This recipe for baked French toast sticks came about when I was at a loss for what to do with a full loaf of whole grain bread. Freeze the bread? Nope. There’s no room— our freezer is small and packed with breast milk. Grilled cheese? Nope. I wasn’t in the mood to try that again because the last grilled cheese I made for Joey ended up down his shirt and smashed between his diaper and high chair seat. Since both of my guys [Ted and Joey] are big breakfast eaters, I knew I couldn’t go wrong with French toast. Add a toddler-friendly twist of cutting the bread into “sticks” that can be dipped into syrup and I knew I was golden. #MomWins. #Again.
Baked French Toast Sticks Tips and Tricks
So I learned a few things when making these little dudes. Read these notes and take them to heart— or skip straight to the recipe and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
- Baking on the wire rack makes the sticks a little crispy, which works out well if you decide to make a big batch to freeze and reheat in the microwave.
- You MUST use a cooking oil spray on the wire rack or else the sticks will stick. I repeat. The baked French toast sticks WILL stick.
- The whole grain bread makes for a hearty French toast. If that’s not your “thing,” then stick to white bread. I won’t judge!
Now that you know the in’s and out’s for this recipe, get your syrup, melted peanut butter, powdered sugar, and fresh fruit ready for action. Your stomach is waiting!
- 4 slices of whole grain bread
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of sugar
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet lined with foil. Coat with cooking spray. Cut bread slices into fourths then set aside.
- In a large shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Dunk bread sticks into batter, let excess drip off, then place onto prepared wire rack. Bake for 15-18 minutes, spraying the tops of the French Toast Sticks with non-stick spray before flipping halfway through.
- To freeze: Let French Toast Sticks cool then transfer to a freezer bag or container when hard. To reheat, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Breakfast might not be my favorite meal of the day, but I sure do love creating recipes for my breakfast-loving entourage!