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Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites

This post has been sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

These Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ French Toast Bites are a perfect breakfast treat for a family weekend breakfast or whip up a batch to bring along to a friend-hosted brunch! They’re also the perfect size for dipping in maple syrup! These crunchy french toast bites are made of cubed bread dipped in an egg-milk batter and then completely encrusted in crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal before being fried to crispy perfection and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 

I purchased all of my ingredients for these yummy Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites at Vons! I love the convenience of Vons and their mobile app.

Other than these Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites, there are so many other recipes you can make using Cinnamon Toast Crunch! There’s Cinnamon Toast Crunch ice cream, Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal milk cupcakes, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshakes! The possibilities are endless!

Here are the needed ingredients, the full printable recipe is below:

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup flour, sifted
  • 4 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • maple syrup for dipping

The idea of using cereal to encrust french toast has been around for years, but using Cinnamon Toast Crunch really kicks the cinnamon flavor up a notch! Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the most epic sugar and cinnamon combination and it makes for a deliciously crispy, crunchy coating on the outside while the middle of the french toast bites are still custardy and soft. 

To crush the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, I simply added the 4 cups of cereal to a plastic bag (next time I’ll use a reusable freezer bag, but I currently only have two and they were both in use) and rolled it with a rolling pin until the cereal was finely crushed like bread crumbs.

And after soaking the cubed bread in a milky-egg mixture for 10 minutes, I used a spoon to drop each cube into the finely crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal for a complete coating before frying.

Let’s talk bread. I used “French Toast Bread” for my Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites! I had never heard of it or seen it before, but it was delicious – just a super sweet type of bread. I had been looking for a thick Texas Toast bread, but it’s really difficult to find in stores in California. Another great option is Challah bread!

Quick tip: Stale bread soaks up the egg mixture better, so leave bread out overnight or lightly toast the bread in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees F to achieve a “fake” stale. Then let the bread soak in the egg mixture for 10 minutes to really allow it to soak in. 

Just look at that crispy, browned cereal coating! So good!

 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup flour, sifted
  • 4 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, finely crushed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • maple syrup for dipping

Instructions

  1. Cut bread crusts off and then divide each slice into 9 cubes.
  2. If not using stale bread, lightly toast the cubed bread in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 F.
  3. Crush Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal in a plastic bag using a rolling pin until the size of bread crumbs. Pour into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. Mix together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, and flour in a large mixing bowl with a whisk.
  5. Let bread cubes soak in the egg mixture for 10 minutes.
  6. Coat each cube in finely crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and place on a plate for baking sheet for frying.
  7. Heat vegetable oil on stovetop over medium heat, once hot enough, fry each bread cube to a crispy brown. Remove from the oil and place in a casserole dish or baking sheet.
  8. Bake french toast bites for 10 minutes at 375 F to ensure the middles are thoroughly cooked.
  9. Remove from oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve with maple syrup for dipping.

 

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