Easy to make, air fryer French toast sticks are irresistible. Delightfully crispy on the outside with creamy custardy insides, your family will love this breakfast treat drizzled with maple syrup or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
Did French toast sticks first make their appearance at fast food restaurants? I think they may have. Crunchy, with soft insides, served with a little container of maple syrup for dipping, they were so good!
French toast sticks are available now in the freezer section of your grocery store but why buy expensive pre-made French toast? The ingredients are so simple and inexpensive: bread, milk, eggs, sugar. Add a little cinnamon and vanilla if you like (and I do!) and that’s all you need.
And need I say it? Homemade is so. much. better. No unpronounceable ingredients. No preservatives. Just simple healthy goodness. I make French toast often or should I say Ben does? It’s kind of his morning specialty.
But the beauty of making French toast sticks in your air fryer? You get French toast with a perfectly crispy exterior and because it’s not fried, there’s no added fat. Don’t you just love it?
My kids pretty much go crazy over these air fryer French toast sticks. And who wouldn’t?
Try French toast sticks dipped in real maple syrup, or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. They’re also delicious dipped in homemade applesauce. Serve them with a bowl of fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast or snack.
About these air fryer French toast sticks:
If you know how to make French toast, you can easily make French toast sticks.
I like to use Texas toast bread because it’s light and airy and soaks up lots of the egg mixture. You can find bagged Texas toast bread in the bread/bun section of your grocery store.
Use a serrated knife to cut the bread slices into thirds to create “sticks”. Pile up a few slices of bread and cut a bunch at once if you have a good sharp knife. Super easy. If you’d like, you can cut the crusts off, but you don’t have to.
In a large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, whole milk, a couple tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Put the bread “sticks” into the egg mixture and turn until they’re completely coated and soaked through.
Pop them into your air fryer in a single layer, sides not touching. Don’t forget to spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray! You’ll have to do the French toast sticks in batches. Flip them once and they’ll be ready in 7-8 minutes total. So easy and delicious!
Making a lot? See the recipe for complete directions on how to keep them warm.
How to make these French toast sticks your own:
- Use a different type of bread. Any kind of sandwich bread will work well to make the “sticks”. Dry bread is okay, in fact, better because it will soak up more egg. Keep in mind that using denser types of bread may affect the cooking time. Brioche is always a good choice, too!
- Want to make your French toast non-dairy? Use a non-dairy alternative, like coconut, oat, almond or soy.
- You can easily double or triple the recipe. I think you’ll want to make extra so you can have them in your freezer for a quick breakfast or snack.
- Don’t have an air fryer? You can make these French toast sticks on a griddle or frying pan. Prepare as directed, then place on a preheated, greased pan to fry. Flip once and cook until cooked through and golden brown.
Reheating and Storage Tips
Do you like the convenience of frozen French toast sticks? So do I! Ready to reheat whenever you crave them, frozen air fryer French toast sticks are a perfect make ahead idea. Simply freeze the cooked French toast sticks in a single layer on a baking pan. Once they are frozen firm, you can slide them into a zip top freezer bag to store for up to 2 months in the freezer.
Ideally, reheat them in your toaster, air fryer, oven or toaster oven. If you reheat them in the microwave, they’ll still be tasty but not very crispy.
Other delicious breakfast recipes:
Breakfast is my favorite meal! I have lots of other great breakfast ideas for you:
- Try this overnight French toast casserole. Perfect for when you have overnight guests or a special brunch.
- I love this homemade whole wheat pancake mix. Just add eggs, milk, and oil for delicious pancakes anytime. Or try banana whole wheat pancakes.
- These chai French toast skewers can also be made ahead.
- More of an oatmeal person? Try Instant pot steel cut oats or apple cinnamon baked oatmeal.
- Or try this easy granola recipe. Custom make your own granola for a fraction of the cost of already made.
- In the mood for a breakfast smoothie? Try this peach banana smoothie with cottage cheese for extra protein.
- I have so many more ideas. Check out my complete list of breakfast recipes.
- 3 large eggs
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 6 thick slices Texas toast, each slice cut into thirds
- Maple syrup and/or confectioner’s sugar for serving
- Beat eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a large shallow bowl. Add bread, turning to coat in egg mixture.
- Lightly coat the basket of air fryer with nonstick cooking spray. Place French toast sticks in basket, in a single layer, making sure they aren’t touching each other. You’ll need to cook them in batches. Set air fryer to 375° and cook 6 minutes, flip, and cook for an additional 1-3 minutes, watching closely, or until golden brown.
- To keep warm, place French toast sticks on a wire baking rack placed on top of a sheet pan in a warm oven (175-200ºF). This will keep the cooked French toast warm and crispy while you finish cooking the rest.
- Serve warm, drizzled with maple syrup or sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar.
- Freeze the cooked French toast sticks in a single layer on a baking pan. Once they are frozen firm you can slide them into a zip top freezer bag to store for up to 2 months in the freezer.
- To make non-dairy French toast sticks, leave the milk out and dip the sticks in the beaten eggs. Or use a milk substitute like soy, almond, or coconut.
- Other types of bread can be used. Adjust cooking time for denser breads. Stale, dry bread is good!
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Husband’s take: My family goes craaaaazy over these. Everyone loves them.
Changes I would make: None!