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The BEST Healthy French Toast Recipe

February 12, 2020

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.

The Key to The Best French Toast

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.

Healthy French Toast Ingredients

  • Thick-cut bread – sourdough, challah or whole grain are my top picks!
  • Eggs
  • Almond milk
  • Orange juice – a key ingredient!
  • Vanilla extract and almond extract – Gotta have both… trust me on this!
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg – another key ingredient.
  • Maple syrup
  • 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!

How to Make Healthy French Toast

STEP 1: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, almond milk, orange juice, vanilla extract, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup.

STEP 2: Place half of the mixture into a shallow dish. Add the bread, four slices at a time and allow to soak for 2 minutes on each side. 

STEP 3: Cook on a preheated skillet with coconut oil for 2-3 minutes per slide or until golden brown.

STEP 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining four slices of bread. 

STEP 5: Serve immediately with maple syrup, fruit or toppings of choice. 

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!

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The Best Healthy French Toast

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!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Keywords: Healthy french toast, french toast recipe, sourdough french toast

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  • Reply
    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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    Jade
    January 15, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Love it

  • Reply
    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.

  • Reply
    Brie
    January 24, 2019 at 11:28 am

    How many calories in these???

  • Reply
    duc thu
    March 21, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    It’s hard to resist @@

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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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    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 21, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Definitely let me know, Alyssa! Enjoy lovely!

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    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 20, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Yes! Dave’s Killer Bread makes for awesome French Toast!

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    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks lovely! Enjoy!

  • Reply
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks babes! It’s a weekend staple around here!

  • Reply
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Aw thank you so much!!!

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    Gloria
    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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