Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and lightly spray with oil.
Place eggplant strips in a bowl and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
Combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese in a bowl, and egg whites in another.
Dip a few strips of eggplant at a time into the egg whites, then into the breadcrumbs. Using a fork, remove eggplant from crumbs and place on the baking sheets. Spray with more oil and bake 10 minutes in the middle rack.
Turn over and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot.
Air Fryer Directions:
Cook in batches, putting the sticks in the basket in an even layer, careful not to overcrowd it. Spritz with olive oil spray. Air Fry at 350F for 10 minutes, turning halfway.