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The Ultimate Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast (With a Protein Twist)

We’ve all enjoyed a classic French toast breakfast at some point or another. But have you ever enjoyed crunchy French toast coated with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal?

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast

Well, let me introduce you to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast – the most indulgent breakfast experience you’ll ever have, with a sneaky addition of 24 grams of protein to boot!

You’ll love every bite of this soft, thick brioche French toast, coated with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and drizzled with a delicious cinnamon sauce.

This recipe is perfect for those slow weekend mornings, but it’s also straightforward enough to whip up on a busy weekday. And with 440 calories for two large slices of French toast, it’s a great option for most diets!

 

How to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast

This cinnamon crunch French toast is all about the perfect contrast between the soft brioche bread and the crunchy Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

I started off by choosing a high-quality cinnamon twist brioche loaf because the flavor just works so well for this dish. I took that loaf and sliced it into very thick slices, because I love the soft texture of a thick piece of brioche French toast.

Thick Brioche bread

You could use regular brioche or even thick-cut white bread, but the cinnamon twist brioche adds an extra layer of flavor that I think you’ll love.

If you want to make a lower-calorie dish, you can use pre-sliced bread that is lower in calories, or even slice your bread up into sticks to make French toast sticks instead.

Before we get started on the French toast itself, I recommend prepping the cinnamon sauce. This sauce includes PEScience Snickerdoodle Protein Powder (but feel free to use your favorite protein powder here), sugar-free syrup (or maple syrup), and a hint of cinnamon.

Simply whisk it all together and let it sit in the fridge to thicken a bit while you prepare the French toast.

Next, whisk together egg whites (or whole eggs), your choice of milk, a touch of cinnamon, vanilla extract, and half a scoop of protein powder. This protein-infused mixture will be used to dip the brioche slices, and you won’t taste any protein at all.

Protein french toast mixture

One of my favorite parts of this recipe is crushing up the Cinnamon Toast Crunch. There’s something therapeutic about crushing up these cereal pieces by hand, but you could use a food processor if you prefer a finer texture. The important thing is to leave some larger pieces for a true crunchy coating.

When the bread is dipped into the egg mixture and then coated in the crushed cereal, you’re building layers of flavor that will come through in every bite.

Of course, you’re not limited to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal here. While I certainly think it’s the best option, I cannot deny the fact that French Toast Crunch would also work incredibly well here.

Corn flakes are a popular option when it comes to crusted recipes, like Crispy Chicken, but I don’t prefer something like cornflakes for this French toast because it does not add a ton of flavor.

As the French toast cooks, you’ll find that it browns nicely and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch forms a delicious crispy crust. Each side should only need about 2 minutes over medium heat, but remember, cooking times may vary based on your pan and the thickness of your bread.

Plated cinnamon toast crunch french toast

Once your French toast is cooked to perfection, it’s time to finish off with a generous topping of extra Cinnamon Toast Crunch and a drizzle of your homemade cinnamon protein sauce.

Feel free to add some whipped cream, maple syrup, cinnamon sugar, or any topping of your choice. French toast is the perfect blank canvas!

Cinnamon toast crunch french toast

Now, all that’s left is to grab a fork and dive into the most decadent, protein-packed French toast you’ve ever had.

 

More Tasty Breakfast Recipes with a Healthy Twist

If you’re a fan of breakfast recipes that feel like a treat, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here on my blog. Here are a few other recipes you might enjoy:

 

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast

Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast (With Protein)

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This cinnamon-infused French toast recipe is deliciously indulgent and boasts a sneaky 24g of protein per serving. With thick slices of brioche and a coating of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, this is a breakfast treat that's hard to resist.

Ingredients

  • 6 Slices of Brioche Bread (I sliced a cinnamon twist brioche loaf into 10 thick slices)
  • 1/2 Cup Egg Beaters/Egg Whites (or 2 whole eggs)
  • 1/4 Cup Milk of Choice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 15g (1/2 Scoop) PEScience Snickerdoodle Protein Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar Free Syrup

Coating & Drizzle

Instructions

  1. Start by making the cinnamon drizzle for our French toast. Whisk together syrup, protein powder, and cinnamon in a bowl until smooth. Let it sit in the fridge while you make the French toast.
  2. In a wide bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the egg mixture (all the ingredients following the bread above).
  3. In another wide bowl, add your Cinnamon Toast Crunch and break it up into crumbs. You can blend it up if you'd like, but I simply crushed it up in my hands to leave some large pieces.
  4. Heat up a frying pan or skillet over low-medium heat.
  5. If not pre-sliced, cut your brioche bread into thick slices. I cut my loaf into 10 thick brioche slices.
  6. Once the pan is hot, dip each slice of your bread into the egg mixture, then into the crushed cereal.
  7. Add to the pan and let the French toast cook for about 2 minutes, then flip to cook the other side for another 2 minutes. Cooking times can vary widely based on your pan, the thickness of your bread, etc, so use your best judgment to cook until the French toast is browned.
  8. Continue until all French toast has been cooked.
  9. Add to a plate and top with extra Cinnamon Toast Crunch, then drizzle your syrup mixture over the top and dig in!

Notes

  • Any protein powder should work here, but I love the flavor that the Snickerdoodle PEScience protein provides.
  • That being said, the protein powder can be left out completely and it will not negatively affect this recipe.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 2 Slices
Amount Per Serving Calories 440Total Fat 11gCarbohydrates 68gProtein 24g

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