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Vegan Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

Vegan Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

What if I told you that you can make delicious French toast sticks with sandwich bread? While most recipes will tell you to use super thick bread for a recipe like this, it's just not the case. And we can still make it wholesome too!

These French toast sticks still maintain a perfect crispy exterior with a nice soft and sweet center. They are perfect to hold and dip, which makes them a great option for kids to make and enjoy.

Why You’ll Love This Fun Breakfast
  • Only 8 ingredients! Nothing makes family breakfast better than when it is simple and easy to make. Most of the ingredients here are likely things you already have in your pantry too.
  • Make this with regular sandwich bread. To make life easier, just use your favourite sprouted whole grain sandwich bread and get to making this recipe.
  • Fun to dip. Whether you have kids or not, these are fun for everyone. Pair with classic syrup to make these kid-friendly or upgrade your dip to a vegan hot "honey" for your adult palate.
  • Make it nutritious! You can still have French toast and make it more nutritious. For this recipe, I'm using Silver Hills Organic Sprouted Power Cinnamon Raisin Bread for a boost in activated nutrients, better digestion, and whole grain goodness for better energy.
Fun Toaster Stick Dips for Kids and Adults

Enjoy these however you like. Serve to kids with dunkable options or if you like drizzling your syrup like I do, that works too. Here are some dipping ideas for adults or kids to have fun with.

  • Warmed Stewed Berries: Heat up some frozen berries in a saucepan with a little touch of maple syrup and cornstarch then mash well.
  • Coco Whip: Use store bought or homemade.
  • Apple Sauce: Go for cinnamon flavored to help compliment the cinnamon raisin bread choice.
  • Vegan Hot “Honey”: Add a little spice for the adult palate (see below!)
Ingredients

For the vegan French toast sticks:

For the vegan hot honey dip:

  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 – 2 tsp hot sauce
Instructions

For the vegan French toast sticks:

  1. Take your bread and with a serrated knife, cut each slice into thirds and set aside.
  2. Mix dry ingredients before pouring in liquid ingredients and whisk well to make sure no clumps remain.
  3. Take each breadstick and dunk it into the batter for just a second to coat, then shake off excess and place on a hot greased skillet or griddle, cooking each side for about 2 – 3 minutes or until both sides are nice and golden.
  4. Set cooked cinnamon sticks back on the wire rack until they are all cooked. Serve them with some extra powdered sugar, fruit and some maple syrup for dunking.

For the vegan hot honey dip:

  1. Combine maple syrup and your favourite hot sauce and mix together. Use to dunk or pour over as desired.
Tips for the Best French Toast
  • Don't soak your bread for too long. (Soft and soggy French toast sticks won’t hold up to hand-held dipping!) You literally just want to dip the bread into the batter for a second to coat, shake it off and place it on your griddle. (For extra French toast stick durability, try lightly toasting your bread before step 1 above).
  • When making your batter, slowly pour in your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while mixing to help prevent clumping.
  • When your French toast stick is done cooking, place on a wire rack instead of on a plate to prevent your toaster stick from getting soggy due to condensation.
Freezing Your French Toast Sticks

This recipe is best served immediately, but you can freeze these for later. Once your toast sticks are fully cooked, allow them to cool down completely. Place the pieces in a reusable sandwich bag and place in the freezer for up to 1 month. When ready to serve, remove the toaster sticks you'd like to eat and place in an air fryer or oven to heat and toast back up.

Learn more about why sprouted whole grain bread makes this breakfast recipe a better-for-you choice in my article, Is Vegan French Toast Healthy?

 

Catherine is a registered dietitian with a masters in Human Nutrition. She is a plant-based enthusiast who has been vegan since 2009 and first chose a plant-based lifestyle to improve her overall health. This eventually led to her passion for using this lifestyle to help reduce harm to the environment and all living creatures within her ability. She currently works one on one virtually with clients in the employee wellness space while sharing her favorite recipes on her blog, Plant Based RD, and Instagram in hopes of sharing evidence-based nutrition education and easy to approach plant-based recipes.