This recipe for air fryer French toast sticks (from scratch!) leaves your French toast with a crisp crust and a fluffy center. Your family will love to dip these French toast sticks in maple syrup and you’ll love how easy it is to toss these in the air fryer to cook!
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Most people are either French toast or pancake people, right? I don’t fit that bill, I am both people. I enjoy them totally equally.
If you know anything about me, you know that I wrote a pancake cookbook a few years ago. I have cooked many different types of pancakes in my life. I haven’t done as much experimenting on the French toast side though, but I do hope to do more of it in the coming years…especially now that I’ve discovered French toast in the air fryer. It’s so dang easy!
My kids have always loved French toast sticks, but we’d always bought the frozen version in the past.
I finally got around to perfecting homemade French toast sticks and they are still super quick and simple…but they taste way better!
Bread – I strongly recommend Texas toast. Its large, thick slices keep the center fluffier than what a sandwich slice bread would. However, if all you have available is sandwich bread, this will certainly still work. I have used that many times in a pinch!
Brown Sugar & Cinnamon – These are a must when we make French toast. It adds extra flavor and makes the toast irresistible!
Air Fryer – We’ve been testing out the Instant Vortex and highly recommend it. It is large enough to fit a fair amount of food, isn’t overly loud like some air fryers, and it cooks nicely.
How to make:
Prepare the bread– Slice each piece of bread into three even width slices to make your sticks. In a small bowl, add milk, eggs, melted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk them all together to combine. Spritz the basket of your air fryer with oil spray, or brush on the oil if you don’t have a mister. Then quickly dip the bread into the egg mixture and then place it in your air fryer basket. Don’t let the bread touch the sides or the other sticks.
Cook the French toast– Cook at 380 degrees F for 7 minutes. When they are done cooking they should be golden brown and cooked throughout. If this is not the case, cook for an additional 2 minutes until done.
Serve – Once your French toast sticks are done cooking, we like to place them on a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Of course, we always serve with real maple syrup for dipping.
You can use either fresh bread or stale bread when making French toast. Traditionally, stale bread was used in this recipe for economic reasons and because it would soak up the custard a little better if it was dried out. If you would like to try it, leave your bread out the night before you cook the French toast.
Absolutely! We do recommend thicker cut bread for French toast though, but otherwise whole wheat bread will work fine.
You can also freeze these for later. Just place on a sheet pan in a single layer and freeze for one hour. Transfer to a freezer safe baggie and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
Need some alternative topping ideas for your French toast?
We love serving our French toast sticks with a side of fruit to balance breakfast out. Strawberries, blueberries, bananas are all fantastic options to serve on the side. You could also pile them on top and eat your French toast sticks with a fork.
If you aren’t a fan of cinnamon, just leave it out. It won’t change anything else about the recipe.
Sausage links are perfect with French toast sticks – both are delicious dipped in maple syrup and the kids love to eat with their hands.
More air fryer breakfast recipes you might like:
- Air Fried Bacon
- Air Fryer Sausage Links
- Air Fryer Sausage Patties
- Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls
- Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
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Air Fryer French Toast
- 6 slices Texas toast
- 4 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Slice each piece of bread into 3 slices.
- Add the eggs, milk, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt to a shallow dish and whisk to combine.
- Spritz the basket of your air fryer with oil spray.
- Quickly dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture and then place in a single layer in the air fryer basket, making sure to leave space between each piece. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Cook at 380 degrees for 7 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Serve hot with powdered sugar and maple syrup.