Healthy grilled French toast sticks made from scratch with a rich milk and egg batter and cinnamon and nutmeg. Cooks up crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Served with a simple, wholesome raspberry sauce instead of syrup.
Kids love junk food. Doesn't everybody?
I think part of the allure of junk food is that we aren't supposed to eat it. We want what we shouldn't have.
When I was at the Sara Lee Back to School Nutrition Summit in July, Chef Jill Houck talked to us about making healthy, nutritious foods look like junk food.
Is that brilliant or what? I love the concept.
I think Gracie will devour anything that looks remotely like a French Fry, as long as she can dip it in something that reminds her of ketchup. That's exactly what Chef Jill was betting on when she created the recipe below.
You could make these ahead of time and freeze them. Wouldn't your mornings be simpler if you were pulling a couple of French Toast sticks out of the freezer instead of trying to cook them from scratch?
Who needs those pre-made frozen ones from the grocery store that are deep fried? Not my kids!
What you'll need to make healthy French toast sticks
For the French toast sticks
- 4 slices of bread, cut into 3-4 sticks each
- ½ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon sugar optional
- pinch ground cinnamon
- pinch ground nutmeg
- pinch salt
- butter flavored cooking spray (or real butter)
For the dipping sauce
- 1 cup raspberries fresh or frozen - I think this would be awesome with any fresh fruit. Strawberries would still look like ketchup but blueberries or peaches or even apples would be delicious, too.
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice - I always say that fresh is worlds better than the prepared in a bottle stuff, but in this recipe, there is virtually no difference. I never buy the prepared stuff and thus have to squeeze a lemon, but if you already have the bottle, go ahead and use it.
- ½ cup powdered sugar
How to make healthy French toast sticks
- Combine the milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well with a whisk until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.
- In a blender, combine raspberries, lemon juice and sugar until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and refrigerate until needed.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and brush spray with butter-flavored cooking spray or a small amount of butter.
- Dip the bread sticks into the batter, coating them evenly. Cook the slices on one side until evenly browned, then turn and brown the other side.
- Serve the French toast sticks immediately with raspberry dipping sauce.
- Cut French Toast sticks into thinner sticks for little kids to dip into the raspberry sauce like fries in ketchup.
What makes these French toast sticks healthy
Normally, French toast sticks are deep fried, and these aren't which makes them healthier right off the bat.
More than that, most of the time, we drizzle or dip the sticks into syrup. Syrup, while tasty, is a nutritional mess, so substituting raspberry dipping sauce instantly bumps up the vitamins and minerals that your kids need.
And, if all that wasn't enough, it's very easy to disguise whole grain bread in these French toast sticks. Your kids won't know whether the French Toast sticks that they're dipping came from white bread or whole wheat. They'll just dip and eat. Win!
More French toast goodness:
- Baked French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese Filling
- Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast Muffin Cups
- Raspberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Try these other delicious berry recipes while you're here:
- Fresh Raspberry Sauce for Cheesecake, Ice Cream, or Shortcake
- Easy Homemade Raspberry Pie
- Easy No Bake Berry Trifle – A Patriotic Dessert
- Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart
- Fluffy Cranberry Fruit Salad with Pineapple
- How to Make Strawberry Overnight Oats