What is your late night guilty pleasure? We all have those favorite late night snacks that beckon us. Some of us like things a little more sweet while others crave savory. This Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast is the ultimate late night treat while being perfect anytime of day.
One of my favorite late night treats is a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There's something about taking what's already a comfort food and making it even better by giving the Gluten Free bread that extra crispy exterior and molten melted interior. The way the jelly or jam becomes a little stickier and the peanut butter warms through to become a little runny is the definition of comfort food.
Comfort Food Treat
This Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast is a mashup of the perfect French toast, ultimate peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and childhood favorite of peanut butter and banana. In a way it's like a sweet version of a Monte Cristo sandwich.
When it comes to Gluten Free bread, it's all about the right texture along with flavor. Because this bread is getting soaked in an egg custard before cooking it needs to be something to hold up.
For this recipe I am using Carbonaut Gluten Free bread. Carbonaut bread is non-GMO, free of animal products (making it Dairy Free), and free of sugar. Their bread is also keto-certified.
When it comes to picking your peanut butter and jelly for these fun creations, use your favorite. Any nut butter or even sunflower seed butter would be great in this as well as your favorite flavor of jelly or jam.
Building Your Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
These sweet and fruity creations couldn't be easier. With just a few quick tips, you'll be grilling up your new favorite sandwich.
First, you want to make sure your skillet or grilled is fully heated over medium heat. You don't want it to be too high that'll burn the bread and not cook the custard, but you do want it to be heated through when you add your sandwiches. This will give you that golden crust and allow the center to get all ooey, gooey, and molten.
Spread your peanut butter and jelly inside your sandwiches just like you would a regular PB&J. Feeling adventurous? Go with crunchy peanut butter. Just don't forget to add those banana slices!
Next up, make sure you don't soak the sandwiches in the egg custard too long. This is just a quick dip. Because these are being built as sandwiches you don't want the bread to get soggy.
When it comes to cooking the Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast, it only takes 3-4 minutes per side, but don't rush it. Let the bread get golden brown before flipping.
How to Make this Recipe Nut Free
With so many allergens and food sensitivities, I am always looking for ways to make my recipes accessible to everyone. If you or one of your friends or family have a tree nut allergy, the peanut butter in this recipe can be replaced with sunflower seed butter.
In addition to providing its own unique flavor that is a great swap for peanut butter, sunflower seed butter also offers up additional nutrients. It's rich in protein, vitamin E, fiber, zinc, and iron.
Are you looking for more French toast inspiration? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free Decadent S'mores French Toast. Now let's get cooking!
Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast
- large skillet or griddle
- Gluten Free bread, 2 slices per serving
- 1 egg
- 1 cup Dairy Free milk
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Dairy Free butter
- peanut butter, jelly, and banana slices
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- In a bowl mix together the eggs, Dairy Free milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Set aside.
- Spread one slice of bread with peanut butter and the other slice of bread with jelly. Place banana slices on one side and make a sandwich.
- Heat a skillet over medium/low and add butter to melt.
- Quickly dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture and then place the sandwiches into the hot skillet.
- Allow to cook 3-4 minutes, or until the first side is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side 3-4 minutes.
- Mix cinnamon and sugar together and dip the finished hot sandwiches into it before serving. Enjoy!