It’s really hard to find someone that doesn’t enjoy a plate of classic French toast. It gives you the daily boost you need to get on with your day.
That’s not to mention that French toast is easy to make whenever you have someone over for brunch. That’s because it pairs perfectly with several types of toppings, so much so that you’ll never need to wonder what to put on French toast.
From fresh fruits to eggs and bacon, whipping cream, or even PB and J, you might be a bit surprised by what people in different countries eat their French toast with.
By the end of this article, the question will be what’s not to put on French toast! Keep reading to find out more about the best toppings for French toast.
Whether you like sweet, fresh, tangy, savory, or mixed flavor toppings, you’ll find something you like among the following French toast topping options.
You can’t go wrong with this option. There’s nothing like a classic French toast dish with butter and maple syrup on top. It’s sweet and simple.
If you’re in the mood for a fun twist, you can always try other types of syrups. As for me, I love caramel syrup.
Other types of syrup you might enjoy are strawberry, chocolate, buttermilk, lemon curd, or even honey (as a healthier option).
There are tons of fruit combos you can add to your French toast that are extremely delicious and add a refreshing twist to your dish.
Adding creme fraiche would be a great choice next to specifically sweet fruits. To add, ice cream is the go-to topping option when it comes to sour and tangy fruit kinds.
In addition, any kind of fruit pairs well alongside syrup or honey. Dusting some powdered sugar on top goes a long way as well.
Here are some fruit combos you might like:
- Blueberries and raspberries
- Strawberry and bananas
- Pineapple and mango
- Peaches and strawberries
- Apricots and cherries
- Mangos and avocado
- Oranges and pomegranate
Peanut butter adds a rich and nutty flavor to your French toast. Not to mention how delicious it tastes, especially alongside something sweet like maple syrup.
Peanut butter also has a neutral flavor. That’s why you can pair it with sweet as well as savory ingredients.
Additionally, You can go with a smooth, creamy peanut butter spread or the crunchy style peanut butter for added texture.
Some peanut butter combos that will definitely elevate your French toast dish are:
- Peanut butter and honey
- Peanut butter and bananas
- Peanut butter and Jelly
- Peanut butter and apples
- Peanut butter and pickles
- Peanut butter and chocolate
Giving the same vibes as PB and J, tahini and molasses are a tasty topping for French toast.
Molasses is a dark, rich, traditional Turkish syrup. They make it by crushing and boiling a variety of fruits, like carob, mulberries, or grapes.
Molasses tastes almost too sweet. That’s why it goes perfectly with the slightly bitter taste of tahini.
Nuts are great on top of French toast, especially when combined with something sweet, like honey, for example.
Basically, all kinds of nuts will go perfectly with honey or syrup. I’m talking about hazelnuts, walnuts, pecan nuts, almonds, pistachios, and even cashews.
Whether crushed or turned into nut butter, nuts are delicious and full of nutrients.
Here are some nuts combos to try out on top of your French toast:
- Pecan nuts and caramel
- Hazelnuts and milk chocolate
- Walnuts and bananas
- Almonds and dates
- Cashews and honey
- Pistachios and white chocolate
As simple as it might seem, powdered sugar is one of the most underrated French toast toppings. It’s always available in your kitchen, it’s a crowd pleaser, and you can never go wrong with it.
Simply dust some powdered sugar over your buttered French toast and enjoy the sweet taste of that snowy French toast.
Cinnamon is a great spice, and it’s my personal favorite. That’s because it enhances the flavor of everything and just the smell of it soothes you.
Sprinkle some ground cinnamon over your French toast, and it will take the dish to a whole new level of wholesomeness.
Additionally, drizzle some cream cheese frosting on top and enjoy your French toast dessert with a cinnamon roll twist to it.
Another crowd pleaser, especially for kids, is whipped cream. Not only does it pair well with an endless number of fruits and nuts, but it also is just great on its own.
Here’s a list of the best things to add with whipped cream:
- Strawberries or bananas
- Ice cream
Nutella chocolate spread is every child’s favorite, and it doesn’t require any preparations whatsoever. Just straight out of the jar, spread it over your French toast, and enjoy.
For extra crunch, add cacao nibs or chopped hazelnuts over your Nutella spread. Additionally, pieces of apples, bananas, or strawberries would highly compliment the chocolate.
What’s better than cheese and deli mix to satisfy your inner savory beast, Monte Cristo style? It’s a great breakfast to kick-start your day.
Turkey ham paired with oozy, melted swiss cheese is a combination to die for. Add them on top of your French toast while cooking and cover to let the cheese melt.
Also, a spread of raspberry jam on one of the French toast slices is a sure winner here.
For a sweet and savory mix, labneh and honey are a must-try. Labneh is a kind of cheese that’s kind of similar to cream cheese, and it’s very popular in middle eastern cuisine.
Spread some labneh over your French toast, and be generous! Then, drizzle over some honey.
As a substitute for labneh, mozzarella would be the ideal candidate. Other than that, you can also try to pair the honey with other mild cheeses, like Camembert or brie.
For a tropical-style French toast, top it with mangos or pineapples, and sprinkle some coconut flakes over it.
If there’s no tropical fruit available at your home, coconut ice cream is your next best option. With a drizzle of fruit syrup, you’ll have a mouth-watering treat.
Feeling a bit fancy? Go for it and top your French toast with smoked salmon. Don’t worry about the sweetness of French toast, it’ll be amazing!
Don’t forget to spread some cream cheese before adding the smoked salmon, and for an additional kick, throw in some capers.
It doesn’t hurt to try avocados over your French toast. Not just is it picture-worthy, but French toast topped with avocados is splendid.
Drizzle some honey over it, or if you’re feeling adventurous, grate some parmesan instead of honey
Eggs are so versatile, and you can get quite creative with them. Not to mention that they’re nutritious and full of protein.
How about scrambled eggs with cheese, hard-boiled eggs with mayo, or sunny-side-up crispy fried eggs?
You can go wild by poaching an egg and topping it off with some hollandaise sauce and bits of crispy bacon.
Think about all the endless options that are incredibly appetizing when added over a sweet slice of French toast. The result is mouth-watering.
Yogurt is a healthy topping to consider for your French toast. It’s also delicious and super easy if you don’t have any other alternatives.
Whether you use fruit-flavored yogurt or plain yogurt, it’s going to taste great, and for added sweetness, drizzle a bit of honey on top.
Yes, you guessed it. It’s a s’mores style French toast, and it’s everything you could ask for. You might want to pause on counting the calories, though.
Just like with ordinary s’mores, add chocolate chips and marshmallows between two slices of French toast directly after cooking them and let the heat do the magic.
Additionally, if you have a butane torch, charring those marshmallows adds more toastiness to it.
Another amazingly tasty savory option to add on top of your French toast is sausage links. Fry those sausages and add them with some simple condiments.
In addition, you can pair that with fried or scrambled eggs for the ultimate breakfast experience. This dish is surely going to leave you as full as a tick.
Granola is healthy and full of vitamins and fibers. Not to mention the extra crunch it adds to your breakfast.
That’s why granola makes a great addition to your French toast dish and if it’s not sweet enough for you, drizzling honey or syrup is always a good idea.
Granola is a mix of rolled oats and a combination of one or more of these ingredients:
- Crushed nuts
- Dried fruits
- Puffed rice
- Nut butter
No doubt that whatever you’re craving, adding it on top of French toast is definitely going to make both of them a hundred times better.
This article gives you a hint on some of the things you can put on French toast, but the sky’s the limit when it comes to mixing and matching different ingredients and textures.
Don’t be afraid of experimenting around the kitchen and coming up with unique combos because you can never imagine what goes with what unless you give it a try.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Film/Video/Media Studies, as well as an associates degree in Communications. I began producing videos and musical recordings nearly 15 years ago. I am a guitarist and bassist in Southwest MI and have been in a few different bands since 2009, and in 2012 I began building custom guitars and basses in my home workshop as well. When I’m home, I love spending time with my three pets (a dog, cat, and snake) and gardening in my backyard.