Healthy French Toast

Oh boy, do I miss French toast!  Remember those Sunday mornings growing up when you’d come home after church and your parents got together in the kitchen making French toast and bacon?  Heavenly!  Well, guess what – I’m bringing you a new healthy version that will put it on your table again and your kids can gobble up all it’s healthy goodness!

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 This could be perfect for Easter brunch whether it’s for 2 people or twenty.  It’s quick and easy and you can let your guests spoon on the berries and ricotta (yes, that’s ricotta cheese you see – not ice cream!) and top it with a little sprinkle of cinnamon.

I was first inspired to make this dish when I saw it on Popsugar and after tweaking it to make it healthier, I was thrilled with the result – it’s so darn delicious!   All of the ingredients for this dish came from Nicholyn Farms and Barrie Hill Farms.  I’m so lucky that I have access to farms with fresh fruits, veggies and meat all from local producers.Healthy French Toast | Simply Fresh Dinners

I’ve used egg whites instead of the whole egg, whole fresh milk, maple syrup instead of sugar and if you want to be decadent with the adult servings, add a little Bailey’s Irish Cream for fun.  The addition of toasted almonds adds a little crunch and because ricotta is not aged and generally does not contain added salt, it has a very light and sweet flavor reminiscent of fresh milk. The curd is small and almost granular, which traps air and provides a light, fluffy texture.  Perfect for breakfast!

I used raspberries and boysenberries but feel free to add the family favourites.  Blueberries would be delicious with this.  It was such a delight to open up the frozen berries from Barrie Hill Farm and smell that freshness.  Best of all, the berries are all in one piece, not a broken pile of mush that you get from so many of the big supermarkets. The taste?  The same as the ones I picked fresh last summer in the fields.

Everyone will be happy with this lighter version of French toast and when they ask for the maple syrup, you can tell them it’s already in there!  Cheers!



Healthy French Toast
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Serves: 5-6 persons
  • 1 1/2 cups egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh whole milk or skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (organic if available)
  • Optional: a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 10 slices whole-grain bread
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • extra cinnamon for sprinkling
  • toasted almonds for sprinkling
  1. Whisk together egg whites, milk, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract and, if using, Irish Cream. Pour into a shallow baking dish.
  2. Doing two pieces at a time, dip the bread into the egg mixture, coating well before letting excess drip off.
  3. Cook bread in oil-sprayed skillet on med-high heat about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining slices.
  4. Top with berries and ricotta. Sprinkle with cinnamon and toasted almonds.
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  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    March 5, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Good morning Robyn! Now ricotta cheese is a great idea for this! I was never one for French toast or pancakes or even waffles; the syrup made me sick! But I LOVE BREAD and I just know your version would be much more appealing because of the creaminess of the cheese and goodness of the fresh fruit. You always have great ideas!

    Happy day sweet friend! Anita

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      March 5, 2015 at 9:38 am

      I love bread too, Anita, and the milled whole grain bread I used was divine! This tastes so decadent but it’s easy on the calories. So glad you like it!
      How cold is it there today? lol
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    March 5, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Good morning, Robyn! I would never have thought to put ricotta cheese on my French toast. What a creative idea! My family loves French Toast so I’ll be trying this soon . Have a wonderful rest of the week!
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      March 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

      The ricotta was just the right touch with the berries 🙂 Let me know if it’s a thumbs up with the family! I’m off to check out your chicken nuggets!

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    March 5, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Good morning, lovely lady! Ah, it’s been so long since I’ve had French Toast. My mom used to make it all the time when I was younger and she would always sprinkle Confectioners’ sugar on it {definitely not the healthy version} 🙂 Your recipe not only sounds good, but it looks great too!

    You are the best, my friend! Thanks for sharing. Hugs to you!
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      March 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

      My mom did that too, Stephanie and I smothered it in syrup, lol. Thanks for your kind words! Hope you’re having a fabulous week.
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    Debbie Harris
    March 5, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Oh oh oh! Love love love French toast!
    And grain bread is my favorite so why not have this French toast? 🙂
    I’m not eating grains right now but will definitely be making this when my diet changes.
    My diet is minimal right now with my health and boy it will be nice introducing new wonders, all good of course.
    Maybe I should just move in with you for a time and you can cook for me, dear Robyn.
    So good to see you!
    Have a beautiful blessed day.

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      March 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      LOL, I can feel your excitement across the country, Debbie! I’d be delighted to cook for you! If you want to shoot me an email with your diet restrictions, I’d be happy to suggest some recipes. Feel better!
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    March 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Oh my this looks and sounds wonderful! French toast is a favorite comfort food of mine and this version will taste great AND be healthy – the perfect combination. We still have some of last seasons berries in the freezer that would be great on this but looking forward to the fresh ones. Wonderful that you have access to such goodness : )
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      March 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Oh, I hope you use your berries on this recipe, Mindy. I was so happy with the way this turned out and I think you will be, too. I’m surprised people don’t roll into your yard with grocery carts with all that fabulous food you’re growing!
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    Gourmet Getaways
    March 5, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Now, this is not only healthy but fun French toast. The idea of adding Bailey’s Irish Cream is superb! Love it!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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    March 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Bailey’s would be a fun way to start the morning, don’t you think, J & A? I’m off to visit you and see what you girls have been up to!
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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    March 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    that truly is a delicious and healthy looking french toast!

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    Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    March 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Your french toast looks fabulous! I’m so sorry Facebook won’t let you share pictures right now…that must be so frustrating. Have you sent their help section an email? I was able to share the picture though…it is on my Facebook page now! And I’m sending some other foodie love your way as well! Have a wonderful weekend!
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    Bam's Kitchen
    March 7, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Beautiful Dish and so decadent! I would have never thought to put ricotta cheese on top of my waffle, that is brilliant and helps you get that extra protein in too! You are so lucky to have fresh farms near you for produce and milk, etc… I would do anything to be in a place where I can trust the food. I guess I need to move to Canada… Sharing, of course!
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    March 7, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi Robyn,
    What a great way to start the day with this healthy and tempting meal. This looks and sounds absolutely fabulous. I always French toast but this gives a whole different meaning to french toast. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays . Pinned & twitted.
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    GiGi Eats
    March 8, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I hope you’re making this for breakfast in the AM! 😉
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    Miz Helen
    March 8, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Your French Toast looks awesome, we would just love it and I love the fruit you added. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen
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    March 11, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Robyn,
    Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features for this weeks Real Food Fridays that goes live Thursday @ 7pm EST. Thanks so much for being part of Real Food Fridays and sharing your wonderful recipes and ideas.
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    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine
    March 31, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Looks delicious– and Baileys?? I’ve never thought of adding it to french toast, but sounds amazing! Those berries look great– they would make any breakfast seem decadent.
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