Cinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French Toast

IMG_0323 I’m getting REALLY good at making excuses not to go grocery shopping:

  • I’m tired.
  • My baby always goes #2 at the store so I look like I’m shoplifting to get to the bathroom to change his diaper.
  • My daughter asks 4 million times to get fruit snacks and/or cookies and/or gum and/or pizza and/or ice cream and/or barbies. #dependsontheaisle
  • I’d rather spend the money on shoes #impracticalmuch?
  • I’m tired.
  • I’m tired.
  • I’m tired.

Basically, I never go shopping except not going means I have to somehow whip out meals with the random findings from my kitchen. I know I’m probably much better at this than most, but I tell ya….sometimes I can’t think of ANYTHING.

On these days, I go get a take and bake pizza or I make breakfast for dinner. Pizza and breakfast foods are two things I know my daughter will eat no problem. These two things never get old for her….

Well one *lazy* day, I got the brilliant idea to make crunchy french toast to go with our dinner eggs but instead of using corn flakes, I’d use cinnamon toast crunch cereal.

You guys, sometimes, I have REALLY good ideas.

This french toast was so good! Sweet, crunchy and cinnamony on the outside…warm and smooth on the inside. And, it’s particularly amazing with a little extra butter and warm syrup. Mmm….

Are you drooling yet? It’s really THAT good.

Here’s how you make it:

IMG_0283 Start by getting some cinnamon toast crunch cereal.  IMG_0292 Put some into a large bag and crush it into tiny crumbs using a rolling pin. Pour this out onto a plate and set aside.
IMG_0295 For the egg mixture, crack 3 eggs and measure out 1/4 cup milk into a shallow dish. IMG_0300 Whisk it all up until combined and you’re ready to go! IMG_0293 Grab some older, dryer bread and lets do this! I found this yummy loaf of ciabatta bread from a local bakery. SO good! Regular sandwich bread or challah bread would be good too.
IMG_0303 Press a piece into the egg mixture to soak. IMG_0306 Flip it around and do the other side too.
IMG_0309 Then coat each side as best as you can in the cinnamon toast crunch crumbs. IMG_0310 Cook in some butter over medium heat until browned on either side and that’s it! IMG_0334 Crunchy, slightly sweet and so so yummy to snarf down.  IMG_0336 Particularly divine with real maple syrup too. Mmm….

Give these a whirl for breakfast real soon! You won’t be sorry 😉

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French Toast

Yield: 5 pieces

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
3 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
5 slices day-old bread {any kind you have on hand}
butter for frying + more for smearing
maple syrup


Place cereal into a large plastic food storage bag. Crush cereal with a rolling pin into fine crumbs. Pour onto a plate and set aside.

In a large shallow dish, crack eggs and whisk together with milk. Dip one slice of bread into egg mixture and then coat in cereal crumbs.

Cook over medium heat in 1 teaspoon butter until browned on either side. Remove from pan and serve with more butter and warm maple syrup.

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21 Responses to “Cinnamon Toast Crunch Encrusted French Toast”

  1. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 28, 2013 at 12:35 am

    My kind of breakfast!


  2. #
    cherie — October 28, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Oh honey I STILL enjoy grocery shopping alone and my youngest is nearly 11 years old. I remember how frustrating it was to go with littles!

    This however may have been worthwhile – yummy!


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    Karen — October 28, 2013 at 2:46 am

    My sons favorite cereal! He is 21. What a great idea. I too look for every excuse not to go shopping, but once I get there….I get into it. Funny though…my kids used to wait until we got to the store to poop too…..really?!!!!!


  4. #
    Tieghan — October 28, 2013 at 5:04 am

    My brother would go crazy for this! Genius idea, Lauren! Hoping you a get a nap or something in today! :)


  5. #
    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — October 28, 2013 at 5:29 am

    you can’t go wrong with this for breakfast – yum!


  6. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — October 28, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Can we have a sleepover where you make these in the morning!?


  7. #
    Rachel — October 28, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Amazing! Totally over the top and I love it.

    Also, my baby has a similar habit 😉 Though she decides to do that (and explode everywhere) just as I’m about to walk out the door to drop her at daycare in the morning. Perfect timing these babies have, no?!


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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — October 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This is my kind of french toast! So good!


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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — October 28, 2013 at 10:53 am

    My kids LOVE French Toast. They would go nuts for this. Such a great idea!


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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — October 28, 2013 at 11:01 am

    oh my gawwwwd. french toast is my favorite sweet breakfast option..this looks incredible! so genius to crust it with one of the best cereals ever!


  11. #
    Cynthia — October 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! I saw a Throw Down episode with Bobby Flay where he went up against a guy who made stuffed french toast. He crusted his with corn flakes, but I think Cinnamon Toast Crunch is a much better idea. I think I’m going to put some kind of filling between two layers of toast and then put them in the cereal. Thanks so very much for the terrific recipe!


    • Lauren — October 29th, 2013 @ 8:33 am

      Oh yum!! Now I want stuffed french toast!!


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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — October 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    This looks amazing, and this may sound random but that is the most awesome picture of a cracked egg I’ve ever seen :)

    I’m at the grocery store so often I feel like it is my 2nd home.


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    Christina Gathright — October 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Love breakfast for dinner! My toddler would love this!


  14. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — October 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    One of my biggest complaints about french toast is that it’s too soggy, but I think I would LOVE this version. You get the spice and the crunch all in one!


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    SuperCutePetContest — November 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Oh wow. This looks amazing!


  16. #
    Ashley | Our Full Table — November 4, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Love this! So yummy!


  17. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — November 6, 2013 at 9:13 am

    this sounds like the best idea ever! those close up photos are making me so hungry!


  18. #
    Julie @ Lovely Little Kitchen — January 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Oh wow yum! Going to have to try this very soon. Pretty sure my boys would love me forever if I made this for them :0)


  19. #
    Carolynn Long — March 29, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Love this for breakfast and or dinner with bacon and eggs as well!



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