Any other Costco goers out there? I live at Costco. Almost everything I need to sustain life is in those magical aisles, plus so many other things I don’t need. Speaking of, Costco deserves all the credit for this recipe. Last week, I was strolling the aisles and found a ginormous box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. That’s not all; right next to it was a ginormous box of French Toast Crunch cereal. Gosh… I’m not usually a cereal fan, but those two remind me of my childhood and I was weak in the knees just looking at the boxes.
Okay, I’m being a little dramatic, but really, I wanted nothing more than to grab BOTH ginormous boxes and set up a cereal bar for my next several meals. However, I managed to get out without any unplanned cereal purchases, but ONLY because I was in a hurry to pick up my new air fryer! Have you heard of this contraption?!
I was visiting a friend last month who made me dinner using hers, and it was a life-changing type of meal. All the goodness of deep-fried food without any of the…badness. Is that a word? I don’t know science or how the world works, but here’s my most basic understanding of what an air fryer does: it fries food with air (and not oil).
I couldn’t stand the excitement any longer, so I knew I had to go straight home to use this new contraption… but I was left with this unshakeable french toast crunch feeling. And that’s how the cinnamon french toast crunch waffle that you see today was born.
The second part of this recipe, where you make the waffle into a crispy, cinnamon-sugary french toast bite isn’t a necessity… scratch that, are you crazy?! Of course it is! But if you don’t have an air fryer, you can throw these little guys in a skillet or bake them in the oven to cook the egg and harden the cinnamon-sugar topping.
However, the air fryer gives it that crispy outside, soft inside texture that reminds me of the french toast sticks from Burger King… yet another
delicious not-so-healthy childhood memory.
Let’s chat a little more about this air-fryer! It’s so so simple to use. I did a lot of research before ordering this, and one of the main reasons I chose this particular one is because the fry basket comes out and detaches in a few different pieces, making washing it a breeze. There is nothing I hate more than kitchen appliances that are impossible to clean (cough cough, my waffle maker, which is why I started using this waffle pan instead) because they don’t separate from the electrical inner workings. You simply plug it in, turn it on, spray a little cooking oil in the basket and drop your food in. There’s also a timer that will turn off when it’s done. I haven’t made anything in here that wasn’t yum.
And lots more air-fryer approved recipes will be coming soon! Enjoy!