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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.

Do I need to use protein powder?

You already know the answer—you don't have to do anything. But maybe you're feeling a bit weird about adding a couple scoops into your egg mixture.

I totally get it! But if you're looking for ways to sneak more protein into your diet, I promise there are few recipes that work this smoothly.

The powder really blends right in with the batter. It doesn't make things grainy or cause them to taste weird. It just makes good french toast.

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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4.96 from 23 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




Jacqueline

Friday 18th of November 2022

This is my go-to French toast recipe! So yummy!

Jessica Swenson

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Such an easy way to bump up the protein in one of my favorite breakfast meals. I top with some fruit and sugar free syrup and have some chicken sausage for a perfectly balanced meal.

Jordan Smith

Monday 20th of June 2022

Yay for balanced breakfasts! Hope this gives you all the power to crush the day :)

Tara

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Love being able to sneak in a extra protein this way! So good!

Katrina M

Sunday 19th of June 2022

EXCELLENT work Jordo!

Liz R

Friday 17th of June 2022

I’ll never eat another type of French toast after indulging in these protein French toast! Absolutely delicious and soooo easy to make!