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Recipe and pictures updated 9/7/15
The other night I made regular ol’ French toast for my dad, sister, and brother (who like “normal” food) and got a hankering for some myself. So I threw a little of this and a pinch of that into a bowl and microwaved it to make “bread”, then battered it and fried it. Then I topped it with Truvia (instead of powdered sugar), peanut butter, and sugar-free syrup, and it was A-MAZ-ING. Like, I was shocked at how good it was. Then I thought, “What if I could do a really quick, easy version of this that does not involve frying?” So I did, and it tastes basically the same. And if you don’t think it tastes like French toast (because I admit, it is not *totally* French toast, although I think it is a very passable substitute), I hope you still like it. I do. I love this stuff. It is the breakfast of champions. It is one of my new FAVORITES. Like, seriously. It almost tastes unhealthy, it’s so good. That’s my opinion anyway. I hope you feel the same.
I’ve updated the recipe below with a family serve version! Check it out! It reheats well (although I do prefer it fresh), so you can make one pan and have 4 breakfasts for one all set to go.
The “bread” part itself is not sweet. French bread is not sweet, guys. However, you top it with Truvia, and toppings, and then it’s as sweet as you’ll ever want it. If you want a homemade syrup recipe, check out this one over at Gwen’s Nest.
I’ve started using oat fiber more often lately because it more closely mimics white flour than say almond or flax flours do, and I think it gives the French bread flair to this recipe. You can’t use it in every circumstance because it doesn’t act just like flour, and I usually use another flour with it, but all in all I’ve come to love using oat fiber. However, whenever I post recipes using it, people always ask, “What can I substitute for oat fiber?” Well, you could always buy some. It’s cheap. We get this kind from Netrition and have been very happy with it. However, if you don’t have oat fiber yet and want to make this recipe *right*now*, try substituting other low-carb flours such as almond flour or coconut flour. You may have to adjust the liquids if substituting; oat fiber tends to soak up quite a bit of liquid, so take that into account. I would not suggest using all ground golden flax because that = yuck. Some people substitute whey protein powder for oat fiber, but I personally do not enjoy the taste of protein powder. Just buy some oat fiber, please. (You can purchase a gluten free product from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.)
Not all oat fiber products are created equal. I like LifeSource brand from Netrition.com because it’s a light color with a mild taste. I’ve also tried NuNaturals brand, but it’s darker with a stronger flavor of which I’m not a fan.
*Update 9-5-15* I have tested this recipe with my Baking Mix, and I like it even better than the original! Check out the recipe below for amounts.
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- Combine all the bread ingredients in a ceramic bowl and microwave. I do it for about 2 min. 10 sec. when using my Baking Mix and about 1 min. 30 sec. when using oat fiber/flaxmeal. Just microwave until almost cooked through (I like mine on the slightly underdone side because I don't want dry bread). Sprinkle with the Truvia, douse with almond milk to moisten (like what happens when you dip your French bread in your egg/milk mixture to fry, only the steps are turned around here), and top with peanut butter and sugar-free syrup (this is THE WAY to eat French toast). Devour all by yourself.
- Family Version (serves 4): 4 eggs, 1 cup water, ¼ cup softened salted butter, 1 cup Briana's Baking Mix, 2 tsp. baking powder (optional ingredients: ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, ⅛ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder); mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased 8x8 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 26 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can serve it immediately (4 servings) or make it ahead and reheat before serving. Make a pan to keep in the fridge and you'll have 4 single-serve breakfasts made in one shot! Don't forget the peanut butter, granulated sweetener, almond milk, and sugar free syrup for topping!
You can click here for my Baking Mix recipe.
- Oat Fiber
- Golden Flaxmeal
- THM Super Sweet Blend and a gluten-free oat fiber can both be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.
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