Crispy Cinnamon Toast

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There is nothing that evokes childhood memories quite like nostalgic food favorites.

There is nothing that evokes childhood memories quite like nostalgic food favorites. This Cinnamon Toast recipe recreates the flavors of French Toast, as well as your favorite childhood cereal while keeping the calorie content low and delivering a satisfying crunch. This is a recipe card you will want to use on repeat!

All it requires is 5 simple ingredients and a few minutes of your morning to whip up a sweet and crunchy addition to any balanced breakfast. Enjoy eating this cinnamon toast fresh from the oven, or spread it with a bit of Apple Butter for an extra treat. You could even use the toast as a vehicle to create a phenomenal sweet and savory breakfast sandwich!

If you think this is the best cinnamon toast recipe you’ve ever tried and are looking for even more reasons to love cinnamon, we have you covered.

Ingredients to Create The Best Crispy Cinnamon Toast

Not only is this crispy cinnamon toast recipe delicious and simple it also won’t hurt you when it comes to gathering the ingredients at the grocery store.

What you need to make the best crispy cinnamon toast:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon

If you don’t want to go to the store at all and don’t have everything on the above ingredient list, you can substitute a few things depending on what you have on hand. Just keep in mind that whatever ingredients you happen to substitute might have different nutritional values, and plan accordingly to help you meet your goals.

Simple substitutions include:

  • Light brown sugar
  • Cinnamon butter
  • Mixture of cinnamon and sugar
  • White sugar

You could also throw in some more of your favorite toppings like nuts, fruit, or a sprinkle of salt.

Delicious Treat When You Want Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal has been a favorite for as long as it has existed. The cinnamon sugar mixture on each little square (you can see the commercial in your head right now) was the best way to make your day amazing!

The first bite of this crisp toast with a hint of buttery goodness and just the perfect amount of vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon will give you the same sense of childlike enthusiasm without all of the unnecessary calories.

So get your baking sheet, grab the basics from your pantry, and start to see that not all change is a bad thing! You can have a delicious breakfast without the guilt.

We also encourage you to try 11 of our Favorite Recipes with Cinnamon as you begin to get into the fall spirit.

How to Make Your Cinnamon Toast Crispy

When making your crispy cinnamon sugar toast, we want to make sure that the crispy part doesn’t get lost. Figuring out how to get the perfect end result will be worth it when you get to enjoy each crispy square.

First, you will combine your room-temperature butter, vanilla, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. Making sure the butter isn’t melted or straight from the fridge will be what keeps the slice of bread firm so it doesn’t turn into soggy bread or tear due to the butter being too stiff.

Next, you will spread the butter mixture onto each slice of bread and then lay them flat on a cookie sheet.

You are looking for a golden brown, but not burnt. You don’t have to worry about preheating the oven, as you will only need to use the broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Keep the oven door slightly ajar so that you can keep an eye on your cinnamon sugar toast. This is a recipe that even a few extra minutes can be too much, and you end up with burnt toast instead of delicious cinnamony goodness!

Other Ways to Try Crispy Cinnamon Toast

With so many different options on how to cook these days, you can always create your crispy cinnamon toast with whatever you have available. The cooking time will be similar whether you use a toaster oven, air fryer, or even with a skillet on the stovetop!

Quick and simple is what makes this recipe such a game-changer and a better way to enjoy breakfast.

If you are looking for more inspiration for that sad piece of bread staring at you from the bread box, be sure and try out our Cinnamon Apple Peanut Butter ToastEgg and Avocado Toast, or this delicious Skinny Nutella Banana French Toast Sandwich!

Can You Store Cinnamon Toast?

Unlike a lot of our recipes, when it comes to this crispy cinnamon toast, the best way to enjoy it is fresh out of the oven. Since it is so easy to make and only takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook, you can enjoy it any time without needing a lot of prep time.

However, if you try to store and reheat it later, you aren’t going to get the same crunch factor that you will get when served fresh.

Best Occasions to Enjoy Crispy Cinnamon Toast

While crispy cinnamon toast might not meet all of your daily values when it comes to meeting your nutritional goals, it is a great recipe when you need an easy breakfast to hit that sweet tooth.

This is a great example that you can enjoy treats and still have health and fitness goals. It’s simply learning new and fun ways to take in the flavors you love without other unnecessary calories and excess ingredients.

We believe this easy cinnamon toast recipe will become one that you frequently go to whenever you’re in a hurry or when you don’t want to mess up all of your hard work in the gym by downing a large bowl of cereal.

More Ways to Enjoy the Spice of Cinnamon

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Can’t get enough cinnamon? We don’t blame you. There’s plenty more where that came from! Try any of these cinnamon recipes, next:

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Crispy Cinnamon Toast

This crunchy toast is great for a quick breakfast so eat up and enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 4 toast halves
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 8 tablespoons butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to broil.
  • Combine butter, vanilla, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. Evenly divide and spread over the entire top of bread slices.
  • Place bread, butter side up, on a baking sheet. Broil just until golden, about 2-3 minutes. Turn bread over and broil until lightly golden on the other side. Slice toast diagonally and serve immediately!


Leave the oven door ajar while broiling and watch to be sure bread doesn’t burn.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 4toast halves | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Gale Compton

Gale co-founded SkinnyMs. with a goal to provide women with delicious recipes, fitness routines, and ways to reach their ideal weight. Gale has been featured on the Today Show in which she won a cook off for the best Lasagna. Be sure to search for her winning recipe, Skinny Lasagna Rolls.

Guided by her firm belief in healthy eating and the power of exercise, Gale has written two cookbooks and several fitness ebooks. She earned her Fitness Training Certification from, National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. Gale loves to run with her dog Maggie and has completed numerous half-marathons.

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