Pumpkin French Toast — This pumpkin french toast is full of rich pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavor. After drenching it with syrup, you’ll be in comfort food heaven!
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Best Ever French Toast … with Pumpkin!
What’s better than regular French toast? Pumpkin french toast, of course. Thick slices of bread coated with pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Can you smell it from there?
After griddling up the thick slices of French toast and drenching it with syrup, I was in comfort food heaven. The pumpkin flavor shines through without being too intense. It’s a nice change from regular French toast and perfect for fall.
This pumpkin pie-flavored french toast makes about eight slices and I took half and froze them. On busy mornings, I pop a slice into the toaster for my daughter and I feel good knowing she has a home-cooked breakfast but I don’t have to do any home-cooking at 7am. Score.
Pumpkin French Toast Ingredients
This recipe for pumpkin french toast is reminiscent of classic french toast, with the addition of pumpkin puree and extra spices. Nothing fancy and no special ingredients required!
For this homemade french toast recipe, you’ll need:
- Milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
- Pumpkin puree
- Light brown sugar
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Ground nutmeg
- Texas toast
- Maple syrup (for serving)
The milk I used was Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and I love it. It only has 30 calories per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a milk for baking, vegan or otherwise, it’s what I use most often.
Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.
How to Make Pumpkin French Toast
Homemade spiced pumpkin french toast couldn’t be easier to make!
Full instructions are provided in the recipe card below, but here’s an overview of the recipe steps:
- Whisk together the dipping mixture and dunk each slice of Texas toast into it. Give it a good 30 seconds on either side so the bread has enough time to soak it up.
- Butter your pre-heated skillet and cook each piece of french toast for roughly 3 to 4 minutes per side. Try not to flip the french toast too much, otherwise it won’t become golden and crisp on the outside.
- Serve the pumpkin french toast immediately with maple syrup and dig in!
I used this thick French toast bread from my local grocery store, but any thick-sliced white bread will do. Think: challah, brioche, and french bread. If possible, use day-old bread (it’s less likely to fall apart in the dipping mixture if it’s a little stale).
Absolutely! As I mentioned already, I like to make a full batch and either refrigerate or freeze the leftovers for later. I pop a slice into the toaster for my daughter’s breakfast before school.
With that being said, the pumpkin spice french toast is best when it’s first made. So while it’s a great make-ahead option for yourself and your family, I wouldn’t necessarily make it in advance if I were having guests over for the holidays.
This pumpkin french toast can easily be frozen. You’ll first need to let it cool to room temperature, then place the slices on a baking tray and freeze. Once frozen, seal the french toast in a freezer bag. (Freezing it first on a baking tray prevents the french toast from getting squished in the bag!).
Tips for the Making French Toast with Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin: Make sure to use pure pumpkin puree for this homemade french toast recipe and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling will give this pumpkin french toast a completely different flavor.
Milk: If you don’t have almond milk on hand, you can use another milk instead. Any milk, dairy or non-dairy, will work for this recipe. Just make sure that whatever you’re using is unsweetened.
Spices: If desired, you can play around with the spices in this french toast recipe. Add more pumpkin pie spice to really amp up the pumpkin flavor, or add a dash of other warming spices like ginger or cloves.
Topping Ideas for Pumpkin French Toast
Maple syrup is the obvious choice for topping your pumpkin spiced french toast. Other toppings to try include:
- Salted Caramel Sauce
- Whipped cream
- Chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans would be great!)
- Fresh berries
- Pumpkin butter
- Powdered sugar
- Chocolate chips
What to Serve with French Toast
Since this is a sweet breakfast recipe, I like to pair it with savory sides like bacon, breakfast sausage, or eggs. Or, try pairing the pumpkin pie french toast with one or more of the following dishes:
- Air Fryer Bacon
- Vanilla Fruit Salad
- Sausage and Egg Muffins
- Cheesy Hash Brown Quiche
- Bacon Egg Casserole
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- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- butter, for griddle or pan and for serving
- 8 slices Texas toast or thick-sliced French toast bread*
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat electric griddle (takes about 10 minutes) or preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat a minute or two before you’ll need it; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, pumpkin, sugars, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
- Butter the griddle or skillet.
- Dip 1 slice of bread into the coating mixture for about 10 seconds, flipping over once, and making sure it’s well-coated before adding to griddle. Repeat with all slices of bread until coating mixture is gone.
- Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until as done and browned as desired. Add more butter to griddle or skillet as necessary and wipe griddle with paper towel as necessary to remove black bits.
- Serve immediately with butter and maple syrup or your favorite topping.
- French toast is best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and can be gently reheated in the micro or toaster.
*You need to use thick-cut white bread for this recipe, preferably something that's a day old. Brioche, challah, and french bread would all work too.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 283mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 7g
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