Growing up, French toast was a major staple in my diet… mostly due to the fact that it was one of the few things my dad was excellent at cooking. I remember waking up to the sweet smell of cinnamon mixed with melted butter and toast wafting into my bedroom, enticing me to get out of bed and start my day.
Since I am now grown and can’t have buttery, syrup-y, French toast made out of thick slices of white bread every day (for many reasons), I thought I’d re-create the classic my own way. The healthy way.
Instead of going with a classic Brioche or Challah bread, I opted for a nice Ezekiel bread. Ezekiel bread is made from barley, wheat, lentils, spelt, and millet which combine to make a complete protein that is similar to that of eggs. It contains 18 amino acids, is high in Vitamins B and C, and is high in the minerals folate and lysine. Also, because of the way the bread is sprouted, it makes all of the vitamins and minerals contained in the bread more bio-available, which means your body has a much easier time absorbing them. Top that off with no added sugar or preservatives and you’ve got one healthy bread. HOWEVER, keep in mind if you avoid gluten that although there is no flour in Ezekiel bread, there is still a small amount of gluten.
Keeping with my dairy-free diet, I almost always use Silk Original Unsweetened Cashew Milk. It just has such a subtle creaminess while not overpowering any other flavors. It’s my fave.
Now for the toppings!
You may have seen Persimmons before as decorations, but before this year I had no idea you could actually eat those babies! Man oh man had I been missing out. Within about 2 seconds of my first bite of a Persimmon, it skyrocketed to my favorite fruit, not to mention the longer-than-life list of health benefits that come packed in the mighty fruit. Just SOME of the numerous health benefits you would get from eating “nature’s candy” include: increased metabolism, reduced signs of aging, stronger bones, boosted cognitive function, weight loss, decreased inflammation, increased circulation, and aiding in the prevention of certain cancers. Wow. All these amazing benefits (and even more) from just one fruit?! You gotta be kiddin’ me. But I’m not. These powerful benefits come from the high vitamin and mineral concentration which includes vitamins A, C, E, and B6 and the minerals Manganese, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, and Phosphorus, as well as a large amount of dietary fiber.
Blueberries are also one of my favorite things to top just about anything breakfast-related with. These little guys are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help heart, bone, skin, and mental health, can aid in helping to prevent certain cancers, and assist in maintaining diabetes.
Put all these delicious, nutritious ingredients together and ta-dah! You have a power-packed, scrumptious breakfast ready to be devoured.
Cinnamon French Toast with Persimmons and Blueberries
- 10 slices Ezekiel bread
- 5 eggs
- ½ cup Silk Unsweetened Original Cashew Milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp + a dash of cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp Ghee or coconut oil to grease the griddle
- 1 persimmon, sliced
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup warm maple syrup
- In a wide, shallow dish place eggs, cashew milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and coconut sugar. Gently whisk everything together using a fork.
- Meanwhile, heat your griddle (or skillet) over medium heat. Once warm, grease the cooking surface with some ghee or coconut oil.
- Using a fork, dip each slice of bread individually in your batter until fully submerged and allow to soak for several seconds. I usually poke a few holes in the bread with my fork while its soaking to allow it to fully capture the batter within the bread. Using your fork, carefully pick up your slice out of the batter and allow the excess batter to drain off of it before placing it on the griddle (or skillet). Repeat for each piece of bread.
- Allow each piece to cook until it forms what looks like a golden brown crust on each side and is soft, but firm enough to pick up and cut with a knife. I find depending on how thick your bread is I usually cook each slice for about 3 minutes per side.
- Once your French toast has cooked, serve with persimmons, blueberries, and a dusting of cinnamon on top with a side of warm maple syrup.
Vegan option: Replace egg with flax egg.
Gluten-free option: replace Ezekiel bread with gluten-free bread.