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Protein French Toast

This is the BEST protein French toast recipe. Perfecting French toast means mastering flavor and texture in a repeatable process: this recipe delivers on all fronts AND gives you 33g of protein while you’re at it.

This is a plate of protein french toast. There are slices of bread with dark brown toasted spots. The bread is covered in syrup and white powdered sugar.

You don’t need the whole history of French toast. You don’t need to know that some people have called it Poor Knights of Windsor (or maybe you do, I don’t know your life). Face it: you really just want to make something tasty and get some nutritional benefits while you’re at it.

Enter the BEST protein French toast recipe. What makes it the best? You get to use your favorite bread AND your favorite protein powder in the same recipe.

Incorporating protein powder into your French toast batter is an ingenious way to get the added benefits of a nutritional supplement in a way that doesn’t involve drinking a shake for breakfast.

Other protein recipes

Want to see other ways that protein powder can amp up a recipe? Try some pumpkin protein waffles, cookies & cream overnight oats, or a protein pancake skillet.

Protein French toast recipe

Standard French toast recipes already have a bit of “built-in” protein in by way of eggs and milk. So there are two ways that this recipe can get that protein-per-serving count even higher.

One of those I discussed above: the protein powder that mixes into the batter. The other place that higher protein can enter the picture is in the bread.

What bread should I use for protein French toast?

If you didn’t know, there is a whole market for high-protein bread. While health-focused breads tend to draw skepticism from people who are worried about taste, in this case protein-dense breads are actually an improvement on good-ol’ white bread.

The biggest reason for this is that a good, hearty bread (like Trader Joe’s Organic Ancient Grain and Seed bread) actually stands up better to the batter without getting soggy.

Ingredients for high-protein French toast

Like a typical French toast recipe, there isn’t a whole lot to making this protein French toast. Here’s what we’ve got for ingredients:

  • thin-sliced bread (go high-protein!)
  • egg
  • vanilla protein powder (I use 2 scoops of Bad Athletics protein—use code JORDO for a discount!)
  • almond milk
  • cinnamon
  • optional (but recommended) toppings: maple syrup, powdered sugar

Not too bad, right? You can do this!

Substitution ideas for French toast

  • kind of bread
  • egg whites for higher-protein option
  • type of protein powder
  • any toppings you want!

Thin-Sliced bread options

I like to use a thin-sliced bread for this recipe because it creates more volume and gets crispier. Here are some thin-sliced bread options:

  • Dave's Killer Bread 100% Whole Wheat Thin-Sliced Bread (found at many grocery stores)
  • Trader Joe's Organic Ancient Grain & Seed Bread (found at Trader Joe's)
  • Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Thin-Sliced Bread (found at Target)
  • your local grocery store probably has a version!
This is a plate of protein french toast. There are slices of bread with dark brown toasted spots. The bread is covered in syrup and white powdered sugar.

Easy French toast recipe

Here’s how to make this goodness for yourself:

  • Mix 1 egg, 1 serving protein powder, milk, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Then stir vigorously until well combined. 
  • Dip pieces of bread into the mixture and cover completely. 
  • Heat up a larger skillet over medium high.
  • Spray skillet with cooking grease.
  • Add bread to the skillet and cook for 2 mins on one slide. Flip and cook for another minute, then repeat this process until all the bread is cooked.
  • Top with syrup and powdered sugar. Enjoy!

How to make French toast crispy

While this depends on using a good, sturdy bread and not over-soaking in the batter, another way you could get a bit more crispy with it is to lightly toast before dipping in the batter. Don’t over-do it, though—the bread will “toast” a bit in the skillet as well.

Looking for more high-protein breakfast recipes?

Have a look at my high-protein breakfast recipes for all of the nutrition-packed breakfast inspiration you could want!

This is a plate of protein french toast. There are slices of bread with dark brown toasted spots. The bread is covered in syrup and white powdered sugar.
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5 from 6 votes

Protein French Toast

This is the BEST protein French toast recipe. Perfecting French toast means mastering flavor and texture in a repeatable process: this recipe delivers on all fronts AND gives you 33g of protein while you’re at it.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast
Servings: 1
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • skillet

Ingredients

  • 3 slices thin-sliced bread go high-protein!
  • 1 egg or 3 egg whites for higher-protein option
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder I use 2 scoops of Bad Athletics protein—use code JORDO for a discount!
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • optional but recommended toppings: maple syrup, powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Mix 1 egg, 1 serving protein powder, milk, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Then stir vigorously until well combined.
  • Dip pieces of bread into the mixture and cover completely.
  • Heat up a larger skillet over medium high.
  • Spray skillet with cooking grease.
  • Add bread to the skillet and cook for 2 mins on one slide. Flip and cook for another minute, then repeat this process until all the bread is cooked.
  • Top with syrup and powdered sugar. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 7g
Recipe Rating




Emily

Friday 26th of November 2021

Great way to get some protein in such a yummy carby food.

Lianna Fotieo

Friday 12th of November 2021

This was delicious! I used high protein thin-sliced bread and egg whites from the carton. I couldn’t even taste the protein powder (I used chocolate flavor) in the recipe. I froze the leftovers and fed a couple of slices to my husband. He loved it!

Renee Reid

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

So easy so delicious…making them right now along with the pancake sausage bites and they’re both done within THIRTY MINUTES! Yum yum

Amy

Sunday 24th of October 2021

Can't wait to make this. I bought everything at the store today!

Katie H

Saturday 23rd of October 2021

Ok WOW. First time making French toast and I was blown away by how easy the recipe was and how delicious it was. I used PEScience vanilla protein powder and it worked great. I recommend topping it with maple syrup, a little bit of cinnamon sugar and Swerve’s confectioner’s sugar. Definitely going to be a breakfast staple in this house!!