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The BEST Healthy French Toast Recipe

February 12, 2018

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!

Healthy French Toast - made with almond milk, coconut oil and maple syrup!

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!

Looking for a healthier breakfast recipe? Look no further than this healthy french toast made with healthier swaps like almond milk, maple syrup and coconut oil!

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!


The Best Healthy French Toast

A healthy french toast recipe for your next breakfast or brunch get-together


  • 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


  1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, almond milk, orange juice, vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup.
  2. Place half of mixture into a shallow dish.
  3. Add bread 4 slices at a time and allow to soak for 2 minutes on each side.
  4. Cook over medium heat with coconut oil for 2-3 minutes per side or until cooked until desired taste.
  5. Repeat with remaining 4 slices and egg mixture.
  6. Serve immediately with maple syrup, fruit or toppings of choice.


  • Serving Size: 2 slices each

The Ultimate Healthy French Toast recipe - a breakfast classic with some healthier ingredient swaps for your next breakfast or brunch!

What’s your favorite twist on French Toast? Do you have a recipe that runs in your family?


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  • Reply
    February 12, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This looks of tasty! Definitely going to make this ASAP.

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    February 12, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Mmmm, this recipe looks so darn good Davida. Love the idea of OJ!

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    Olivia Atherton
    February 14, 2018 at 10:38 am

    your makeup honey was so pretty!!!

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    February 15, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Looks Awesome! I see you use a cast iron pan? I’m currently looking for a good option to replace non-stick pans. Thank you

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    Cassie Thuvan Tran
    February 19, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    The bread can make the biggest difference in acing a French toast recipe! I love using a dry bread with lots of seeds, texture, and preferably a good capacity to absorb moisture. If I want to be extra healthy, I use the thin 21 grains and seeds Dave’s Killer Bread, but other times, I love whole grain sourdough bread. So yummy!

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    Alyssa | Flaxseeds & Fairytales
    February 21, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    I love French Toast and healthy is always a bonus! I’ve never tried adding orange juice before, but you’ve convinced me to try it! Your photos look so moutherwateringly delicious that I may have to do a breakfast-for-dinner thing and make these for my family tonight! You’re totally right about French Toast being a “gather” food and this recipe is easy enough to bring us all together, even on a weekday! 🙂

    I’m a gluten-free blogger, so I’ll be trying this recipe with gluten-free bread! I’ll let you know how it turns out! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Ushmana Rai
    February 22, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    I didn’t know orange juice went so well in french toast. Loved your little twist of adding the nutmeg, the taste is so smooth with cinnamon. Thanks for the amazing recipe! All the love from Nepal!

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    duc thu
    March 21, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    It’s hard to resist @@

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    March 27, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I can’t wait to try it/ I love making french toast but but feel guilty afterwards. This is definitely much better than the regular french toast.

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    January 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I love french toast.

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    January 24, 2019 at 11:28 am

    How many calories in these???

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    February 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Now that’s what I mean when I talk about french toast.

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    Jean Krause
    February 27, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Thank you for the links to so many delicious recipes this morning. They all are going to rate 5 stars in my book.

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    January 15, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Love it

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    Brittany Rose
    January 19, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I made this French toast this morning for a Sunday brunch. It was a huge hit! I loved the taste of the almond extract and the orange juice! This will be my go to recipe from now on! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!

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    maria acevedo
    March 31, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    what is the nutrition facts on the two slice french toast

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    July 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    This is the best french toast recipe! I make it all the time now!
    Thank you!

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