As a busy, full-time working mama of two young kids, there is almost nothing I love more than meals that can be made ahead of time. The morning rush is tough, whether you’re 6 or 40 and having quick and easy breakfasts ready to go is a big priority in our household. These Make Ahead Cinnamon French Toast Sticks are just the ticket for breakfast in a minute that kids and adults will love.
It may surprise that despite my food blogging hobby, I’m actually a relative newbie to the world of meal planning and freezer meals. As our lives have gotten busier with school, activities, and work, it really has forced me to be better prepared and make ahead meals are really the key for me.
I came up with these Make Ahead Cinnamon French Toast Sticks a few weeks ago when my kids asked if we could have breakfast for dinner one night. My kids LOVE breakfast for dinner and I was happy to oblige. The only problem? Our calendar that week was jam packed with evening events and I had no idea how I was going to make it happen. I was just about to add a box of packaged freezer french toast sticks to my Shipt order (*wanna try Shipt? Here’s a referral link), when I realized I could just make them myself and freeze them. Less processed, more delicious. It was a total win.
The key to these french toast sticks is to use a nice, thick bread. I used english muffin bread for it’s extra crunch, but any thickly sliced bread will be fine. All you need is big bowl, a baking sheet, and about 20 minutes.
After slicing your bread into “sticks,” set it aside and mix up a gorgeous egg mixture with egg, a splash of milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Toss in a pinch of salt (yes, salt!) to amp up the flavor, and give it all a whisk.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up and get that oven preheated. The best part about these french toast sticks is that they are BAKED! No slaving over a stove or griddle here, folks. Looking for a baking sheet? These are my favorite.
Now, line up your bread, your egg mixture, and your pan. Briefly dip both sides of the bread sticks (best to do this one at a time) into the egg mixture and allow the excess to drip off. Place the dipped bread stick onto the pan and repeat until you’ve used up all of the egg mixture. This recipe used about 8 slices of bread for me (yielding 32 sticks), but will vary depending on the size of your bread.
Bake the french toast sticks at 400 degrees for 8 minutes, turning them over half way through cooking. Serve immediately or freeze for later. They will keep in the freezer for up to three months.
If making ahead, you have a few options to reheat. Throw the sticks in a toaster oven or toaster for a few minutes, or microwave for 15-20 seconds. If you have a little more time, I recommend that you gently reheat the refrigerated or frozen sticks in a 350 degree oven for 2-3 minutes, until just warmed through. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Looking for more easy, make ahead meal options? Check out these recipes from our archives:
Easy Vegetarian Chili
Cheesy Turkey Apple Meatballs with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Make Ahead Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
A family friendly, make ahead breakfast treat.
- 4 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1½ Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 8 slices thick sliced bread
- powdered sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla
Cut the bread pieces into 4 "sticks" per slice
Dip each stick into the egg mixture, flipping to lightly coat. Allow the excess to drip off before placing the strip on the lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees for 7-8 minutes, flipping the sticks halfway through cooking.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately or freeze for later.
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