Easy Sourdough French Toast With Berry Compote
This sourdough french toast recipe may look and taste decadent, but it’s super easy to make and just 5 simple ingredients. You can change up the toppings as desired – it’s perfect for breakfast or brunch all year long!
This recipe was originally shared on 08.14.2018. It was updated with fresh images and helpful content on 01.12.2021.
I love this sourdough french toast recipe for a lazy weekend morning breakfast or brunch. It looks fancy, but I promise it’s SO easy and quick to make!
All you need are 5 simple ingredients PLUS whatever you’d like to top this french toast with.
I love serving this recipe with my favourite berry-chia compote, a dollop of greek yogurt, and almond butter to add extra fibre, protein, and healthy fats to this meal.
Having a mix of those macronutrients will slow digestion and prevent a spike in blood sugars, which is key to sustained energy. Something I always keep in mind as a dietitian.
An added bonus of using sourdough over conventional bread? It has some unique nutrition properties which we’ll get into below!
This sourdough recipe is designed for two people, but it can easily be adjusted to serve one or more!
Can You Use Sourdough For French Toast?
You bet! It actually works SO well. I find it similar to a brioche-style french toast.
My tip? Make sure you cut your sourdough slices nice and thick! This gives you that lovely soft-in-the-middle french toast vibe that is soo delicious.
Sourdough bread is made through the process of fermentation. The leavening process of sourdough is done through a mix of wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria, rather than baker’s yeast.
Because it’s fermented with lactic acid bacteria, sourdough will have lower levels of phytates. This means that your body may be better to absorb the nutrients present in the bread!
What nutrients are in sourdough? While the nutrition profile will vary depending on the type of flour used, sourdough can be a good source of nutrients like:
Research has also shown that the sourdough fermentation process may degrade gluten better than baker’s yeast. Some gluten-sensitive individuals may find that they can tolerate sourdough more so than other breads.
For the same reason, 2 slices of sourdough are also considered low FODMAP!
Please note, of course, that gluten tolerance is very individual and sourdough will likely not be suitable if you have celiac disease.
Recipe Ingredients Needed
The base of this recipe is only 5 ingredients:
Of course, french toast isn’t complete without toppings!
I’ve shared a bunch of topping ideas below, as well as directions for how to make the mixed berry chia compote you see pictured here.
How To Make French Toast With Sourdough
Making this sourdough french toast recipe is incredibly easy!
Start by whisking together the eggs, almond milk, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Use a bowl that is big enough to dip the sourdough in.
Then, heat a large pan over medium heat and add a touch of coconut oil. You could also use butter or ghee in place of coconut oil.
Take individual slices of thick-cut sourdough and dip it into the egg-milk mixture. Be sure to coat both sides.
Transfer the dipped bread onto the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. The sourdough should be lightly browned when done!
Remove the cooked sourdough from the pan and set aside. Continue with the remaining pieces of bread, then serve and add toppings as desired.
There are SO many different ways you can top this sourdough french toast!
I’ve shared how to make the mixed berry chia compote you see pictured here in the recipe card below, but feel free to switch up the toppings depending on the season. Think fresh fruit in the summer, or poached fall fruits in the winter.
I think some of these recipes would make amazing toppings:
- Honey-Roasted Strawberries
- Ginger Pear Chia Jam
- Strawberry Rose Chia Jam
- Chia Jam: 3 Ways (apricot, blueberry, raspberry!)
- Ginger & Honey-Poached Pears
- Sautéed Cinnamon Apples (like the ones on this oatmeal)
In addition to fruit, I also love adding a drizzle of nut butter, like almond or peanut. A dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of seeds are also some of my favourites! These toppings help to add an extra source of healthy fat and protein to this recipe, making it a more filling and satisfying breakfast 🙂
There are no added sugars in the recipe, however you can add a drizzle of pure maple syrup or honey for a little extra sweetness.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Banana Chai Smoothie With Vanilla
- Ginger Cinnamon Baked Pear Oatmeal
- Honey Tahini Granola With Chocolate Chips
- Chewy Healthy Breakfast Cookies
- Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats With Chia
- Zucchini Bread Steel Cut Oatmeal
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Get the Recipe: Easy Sourdough French Toast With Berry Compote
For the french toast:
For the berry compote:
- 2 cups frozen or fresh berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, mixed berries)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp water (add more if needed)
- IF making berry compote: in a small saucepan, mix compote ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally until it becomes a jammy texture (approx. 5 mins).
- To make the french toast, start by whisking together the eggs, almond milk, and cinnamon into a large bowl. Use a bowl that is big enough to dip the sourdough in.
- Then, heat a large pan over medium heat and add a touch of coconut oil. You could also use butter or ghee in place of coconut oil. I use about 1/2 a tsp per toast.
- Take individual slices of thick-cut sourdough and dip it into the egg-milk mixture. Be sure to coat both sides and shake off excess liquid.
- Transfer the dipped bread onto the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes. The sourdough should be lightly browned when done!
- Remove the cooked french toast from the pan and set aside. Continue with the remaining pieces of bread until done. Serve warm and add toppings as desired!
As a dietitian, I create recipes with whole food ingredients that provide the nutrients needed for optimal health. My nutrition philosophy does not focus on numbers; however, I understand that this information can be helpful.
Do note that the nutrition info provided is an estimate and I cannot guarantee correctness of the displayed values. These numbers will differ depending on brands used, recipe modifications, and amount eaten. If you require specific nutrition information due to medical reasons, please consult with your dietitian or physician.