Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks

My seven year old’s eyes lit up when she saw these.

There’s something about portable, grab-able, or mini food, that I am always drawn to.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks - Portable French toast that's just begging to be dunked!! Fast, easy, and double-dipping is totally ok!!

And if it’s dunk-able or dip-able, even better.

The French toast sticks are bursting with cinnamon-sugar flavor. I didn’t want the cinnamon flavor to get lost so I used plenty of cinnamon in the coating mixture, and by dredging the sticks in cinnamon-sugar before serving, there’s a pleasant pop of cinnamon that’s just right for us but you can always dial it down.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks - Portable French toast that's just begging to be dunked!! Fast, easy, and double-dipping is totally ok!!

The coating mixture comes together in minutes by whisking together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugars. The milk I used was Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often.

I recently used it in Pumpkin French Toast, Pumpkin Pancakes, Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes, Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake, Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake, Thick and Fudgy Peanut Butter Smoothies, Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins, 50-Calorie Copycat Skinny Caramel Frappuccinos, Honey Cornbread Muffins and more.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks - Portable French toast that's just begging to be dunked!! Fast, easy, and double-dipping is totally ok!!

All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

I used this French toast bread that I found at my regular grocery. Use a thick-cut bread like Texas toast or thick-sliced challah or French bread. Day-old is preferred because it’s sturdier. Don’t use thin, flimsy bread because it’ll fall apart.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks - Portable French toast that's just begging to be dunked!! Fast, easy, and double-dipping is totally ok!!

After cooking the sticks on my new electric griddle that I’ve been loving, and tossing them in cinnamon-sugar before digging in, I was in comfort food heaven. They’re slightly firm on the outside and tender in the middle.

They’re sweet enough that you don’t ‘need’ maple syrup, but I view dunking as mandatory. In fact, I like a little French toast with my syrup.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks - Portable French toast that's just begging to be dunked!! Fast, easy, and double-dipping is totally ok!!

Print Recipe

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks

There's something about portable, grab-able, or mini food, that I am always drawn to. And if it's dunk-able or dip-able, even better. After cooking the sticks and tossing them in cinnamon-sugar, I was in comfort food heaven. They’re slightly firm on the outside, tender in the middle, and the cinnamon flavor shines through. They're sweet enough that you don't 'need' maple syrup, but I view dunking as mandatory.

Yield: 16 one-inch sticks (from 4 pieces toast)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes for griddling

Total Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
butter, for griddle or pan
4 slices Texas toast or thick-sliced French toast bread sliced into 1-inch wide strips (I used this French toast bread found at my regular grocery store; or use thick-sliced white bread or challah, day-old preferred; don't use thin, flimsy bread because it'll fall apart)
maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping (try Vanilla Maple Syrup or Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat electric griddle (takes about 10 minutes) or preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat a minute or two before you'll need it; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
  3. Butter the griddle or skillet.
  4. Dip 1 slice of bread into the coating mixture for about 5 to 10 seconds, flipping over once, and making sure it's well-coated before adding to griddle; don't let bread become overly saturated because it'll break and fall apart. Repeat with all slices of bread until coating mixture is gone.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until as done and browned as desired, flipping and rotating the sticks so all sides are cooked and browned. Add more butter to griddle or skillet as necessary and wipe griddle with paper towel as necessary to remove black bits. Serve immediately with maple syrup or your favorite topping. French toast sticks are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and can be gently reheated in the micro or toaster.

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48 comments

  1. WOW! These french toast sticks look amazing Averie! Like a churro but better perhaps? Gorgeous!

  2. I had to fight myself – sitting here at 11:30pm in bed, hungry as a bear out of hibernation – because I KNEW if I clicked on this post, I was setting myself up for more pain than pleasure.

    And I’m totally hurting right now. And it’s all your fault.

    I always sneak a few of the kid’s french toast sticks when he’s having them. But just judging by the pics of yours, you’ve managed to make me feel like I’m a terrible father for feeding him the ones I give him. I can taste the cinnamon, the syrup, the crunch followed by the melt in your mouth goodness.

    I’m in bed. Hungry. And I can taste all of that.

    Not happy with you. Great, great job, they look amazing! But so not happy.

  3. Cinnamon french toast sticks are such a great idea! I always make cinnamon french toast, but cutting the bread into sticks its TOTAL game changer! Love this :)

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  4. Love this idea!! Genius you!!

  5. My eyes would lite up too if someone served me these delicious sticks for breakfast, lunch or dinner…I love all that cinnamon and sugar on the outside so yummy and I’m with you give me some French toast with my syrup..I love dipping.

  6. Bite-sized foods are definitely the best, Averie! These french toast sticks look amazing!! So wish I had this for breakfast right now. Looks picture perfect!

  7. This is EXACTLY what I needed today! Yesterday I was at IHOP with my hubs and he wanted french toast. But then accidentally ordered waffles (?) So I promised I would make him French toast this week. And then you post this! Pinned!

  8. Love the coating–this is some delicious looking finger food and dunking them in a little mug of maple syrup sounds like heaven! Your photos really capture that texture on the outside. These remind me of churros (but I think those might be fried).

  9. Oh my! SO good:)
    Also, the first recipe you linked to with the peanut butter maple syrup sounds incredible too! Thanks for all the brunch recipe tips!

  10. My kids would adore these. I’ve got to make them! Love all that crispy golden cinnamon sugar. YUM!
    Pinned.
    Have an awesome Monday!

  11. Oh yum! Just printed out the recipe and will try it later this week!

  12. Hi, Averie. I made your chocolate banana muffins yesterday for breakfast (which everyone loved) and would love to make these now! My daughter has a nut allergy — should I replace the almond milk with regular milk and maybe add a little vanilla? Thanks!

  13. My eyes would’ve lit up if I saw these too! You’ve done it again, Averie!

  14. I used to beg my mom to get me the frozen french toast sticks!

  15. These look so yummy! I absolutely love anything cinnamon sugar. These are going to have to be made next weekend!

  16. I love anything and everyhing portable, grab-able, and mini! These look outstanding and I love that mini mug for syrup…too cute :)

  17. Love these, and they are easy and fun to make. Would be nice to share them with my toddler.

  18. my eyes would light up too – these look amazing!!!

  19. YUM! This is one of my favorite breakfasts! Especially when they’re covered in cinnamon sugar!

  20. My daughter would be in heaven if I made her these!! Fantastic!! Love that cinnamon sugar topping, pinned!

  21. This would make a great brinner for the kids when hubby is out of town!

  22. Oh my gosh these look amazing! Can’t wait to try!

  23. Everything is more fun when it’s made into a finger food :)

  24. Oooh, I want these- the EXTRA cinnamon-y version!

  25. My kids would LOVE these!

  26. These remind me of churros! So I think I would dip mine in chocolate sauce….mmm :) What a fun brunch idea for both kids and adults!

  27. My eyes lit up when I saw theses as well! Looks delicious.

  28. This 30-year old’s eyes just lit up! These look amazing!

  29. I LOVE that crunchy cinnamon sugar coating!!! Amazing–and that little mug filled with syrup looks sooo cute

  30. Have you ever frozen these in batches? My son loves french toast sticks and I am constantly buying them and it gets expensive!

  31. How did you coat the sticks with the cinnamon and sugar?

  32. I love cinnamon and I really love this recipe. you’re a genius!

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