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Gluten Free Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwiches are something I had heard so many good things about. In fact my Mom and Aunt raved about them. Since they loved it so much I knew I needed to create a gluten free Monte Cristo sandwich to enjoy. This in my opinion is the best Monte Cristo sandwich that is gluten free, dairy free, fun and easy to make!

However, after my son had to cut the majority of corn out of his diet I went searching for a gluten free waffle that he would love. We bought all of the ones available and Van’s was hands down his absolute favorite. It was surprising that he ventured out and tried the blueberry and loved them! These light and crisp waffles contain 21-23g of whole grains per serving, so I know their bellies will be full and happy. As busy parents we need snacks and simple breakfasts for the kids (and ourselves) and that is why you will always find a large assortment of Van’s products in our home. Van’s is our brand of choice because they offer gluten, dairy, corn, and nut free options- those are all of the intolerance/allergies/sensitivities we have in our home. For a store locator and to view all of the gluten free Van’s products click HERE.

Gluten Free Monte Cristo

boxes of waffles and monte cristo sandwich on a plate  You don’t have to slave to make the best Monte Cristo sandwich and that is why I love this recipe. Just a few simple ingredients and about 20 minutes of your time will provide a savory and fabulous meal for your family. It is also incredibly easy to double this recipe if you are feeding a crowd.

So, why is it called a Monte Cristo Sandwich?

monte cristo sandwich on a plate with a box of waffles in the back

What is a Monte Cristo Sandwich made of?

This is an age old question no one seems to have an answer to. The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel, but seems to have no connection to this Americanized sandwich. This is basically a French toast ham and cheese sandwich that has been found in American cookbooks as early as the 1930’s.
monte cristo ingredients on a table   Generally it is filled with ham, cheese, and a layer of mayonnaise. The outside is coated like French toast and you can dust it with powdered sugar if you would like. I wanted a savory spin on this for lunch or dinner, but if you’re looking for a breakfast or brunch recipe add a light dusting of the powdered sugar on top. Here are the ingredients…

  • Van’s Gluten Free Original Waffles
  • Ham
  • Cheese (I used vegan gouda)
  • Mayo
  • Eggs
  • Coconut milk (or milk of choice)
  • Few spices

How do we make the best Monte Cristo sandwich?

monte cristo process shots  Start by toasting the waffles. Get them nice and crispy. The crispier they are the better they hold up when cooking. In a shallow bowl or pie dish add the eggs, milk and seasonings. Beat well with a fork. Add the mayo on both sides of the waffle. monte cristo process shots   Build the sandwich by layering the cheese and ham and then putting the waffles together. Allow the waffle sandwich to soak in the egg mixture for about 15-30 seconds. Not too long, or it will get a bit soggy. Melt 1 tbsp of the butter in an 8 inch frying pan. Once the butter is melted add the sandwich.

Gluten Free Monte Cristo

monte cirsto process shots Fry on each side about 2 or so minutes. You want a nice dark golden crisp on the outside. Once done transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the excess butter/oil. You can add a dusting of powdered sugar if you would like to. I prefer this on the savory side. Enjoy!

Best Monte Cristo Sandwich

5 from 1 vote

Gluten Free Monte Cristo Sandwich

This easy monte cristo is made with Van's gluten free waffles. It's a savory simple recipe.

Course Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 624 kcal


  • 6 Van's Gluten Free Original Waffles 1 box
  • 3 slices Ham
  • 3 slices Cheese I used vegan
  • 3 tbsp Mayo
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Butter I used vegan


  1. Toast the waffles. Get them crispy so they do not get soggy when soaking in the egg mixture.

  2. In a shallow bowl or pie dish add the eggs, coconut milk, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Whisk well.

  3. Take 2 waffles and spread mayo and each one, add the ham and cheese. Create a sandwich with 2 waffles acting as the bread and the ham and cheese inside.

  4. Add the waffle sandwich to the egg mixture and allow it soak up about 15-30 seconds, then flip and repeat. While this is happening add 1 tbsp. of butter to an 8 inch frying pan and allow it to melt.

  5. Add the waffle sandwich that is coated in the egg mixture to the hot butter. Allow to cook about 2 minutes, or until there is a nice golden brown crispy color outside and then flip and repeat.

  6. Continue this for all 3 monte cristos. Once cooked place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

  7. Serve warm, with or without powdered sugar sprinkled on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Monte Cristo Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 624 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 210mg70%
Sodium 1535mg67%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1936IU39%
Calcium 384mg38%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I gotta try these!! They look so delicious. You blew this one out of the park. Vans are a great gf product too.

    1. livingfreelygf says:

      Thanks Natalie. It’s an awesome easy brunch or lunch recipe.