Healthy French Toast from Everyday Health’s Recipe Rehab

French ToastAre you planning to make French Toast this weekend? It’s a favorite of my kids, especially when their Nana is visiting and offers to make it for them. I let her even though I know it’s not the healthiest dish to serve them. After all, grandmas should be allowed to indulge their grandkids once in awhile, right?

Luckily for us, Chef Jill and Chef Aida are back in the kitchen for Everyday Health rehabbing a recipe from the Melvin family. You can watch the full episode below or watch individual demonstrations by Chef Jill here or Chef Aida here.

I’m going to have to agree with the Melvins that Chef Jill’s “no-tella” French toast sandwich was a clear winner. I liked how she used almond butter, cocoa powder and agave nectar to make a healthier version of Nutella. Plus, having a layer of that yummy goodness and topping it off with the strawberries took her French toast recipe to a whole other level.

Both chefs used low fat Greek yogurt and almond milk – both terrific choices – but I would have liked to see them using whole grain bread instead of French baguette and sourdough.

Recipe Rehab episodes air every Friday at 1 ET on the Everyday Health YouTube .

The nutritional breakdowns

ORIGINAL RECIPE

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 769

Total Fat: 39.85g

Cholesterol: 263mg

Sodium: 390mg

Total Carbs: 80.01g

Dietary Fiber: 3.73g

Sugars: 54.48g

Protein: 17.59g

CHEF AIDA

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 512

Total Fat: 11.24g

Cholesterol: 1mg

Sodium: 998mg

Total Carbs: 82.10g

Dietary Fiber: 5.56g

Sugars: 22.09g

Protein: 17.25g

CHEF JILL

NUTRITION FACTS

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 404

Total Fat: 13.52g

Cholesterol:

Sodium: 453mg

Total Carbs: 54.22g

Dietary Fiber: 10.24g

Sugars: 13.60g

Protein: 16.74g

Original French Toast recipe

  • Used 1 cup full fat whole milk
  • Used 4 whole eggs, with yolks
  • Used 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Used 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Used 1/4 cup butter
  • Uses 8 thick slices bread
  • Used 1/2 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • Used 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • Used 1/2 cup maple syrup

Aida’s French Toast recipe

  • Swapped whole milk for unsweetened almond milk
  • Used 4 egg whites instead of whole eggs
  • Used unrefined sugar instead of brown and powdered
  • Eliminated butter
  • Kept bread the same
  • Instead of chocolate hazelnut spread – used real hazelnuts and cocoa powder
  • Swapped whipped cream for lowfat Greek yogurt
  • Eliminated maple syrup
  • Baked instead of fried

Jill’s French Toast recipe

  • Swapped whole milk for unsweetened almond milk
  • Used 4 egg whites instead of whole eggs
  • Used agave instead of brown and powdered sugars
  • Eliminated butter
  • Added strawberries to bulk up nutrition
  • Instead of chocolate hazelnut spread – used almond butter and cocoa powder
  • Make stuffed French toast sandwiches and used nonstick spray in cast iron skillet to “griddle” instead of fry
  • Swapped whipped cream for lowfat Greek yogurt

 

Picture, video and nutritional information courtesy of Everyday Health.

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