Breakfast just got a lot more delicious with this easy cinnamon french toast bites recipe. Perfectly fluffy and flavorful, and the best decision you'll make in a long time.
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and french toast is my absolute go-to food when it comes to sweet breakfasts.
I have a few casseroles on my website like my pear and brown sugar french toast bake or my cinnamon apple version, but these cute little french toast bites are great any time of year, any time of day, and will make waking up early on a weekend with kids even more enjoyable.
Why use Challah Bread?
One of the best parts about using challah bread is the flavor and texture it brings. Challah bread is made with extra fat and is enriched, which is different than typical bread. Challah bread is sweeter, smoother, and a perfect bread for breakfast, aka these french toast bites. I usually make classic french toast with leftover challah, but I wanted to make this one a little more fun, and kid friendly!
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
This recipe couldn't be any easier. It calls for the same ingredients you'd use for a classic french toast. The only real difference is that these are spiced with an apple pie spice blend from my friends at Primal Palate.
- Challah bread: the most important part!
- Milk: part of the dredge for the french toast
- Eggs: you'll whisk three of them together to form the egg mixture
- Vanilla extract: always need this! It adds a great flavor
- Cinnamon or apple pie spice: adds the beautiful spices to the french toast
- Butter or nonstick spray: for cooking the french toast bites
- Cinnamon sugar or maple sugar: to top the French toast bites off when they're done cooking.
- Honey (or maple syrup): either or for the dipping factor.
See the recipe card below for specific information about quantities.
How do you make this recipe?
Directions for making this recipe is the same as making french toast like you normally would:
Start by slicing the challah into small cubes and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Toss the cubed bread in the egg mixture for a few seconds.
Melt the butter in a large pan and add the challah cubes. Using tongs, rotate the challah cubes so that each side of the french toast bite is cooked until golden brown. Toss in some cinnamon sugar and apple pie spice seasoning. Serve with honey or maple syrup.
HINT: When making french toast, you want to get the bread as soaked in the egg mixture as possible. Leave the pieces of challah in the batter for a little longer than you think, so that it's nice and moist when added to the frying pan.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
Gluten free? Dairy free? Here are a few suggestions for making this recipe fit your dietary and lifestyle needs:
- Milk - instead of using whole milk, swap for almond or oat milk.
- Bread - use gluten free bread if you can't find gluten free challah or another type of substitution
How to Serve this Recipe
There are a variety of ways to make this recipe fun, and a few serving suggestions are listed below:
- Brunch Board - lay a few of these around a delicious brunch board like this one, and wow the entire crowd.
- Make a Stack - serve them as a mini stack and top with whipped cream.
Kitchen Equipment and Tools
There are a few minimal tools you'll need in order to make this recipe, such as:
- Large frying pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Spatula or Tongs
If you want to add a dusting of powdered sugar on top of these bites after they cook, you will need a sifter or sieve.
How do I store this recipe? Can I freeze it?
These french toast bites will do fine in the fridge for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. If you want to freeze them, simply place in a ziplock bag, labeling the date the recipe was made. You can defrost overnight in the fridge to consume the next morning
Add a touch of powdered sugar to the top of the bites before dipping to give them a dusting of color and extra added sweet flavor.
Hungry for More?
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Easy Cinnamon French Toast Bites Recipe
- 1 frying pan
- 1 mixing bowl
- 1 whisk
- 1 spatula or tongs
- sieve optional
- ½ challah sliced into strips
- 3 large eggs whisked
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon butter
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup for dipping
- Slice the challah into small strips and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Toss the cubed bread in the egg mixture for a few seconds.
- Melt the butter in a large pan and add the challah cubes.
- Using tongs, rotate the challah cubes so that each side of the french toast bite is cooked until golden brown.
- Toss in some cinnamon sugar and apple pie spice seasoning. Serve with honey or maple syrup.