Captain Crunch french toast– is there any better cross between childhood and adulthood?

Captain Crunch French Toast on plate

It’s no secret that Captain Crunch is one of the crunchiest cereals out there (RIP to the roof of your mouth), which makes it the ideal ingredient to add texture and crunch to french toast. You’ll make this Captain Crunch french toast just like any other french toast, except instead of cooking the french toast immediately after it’s dipped in the egg and milk mixture, it gets a visit to a pie pan filled with crushed up Captain Crunch.

This french toast is served with a vanilla icing. After testing several rounds of this recipe, we found traditional pancake syrup or maple syrup to be overpowering and not complementary to the subtle Captain Crunch flavor that not only was present, but that we actually wanted to taste. The vanilla icing is so easy to make, you could do it in your sleep.

Syrup being poured on Captain Crunch French Toast

How To Make Captain Crunch French Toast

1- Crush the Captain Crunch. The best way to do this is in a food processor but you can use a blender or even a ziplock bag with a mallet or the bottom of a sturdy glass jar. Crush the cereal until you have the consistency of panko and set in a pie dish.

2- Prep your stations. Combine the eggs, milk, heavy cream, vanilla, sugar, and salt until smooth and pour into a second pie dish. Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium-high heat or a griddle to 350°F. Set both of the prepped pie pans as close as you can to your cooking surface and you are ready to go.

Captain Crunch French Toast

3- Cook the Captain Crunch French Toast. Take each slice of bread and dip both sides in the egg mixture. Let any excess eggs drip off of the bread and transfer to the pie plate filled with crushed Captain Crunch. Using your hands, press the crushed cereal into all four surfaces of the bread until coated. Add 1 Tablespoon of butter to the nonstick pan, spread around, and place two (or however many pieces will fit) of the french toast on the hot surface. Cook until golden brown on both sides, and if you’re feeling extra ambitious you can cook the sides of the french toast as well.

4- Make the Vanilla Icing. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and salt. Serve the cooked captain crunch french toast with the prepared vanilla icing immediately.

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Captain Crunch French Toast

Brooke Eliason
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Your favorite childhood cereal incorporated in classic french toast makes this Captain Crunch french toast life-changing!


Captain Crunch French Toast

  • 4 cups Cap'n Crunch cereal
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 1-inch thick slices of brioche bread

Vanilla Icing

  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 dash kosher salt


Captain Crunch French Toast

  • Pour the cereal into a food processor and pulse until it has reached the consistency of Panko (Japanese bread crumbs). Pour into a pie dish and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and kosher salt until smooth. Pour into another pie dish and set aside.
  • Heat a large nonstick pan to medium-high or heat a griddle to 350°F. While the pan or griddle is warming, create an assembly line beginning with the egg/milk pie dish, the crushed cereal, and finally the nonstick pan or griddle.
  • Once the cooking surface is warm, place 1/2 Tablespoon of butter on the pan or griddle and spread around with a spatula. Take each slice of bread and dip the front, back, and all sides into the egg mixture until it is completely coated. Remove and let all of the excess mixture fall off. Transfer the dredged bread to the crushed cereal bowl and gently press cereal into all sides of the bread. Cook the french toast on the buttered pan or griddle until both sides are golden brown.

Vanilla Icing

  • In a medium-sized bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Drizzle over freshly prepared Captain Crunch french toast and serve warm.


  • 1 food processor

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