Who doesn’t love French toast? Well, honestly… me. I’ve never really been big on waffles, pancakes, French toast, etc. Something about a sweet breakfast just isn’t my favorite. I’d take an eggs benny instead any day! However,this is a recipe I can get behind. This French toast is lightly sweetened with the natural sweetness of pears and just a touch of honey. I have just a slight obsession with fresh herbs lately. I have a little pot in my kitchen with rosemary, thyme, and sage and have been adding at least one to basically everything, thyme after time (food pun intended)! Yes, even breakfast! The thyme pairs beautifully with the honey, pears, and pecans and feels festive. This recipe is perfect for a holiday brunch, or really any time! Because who loves French toast now? Me!!
I love using sprouted grain bread (Silver Hills is my fave), which has an increased nutrient concentration and is easier to digest compared to regular whole grain bread. However, use whatever works for you and your dietary needs! Look for at least 2 grams of fiber per slice of bread, but closer to 4-5 grams is better!
HONEY THYME FRENCH TOAST WITH PEARS AND PECANS
-1/2 tbsp coconut oil, plus extra
-1/2 medium pear, thinly sliced
-2 tbsp pecans, roughly chopped
-1/4 cup almond milk or milk of your choice
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-2 slices whole grain bread
-1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
-Honey, to drizzle
Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute pears and pecans until pears are tender and slightly browned. Remove from pan. Add more coconut oil if pan is looking dry.
Mix egg, milk, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl. Dip bread into mixture and place on the same pan you used for the pears/pecans. Cook for a few minutes each side, until browned but not burned.
Top french toast with pear/pecans and thyme. Drizzle with honey to taste.
Jessica Lane, RD, RYT
Integrative Dietitian & Yoga Teacher