Recipe Makeover: Carb Smart, Gluten-Free Overnight French Toast

You ask, we deliver! By popular demand, blogger Carolyn Ketchum of All Day I Dream About Food has made over reader favorite Overnight French Toast to be carb smart and gluten-free. Breakfast is served.


The first dish I ever learned to make on my own was French toast. It was always one of my favorite breakfast meals and when I decided to follow a low carb diet to keep my blood glucose in check, I figured I was saying goodbye to French toast forever. Thankfully, I was wrong.

The biggest hurdle in making over this Overnight French Toast recipe was the bread. Store-bought bread wasn’t an option so I knew I’d have to make my own Carb Smart, Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pan Bread from scratch. I also needed a way to create a brown sugar-like topping, without the actual sugar. A little molasses mixed with some erythritol solved that. Once I conquered those obstacles, the rest came together easily and the results were delicious. It has all the flavor and texture of the breakfast classic, but it’s gluten free and lower in carbs and sugar than the original. What’s not to love?


Here are some quick tips for modifying your own favorites for a reduced-carb or -sugar diet:

  • When in doubt, make it from scratch to control for ingredients. You won’t always be able to rely on pre-packaged goods for your recipes.
  • Research your sweetener options. There are so many sugar alternatives out there and they all behave a little differently. Crystalline sweeteners like erythritol or xylitol work best in caramelized toppings like this one.
  • Buy a few different alternative flours, like nut meals, coconut flour and flax seed meal. They all bake very differently than wheat flour but are both delicious and nutritious. You can often get even better results by combining them in recipes.

Overnight French Toast – Carb Smart, Sugar Smart, Gluten Free, Grain Free

Serves 12


3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup erythritol sweetener (I used Swerve Sweetener)
2 teaspoons molasses
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 recipe Carb Smart, Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pan Bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and dried in the oven at 200°F for 2 to 3 hours


Step 1
Spray an 11x7 glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix butter, molasses and erythritol sweetener together and spread evenly over the bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with chopped pecans, if using.


Step 2
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, cinnamon and ginger. Stir in bread, toss to coat and allow to soak in egg mixture for 15 minutes.


Step 3
Spoon into baking dish over molasses mixture and press down lightly to compact together.


Step 4
Cover tightly with foil and refrigerate at least one hour and no more than 12 hours.

Step 5
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake 20 minutes covered, then remove foil and continue to bake another 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown on top.

Step 6
Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edges of the French toast. Place a large, heatproof serving plate or tray upside down on baking dish; carefully turn plate and baking dish over. Leave baking dish over French toast 1 minute; remove baking dish. Use rubber spatula to remove any caramel sauce from bottom of baking dish and spread over top of French toast bake. Serve immediately.


Did You Know?

Nutrition information (per serving): 278 Calories; 25g Fat (70.3% calories from fat); 9g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; <2g Sugars, 150mg Cholesterol; 254mg Sodium.

Nutrition data was calculated by the author using MasterCook Software, and has not been verified by General Mills.

Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.