French Toast Sticks with Strawberry Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Make breakfast fun again with French Toast Sticks with Strawberry Yogurt Dipping Sauce. Both baked and stovetop recipes are provided.
I was compensated by Silk for this recipe. As always, thank you for reading and supporting brands I work with, which allows me to bring you more recipes.
Yogurt and I have a love/hate relationship. Growing up, I would eat a cup of yogurt here and there but not be satisfied with it. Then in college, I tried yogurt again. However, I realized a lot of the cheaper brands used aspartame (type of fake sugar), so I became uninterested in eating it (I realize I could’ve looked into other brands, but at the time it made sense, especially being on a college student’s budget). Fast forward to my first big girl job where I had more money to spend on groceries, I ran into the dilemma of what to pack every day for lunch. A coworker introduced me to Greek yogurt with fruit on the bottom. I loved it so much that I literally ate it every day for probably a year. I’m not kidding – every single day when I sat in our makeshift break room (we technically didn’t have one), I would bring out my little cup of yogurt. Finally I hit my wall and stopped eating yogurt completely. That was probably 2-3 years ago. Now I’m facing a similar dilemma – what can I eat for breakfast or a snack that is healthy? I am not a breakfast person, let alone a healthy breakfast person. And as much as I love eating chocolate chip pancakes every day, I know I shouldn’t be eating chocolate chip pancakes every day.
That’s when I started cycling back to yogurt and was ready to give it another try. Fortunately, I found several brands I enjoyed, including Silk’s latest product – Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. As much I enjoy eating it straight from the container, I also like to have fun with breakfast. A friend and I were talking about yogurt and breakfast, and all of a sudden – yogurt dipping sauce! Kinda like my Apple Butter French Toast Roll Ups I made but instead of doing more roll ups, I decided to go with a childhood classic – French Toast Sticks. When was the last time you ate French toast sticks as an adult? Instead of a cream cheese dipping sauce, I made a yogurt dipping sauce by mixing Silk Strawberry Yogurt Alternative and honey together. Fun, nostalgic, and delicious. It’s everything you need for breakfast.
It was tough giving yogurt another try straight from the container, but I was pretty satisfied with Silk Dairy-Free Yogurt Alternative. This isn’t Greek yogurt but rather a dairy alternative made with cultured soy instead of dairy. That means this is technically not even yogurt at all. Don’t let that fool you though – I am a huge dairy lover, yet I couldn’t tell this was dairy free. Plus all but the vanilla are made with fresh fruit, which means they are free of artificial flavors and colors. The strawberry one really did taste like fresh strawberries mixed with yogurt. For more information and for a product locator, visit Silk’s website, sign up for their newsletter, and pin from their Pinterest board.
The key to making French toast sticks is buying thick sandwich bread called Texas toast bread, which is twice the thickness of regular sandwich bread. This thickness allows the bread to hold its shape in order to successfully dip. If you can’t find thick bread, you can either cut a loaf of bakery bread into thick slices (day-old and/or stale bread is best) or make regular French toast as whole slices then just cut into pieces and dip with a fork.
I cooked this recipe two ways: baked in the oven and cooked on the stovetop. I prefer baking simply because it’s hands off and you can serve all of the French toast sticks at once where as the stovetop method means serving as you go while making sure it doesn’t burn. However, the stovetop method is faster if you’re only serving 1-2 people.
- 3 slices Texas toast bread* (see note)
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup milk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- One 5.3-ounce cup Silk Dairy Free Strawberry Yogurt Alternative (roughly 3/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened (add a pinch of salt if unsalted)
- Cut each slice of bread into four 1-inch sticks with the crusts left on (you need the crusts to help hold their shape for dipping).
- In a wide shallow bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or grease really well.
- Dip each stick into the egg mixture, turning once to coat both sides. Shake off any excess mixture then place onto the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining sticks.
- Bake 10 minutes. A few minutes before done, melt the butter in the microwave. Pull the tray out of the oven, brush the top side with melted butter, flip each stick then brush again with butter. If they stick, gently use a spatula to loosen them. Leave bottom side up and bake another 10 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted and hot, turn the heat down to low.
- Dip 4 sticks into the egg mixture, turning once to coat both sides and shaking off any excess mixture. Immediately add to the skillet and cook for a few minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Flip and cook another few minutes or until golden brown then remove from the skillet. Repeat with the remaining bread, adding the remaining 1 tablespoon butter when the first tablespoon is gone. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.
*Texas toast bread is twice the thickness of regular sandwich bread. This thickness allows the bread to hold its shape in order to successfully dip. If you can’t find thick bread, you can either cut a loaf of bakery bread into thick slices (day-old and/or stale bread is best) or make regular French toast as whole slices then just cut into pieces and dip with a fork.
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Leave me a comment below telling me: Which yogurt flavor would you try first: Strawberry, Vanilla, Blueberry, Black Cherry, Pineapple, or Peach & Mango.
Disclosure: I was compensated by Silk for this recipe. As always, thank you for reading and supporting brands I work with, which allows me to bring you more recipes. All opinions, text, and photographs are my own.