I’m always experimenting with ways to make healthier versions of favorite foods, especially breakfast foods. I try to limit the amount of dairy we consume because when I do we all have better digestion, fewer colds and sinus issues and have more energy. In fact, my kids only recently started drinking cow’s milk on a more regular basis (at ages 3 and 5). [Want more info on dairy-free living, especially for kids, please consider a Health Strategy Session with me.] We also do better without lots of gluten so I decided to try swapping hemp milk for cow’s milk and use a gluten-free bread for my traditional french toast recipe. Total success! The bread comes out so soft and berry topping is just heaven. I made this one day at one of my client’s office and his staff was ecstatic.
French Toast with Berries
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Hemp milk
- 1 loaf gluten free cinnamon raisin bread
- 1 organic egg
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tso cardamom (optional)
- 1 bag organic frozen mixed berries
- 2 tbsp of organic coconut oil
- For cooking: organic butter (or use a coconut oil/butter mix)
Batter: In a large dish (pie dish works well) add the Hemp milk and then stir in egg, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom. Whisk until egg is fully beaten in the batter.
Fruit sauce: In a small saucepan add the 2 tbsp of coconut oil and melt. Then add bag of frozen mixed berries and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. After the berries start to get soft, turn heat to low and cover while cooking the bread.
Dip: First two pieces of bread in the batter and flip so each side is covered. Let sit in batter while you prep the pan.
Heat: a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1-2 tbsp of butter to pan and melt to coat pan (may combine butter with coconut oil for a slightly sweeter taste). Add the battered bread and cook each side until light golden brown. Can store cooked french toast slices in foil or on a try in the oven until all pieces are ready. Turn off the heat for the berry sauce.
Once you have cooked all the french toast pieces, place on a plate or tray and for each serving pour the berry sauce over the french toast as your syrup.
NOTE: You can make the fruit sauce for waffles too. When I don’t have time to make the french toast, I quickly make the sauce and pour over gluten-free waffles, like Nature’s Path Chia Plus waffles. I get these in the frozen section of any of the major grocery stores.