I am 100% a breakfast person. There is a certain novelty to being able to have something savoury or sweet depending on how you feel. I have a massive sweet tooth and almost always crave the likes of pancakes and french toast, however I can be very short on time in the mornings so my recipes have got to be quick, simple and delicious.
But Ciara, you can’t be healthy and have french toast?? Of course you can! I definitely believe in moderation and not branding foods you love as “cheating” on your healthy lifestyle. If I want a donut, you better believe I’ll go out and buy a box. However, over the years I have taught myself to cook and bake from scratch at home, which cuts out a lot of the nasty additives found in shop-bought alternatives. Yes, I am naturally one who will pick up a banana rather than a snickers bar, and who craves porridge rather than sugary cereal in the mornings. However, this has been a change that has happened gradually as I experimented with my diet and found the foods that fuel me for the day and noticeably make me feel better. So, when you have this moderation in your diet, there is always room for french toast.
But enough of that, here is the recipe..
◊ 1 whole egg
◊ 2 slices of wholemeal bread (slightly stale is desired but not necessary)
◊ 2 tbspn milk (I use almond)
◊ 1 tspn coconut oil for cooking
◊ Optional (but highly recommended): 1 drop vanilla essence, 1/2 tspn cinnamon, 1/2 tspn nutmeg
◊ In a large flat container (I use a lunchbox), crack in your egg and whisk it together with the milk until it is fully mixed together with no lumps of egg white present (you’ll get bread covered in a fried egg otherwise, not desireable).
◊ If using, add in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and whisk again.
◊ Then dunk the bread into the mixture, coating one side, and turn over. Leave to sit in the mixture while the pan heats up.
◊ Place your pan on a medium heat and melt the coconut oil. Once the pan is hot enough and the bread has absorbed all of the mixture, cook the bread on one side until golden brown (about 3-4 mins) and flip to repeat on the other side.
◊ Once your french toast is cooked, serve it up with your morning tea/coffee, a big plate of bacon and a lashing of maple syrup. Or, if you want the healthier version, top it with some fresh fruit and agave syrup and it will be heavenly.
I know a lot of people adore french toast as I do, however sometimes the simple things can be hard to get right. That is why I have shared with you my easy french toast for mornings when you have a little more me-time and want to go all out on yourself. I mean, i’m all about that treat-yourself life.
Are you a breakfast person? I’d love to hear your favourite breakfast go-to’s!
The Perky Peach