Today I faced the biggest dilemma of my life: should I get blueberry pancakes or French toast for brunch?
On one hand, French toast is fluffy, thick, and stuffed with decadent cinnamon-vanilla flavor. Yet, blueberry pancakes combine savory and sweet perfectly in one hearty dish that will leave you feeling satisfied for hours.
I decided to get blueberry pancakes (with extra blueberries), because I was in the mood for something a tiny bit lighter. Also, it was more of a treat, since this French toast recipe I recently created is so healthy that French toast has ceased to be an unhealthy treat.
In fact, it has become (dare I say it) good for you.
This French toast recipe is extremely high in protein (with 18g protein per serving), meaning it’s the perfect post-workout breakfast or snack. Additionally, I made the dipping-mixture with a bit of Greek yogurt, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and allspice to create a thick consistency – which makes the French toast that much fluffier – and delicious hearty taste. Finally, I chose to use Alvarado St. Bakery Flax Seed Bread to make this recipe even healthier than it already was – as the bread is packed with whole grains, protein, and fiber!
So next time you go out to your local diner for brunch, pick pancakes over French Toast. Because with pancakes you’ll be treating yourself, vs. with French Toast you could make a much fluffier and healthier version at home!
Vanilla Protein French Toast
- 3 slices of bread of choice (I used Alvarado St. Bakery Flax Seed Bread)
- 1/4 c egg whites
- 1/2 c milk of choice
- 1/2 scoop protein powder (about 33g per scoop)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/4 c 0% fat Greek Yogurt
- sweetener to taste
- drop of vanilla extract
Add egg whites, milk, protein powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, cinnamon, and allspice to a medium bowl and stir until fully combined. Place a slice of bread in the mixture and let soak for 20 seconds, then flip over and let soak for another 20 seconds. Heat up a skillet or griddle on medium and grease lightly. Place soaked bread on skillet and cook on one side for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip over and cook on the other side for 1-2 minutes, then plate. Repeat with remaining slices of bread. In a small bowl, mix Greek yogurt, sweetener, and a drop of vanilla extract together. Scoop over French Toast. Top with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 2 servings)
Nutritional information calculated using Alvarado St. Bakery Essential Flax Seed Bread. For 1 1/2 slices (the amount per serving), this provides 75 calories, 1.5 gram of fat, 13.5 carbs, and 4.5 grams of protein. To calculate the nutritional information using another type of bread, add 96 calories, 2 grams of fat, 5 carbs, and 13 grams of protein to the information provided on the nutrition label of desired bread.