I don’t know about you, but this quarantine has me craving allll the comfort food…or maybe it’s just that I’m bored and I love creating recipes and making things I don’t always have the time for. Regardless of its cause, my curse is your gain!
Whatever you do, don’t leave the house just for a McGriddle – it’s not worth breaking your quarantine for! I GOT YOU!
I used to LOVE McGriddle sandwiches! I also worked at McDonald’s for about 8 years of my life so I was familiar with the calories and questionable ingredients. If you work at a fast food restaurant as long as I did, chances are you familiarized yourself with the healthiest options available for your free meal on your shift. I never used to get the McGridddles because, spoiler alert, they’re not great for you.
My nostalgia got the best of me and I created for you – drumroll please – these better than takeout gluten free griddle sandwiches!! I love the idea of customizing these to your dietary needs and restrictions. Here’s what you’ll need to make my version!
Ingredients and equipment
- Skillet or electric griddle (I recommend a griddle if you have one because it allows for more cakes at once and is easy maneuver. If you don’t have one, fear not! A skillet is fine.)
- 6 rings to wide mouth mason jars – this is important to making the griddle cakes!
- Spatula/pancake flipper of your choosing
For the griddle cakes:
- 1 cup Gluten Free 1-to-1 flour WITH xanthan gum (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk of choice, I used cashew mylk
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- cooking spray of choice, I used avocado oil
For the sandwiches:
- 3 large eggs
- 1 pound of bacon or 5 sausage patties, cooked
- 2.5 cheese slices
- Preheat skillet or griddle medium-medium high heat. Place mason jar rings on the surface.
- In a large bowl, mix gluten free flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
- Add milk, avocado oil, egg, and vanilla extract mixing until combined. The mixture will be smooth.
- Spray mason jar rings with cooking spray and add just enough batter to cover the bottom of each ring. This will create a sort of batter seal.
- Very carefully, dribble small dots of maple syrup into the batter of each ring, trying to stay towards the inside.
- Add enough batter to cover the syrup you drizzled into each ring. There should be a little room left for your pancake batter to expand.
- Allow each griddle cake to sit until you see that the bubbles on top have popped. (It’s important to wait long enough so your griddles aren’t gooey inside!!
- With a spatula, carefully flip each ring. Gently remove rings with the corner of your spatula. The rings will be VERY hot.
- Allow griddle cakes to sit until both sides are lightly browned. (This batter should make 10 griddle cakes)
- As each set of griddle cakes is finished, allow to cool on a cooling rack. I do not recommend stacking the cakes as they may become soggy.
- Scramble all three remaining eggs, adding salt and pepper to taste. Place a mason jar ring on your cooking surface and spray with cooking spray before adding eggs. (Your eggs should be split eggs into 5 rings.) Allow to cook almost through before flipping and removing the ring as you did with the griddle cakes.
- Remove eggs from heat when finished and add 1/2 slice of cheese of choice to each egg patty to melt.
- Assemble sandwiches with 2 griddle cakes, 3 half slices of bacon or 1 sausage patty, scrambled egg patty, and cheese.
If you’re making this recipe during NON-quarantine times and you’d like to have it ready for before school/work lunches, I recommend simply making the griddle cakes as suggested and freezing them. You can easily pop them in the toaster and add fresh eggs, meat and cheese.
A second option to make this a quick, grab and go recipe: wrap the sandwiches in parchment or wax paper and then with foil to prevent freezer burn. You’ll be able to remove the foil and heat in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, flipping halfway through.
I hope you’ll try these and love them as much as we do! It’s a great little brunch treat without the icky feeling of fast food sandwiches!
Share this with a friend who loves McGriddles! Be sure to tag your recreations on instagram @bethannsbites or share to my Facebook page Bites With Beth! Drop me a comment or message if you have questions. Let me know what you think!