Sunday Brunch: French Toast the Bender Whey

by Jenn (eating bender) on August 17, 2008

Happy Sunday!

It’s been an interesting week at eating bender. I’ve been doing some reflecting, some experimenting and some planning and have really had a lot of fun figuring out the future of this blog. Expect a post explaining the final decision very soon!

For now, I’d like to introduce the new Sunday segment – Sunday Brunch. Each week, I will feature a new breakfast recipe that I have followed from a book or created from scratch. My hope is that these creations will be easy to follow and replicate for your own enjoyment!


French Toast the Bender Whey

Ingredients (serves 1):

Toast Batter:

  • 1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Cinnamon to taste



  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup



Combine toast batter ingredients in a small bowl, adding cinnamon to taste. Set aside.

Combine topping ingredients in a separate bowl. Microwave 30 seconds and continue whipping ingredients until the mashed banana takes on a whipped texture.

Drench two pieces of whole wheat toast in the batter.

Coat a small pan in cooking spray and place on burner at medium high heat. Add soaked piece of bread to the pan and dash with more cinnamon.

Flip toast when one side is slightly browned and egg appears thoroughly cooked. Toast the other side until it’s golden brown. It’s now ready to be served!

Top the French toast with bananamaple icing if desired.

The end result is pure decadence that combines fiber, carbohydrates and protein to provide a lasting fullness for a day of activity!

Nutrition Information:

  • 310 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 46g carbohydrates
  • 6g fiber
  • 30g protein

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Allyson August 17, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Love the french toast batter!!

Love the blog too :) I’m gonna add you to my list! :)


2 VeggieGirl August 17, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Mmm, French toast!! Classic Sunday brunch fare :-) Love your healthy twist on it!!


3 Danielle August 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Omg, I’m salivating. And I can’t make it stop. I am sooo making this soon, thanks so much!


4 Nicole August 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm

French toast rules! It’s been far too long since I’ve had some!


5 Megan August 17, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Love the Sunday Brunch Entry!! Great pics and directions. I also like the nutritional breakdown. I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for your blog!!!


6 Fit Bottomed Girls August 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm

The banana maple icing looks delicious. Easy to make, too!


7 Megan August 17, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Thanks for the comment on my blog. It made me feel so good! I have been working hard on it and hoping it is interesting and inviting to people. I am so excited that your are adding me to your blog roll! Thanks!! Your blog rocks too!!!!!! I love reading it!


8 glidingcalm August 17, 2008 at 7:15 pm

dang. that is a tasty looking breakfast. no doubt.


9 Rose August 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

I love the step-by-step instructions with photos here. This does look easy to make! And I also look forward to the new changes you may add to Eating Bender!


10 HangryPants August 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Can’t wait to read what you’re going to do with the blog! I’m sure it will be great. I love French Toast and this looks delicious.



11 alicia August 17, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Ooh, haven’t had french toast in ages! I have a question about the protein powder though. Can protein powder be cooked? I have read the heat denatures the protein so need to check with you. Thanks:)


12 Aimee August 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm

This looks great, I never thought about using protein powder with french toast. I’ll have to try this one!!


13 eatingbender August 17, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Allyson ~ Thanks so much for reading! I’m gonna check out your blog now, too :)

VeggieGirl ~ Thank you! :)

Danielle ~ I’m glad your salivating, that means I did my job right 😉

Nicole ~ Me too! That’s why I was so excited to make this one!

Megan ~ Thanks so much for BOTH of your comments :)

Fit Bottomed Girls ~ It is easy! I think it will make appearances in other breakfast foods now!

glidingcalm ~ Haha, couldn’t have said it better myself.

Rose ~ Aw, thanks so much! :)

HangryPants ~ Thanks, you’re awesome 😉

alicia ~ What a great question! I actually had never heard of that, so I looked it up. And you’re right, it does denature the protein, but apparently that’s ok because I found this information online:

“Heat denatures proteins, which means it changes the overall shape of the proteins. For example, cooking changes the shape of the proteins in an egg when you cook the egg. In this case, denaturing the egg proteins changes the texture of the egg from slimy to firm.

Cooking changes the shape of proteins, but cooking doesn’t take away the amino acids found in them. Baking will not ruin your protein.”

I’m really glad that I know this now, so thanks so much for asking!!

Aimee ~ I never thought of it either, until I saw people using it in oatmeal!


14 fitnessista August 17, 2008 at 9:28 pm

what a great new addition to your blog- i’ll be looking forward to this every week! :) can’t wait to see what else you have in store…
i can’t wait to try this french toast recipe and i LOVE that you added some extra protein to it, as well as included the nutrtional info! what brand of wheat bread do you like???
hope you’ve had a great day!


15 eatingbirdfood August 17, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Yum, your french toast looks delish. Can’t wait for the next post about the direction of your blog!


16 jenngirl August 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm

oh. my. gosh. that looks so delicious! i love your “sunday brunch” idea, if all of your recipe ideas are as good as this one, i’ll be in heaven! :)


17 Melissa August 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm

mmmm…we were totally thinking alike this morning when it came to brekie…cause i had french toast too! i didn’t use all your ingredients, but it was similar…i just drowned mine in diced up fruit! YUM! Yours looks way better than mine!


18 Erin August 17, 2008 at 11:59 pm

Holy amazing! That looks so good and I love that you included the nutrition info! I’m excited to hear your plans for the blog. I love that you bring an original spin to things.


19 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 18, 2008 at 1:18 am

Great new feature!


20 eatingbender August 18, 2008 at 8:50 am

fitnessista ~ Thanks so much!! As far as bread goes, I usually buy either Arnold Flax & Fiber or Rudi’s Honey Whole Wheat. Both are excellent!

eatingbirdfood ~ Thanks!

jenngirl ~ Aw, you’re too kind :)

Melissa ~ I’m going to need to add diced up fruit to mine next time because that sounds even better!

Erin ~ Thanks so much, that means a lot :)

Foodie ~
Thank you!


21 Fitzalan August 18, 2008 at 9:09 am

Yumyumyum! Too bad I didn’t see this post this weekend. mmmm!



22 Natalie August 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Great idea…sounds perfect for a weekend breakfast :)


23 ashley August 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

That just looks scrumptious.

And I have all the ingredients! This could be part of a nice comforting dinner. Mmm. Thanks for going through the typing to get us the recipe!


24 ttfn300 August 21, 2008 at 11:21 am

OOh, neat, I’m always lost as to what else to do with protein powder other than to put it in a shake!! :)


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