Lightened Up French Toast

Rich and savory with a hint of sweetness; crisp edges with a fluffy middle, begging for fresh fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar….Are you hungry yet?  Yes, I speak of French Toast. The queen of breakfast dishes.

I was on a mission to devise a recipe that replicated the best parts of this dish while eliminating excess calories.  Voila: Lightened Up French Toast.

 

Ingredients:

1/3-1/2 C Egg Whites
1-2 slices of whole wheat bread (I prefer Orowheat HealthFull Multigrain Bread–80 calories per slice)
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Whole Wheat Flour
2 T Skim Milk (creamer like Coffeemate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream flavor can be used too–just use 1 T instead of 2)

Toppings:

1/8 tsp Powdered Sugar
1/4 C Sliced Strawberries
Handful of your favorite berries
1 T Amber Agave Nectar

Method:

1.  Whisk together egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla, flour and milk in a wide, shallow bowl.  Coat a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and turn on the burner to medium-high heat.

2.  Dip bread in egg mixture, soaking until half of the liquid is absorbed.  Gently flip bread over to soak up remaining liquid.

3.  Place bread in hot skillet (it should sizzle) and cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.  Turn burner down to medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the bread is slightly puffy.

4.  Flip toast over, cover with foil and cook 2-3 minutes.  Turn the heat up to medium-high to crisp edges, flipping as needed.  Do not flatten the bread with your spatula!  Cook an additional 3-5 minutes until the bread has a light, spongy texture in the center.

5.  Top with powdered sugar, strawberries, berries and drizzle with agave nectar.  Bon appetit!

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