I’m not by nature a breakfast eater. In fact, before this lifestyle change my norm was to skip breakfast. Now, I normally just grab a low carb tortilla with some cheese and turkey sausage.
But then there are Sunday morning breakfasts.
My kids love breakfast, and on the weekend they are always asking me to fix them breakfast. Today they wanted french toast and I was happy to oblige.
As I compiled the french toast ingredients they started to look REALLY good. I’ve always loved french toast. But of course staring at me as I compiled the ingredients were all the things I can’t have…BREAD…SUGAR…SYRUP.
Then I had an idea. Why can’t a Recovering Carbie enjoy french toast? I eyed the low carb tortillas on my counter. I was seriously craving a sugary sweet breakfast. Time to get creative.
My kids of course completely doubted my ability to make a sweet gut-busting Sunday breakfast low carb. So I agreed to make the regular version and I’d make myself the low carb one. But the only catch was they had to try my version.
Challenge accepted my little syrup lovers.
When you are modifying any recipe to try and make it low carb, start with the ingredients that are low carb friendly. We can certainly have eggs and milk.
Then focus on the ingredients that raise the carbs in the recipe and find out how you can modify them. French toast is notorious for being made with sugar and bread. And then there is the syrup that we douse the finished product with.
Okay so bread is an easy swap — low carb tortillas to the rescue. Sugar — again easy, I’ll use Truvia. But the syrup, which I believe is quite necessary to make the perfect french toast…that stumped me a little.
I looked through my spice cabinet…vanilla extract, well that was close. But not quite there. Then I found it – Imitation Maple Flavor. Have you tried this stuff? Seriously, it gives you the syrup flavor without any carbs and sugar.
Now that you have your modified ingredients you are ready to start to de-carb your favorite recipe.
For this recipe start with two low carb tortillas. I like Mission brand the best. The 4 net carb size was perfect for this recipe – but you could easily use the 3g size or even the 6 g size if you are feeding a hungry family.
Next, make your cream layer: 3 tablespoons of 1/3 fat cream cheese (1/3 fat has 0 carbs, where as full fat version has carbs, so I opt for the lower fat option). It is easier if you work with softened cream cheese, so feel free to microwave a few seconds to make it easier to work with. Put in 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract and 1 teaspoon of Truvia.
Looks like a chocolate sundae doesn’t it?
Next it’s on to making the french toast batter. You can use any recipe, but here is the one I love.
1/4 heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of Truvia
1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Whisk until well combined.
Next, Spread your cream cheese layer on the tortilla and top with the second tortilla (almost like you are making a quesadilla).
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan over medium heat.
Dip your tortilla stack into the french toast mixture, and lift up to get the excess drips off.
Place into the frying pan and fry in butter until golden brown, with crispy edges.
When done, I cut mine into 8 triangle pieces and topped with a little extra sprinkling of some Truvia.
Although I didn’t have any on hand, you can top with blueberries and strawberries and some whipped cream for an extra special treat. Each slice is 1.4 net carbs, and I ate 4 pieces. They are really rich and sweet so 4 pieces is plenty! But honestly, if you ate the whole thing it’s only about 11 carbs, which pales in comparison to the carbie version.
Presto! A healthy option to a Sunday breakfast. As my kids were eating their full carbie version of french toast, I brought my modified french “toast” to the table. They looked at me confused, but were instantly intrigued. I handed each one a piece and told them to try it without any syrup.
And guess what? They loved it! I had to make another one for them to share. And the best part…not one of them dipped or drizzled them with syrup.
So get inspired and modify your favorite Sunday breakfast recipes for your low carb lifestyle. Just trust me…make extra, because even your carbie family will want to try your creation!