One of the secrets to getting the best results from your air fryer is to coat foods with a dry mixture that cooks up nice and crispy.
Here, we’ve used omega-3 rich flax seeds to add a super-food style crunch to French toast. Choose a high-quality whole grain loaf for this recipe—it will help the toast sticks hold their shape and texture throughout the soaking and cooking process. You can feel great about treating your kids to these on Saturday morning; they’ll never guess they’re eating a fiber-rich and heart-healthy breakfast.
4 (1 1/2-oz.) whole-grain bread slices
2 large eggs
1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
2/3 cup flax seed meal
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
8 teaspoons pure maple syrup, divided
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Added sugars 22g
Calcium 15% DV
Potassium 7% DV
How to Make It
Cut each slice of bread into 4 long sticks. Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar in a shallow dish. Mix flax seed meal and remaining 3 tablespoons brown sugar in a second shallow dish. Dip bread pieces in egg mixture, slightly soaking them, and allow any excess to drip off. Dredge each piece in flax seed mixture, coating on all sides. Coat bread pieces with cooking spray.
Place bread pieces in a single layer in air fryer basket, leaving room between each piece, and cook in batches at 375°F until golden brown and crunchy, 10 minutes, turning pieces over halfway through cooking.
To serve, place 4 French toast sticks on each plate. Top with 1/2 cup strawberries, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Serve immediately.
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