Cinnamon French toast with sugar free maple flavored syrup brings back Saturday morning breakfast memories without the guilt of regular French toast. This recipe is easy enough to make every morning. It’s so simple, you’ll be able to whip up a batch for just yourself or your entire household. It’s low carb, so you can eat it every day without guilt!
For this recipe, you’ll need: low carb bread, eggs, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar substitute, vanilla extract, cinnamon, sugar free syrup, and butter.
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Cinnamon French Toast Recipe Backstory
When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time at my Aunt Jewel’s house. Aunt Jewel and I had a lot in common. We both loved books, enjoyed auctions, appreciated the little things in life and loved our sweets. Every Saturday morning, my aunt would get up before anyone else and make a huge spread for breakfast. She didn’t just make French toast or eggs. Oh, no, Aunt Jewel created a buffet of delectable foods, including homemade fluffy biscuits, sausage, bacon, eggs, and the most delicious French toast I’ve ever had.
I watched her make that toast many different Saturdays throughout my childhood and became a bit of an expert on French toast making. However, low carb doesn’t really allow for the thick sourdough bread Aunt Jewel used and I put thoughts of Saturday morning French toast behind me as I committed more and more to a low carb WOE (way of eating).
I experiment with recipes all the time, and I was really craving French toast this week. I decided to try to recreate Aunt Jewel’s recipe in a low carb version. My test batch turned out so yummy that my husband and I gobbled it up in about three seconds flat. Still, I knew I could make it even better by adding some special touches like Aunt Jewel used to.
After a couple of attempts, I’ve found the perfect combination of soft on the inside, crisp on the outside fluffy low carb French toast imaginable.
Cinnamon French Toast FAQs
How do I make low carb cinnamon French toast?
This French toast recipe is so easy that you’ll want to make it every week. It took me about 5 minutes, including prep time to grill these French toast slices up.
- Heat griddle to 275ºF or set a skillet on stove and turn to medium heat.
- Beat eggs until they are thoroughly mixed and starting to foam.
- Add cinnamon, sugar substitute, heavy whipping cream and vanilla and mix in thoroughly.
- Butter the cooking surface with a stick of butter (you’ll only use a little).
- Dip slices of bread in egg mixture one slice at a time, making sure both sides are covered completely.
- Place immediately on hot, buttered cooking surface.
- Cook for three or four minutes on one side, flip and repeat on the other.
- Remove from cooking surface, add butter and sugar free syrup (optional).
Where do you find low carb bread?
Low carb bread is more prevalent than it used to be. I often order ThinSlim, which is net 0 carbs. You can purchase it online and I recently found some bread at Meijer called Sola. It is a seeded bread with four net carbs and uses oat fiber rather than some of the heavy wheat in other “low carb” versions. You can also make your own low carb bread. I’ve made this same recipe using 90-second bread made in the microwave or cloud bread. Marye has an amazing recipe for low carb sandwich bread that takes a quick 2 minutes in the microwave. It would work great for this recipe, too.
If you’ve got some experience with yeast breads you can try the low carb yeast bread recipe from right here on Lowcarb-ology. Note: As with nearly all low carb yeast breads it is not totally gluten free.
Do I need a griddle?
I used a griddle to make my easy French toast recipe, but you can certainly make French toast for one in a skillet on the top of your stove. I like the griddle, because I can easily control the temperature. If cooking on a griddle, set for 275-degrees F. If cooking on a stove, set the burner on medium heat.
Does this freeze?
I did try to freeze and reheat and the texture was not good. I don’t advise freezing. What you could do is freeze the bread and thaw a slice or two at a time and then make this cinnamon French toast recipe.
Variations to Cinnamon French Toast Recipe
There are so many ways to serve up this French toast. Here are some I’ve tried:
- Add a little nutmeg to the egg mixture. This adds another level of taste.
- Depending upon where you like to keep carb counts, add berries or nuts.
- Use a low carb cinnamon raisin bread for the base.
- Top with sugar free ice cream toppings, such as caramel or chocolate.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar substitute on top.
- Toast your bread first for a crispier French toast recipe.
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This is the griddle that I have, which has some safety features because I have a tendency to burn myself! Of course, you still have to be cautious, but I’ve had this little griddle for years and used it over and over. Every time I pull it out, it works just like it did the first time. It’s such a handy thing for pancakes, fluffy French toast or low carb paninis!
Low Carb Cinnamon French Toast Recipe
This cinnamon French toast recipe is warm and homey and completely low carb friendly. If you want a keto breakfast, use the lowest carb bread you can find or make your own. This recipe makes enough French toast for one person. If this recipe makes your taste buds happy, please consider giving it 5 stars!
Just what you've been waiting for - an easy low carb adaptation for cinnamon French toast. The magic is in the egg mixture!
- 1 slice low carb bread
- 1/2 egg
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon erythritol
- 1 teaspoon heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pat butter
Preheat griddle to 275F or preheat skillet for two minutes on medium heat.
Beat egg until it just starts to foam.
Add vanilla and whipping cream. Mix completely.
Stir in cinnamon and sugar substitute (Swerve or sweetener of your choice).
Take a stick of butter and open on one end. Hold the other end of the butter and run the open end all over the hot griddle or skillet to grease it up.
Douse slice of bread in egg mixture. Coat both sides completely.
Place immediately on hot griddle/skillet for three or four minutes on each side or until brown and crispy.
Serve with a pat of butter. You can also drizzle on sugar free syrup (optional) or add fruit.
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