French Toast with Citrus-Vanilla Syrup Recipe - Vegetarian Times

French Toast with Citrus-Vanilla Syrup


French toast is usually soaked in a rich egg batter, pan-fried in butter, and made in batches. Here, egg whites and a homemade syrup lighten up the batter, and you bake the slices in one batch so everyone can enjoy a hot, healthful breakfast together.

  • 6Servings


Citrus Syrup

  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

French Toast

  • 1 cup low-fat (1 percent) milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 6 slices French bread, cut 1-inch thick


Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.

To make Citrus Syrup: Whisk together agave nectar, lemon juice, orange zest, and lemon zest in glass measuring cup. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; whisk to blend. Heat in microwave on high power 60 seconds or until hot. Cool 10 minutes.

To make French Toast: Whisk together milk, eggs, egg whites, and ¼ cup Citrus Syrup in large casserole dish. Soak bread slices in mixture until all of custard is absorbed, turning once.

Arrange bread slices on prepared baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Serve with remaining Citrus Syrup.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 300
  • Carbohydrate Content: 59 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 73 mg
  • Fat Content: 3 g
  • Fiber Content: 1 g
  • Protein Content: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 385 mg
  • Sugar Content: 32 g