This air fryer french toast recipe has become my favorite way to prepare this classic breakfast food. Whip up a quick custard mix, dunk some bread into it and pop it into the air fryer. A great way to save time on busy mornings and get the perfect french toast with crispy edges!
Air Fryer French Toast Recipe
This recipe has everything you love about classic French toast, but it’s faster, easier, and just plain better because it’s cooked in the air fryer! Trust me, this is the best recipe for French toast yet!
It’s super easy to make and cooking French toast in the air fryer means you get to have a hot, homemade breakfast without spending too much time prepping or cleaning up. You probably already have all the ingredients you’ll need, and there are only a few very simple steps to follow.
Plus, this method cooks French toast beautifully! Because the air fryer cooks using convection, cutting the bread into “sticks” allows each piece to cook evenly and get all crispy and delicious. Every bite is warm, sweet, slightly spicy, and super tasty. And did I mention how much fun it is to dip French toast “sticks” in syrup?
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
The best part about air fryer recipes is that it takes so much stress off of meal planning. There’s so much to love about air fryer french toast sticks:
- This easy recipe is great for meal prep since the leftovers store and reheat really well. A great way to quickly have a delicious breakfast whether it’s a fresh batch or leftovers!
- You can use any kind of bread with this recipe. If you have leftover homemade bread or a stale loaf that you don’t want to go to waste, you can make french toast!
- Since these are in little stick form, they are a fabulous on-the-go breakfast option for when you need to get going.
- pure vanilla extract
- cinnamon and nutmeg
Substitutions and Variations
I recommend using day-old, stale bread works best for french toast. If you don’t have that, lightly toast fresh bread to that it is sturdy enough to absorb the liquid and won’t make soggy french toast.
Want to make gluten free French toast? Just grab any certified gluten-free bread that you like and follow the recipe the same as you would with regular bread!
I typically use 2% milk, whole milk, or unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any type of milk that you want. Oat milk and coconut milk would work!
How to Make Air Fryer French Toast
It’s so easy to make this french toast sticks recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Begin by slicing the bread into 2-inch wide pieces. Then place slices into a shallow bowl like a pie plate.
- Using a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.
- Pour the egg mixture over the bread slice, then use your hands or a spatula to gently turn the pieces to ensure they’re all coated in the batter. Allow any excess batter to drip off. The soaked bread should be coated but not soggy.
- While you are doing this, be sure to preheat your air fryer!
- Spray or line the bottom of the air fryer basket so that the french toast will not stick to the bottom of the basket.
- Working in batches, lay the pieces of bread in a single layer in the bottom of the the basket with space between each one. To ensure that the French toast cooks evenly, leave room for the air to circulate between each piece of bread and cook in two or three batches.
- Close the basket and cook for 4-5 minutes, stopping once halfway through to flip the pieces over using a long, plastic-tipped spatula.
Watch closely near the end of the cooking time to remove any pieces that are getting overcooked. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your bread slices and the size of your air fryer.
Once done, remove the air fryer french toast stick and sprinkle them in powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!
How to Store Leftover French Toast Sticks
Transfer cooled pieces of cooked French toast to an airtight container or plastic zip-top bag. Refrigerate leftovers for 3-4 days!
If you want to freeze leftovers, line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Then place the classic french toast sticks onto the pan and set it in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours, then remove from the freezer and transfer to a freezer safe bag. Store for up to 2 months! Microwave them or air fry them whenever you’re ready to eat.
To reheat the french toast sticks, place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer basket and then add the french toast. Reheat at 320°F (160°C) for 2-3 minutes, just until warmed through.
What to Serve with Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
This easy breakfast food can be served with anything you want! I typically dust mine in powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup, but you can use any of your favorite syrups. You can make some bacon in the air fryer to serve alongside this quick breakfast, or even some bacon and spinach egg muffins.
I’ve learned how to make poached eggs in the air fryer, and they’re a delicious combo with traditional french toast! You could also make a fun breakfast casserole like this veggie breakfast casserole or a Mexican breakfast casserole.
Tips & Info
- The best way to prevent sticking is to use a perforated silicone or parchment air fryer liner. Place it in the bottom of the basket, then spray it lightly with oil.
- If you want to make a regular slice of french toast and not stick, then follow this exact recipe, but don’t cut the bread into pieces. Lower the temperature to 340°F, and then cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. The edges will end up a bit more crispy sincec it takes longer to cook through to the middle of the slices, but some people may enjoy that!
- Thick slices of bread will work better than thinly sliced bread. The thicker it is, the more easily it will hold up to the french toast batter.
You can use any kind of milk you prefer, including cow’s milk or a non-dairy milk like almond or oat milk.
It’s very important that you spray the basket with oil, or line it with parchment and then spray it with oil. It will keep the batter from sticking.
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Easy Air Fryer French Toast
- 4 sliced whole grain bread
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup almond milk or any other milk of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- maple syrup and powdered sugar for serving
- Preheat your air fryer to 360°F (180°C). Meanwhile, slice the bread into 2-inch wide pieces. Whisk the eggs with milk, vanilla, and seasonings. Place the cut bread in a shallow container (like a pie plate). Dip the bread in the batter, then gently turn the pieces of bread to fully coat each piece. Let excess batter drip off and set the pieces aside.The pieces should be coated but not soggy. Wait about 5 minutes to allow the bread time to absorb the liquid.
- Spray the air fryer basket or place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of the basket and spray it with oil. Working in batches, place the French toast sticks in the air fryer basket with a little space between each one.
- Close the air fryer basket and cook for 4-5 minutes, stopping halfway through to flip the pieces. Serve immediately with maple syrup and powdered sugar.
- Use day-old, stale bread. Fresh bread will not absorb the batter as easily.
- Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your bread slices and the specific model of your air fryer.
- Cooking whole slices: Follow this exact recipe, but don’t cut it into sticks first and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. The edges will end up fairly crispy because it takes longer to cook through to the middle of the slices, but some people may enjoy that!
- Storing leftovers: Transfer cooled pieces of cooked French toast to an airtight container.
- Reheating in the air fryer: Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer basket. Place the French toast in the air fryer basket with a little space between each one. Reheat at 320°F 160°C) for 2-3 minutes, just until warmed through.
- Freezing: Allow the pieces to cool completely. Transfer the pieces to a parchment-lined baking sheet with a little space between each one and set it flat in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours, then remove the frozen French toast from the baking sheet and transfer them to an airtight, freezer-safe bag. Squeeze all the air out of the bag, seal it, and freeze for up to 2 months. Microwave or air fry whenever you’re ready to eat them!