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Growing up, French toast was always a mystery to me. My first attempt in my 20s was, to put it lightly, a fail. Fast forward to today, and I’ve finally cracked the code with our Quick Keto Bread adapted from this recipe, and a spiced soak that’s out of this world. The result? Quick Low-carb French Toast that’s crispy outside and fluffy inside. Keep reading to see how I made it and how you can too.
Why You’ll Love This French Toast
- Quick and Easy: Ready in just 20 minutes, this French toast is perfect for busy mornings.
- Low-Carb: Utilizing almond flour and a sugar-free syrup, you don’t have to worry about carbs.
- Versatile: The recipe allows for a variety of toppings, so it never gets boring.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Heads up: For exact measurements, see the recipe card below.
Making this keto-approved French Toast is simple. All you need is 20 minutes and a few common low-carb staples:
For the Bread
- Egg: Large eggs work best for binding.
- Oil: Choose from olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil.
- Almond Flour: A low-carb alternative to regular flour.
- Baking Powder: Gluten-free for a little lift. Alternatively, you can use a combination of baking soda and cram of tartar. To get 1 teaspoon of baking powder, use ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, plus ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar.
- Low-Carb Sweetener: Allulose or another granulated low-carb sweetener.
- Cinnamon: For flavor.
For the French Soak
- Egg: Large eggs for a richer soak.
- Cream: Heavy whipping cream for creaminess.
- Sea Salt: Just a pinch.
- Cinnamon: Because it’s French toast.
- Butter: Unsalted butter, ghee, or coconut oil for frying.
- Optional Toppings: Low-carb sweetener and/or sugar-free maple syrup to serve, ideally Allulose-based.
Yes! If you need to make this recipe nut-free, simply swap the same amount of ground sunflower seeds for the almond flour. If you want to use coconut flour instead, replace the ¼ cup almond flour with about 2 tablespoons of coconut flour and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. Or simply follow the nut-free tips in our Quick Keto Bread recipe.
Sure! To make this keto French toast recipe dairy-free, replace the butter with melted ghee (dairy but usually well tolerated) or melted coconut oil, and the cream with coconut cream.
How To Make Quick Low-Carb French Toast
Prepare the Bread. Mix all the bread ingredients together and pour into a ramekin.
Microwave the Bread. Microwave for 90 seconds, checking at the halfway point. If it’s still raw, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
Cool and Cut. Let it cool, then cut in half widthwise.
Prepare the Soak. Mix all the French soak ingredients.
Soak the Bread. Let the bread slices soak for 1-2 minutes on each side.
Fry. Heat up the butter and fry the soaked bread slices until golden on each side, about 5 minutes.
Serve. Enjoy this Low-Carb French Toast with a dusting of low-carb sweetener, cinnamon and sugar-free syrup (such as Allulose or monk fruit based).
Tips for the Best Keto French Toast
- Bread Texture Matters: For French toast that holds together well, let the 90-second keto bread cool completely before slicing. This helps firm up the bread so it doesn’t fall apart during soaking or frying.
- Egg Mixture Ratio: Ensure your egg to cream ratio is balanced; too much cream can make the soak too heavy, resulting in soggy toast. Aim for a rich, custard-like consistency for the best absorption.
- Soak Time: Don’t rush the soak. Give the bread enough time to absorb the egg mixture, but not so long that it becomes too heavy. A couple of minutes per side should do the trick.
- Moderate Heat: Cook your French toast on medium heat to ensure that it cooks evenly and gets a nice golden-brown exterior without burning. Patience is key!
Stored covered in the fridge, it’ll last up to 4 days. Reheat in a frying pan when you’re ready to eat.
How to Serve French Toast
Serve immediately after cooking while it’s hot and the texture is just right. Pair with sugar-free syrup or a sprinkle of icing sugar substitute or cinnamon for classic flavor without the carbs (Allulose-based sweeteners are ideal). Feel free to add a dollop of whipped cream or Greek yogurt to serve.
Quick Low-Carb French Toast
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin, or ghee, coconut oil)
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 1 tsp granulated low-carb sweetener (such as Allulose or Swerve)
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg (beaten)
- 1 tbsp heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream)
- pinch of sea salt
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter (or ghee, coconut oil for frying)
- Dusting of low-carb sweetener and/or sugar-free maple flavored syrup to serve (optional)
- Prepare all the ingredients for the bread. Mix together the bread ingredients: egg, olive oil, almond flour, baking powder, sweetener and cinnamon.
- Place it in a one cup ramekin and microwave for 90 seconds, checking halfway. If still raw in the middle, cook for another 30 seconds.
- Tip out and let cool. Once cooled enough to handle, split in half and cool further.
- Whisk the French soak ingredients together in a shallow dish: egg, cream, salt and cinnamon. Lay the bread in it to soak the slices of bread for 1-2 minutes per side.
- Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat and fry the bread until golden on each side, for about 5 minutes.
- Yield: Makes 2 French Toasts (1 serving).
- Serving Suggestions: Serve dusted with powdered sweetener, with sugar-free ice cream, with sugar-free syrup and/or powdered low-carb sweetener, with whipped cream, and/or with bacon.
- Dairy-Free Option: Opt for melted ghee or coconut oil instead of butter, and use coconut cream instead of regular cream.
- Nut-Free Option: Substitute almond flour with the same amount of ground sunflower seeds.
- Storage: Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, reheat in the frying pan or microwave.