This nostalgic Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Recipe is sure to satisfy your kids, your inner child, or anyone lucky enough to be in smelling distance of your kitchen.Jump to Recipe
“Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast may sound like a glutenous wordy sugar high, and it is, but its worth it”!-General Mill
French toast with cereal?!
The madness, I know! I first had a Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast a long time ago, at fun little diner in Tampa, FL. I was in my early twenties, and while the meal almost gave me diabetes, it was a profound experience.
The concept of covering french toast in your favorite childhood breakfast cereal is pretty silly, but the idea of having fun with what you’re cooking, has always stayed with me.
If you’re reading this and just want to have a tad less fun, then try our basic B Classic French Toast Recipe.
What kind of bread should I use?
If you can help it, don’t use pre sliced sandwich bread for Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast. It’s too skinny, it gets super soggy, and it just kinda sucks.
Personally, I’m a sucker for staying on brand, so I use French bread, a baguette. I like smaller pieces and its just a hardy bread that can soak up a lot of the custardy goodness.
Here’s a list of some other great options.
- Brioche: This enriched bread is made with butter and eggs, giving it a tender and fluffy texture. It’s perfect for Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast because it can hold up well to the egg mixture without getting too soggy.
- Sourdough: Sourdough bread has a slightly tangy flavor and a dense, chewy texture. It also has a sturdy structure that can withstand the egg mixture without falling apart.
- Challah: This braided Jewish bread is another excellent choice. It’s made with eggs, which gives it a rich, buttery flavor and a soft, tender crumb.
- Ciabatta: This Italian bread has a chewy texture and a large, open crumb structure. It isn’t as traditional as the other breads on this list, but it works well.
If the bread is a day or two old it helps maintain structure while soaking up maximum custardy yum yum. But at the end of the day, don’t over think it.
But like, if you’re thinking about making Cinnamon Toast Crunch French toast, you’re probably high and you’re just gonna use whatever is in the cupboard.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast
Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast recipe.
- Cereal: I mean, its in the name baby. But feel free to mix it up, try weird things. But for Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast, you’re gonna need Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Duh
- Bread: Lotta different options here. We use a classic French bread, which makes for smaller slices. Challah is another great choice for Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast.
- Eggs: They’ll create your wash for the bread.
- Milk or Whipping Cream: we like heavy whipping cream because I’m a glutton for punishment. You can use whole milk or any milk substitute though. Go on you hippies, break out the oat milk!
- Spices: Gotta have that extra ground cinnamon and some nutmeg.
- Garnish: Fresh Fruit, powdered sugar, more cereal, go wild!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Variations
Why Cinnamon Toast Crunch? Why not fruity pebbles!?
Well by all means, use those fruity pebbles my flinstonian friend. I like to really lean into the ridiculousness of this dish and use Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
But by all means, let your imagination go wild. Use YOUR favorite breakfast cereal! Captain crunch, Apple Jacks, Rice Crispies, or even Life bran for all you anti fun people out there.
How to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast
Follow these steps to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast.
Step 1: Crush the Crunch
Pour the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, or whatever childhood flakes you’re using, into a large ziplock bag. With your fist or a rolling pin, smash the cereal.
Don’t go too crazy with the smashing, you want some big chunks and not just powdered sugar. Pour the crushed cereal onto a large rimmed plate and set aside.
Step 2: Coat the Crunch
In wide bowl mix the eggs, almond milk, vanilla, cardamon, and cinnamon together. Melt half the butter over medium heat and dip the toast into the egg mixture, and then the crushed cereal mixture.
Make sure the cereal is evenly coated on both sides of the toast.
Step 3: Cook the Crunch
Working in batches of two, toss the wet bread slices into the skillet and fry each side 2-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Add the rest of the butter and repeat for the other pieces of bread.
Step 4: Enjoy your Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast
Serve with butter and maple syrup, or fresh fruit. Or if you have no shame at all, mix some whole milk and confectioners sugar together for a decadent vanilla icing topping. Hot Damn!
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Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Leftovers
Let it go, let it go! Listen to the song in frozen and don’t freeze you leftovers. It just won’t work. Knock on your neighbors door and make their day but don’t try and save it for later.
This recipe, and really all French toast, is best when it’s freshly made. The bread is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the flavors are at their peak. When you reheat French toast, it can become soggy and lose some of its flavor.
So eat up Susan and finish that plate!
Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast FAQ’s
Here are some frequently asked questions about French toast, along with their answers:
Can Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast be made vegan?
Sure, you can make it vegan. Just use a plant-based milk and a flax egg (a mixture of ground flaxseed and water) in place of the regular milk and eggs. You can also use a vegan bread, such as a sprouted grain bread or a gluten-free bread.
Can Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast be made gluten-free?
Why not, it’s a good time to be gluten-free if you have to be. To make this recipe gluten-free use a gluten-free bread and make sure that any other ingredients you use, such as the milk and eggs, are also gluten-free.
Can Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast be made in advance?
Just pour a bowl of the cereal if you don’t have time to make breakfast. This dish is definitly best served fresh, when the bread is still crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and the flavors are at their peak. When you reheat French toast, it can become soggy and lose some of its flavor.
French Toast History
Who doesn’t want a little history with their breakfast?!
According to food historian Karen Hess, the earliest known recipe for French toast can be found in the “Apicius,” a collection of Roman recipes from the 4th or 5th century.
The recipe, called “pan dulcis,” called for slices of bread to be soaked in milk and fried in oil or butter. Read more about it here.
The dish made its way to France in the Middle Ages, where it was called “pain perdu,” or “lost bread.” The name referred to the fact that the dish was a way to use up stale bread that might otherwise be thrown away. It was a popular breakfast food among the poor, as it was a cheap and easy way to make a filling meal.
French toast became popular in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, where it was known as “German toast.” It was often served at hotels and boarding houses as a cheap and filling breakfast option.
Furthermore, today French toast is enjoyed by people all around the world. It has evolved from its humble beginnings as a way to use up stale bread into a delicious and versatile breakfast food that can be made with a variety of breads and toppings. Whether you prefer it sweet or savory, there’s a French toast recipe out there for you.