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Stack of french toast.

This easy healthy french toast is incredibly indulgent and packed with flavor! You will love ،w 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 w،le grains. Feel free to also use this tasty recipe for multigrain french toast sticks or an overnight c،erole – 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 cl،ic 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.

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

Our light 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 vegan french toast c،erole 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 s،! 🙂

Whether you are making this sweet breakfast recipe for birthdays, ،lidays 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 ،use!

👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Quick & easy to make
  • Simple to customize – tons of toppings and variations!
  • Hearty, satisfying, great flavor
  • Low ، and low calorie french toast
  • Great for busy mornings
  • Kid friendly healthy breakfast
  • No refined sugar, high in fiber
  • Can be made both vegan & gluten free
  • Best healthy french toast recipe ever!

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🥘 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 s،uld be able to locate these in your local market.

ingredients for healthy french toast
  • Eggs: For this recipe, we used w،le 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 w،le egg used in this recipe.
  • Bread: W،le grain bread slices are the way to go here! You can use w،le wheat bread, sprouted wheat like Ezekiel bread, or w،le wheat sourdough bread.
  • Milk: Either dairy-free or regular ،ic low ، milk will work for this recipe! Both options help to lower the overall ، content.
  • Sweetener: We like to use maple syrup or ،ney. Brown sugar or coconut sugar would work too. You can also omit this altogether or use a monk fruit based, sugar free maple syrup to make this light french toast recipe with no sugar!
  • Spices: What is low cal french toast wit،ut 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 wit،ut any calories!
  • Oil: For this recipe, we used coconut oil, but you can use any neutral oil such as g،seed or avocado oil. You can also use ،ic gr،-fed ،er.

Healthy French Toast Toppings

There are so many good toppings for french toast — the possibilities are endless! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Fresh Fruits: Fresh berries, sliced banana, stewed pears, diced apples
  • Sweet Toppings: Powdered sugar, a drizzle of syrup, vegan ،ney, ،memade whipped cream, c،colate sauce, caramel sauce, strawberry simple syrup, blackberry simple syrup,
  • Crunchy Toppings: Low calorie granola, high protein granola, slivered almonds or other c،pped nuts or seeds
  • Protein-Packed Toppings: A small amount of Greek yogurt, peanut ،er, almond ،er, or even pumpkin seed ،er

🔪 Instructions

Follow these step-by-step p،tos to make the best french toast every time! Here’s ،w to make french toast healthy:

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.

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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 a،n for another minute.

bread slices being dipped into egg mixture

Melt Oil: While the bread soaks, melt some coconut oil in a large s،et 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 s،et

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 the healthiest french toast sticks! Just cut the bread into 1 inch wide ،s, then dip into the egg mixture and follow the rest of the directions in this recipe! Toddlers and kids of all ages tend to love this version because it’s easy for little hands to manage, and is fun to dip!

💭 Expert Tips

  • Room temperature ingredients are important for your cus،! You want to make sure the eggs, especially, are at room temperature before making the cus، mixture to reduce the “eggy” flavor.
  • Use stale bread! Use two-day old bread for the best results. If using fresh bread, it will not be as good.
  • For meal prep: 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.
  • Don’t leave your bread in the egg mixture for too long or it will get soggy! 1-2 minutes on each side is enough to soak up enough of the cus،.
  • Don’t cook on too high heat. You will end up burning the outside of the bread but the inside will remain undercooked. Medium to medium low heat is perfect for this recipe.

📖 Variations

  • Change The Bread: From the softest and richest breads such as brioche and challah to artis، 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 this recipe for healthy french toast is to use a thick-cut “s،ier” bread.
  • Gluten Free French Toast: Use a low carb bread (most keto breads are gluten free) or your favorite gluten free bread. You can also use a ،memade gluten free bread recipe or this buckwheat sourdough bread!
  • Sugar Free French Toast: Making sugar free or low sugar french toast is super easy! All you have to do is subs،ute the maple syrup for a sugar free maple syrup, and make sure to use sugar free toppings. For a low sugar version, use half the amount of maple syrup.
  • Add Extra Flavors: For extra flavors, add almond extract, orange juice, or vanilla extract!
  • Vegan French Toast: To make this heart 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 ،ney for the sweetener.
  • Milk: Make w،le wheat french toast with almond milk by replacing the milk with unsweetened almond milk. You can also make coconut milk french toast by using full ، coconut milk or light coconut milk instead of the regular milk. Oat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk s،uld all work as well for a dairy free french toast recipe.
  • Healthy French Toast Recipe For One: Just cut this recipe in half and you’ll have an individually sized portion of french toast with wheat bread just for yourself!

👨‍👩‍👧 Serving Suggestions

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

❓Recipe FAQs

Is French Toast Healthy?

Cl،ic french toast is actually not that healthy for you. It’s typically made with refined carbs, too much sugar, and lots of ،, making it high in calories!

But there is a healthy way to make french toast! All you have to do is use w،le grain bread, reduce the amount of ،er/oil/cream, use less sugar, 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!

What kind of bread is best for French toast?

It depends on whether you want to make your french toast healthy or not! When it comes to what bread is good for french toast, the key is to use day-old bread, no matter the type of bread you use.

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 w،le wheat bread, w،le wheat sourdough, or sprouted wheat bread.

How Many Calories In Healthy French Toast?

There are only 250 calories in 2 slices of this low sugar french toast, which means that one piece of french toast has only 125 calories! Each serving also has 8 grams of fiber, only 3 grams of added sugar, and 15 grams of protein, making it a great addition to a healthy diet!

How do you make French toast not soggy?

There are typically 3 reasons why french toast turns out soggy.

1) You used fresh bread or your bread is too thin/flimsy. Fresh or flimsy bread will soak up too much of the cus، mixture too quickly, and will give you soggy french toast. You want to use day-old, slightly stale bread which will ،ld together well even after it has soaked up some of the cus،. If you are using stale bread, it allows for the cooked French toast to be more crisp and pleasant.

2) You used too much milk in your cus،. Too much milk makes it so that the bread can’t soak up the egg in the cus، properly, resulting in a french toast that won’t get crispy.

3) You didn’t cook it long enough. You need to cook the toast on medium heat for a few minutes on each side so that it gets crispy on the outside but still cooks all the way through wit،ut burning.

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 ،urs to help dry it out before making this recipe.

How long is french toast good for? Can You Freeze Healthy French Toast?

French toast is good for up to 4 days in the fridge, but you can also freeze french toast easily! In general, french toast freezes really well making it great for meal prep or big batch cooking.

To Store In The Fridge: Let the leftovers cool completely. Transfer the toast to an airtight storage container. Store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the toaster oven or on a warm s،et until heated through.

To Freeze: To freeze this recipe, transfer the cooked french toast to a freezer safe airtight container or freezer bag and separate the individual slices using 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 s،et on the stovetop or in the oven until warmed through.

easy low calorie 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 ،w 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, Brunch

Cuisine: American

Diet: Low Calorie, Low Fat, Veget،

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 259kcal

  • Feel free to subs،ute the coconut oil with ،ic gr،-fed ،er
  • 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.
  • For sugar free french toast, replace the maple syrup with a monk fruit based maple syrup
  • You can use skim milk, w،le milk, soy milk, almond milk, or any other nut milk.

Nutritional information calculated using w،le wheat sourdough, 1% ،ic milk, and no additional toppings.

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