loaf of local sourdough but challah subs in well here too (this is Mama Maven’s favorite). If you’re gluten-free, go for your favorite gluten-free bread. No one should feel left out here! But in our house, we love a good loaf of crusty sourdough.
Besides the usual suspects, I like putting my original twist on this recipe. Orange juice is key, as is the pinch of nutmeg. Don’t forget the almond extract either. I tried almond extract in french toast when I was living in New York and it’s impossible for me to make it without it now…You’ll see why!
Perhaps most importantly, enjoy this recipe in the company of good people. Though not included in the list of ingredients, I truly believe what makes this recipe is the people I get to share it with. French toast is a “gather” food. You can’t really just make one slice. Whether it’s for a crowd or just you and some loved ones, sit down, eat it slowly, relish in the taste and feel free to admit that it’s the best healthy french toast recipe you’ve ever tried!
- 8 slices of thick-cut bread (I like sourdough, challah or whole-grain)
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (plus more for topping)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- In a large bowl whisk together eggs, almond milk, orange juice, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup.
- Place half of mixture into a shallow dish.
- Add bread 4 slices at a time and allow to soak for 2 minutes on each side.
- Cook over medium heat with coconut oil for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked until desired taste.
- Repeat with remaining 4 slices and egg mixture.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup, fruit or toppings of choice.
What’s your favorite twist on French Toast? Do you have a recipe that runs in your family?
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