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French toast | Gestational Diabetes Recipes

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French toast

French toast

Servings: 2 people
Carbohydrate Serves: 2.5 per person
(1 carbohydrate serve = 15 grams of total carbohydrate)

The French can even make toast taste amazing. I love the smell of French toast sizzling in the morning. The tip is to dip the bread in the milk first, then the egg, so that it stays soft while it lightly fries. If you’re confused as to how I can use the words ‘fry’ and ‘sizzle’ in a gestational diabetes friendly recipe read on…Ps. My hint? Teach your partner how to make this. Bring on breakfast in bed! (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.)


  • 4 slices wholegrain or wholemeal bread, halved, (2 slice per person)
  • 2 eggs, whisked in a bowl
  • 150ml/ ~½ cup low fat milk, in a bowl
  • Spray cooking oil
  • 250g/ ~ 9 ounces low fat cottage or ricotta cheese (although it’s recommended ricotta be avoided during pregnancy- see our Food Safety section for full details on this)
  • 250g/ ~ 9 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Ground cinnamon to serve

You want to set up a production line. Line up your bowl of milk and bowl of whisked egg ready. Choose bowls that can fit a half slice of bread lying flat.

Lightly spray a heavy-based frypan with cooking oil and heat over medium to high heat. Now dip each bread slice one at a time in milk first, then egg, then transfer directly to frypan. Repeat for each slice until pan is comfortably full but not overcrowded. Cook each side until golden (2-3 minutes).

Serve with a dollop of cottage cheese or ricotta, strawberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. (Remember only 4 halves of bread per person to stay within the carbohydrate allowance.)

Post GDM cooking suggestion: Top with some rindless grilled bacon or sliced banana and a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or agave syrup (low GI).

  • katherine Young says:

    This was delicious and loved the tip of dipping milk first and then egg, (first go)FABULOUS!!! Only thing missing was the strawberries (could not find any at this time of year) so used frozen blueberries instead. Doing it this way made it seem more crispy (so to speak) on the outside with that soft egg centre, YUMMY!!! My little man (2 1/2) loved it also. Thanks for sharing makes us excited to try other recipes.

    • Lisa says:

      Blueberries are a great idea. Low GI too. Glad you enjoyed it – just don’t get hooked!

  • Jo says:

    My cinnamon jar is empty! Can I use Mixed Spice in a breakfast emergency? Any other alternatives?

    • Lisa says:

      Mixed spice could work, but I would probably use a little nutmeg if I had nothing else. In saying that, the toast will caramelise slightly & your fruit will also add flavour so maybe leave out the spices if in doubt.

  • Daniela Minns says:

    I never knew to dip in milk then egg- I always made up a scramble egg sort of mixture to dip in. This way is so much better- genius!

  • Deanna C says:

    Love this idea! I am definitely going to have to try that as I get so jealous watching my hubby and stepdaughter eat french toast without me! Love your website!

  • MKR says:

    I’m allowed 1 carb serving for breakfast. So, I had one piece of french toast with butter. As well, I’m allowed a little jelly which is sweetened by it’s own juices. I had a piece of sausage on the side. The combination was good!

  • Sophia says:

    What is the amount of protein and carbohydrate for this meal? Are they posted for each meal and I just don’t see them?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Sophia. Can you see up at the top of the recipe where it says ‘Servings’ (how many people this recipe caters for) and ‘Carbohydrate Serves’ (there is 15 grams of carbs per carbohydrate serve)? So in this recipes there is around 37 grams of carbohydrates per person in a serve of this French Toast. Does that help? Cheers, Lisa x

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