You can cook the most delicious French toast sticks in the air fryer in minutes, with no need to fry it in oil or butter. Air Fryer French Toast is a quick and easy breakfast that the whole family will love.
Minimal prep time goes into making French toast sticks in the air fryer. They cook quickly and they have the perfect texture. Making breakfast in the air fryer is so handy, because it's quick and easy with minimal mess. Air Fryer French Toast Sticks are one of our favourite air fryer breakfast recipes.
Cutting them into sticks is perfect for little hands to hold and they are easy to transport for breakfast on the go.
Why you will love it
- Tastes far more indulgent than it is - Using the air fryer is a much healthier option, as you don't need to cook it in any butter or oil.
- Quick and easy - Ready in just 10 minutes
- Just a few ingredients - You probably already have in your kitchen
- Easy to customise - You could even make a chocolate version of this.
- Kids love it - A really easy win for a family friendly breakfast.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Bread - We used standard white sliced bread, as that's what we had in. However, traditionally, French toast would be made with sliced brioche, as it's sweet and soaks up the mixture really well.
- Egg - This makes up the majority of the mixture that the bread is dipped into. It helps the air fryer French toast get nice and crispy.
- Milk - You can use any type of milk here. We used whole milk.
- Butter - You could leave this out, but we feel this really gives something extra to French toast in the air fryer and makes them a little more special for a weekend breakfast.
- Maple syrup - This sweetens them. You could use honey instead.
- Vanilla - This adds a warmth and helps to bring out the sweetness.
- Cinnamon - A must flavour in French toast in our opinion.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
How to make air fryer French toast - Step by step
One: In a mixing bowl add the butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla (a), egg, and cinnamon (b). Mix well to combine everything (c).
Two: Slice the bread into sticks and soak them in the mixture.
Three: Put the soaked bread into your air fryer, leaving room between the pieces. You may have to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
Four: Cook at 180°C for 9 minutes, turning halfway through.
Air fryer French toast toppings
What is French toast without the toppings? Boring, that's what! Here is where you can get really creative. We served ours with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, but you could use powdered sugar (icing sugar) instead.
We loaded ours with a mixture of fresh berries, however you could just go with some slices of banana, or go a tropical route with some grilled pineapple and mango. Add a splash of rum and you have yourself a party. Maybe not for breakfast though!
You could add some creaminess with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt. You would usually get some kind of cream with traditional French toast, so whipped cream would work.
Store: If you cooked too much and have some leftover (what a great problem to have), then it will keep well in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: You can freeze French toast sticks really well. Once cooled, put in a freezer bag and they will keep for up to 3 months.
Reheat: You can reheat these in the microwave for 30 seconds, or the air fryer for 1 minute. To reheat from frozen, they will take about 4 minutes, flipped half way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Because of having to cook them in batches, you might be wondering why bother cooking french toast in the air fryer. Well, we think this recipe is perfect for French toast for one, if you scale the recipe down. Also, we prepare the recipe and then cook in batches as everyone comes down the stairs having gotten ready for the day.
It will depend on the air fryer, and how you like yours cooked. Ours took 9 minutes, however I would check it after 5.
The only change you need to make to make this gluten free is to swap the bread for your favourite gluten free variety. Everything else is naturally gluten free. Make sure that you are using pure maple syrup though, and not the fake stuff.
The secret to really good French toast is the bread you use, and making sure that it is a couple days old so it doesn't go too soggy. Also, adding some extra flavours helps to liven it up a bit. We went with warming flavours like orange, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Simply leave out the eggs and add a tablespoon of chia seeds to the milk and rest of the ingredients. You would need to use a plant based milk like almond or coconut and make sure that your bread is vegan friendly.
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Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
- 2 slice White bread - thick
- 1 Egg
- 2 tablespoon Maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon Whole milk
- 2 tablespoon Butter - melted
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 0.5 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- In a mixing bowl add the butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, egg, and cinnamon.
- Mix well to combine everything.
- Slice the bread into sticks and soak them in the mixture.
- Put the soaked bread into your air fryer, leaving room between the pieces. You may have to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Cook at 180°C for 9 minutes, turning halfway through.
- Make sure the French toast sticks are not touching in the air fryer.
- You can put a layer of baking paper (parchment paper) that is suitable for the air fryer or an air fryer silicone mat in your air fryer if your basket is not non stick. Don't do this whilst your air fryer is pre-heating (if required).
- Don't over soak the bread, as it will start to fall apart otherwise.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.