Now, we know everyone and their mother has a french toast recipe, but let me tell you this calorie-conscious and heart-smart egg white french toast recipe will give your typical go-to recipe a run for its money. When combined with some simple tricks, this recipe will elevate your french toast game to the next level.
Nothing says good morning more than the delicious smell of french toast. When topped with fresh berries and drizzled with maple syrup, it is a literal dream come true.
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
High-protein delight: This recipe is a high-protein take on a breakfast classic. Using egg whites instead of whole eggs, this recipe offers a hefty dose of protein, making it one of the delicious high protein breakfasts that keeps you feeling full and energized all morning.
Healthful indulgence: Despite its decadent taste, this French toast is a heart-smart, calorie-conscious choice. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a sweet, satisfying breakfast without derailing your healthy eating plan or weight loss goals.
Versatile: This recipe can accommodate various types of bread and simple substitutions. Whether you prefer whole grain bread, challah, or brioche, you can make this recipe work for you. It’s a delicious breakfast anyone can enjoy!
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this French toast with egg whites recipe:
Whole Wheat Bread: For the best textures and to maintain the high-protein theme, choose high-protein bread. Whole grain bread is a great choice, but day-old bread, like stale bread or thicker slices of brioche or challah, can work wonderfully too for that classic French toast taste.
Egg Whites: Liquid egg whites help to up the protein content and create a lighter, fluffier French toast. If you can’t find them, regular eggs work just fine – just remember to separate the egg yolk from the whites!
Maple Syrup: For a natural sweetener, use pure maple syrup. You can find this at your local grocery store, but if you can’t find it, you could also try honey or brown sugar.
How To Make Healthy Egg White French Toast
Toast the bread: Lightly toast the slices of bread for 5-10 minutes in a 350˚F oven.
Mix the ingredients: Whisk the egg whites, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and maple syrup until fully combined.
Dip the bread: You’re going to want to dip the bread into the batter to coat and remove any excess liquid. Do not let the bread stay in the egg whites or it will get soggy.
Cook the french toast: Heat a nonstick frying pan on medium and add butter. Once melted, add french toast and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown, flip, and repeat until all the slices are cooked.
Garnish and Serve: Cut your french toast in half and place onto a serving plate. Garnish with toasted walnuts, your choice of berries, and for some added sweetness, pour some maple syrup on top. Enjoy!
- Cooking the French toast at a medium heat ensures a golden brown exterior while allowing the interior to cook thoroughly.
- Lightly toast your favorite bread before dipping it into the egg mixture. It’s the best way to prevent your French toast from getting soggy!
- Dip bread slices into the egg mixture for just a few seconds per side. Any longer and you risk the bread becoming too soggy.
Storage & Reheating
Store leftover French toast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, place the French toast in a toaster oven or on a non-stick pan over medium heat until warm. It’s the best French toast the next day as well!
Additions & Substitutions
You can easily add extra protein by serving the French toast with Greek yogurt or a spoonful of almond or peanut butter. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, use almond milk or any plant-based milk in place of whole milk. For a dairy-free version, substitute the butter with coconut oil or a non-stick cooking spray.
What should I serve with this healthy French toast recipe?
A healthy breakfast can include fresh fruit alongside this protein French toast. Berries or sliced bananas would pair well. A dollop of Greek yogurt or a smear of almond butter adds a touch of healthy fat. And, of course, don’t forget a drizzle of pure maple syrup for a natural sweetener.
Why add milk to eggs for French toast?
Eggs combined with milk essentially creates a custard base. This in turn creates a fluffier, richer yet tender texture that gives french toast its iconic taste. The ratio that worked best for me has been four egg large whites per cup of milk. Adding more milk can make the french toast extra fluffy, and adding less milk will make it extra crispy.
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Healthy Egg White French Toast
- 8 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 cup or 8 large egg whites
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- ¼ cup toasted walnuts
- Fresh berries to serve optional
- Maple syrup to serve optional
- Lightly toast the slices of bread for 5-10 minutes in a 350˚F oven.
- In a large bowl whisk the egg whites, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and maple syrup until fully combined.
- Dip toast into the mixture and remove excess liquid. Set aside on a drying rack.
- Heat a nonstick frying pan on medium and add butter.
- Once melted add french toast and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown, flip and repeat until all the slices are cooked.
- Cut your french toast in half, and place onto a serving plate.
- Garnish with toasted walnuts, your choice of berries and for some added sweetness pour some maple syrup on top. Enjoy!