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Toddler French Toast Sticks

On the August menu I had a recipe for baked French Toast Sticks. I started feeding these to my 1 year old when I was looking for finger foods for him to eat. He LOVES them. I get so many mmmm’s from him when he is eating “toast”.  I started looking at the ingredients and decided to adapt my own recipe and make some nutritional additions using advice from the Deceptively Delicious cookbook. Here is the result:

Author/Source:

Tricia Callahan @ onceamonthmeals.com

Ingredients:

  • 30 slices whole wheat bread
  • .25 cups butter, melted
  • 8 eggs
  • .33 cups sugar
  • 1.33 cups milk (I used whole)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • .5 cups butternut squash puree (could also use sweet potato, pumpkin or acorn squash)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice bread slices into thirds. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except sliced bread. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Dip bread pieces, one by one, in the batter until coated and then place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes turning over half-way through to ensure even cooking on both sides. When done, remove to cooling rack. Serve or freeze.

Freezing Directions:

Allow to cool on cooling rack completely or place on a cool cookie sheet and place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until partially frozen (flash freezing). Place in Ziploc freezer bag and place in freezer until ready to use. To serve: microwave 30-45 seconds.

Servings:

90 sticks ~30 “toddler” servings

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72 Responses to “Toddler French Toast Sticks”

  1. Amanda says:

    awesome recipe!! thanks :o) I’m all about finger food recipes for my daughter…keep them coming! ;o)

  2. Angela says:

    Looks good! My little girl loves toast so I’ll have to see if she will eat these :-)

  3. Sarah says:

    Love this!! I’ve been looking for more finger foods for breakfast. She loves pancakes so I’m sure she’ll like these too!

  4. These sound perfect, I also have a 1-year old and have been branching out a lot on her finger foods!

  5. Amy says:

    My daughter is 2 and we loved the version in the August Menu. I used some Pepperidge Farm whole wheat bread that was free at Meijer a couple weeks ago. They were gobbled up very quickly. I love sneaking in the winter squash — I’ll try it next time. We could all benefit from eating more veggies.

  6. Lisa says:

    This recipe will be perfect for my 2 girls. I have an 11 month old and a 2 1/2 year old so these will get eaten up quick!

  7. Carol says:

    Thank you for your sharing this recipe! My son will be one in December and although he developed a milk/soy allergy at 2 months, I am hoping he will outgrow it and be able to eat foods like this.

    Do you have other finger food recipes that can be frozen?

    • tricia says:

      I am working on sharing more finger food recipes soon. . . stay tuned

      • Carol says:

        Thanks! My son outgrew his allergies and LOVES the french toast sticks. I plan to make the sweet potato muffins tomorrow.

        • Darrin says:

          Just a note for those with kids with milk allergy. Having two toddlers with “cow” milk allergy they loved goat milk, and had no problems with it. Walmart sells goat milk in a purple quart paper bottle. It’s the only store I can find it in my town. One has out grown it but the other has not. Looking forward to trying out this recipe. Thx

  8. Tiff says:

    Do you mean 1 t of cinnamon or 1/10 of a teaspoon? I’m guessing you mean 1 t, but there appears to be a period before the 1!

  9. Gonna try these tonight. Libbie has now gone from eating fruit, bread, and cheese to eating nothing but bananas and maybe a cheerio here and there. I don’t know what’s going on. Going to try these (sweet) and giving her a baby fork and spoon…? It’s very frustrating!

    • tricia says:

      I know A LOT of people going through this right now. Think I might even write about it. Hang in there!

    • Amanda says:

      So very glad to know that my little one is not the only one who only eats fruit, bread, and cheese. She, too, got to where she wouldn’t touch even those things. After about 2 months of eating NOTHING, and loosing 6lbs, she’s FINALLY eating again (and shooting straight up AGAIN!).

  10. Felice says:

    Wanted to share similar idea we do..we follow the basic receipe from above, but instead of cutting into little pieces I roll it out thin, and then add a fruit puree (blueberry or strawberry are our favorite), then roll then piece up and sqeeze the end to the roll. then dip in the batter, and cook. Then freeze like above…then when i give to my little guy, i cut the rollup into bit size pieces. He loves loves these and it adds some fruit also which i like.

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  15. Laura says:

    Is .33 cups the same as 1/3c.? and .25 is 1/2 c.? Sorry I’m not good at measurements.

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  22. angie says:

    i just wanted to thank you for this recipe. I adapted it a bit and it turned out lovely! I posted a credit link to you for the original recipe!
    http://successful2gether.blogspot.com/2011/03/banana-cinnamon-french-toast.html

  23. Suzanne says:

    I was reading this recipe to my husband as we’re planning the next month’s freezer stock – he was getting so excited about them it looks like I’ll have to make double! They’ll be great to throw in a ziploc baggie for him to munch on HIS way to school!

    • Tricia says:

      My kids beg for these! I am sure that he will love them. If he usually dips them in maple syrup, maybe add that to the batter so he doesn’t get the car steering wheel so sticky. :)

      • Suzanne says:

        Great idea! Maybe I’ll substitute some maple syrup for some of the sugar and just reduce the liquid a little! Should be funny watching a grown man noshing on FT sticks on the bus :)

  24. Lisa says:

    I just found your site a while back and finally made the french toast sticks today. They are very tasty, but a lot of trial and error with my oven. I’ve suspected that my oven overheats for a while now; today, I am certain. I cooked them at 325 for 10 on each side and some of them still burned. Thanks!

  25. Carly says:

    Keep these in mind when your kids are big enough for lunch boxes! They are great there, too!

  26. Jen says:

    My 10 mo old loved them, only thing is I only made it to 20 slices of bread and ran out of egg mix!! Thanks for recipe!!!

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    These look great! I was just wondering how you prepare them when you thaw them. Do you put them in the microwave or just lay them out and let them thaw and then eat at room temperature?

    • Tricia says:

      I microwave them for 30 seconds which usually does the trick. If you want them crisper you can put them in the oven to warm. Thawing them at room temperature would work too.

  30. Teresa says:

    I arm going to try a pumpkin version. my kids are older (10, 12, 15) so I will make it like I usually do in a casserole dish then cut and freeze indicolite portions. I also make it with cinnamon swirl bread mmmmmmmmm!

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  32. Amber says:

    Help! I really wanted to like this recipe! The picture makes it look so good! And granted my kids did like it, but I thought they were way too much work for the bland taste they produced…it seemed like even with some olive oil coating on the cookie sheet, that these left alot of the batter on the pan and not on the sticks. A little soaked in, but for the most part, they just tasted like toasted bread. :( How do I get the batter to stay on the bread and not come off on the sheet? The picture you showed looks like very little is on the sheet, and they are a nice golden brown. How???

    • Kelly says:

      Amber, how long did you let them soak up the batter? I would let them soak on both sides for a few minutes in the batter so they really soak it up. Then place them onto the sheet. You can always add a little additional vanilla extract too to add some additonal flavor.

  33. Went to make these without planning on making any substitutions but realized I had no butter! I used apple sauce instead and they still turned out AMAZING! They didn’t brown up as nicely but I just stuck them under the broiler for a couple minutes watching closely and they were perfect!

  34. Scarlett says:

    Have you ever substituted any of the egg with applesauce? I was thinking of using just 4 eggs and substituting the rest for applesauce. Do you think it will work?

  35. Amanda says:

    So I’ve made these twice and they have turned out great, but I can’t figure out why the butter clumps up in th mixture. Any thoughts?

    • Tricia says:

      I think it is the hot butter against the cold milk and eggs. Mine does that most of the time too. If you warmed up the refrigerator items or brought them closer to room temperature it prob wouldn’t clump.

  36. Deborah says:

    These look and sound great! I don’t have toddlers – I have teens – and I think it would make great finger food for them too! LOL!

  37. Meghan says:

    Love these! Subbed egg whites and honey and they still taste amazing! Only thing I will make sure to do next time is grease the pan a bit better a few of mine stuck :( Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  38. Tracy says:

    Made these today. Yum & easy. Thanks for sharing ;)

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