Air Fryer French Toast is the perfect way to start your day! Made with crusty French bread in an eggy batter, it’s warmly spiced with cinnamon sugar and vanilla. Ready in just 15 minutes, it’s perfect for busy mornings and brunches!
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We love French toast here, and it’s no wonder. It’s deliciously sweet, perfectly spiced, and it’s so easy to make!
Making French toast in the air fryer is the best way I’ve found to get those deliciously crispy edges while keeping the inside soft and fluffy!
This quick breakfast dish is so versatile, it can be enjoyed on its own, with savory sides like eggs and bacon, or with sweet toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream.
It’s one of the easiest breakfast recipes to make, so it’s perfect for lazy days or busy mornings!
If you love French toast for a sweet breakfast or brunch idea, you’ll love my Lemon Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake as well as this Fruit and Yoghurt Breakfast Tart. Alternatively, check out my other Delicious Brunch Recipes.
- Bread: I like to use thick slices of French bread for French toast. It keeps together nicely when coated in the batter. If your bread is a few days old, that’s even better!
- Sugar and Cinnamon: I use regular ground cinnamon and white granulated sugar for this recipe, but you can use an alternative sweetener if you prefer.
- Milk and Eggs: they make the base of the batter for French toast. Use whole milk for the richest flavor, but lower-fat milk or dairy-free milk like oat milk will work ok as well.
- Vanilla Extract: adds a warmness to the toast and compliments the cinnamon well.
How to Make Air Fryer French Toast
This French toast is super quick and easy to make. Full instructions are included in the recipe card below.
- Make cinnamon sugar: Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Make egg mix: Mix the eggs, milk, and vanilla in a dish, then add in half of the cinnamon sugar.
- Mix: Whisk together until combined.
- Coat bread. Dip each bread slice in egg mixture on both sides. Remove from the egg mixture and allow excess to run off.
- Put in air fryer. Place in the prepared air fryer. Repeat with all of the bread slices that will fit. Sprinkle extra cinnamon sugar on top.
- Cook. Cook each slice, flipping and cooking until completely golden brown. Serve hot.
Air Fryer French Toast FAQs
Yes! Prepare the batter ahead of time and store it in the fridge up to a day in advance. Slice the bread and keep it covered for a few days as well, it can be better to use stale bread as it hold together better in the batter and still tastes great!
French toast will last in the fridge once cooked for 3-5 days. To reheat, simply warm in the microwave, toast in the oven, or heat in the air fryer until heated through.
Yes! Cook the French toast slices and let them cool completely before transferring them to a baking sheet in a single layer.
Put the full baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes, until the slices have just frozen.
Once frozen, transfer the slices to a ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months, separating them with pieces of parchment paper so they don’t stick together.
To serve, bake at 350ºF in the oven for 10 minutes (or until heated through), or reheat in the toaster or in the Air Fryer.
Tips and Notes
- Flip. Make sure to flip the slices of bread over in the Air Fryer for maximum crispiness on both sides.
- Stale bread. Bread that is stale will soak up the egg mixture better, and the crust will have softened slightly as well. If you don’t have stale bread, place your slices in the toaster (or in the air fryer!) for a minute or two to dry out slightly.
- Slice thickness. 1 inch is the perfect thickness for French toast. Slices this thick are soft but still have enough structure to not get soggy in the batter.
- Crispiness. Serve French toast immediately, where possible. When French toast comes out of the air fryer it is hot and crispy. The longer it stays out, the less crispy it will become.
- Keep it warm. Keep cooked slices of French toast warm while you cook the rest by putting it in a dish in the oven set to 250ºF.
Air Fryer French Toast Variations
- Use another bread. You can use another type of bread to make French toast, like white bread or whole wheat bread. Slices of bread from a normal sandwich loaf may tear when you take them out of the batter, so use thick sliced bread or a heartier loaf for best results. Alternatively, try using brioche bread or cinnamon raisin for extra decadent French toast.
- French toast sticks. Cut the slices of bread into small rectangle-like shapes, then coat them in the egg mixture and cook them in the air fryer to make French toast sticks. This is great for a buffet-style breakfast or for sweet snacks! Reduce the cooking time as necessary, keeping an eye to make sure the sticks don’t overcook.
- Toppings. You can get creative with your toppings as French toast is such a versatile breakfast food. Spread with some butter and serve with eggs and bacon for something more savory (it even works well with tomato sauce!), or add maple syrup, Whipped Cream, Nutella, chopped nuts, etc.
French toast makes a filling breakfast as it is filled with carbs and protein, it’s such a comforting way to start your day!
You can top your French toast with anything you like to suit your preference. Make it sweet with sweet syrups like maple, caramel, or chocolate, or use melted chocolate for a drizzle, with chocolate chips on top.
Make it savory by serving it with bacon, cooked egg, or an Omelette!
More Sweet Breakfast Recipes to Try
- Overnight Apple Crisp French Toast
- Cinnamon Apple Muffins
- Orange Cranberry Loaf
- Baked Maple Glaze Apple Crisp Donuts
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
- Baked Oatmeal
- White Chocolate and Cranberry Rolls
- Maple Glaze Apple Crisp Cinnamon Buns
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Air Fryer French Toast
- 6-8 slices french bread 1" thick
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or another sweetener)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- Slice French bread into 1″ slices. Stir together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla in a shallow dish until combined. (The dish should be big enough to lay a piece of your sliced bread in to fully coat it.) Then, add half of the cinnamon sugar, this will help to prevent the cinnamon from clumping.
- Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the air fryer basket and spray it with non-aerosol non-stick spray.
- Dip each bread slice in egg mixture, making sure it is coated on both sides. Remove the slice of bread from the egg mixture and allow the excess batter to run off back into the dish. Place the slice laying flat on the parchment in the air fryer.
- Repeat with all of the bread slices you can fit, in a single layer (you may have to do more than one batch). Sprinkle extra cinnamon sugar on top of the slices.
- Cook the slices until they are golden brown, this will take about 5 minutes, before flipping them over and cooking until the other side is golden brown too.
- Serve hot with fresh berries and maple syrup, or a dusting of powdered sugar!
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