Why make a healthier french toast bake? Well, most of you may not know this yet, but I’ve made drastic changes to my diet as of late and for some reason this time they actually stuck-and it has been wonderful. I decided to go vegetarian (though I’m still considering Pescatarian, or maybe just on occasion) and I did so while making myself a rule that I couldn’t just fall back to easy things like pasta and bean burritos. It had to be a diet rich with fresh vegetables and hearty grains. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.
I had no idea it’d be as easy as it was. Granted, it wasn’t exactly cheap (holy bananas, I accidentally spent $40 on Hemp Seed!), but I haven’t missed meat even once since giving it up. Who knew I’d love hemp seeds, Chia, Flax, and all of the other wonderful grainy options and meals I’ve been preparing and ordering? Along with giving up meat, I cut my dairy significantly. I’m still eating yogurt daily and cheese occasionally, but I’m no longer using milk or cream, and I’ve moved over to Soy, Almond, and Coconut alternatives.
So, I decided that I’d really like to try my hand at making some healthier alternatives to what I normally love to eat. I hadn’t had French Toast in a while, so why not make a lovely healthy alternative to French Toast? Voila! I bring you my Healthier French Toast Bake for One!
When you’re single and living on your own it can be hard to cook for yourself. I always cook too much, or start to feel like it’s not even worth cooking for myself and end up just going out for food instead. Unfortunately after three weeks of trying nearly every vegetarian options i could find in the valley, my bank account threw up it’s hands and slapped me hard across the face with an overdraft fee. Oops! Sooooooooooo, I need to get my rather large tuckus in gear and start cooking for myself again-it really is better for me all around too.
So, why not come up with a recipe that’s easy for just a single person to make? But hey, if you’re not single, it’s so easy to just make a couple of these-one for each member of the family, so the recipe works for as many people as you need. Just make a french toast bake for each person! It’s much less hassle.
Prep Time: 10 min + overnight refridgeration.
Cook Time: 1 hour (give or take depending on depth of rameken)
- 2 slices of healthy bread. I’m using Oroweat® Flax & Sunflower Bread.
- 1/2 cup milk alternative of your choosing.
- 1 egg white (or egg alternative equivalent)
- 1 tsp Nutmeg (or Pumpkin Pie Seasoning)
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed. (I use an extra coffee grinder I have to grind it up.)
- 1 1/2 cup of berries. (I used Blackberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, and Blueberries.)
- Optional: Pumpkin Seeds
- Optional: Hemp Seeds
- Optional: Coconut Sugar
Tools You’ll Need
- 1 Ramekin
- Bowls (for mixing)
- Optional: Blender/Food Processor
How To Make It
Step 1: Mix Your Batter
In a bowl, mix up your egg white, ground flax seed, spices, and milk alternative. Then set it aside.
If you prefer something a little sweeter, as this dish isn’t very sweet at all, I’d recommend adding some coconut sugar to the mix. I really am liking it as an alternative to sugar, it’s the only one that I don’t hate the flavor of.
Step 2: Layer Bread and Batter
Tear up your first piece of bread and layer it on the bottom of your ramekin. It can also help to let your bread air out a bit prior to this, or in between so it’s a little more dry-but that’s not really necessary.
Pour half your mixture into the ramekin and mix it so the bread is fully covered.
Tear up your second piece of bread and put it on top of the first layer.
Pour the rest of your mixture in and make sure all the bread is covered.
Step 3: Refrigerate Overnight
Cover with clear plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. It can stay refrigerated for a few days, so if you need to make these ahead of time for the week and pop them in while you get ready for work each morning it would totally work!
Step 4: Bake
When you’re ready to bake in the morning, set the oven to 350° and bake for 1 hour. If your ramekin is really deep it may need to go longer, or if you use a really shallow one with less mixture 45 minutes may suffice.
Step 5: Prepare Your Topping
While you’re waiting for it to bake, you might as well go ahead and prepare your topping for your french toast. I wanted an alternative to syrup or anything sugary sweet like jam (but you can use those if you want) in order to make this a healthier dish, so I went ahead and blended up a berry mix. This is where a blender would have really come in handy, but I went ahead and just mashed them up with a fork and it worked just fine for me. 🙂
Step 6: Top With Seeds
I chose to top mine with hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds. These add some extra nutrients to the dish since they’re filled with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and extra protein. Plus, they add a delightful little crunch to the bake, and their unique flavors are something I really love.
Step 7: Top and Eat!
Pour your blended berries over the top of your french toast and enjoy! I went ahead and threw a few whole berries on it too-and next time I think I may bake it with the berries inside the mix for extra flavor.
Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is premium bread with a whopping 21g of whole grains per slice! Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is 90 calories and has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring.
When I was contacted by Oroweat® for this post, I was super excited to be able to come up with a fun healthy recipe for you. Honestly, I’ve purchased Oroweat® bread before, because we have quite a large selections of types of bread from this brand and I’ve always found it to be pretty tasty. I hadn’t tried the Healthfull Flax & Sunflower bread one before, but I’m a big fan of both of those seeds and thought it would add another level of nutritious benefit to this healhier french toast bake. Plus, picking it up from the shelf I liked that it felt kind of heavy-when a bread feels to light for me I always worry it’s going to be overly dry or lacking something (I’m usually right) but this one felt nice and weighty.
I was right! It was deliciously soft and moist and was the perfect addition to my recipe, and even to my home. I later made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with this bread and had to stop myself from eating three more on the spot because it was just that dang good! I think this one is my new favorite bread, but I still really want to try the other two Healthfull flavors, Steel Cut Oats & Honey and Nuts & Seeds. They all look really tasty, but so do their many other flavors and types of breads.
Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is premium bread with a whopping 21g of whole grains per slice! Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread is 90 calories and has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring. The bread I’ve used in this post, Oroweat® Healthfull Flax & Sunflower Bread, is a different variety from the Oroweat® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat bread.
*Availability: Oroweat® bread is available in the Western U.S.
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How do you eat french toast?