It’s so easy to make a sweet gluten-free breakfast treat that’s also paleo-friendly with these Air Fryer French Toast Sticks. You’ll love the crispy crunchy texture with a touch of maple syrup!
I’ve always been huge French toast fan. They are elevated toasts that’s been dipped in egg and cinnamon mixture, then pan fried to crispy perfection. At first, I was really sad when I didn’t think that I would ever be able to enjoy them again after going gluten free. However, there are so many amazing paleo and gluten free bead brands these days, that it’s actually really easy to make simple substitutions to make a version that I can truly enjoy!
French Toast Sticks in the Air Fryer
If are a French toast fan like me, but you’re looking for a paleo-friendly and an extra easy way to make them, try this flavorful air fryer French toast sticks recipe! Instead of buying these sticks from the freezer aisle of your grocery store, you can make them from scratch with simple clean ingredients. These paleo French toast sticks will taste amazing served by themselves with maple syrup, or with a side of scrambled eggs, bacon, or sausage. Plus, they are way easier and less messy than pan frying them!
What You’ll Need to Make Your Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
If you’re going to make these air fryer French toast sticks, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Bread: Use around six slices of bread to create these sticks. Depending on the size of your bread you make need more or less.
- Eggs: You’ll dip the bread into the eggs to create that delicious golden crispy texture.
- Coconut milk: Full-fat coconut milk works best.
- Vanilla extract
- Ghee: The melted ghee adds even more flavor to this tasty breakfast treat. If you are okay with dairy, butter works well too!
The only other ingredients you’ll need are coconut sugar and ground cinnamon. Both powdered sugar and maple syrup are optional ingredients.
Where Can I Find Coconut Sugar?
Most grocery stores will sell coconut sugar in the baking aisle where you’ll find other types of sugar. If you can’t find it at your grocery store, I highly suggest you order from Thrive Market. Their prices are budget friendly without compromising on quality!
Which Bread Should I Use?
You can use your favorite brand or style of bread. If you want to have gluten-free breakfast, you’ll need to use gluten-free bread. You can purchase it at the store or make it from scratch before using it to prepare these delicious air fryer French toast sticks. If you want to make your own, this paleo bread recipe is my favorite that’ll work well.
What Goes Well on the Air Fryer French Toast Sticks?
You can serve these subtly sweet sticks with powdered sugar sprinkled on top for an added touch. The powdered sugar, while it’s not paleo, provides a sweeter taste and I love the presentation of it too. If you don’t want to use powdered sugar, you can serve these sticks on its own or with a side of maple syrup. Dip your sticks right into the syrup or drizzle some on top!
How Long Does It Take to Make the Gluten Free French Toast Sticks?
It really doesn’t take long to make these air fryer French toast sticks from scratch. It’ll take about five minutes to prepare your bread into slices and dip the slices into the egg mixture with your other ingredients. Once you’ve dipped the sticks and have them coated, you can place them in the air fryer and let them cook for about 10 minutes. You’ll need to flip the sticks after five minutes and then let them finish cooking for an additional five minutes. So perfect for a quick and easy paleo breakfast!
Can I Add a Glaze to the French Toast Sticks?
You can add a glaze to your sticks if you’d like to add more flavor and texture. Prepare the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and coconut milk. About 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 1 tbsp of coconut milk will work, and you can whisk in more coconut milk for a thinner consistency. After you combine these ingredients, you can drizzle the glaze over the sticks as soon as you pull them out of the air fryer.
Paleo Air Fryer Recipe Tips
- Make sure you’re not overloading your air fryer. These French toast sticks will not cook and crisp up properly if you’re putting too many of them into the air fryer at one time. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in 2-3 batches.
- Be sure to use a cooking oil spray in your air fryer. You can add the cooking oil to the air fryer generously to keep the bread from sticking.
- Don’t forget to preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F for at least three minutes before getting started. You can have your air fryer preheating while you’re dipping the bread into the egg mixture.
Can I Save the Leftovers of Paleo French Toast Sticks?
It’s best to eat your air fryer French toast sticks while they’re fresh and hot. However, if you do have leftovers, you can put them in a food storage container and refrigerate them for up to four days. Just reheat them in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes to crisp them up again.
For more paleo air fryer recipes, you might also like…
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- Keto Zucchini Fries in the Air Fryer (Paleo, Whole30)
- Extra Crispy Air Fryer Drumsticks (Paleo, Whole30, Keto) – Oven Method Included
- Keto Air Fryer Fried Pickles (Paleo, Whole30)
Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
- Preheat the air fryer to 370 degrees F.
- Cut each slice of toast into 3 sticks lengthwise.
- In a bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut milk, coconut sugar, ghee, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
- Working one at a time, dip each stick of bread into the egg mixture to coat on all sides.
- Generously spray the air fryer basket or rack with cooking oil.
- Lay the coated sticks in a single layer in the basket without touching each other.
- Air fry for 5 minutes, then flip with a spatula, and cook for another 3-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy. Keep a close eye so they don't burn.
- Serve warm, with powdered sugar and/or maple syrup.
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