French Toast: The Only Recipe You Need!
A week ago I got a call from from the producer over at Access Hollywood Live. I got to do the show when my app came out and talk about the detox, then again when my book came out and I was presenting at Four Seasons Los Angeles doing my wellness talk. I really love the show and they seem to enjoy having me on, so it was a total bonus when the producer reached out and asked if I could do the show a few days later. It was really short notice but I jumped at the opportunity as I love live TV!
We decided to do a fun segment that would be all about summer comfort foods made healthy. I personally love summertime and all the different meals that we have at bbq’s so we started brainstorming on which items would be best to show. It took a few back and forth emails but we came up with an awesome list of 5 items that I would do a simple, swap this for that (to make it healthier).
One of the items was french toast, something that I personally love. Now, I’m not sure if this is a specific ‘summer only’ food because I can pretty much eat this for any meal, any time of year. But- I chose to make it for the show because it’s a great one to have on a lazy weekend and I feel that during the summer we tend to have more of those because of the weather.
There were a few simple swaps I made on this breakfast to not only make it healthier, but to elevate it to the next level. This is legit one of the BEST french toast recipes you will ever make. I’m not joking! It’s so simple and delicious and just, well, pretty much going to change your life.
So, what makes it so good you ask?
Well, for starters, there’s a surprise in the center. Yup, you heard my correct. I’ve taken your french toast recipe and added something to the center that is kind of like the best thing ever.
I took two slices of the bread, then on one slice I added peanut butter and strawberries (for the show I did banana). It’s genius I tell you! We all know how amazing peanut butter and banana is, so I figured adding it to french toast was going to be kind of like heaven. So you can swap out any fruit you want here, maybe even try sliced strawberries and bananas. You could also use almond butter (or any other nut butter) instead of peanut.
After you do this, heat your non-stick pan with a bit of coconut oil and let it get hot as you start the next step.
Next, you take your eggs and mix it with the vanilla and dash of almond milk. Now, the almond milk isn’t totally necessary and if you don’t have it, just skip it, however I do think having the vanilla is key. You could also add a bit of maple syrup if you wanted to. Mix that all very well then carefully dip your sandwich in, holding it together as you flip it to cover both sides.
Add your sandwich to the pan and let it cook for about 3 minutes on both sides, until a lightly crisped look has been achieved. The peanut butter in the center will become warm and when you bite into it, you might gobble the whole thing in an instant.
There are two healthy swaps for this variety. The first is using a better bread, which I suggest Ezekiel or anything that has minimal amounts of ingredients. Basically, if the ingredients look foreign, don’t buy it. We all know white bread isn’t going to be good for you, but brands trick you when they say whole wheat. That doesn’t necessarily make it better for you. To really find the best bread, go to a health food store and find ones with chia, flax, sprouted grains, etc. Now, if you want to make it a tad healthier and are not going to whole foods, for example, then most grocery stores now carry seeded breads. The one that I used was from Ralph’s and was a chia/flax mixture with whole wheat.
The second healthy swap is skipping the maple syrup as a topping. Instead, take a bowl of fresh or frozen berries and heat them in the microwave for 60 seconds until the juices run then add it on top of the french toast. I promise you won’t even miss the syrup at this point and it makes it far, far healthier. The photos posted here are using maple syrup, however for the show I did this and the hosts loved it!
I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do! It’s seriously going to become a staple every weekend now because of how easy it is to make and that little surprise inside is legit the best thing ever.
Peace, love, and french toast!
- 2 pieces of bread (ideally Ezekiel, flax, chia or seeded)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon organic no-salt added peanut butter or almond butter
- ½ banana or 4 strawberries sliced
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened nut milk
- 1 cup berries of choice
- Heat your non-stick pan with 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
- Spread the peanut or almond butter on one side of the bread and add the sliced banana or strawberries. You can pretty much sub any nut butter and any fruit here. Add the second slice on top.
- Mix the eggs, almond milk, and vanilla extract until well combined. Carefully dip your sandwich in, holding it as your flip it over so the fruit doesn't fall out. Cover both sides well.
- Place in your pan and cook until a light brown crust forms then flip.
- Meanwhile, heat your berries in the microwave or stove, then pour over the french toast.