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A deliciously different French toast recipe. Serve with golden syrup, maple syrup or dust with icing sugar.

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 8 slices wholemeal bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:15min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Beat the eggs, pumpkin puree, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Dip the bread slices into the pumpkin mixture until coated on both sides.
  2. Melt 1 teaspoon of butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Place 4 of the bread slices into the frying pan and cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining bread and butter.

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by marthajones

Guess what I made this into a french toast bake and it was delicious. I first greased a 9x13 pan and loaded it up with bread cubes. Next I took the recipe's liquid ingredients along with the pumpkin and pureed it all in the blender. Next, poured it over the bread cubes and baked it for 35-40 minutes at 350F. When it was done I sprinkled cinnamon sugar over top and drizzled with powder sugar and milk glaze. Yummy from all my coworkers. and what raves! Just remember to heavily grease the pan and easy clean up. Another Bake and Take.-27 Jan 2010

by Sarah Jo

Great jumping off point. After reading some of the reviews, I thought I could make this a little more "pumpkin-y". I took 1/2 c. pumpkin and whipped it with 1/4 c. powdered sugar and 1/2 c. cream cheese. I added 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice when it was near the end of whipping. I also added pumpkin pie spice to the egg mixture instead of the spices alone. I spread the pumpkin-cream cheese mixture inside of two slices whole wheat bread and made stuffed french toast. I served it with hot maple syrup and bacon. This made for a nice lazy Sunday lunch.-15 Nov 2009

by Katy

Delicious! We doubled the pumpkin puree and still found the pumpkin taste to be pretty subtle. I would not increase the pumpkin past 1/2 cup or the egg mixture may lose its consistency. I added a splash of vanilla extract (personal taste). Using Texas Toast, this recipe made 6 slices = 3 servings. Either add 2 t. sugar or serve with powdered sugar or syrup. This was fantastic, we'll make it again.-14 Nov 2009

Pumpkin-Spiced French Toast Recipe

Nutmeg and cinnamon add spice and aroma to traditional recipes, making them perfect for chilly mornings. You can choose to start with any Paleo bread you like, but I prefer this recipe. It’s made with flaxseeds and almond butter, which meshes perfectly with the pumpkin spices!

For an autumn-inspired batter, this recipe mixes pumpkin purée, cinnamon and nutmeg with eggs and coconut milk. It’s like having a healthy pumpkin pie for breakfast!

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To make your French toast, dredge each slice of bread into the batter one by one and lay them onto the skillet, working in batches. It takes about 3-4 minutes to brown each side of the bread.

Top your French toast with any fixings you crave – from chopped hazelnuts to dark chocolate chips and cranberries. I kept it simple and whipped some grass-fed butter with a sprinkle of cinnamon and drizzled maple syrup on top.

Tip: If you’re making a large batch of French toast, place finished pieces on a cookie sheet in a 200°F oven to keep them hot and crisp around the edges until they’re ready to eat!

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Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Sometimes, it’s pancakes. Other times, it’s French toast. It really depends on my mood, I guess.

But when it comes to Fall pumpkin spice French toast, pancakes do not stand a chance. Nope, none at all.

Pumpkin French toast will win every single time.

With the super thick brioche (or Challah bread) slices that just soak up every single ounce of pumpkin heaven, these are simply perfect.

All you need is a fresh dusting of confectioners’ sugar and syrup.

Sorry, pancakes. Maybe you’ll have a shot after the Fall season.

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

This Pumpkin Spice French Toast is the best breakfast to enjoy on those chilly fall days, or even on Christmas morning. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, this easy dish is bursting with flavor and perfect for the whole family to enjoy!

Hooray for pumpkin season!

Every year I can’t wait to break out the pumpkin.Once it’s officially fall I don’t feel quite so bad about shoving all of the apple and pumpkin recipes in your face.

And I’m sharing one of my favorite fall breakfasts with you today! Since I work way ahead on my editorial calendar and blogging content, I usually start testing pumpkin recipes back in June. And this Pumpkin Spice French Toast was a winner right from the start!I almost shared it with you in the summer, but I’m not that crazy!

What Makes This Pumpkin Spice French Toast So Fantastic:

  • The ingredients are super simple. In fact, you probably have everything you need to make this dish in your kitchen.
  • This recipe comes together really quickly! From start to finish, you can have this dreamy, crispy yet tender, pumpkin french toast ready in about 20 minutes.
  • It’s full of pumpkin-y flavor and cozy spices, perfect to warm you up on a crisp fall morning.

Even though the weather sometimes doesn’t cool off until late fall, I can’t resist whipping out everything pumpkin, and then some.

And since I’ve made Pumpkin Spice Waffles, Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal, Pumpkin French Toast Cups, and Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats, it was time to add a classic french toast to the collection.

How To Make Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Cooking Tips:

  • I recommend using a thick bread for the toast, such as Texas toast or challah, as it holds up the egg mixture better than regular bread.
  • Be sure to buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling, otherwise your french toast will turn out overly sweet!
  • When you start cooking your french toast, it may take 4 or 5 minutes per side to get golden brown depending on how much you heat your pan first. As the pan gets hotter, it will take slightly less time.


  • Want something a bit more decadent? Try using half and half to replace the milk.
  • Don’t want your french toast too sweet?Simply omit the brown sugar from the egg mixture.
  • Switch up the toppings for different flavor combos!Try it with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, or even a fresh scoop of whipped cream.

Perfect to serve with a dusting of powdered sugar, some butter, and a good drizzle of maple syrup, you’ll be whipping up this pumpkin breakfast all year long!

Recipe Summary

  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup half-and-half cream
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 8 slices day-old bread

Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat.

Whisk eggs, half and half, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and walnuts together in a bowl. Soak one slice of bread at a time in the pumpkin mixture, then place in the prepared skilled. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread. Stir the pumpkin mixture between dips to keep the walnuts from settling. Cook the bread until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.


In a blender, process the cream cheese, pumpkin and cream until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and whisk in the remaining ingredients except bread. Once the mixture is fully homogeneous, add the bread and stir to fully moisten. Pour into your baking dish and mash down the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and chill until you are ready to bake (1 hour to 3 days).

Uncover the casserole and press down the floating bread with your hands or a spatula. It's OK if it looks a little soupy that's just all your creamy, custardy goodness. Place the casserole dish inside a large roasting pan with high sides and put it in the oven. Pour hot water into the roasting pan so that it comes halfway up the outside of the casserole dish.

Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve warm with powdered sugar dusted on top and warm maple syrup on the side.

This recipe is a double dose of Fall flavor.

First, we start off with the pumpkin spice french toast. Crusty bread gets soaked in a creamy dreamy pumpkin custard that is spiked with Fall spices. The bread soaks all the custard up before it gets fried to a perfect golden brown. Crispy edges, fragrant spices, and a whole lotta Fall Flavor.

The pumpkin spice french toast is great enough to stand on its own, but for a double whammy, we top it with a Caramel Apple Sauce. This sauce uses coconut sugar, maple syrup, and butter to create a silky caramel. Then we add in some diced apples and simmer the sauce until they infuse their flavor and are cooked to crisp-tender perfection.

Not only does this breakfast taste like a dream, it is actually on the healthier side!

Pumpkin, another Fall favorite, adds even more health benefits to our pumpkin spice french toast. Like carrots, pumpkin gets its orange hue from vitamin A, which can boost eye and skin health. Pumpkin can also help us recover faster from a workout and boost our immune systems.

And there is, even more, to love about this Pumpkin Spice French Toast. It can easily be made allergy-friendly.

For a gluten-free version, just swap in slices of your favorite gluten-free bread.

For a vegan or dairy-free version, use a high-quality vegan butter in the Caramel Apple Sauce. The custard is already free of eggs and dairy, so no need to make any changes there.

This recipe is also quick. The Caramel Apple Sauce can be made while the Pumpkin Spice French Toast is cooking, cutting way down on your kitchen time. This decadent breakfast can be on the table in as little as 30 minutes.

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

"French toast is a delicious breakfast option no matter the season. But when you add pumpkin to the mix, it becomes a must-have fall treat. And when you add a delicious cinnamon sugar coating on your oven baked French toast, you’ll want to enjoy this delicious pumpkin French toast every breakfast! Pumpkin is such a versatile flavor – it tastes great in both sweet and savory dishes. But what I love most about pumpkin is how easy it is to incorporate into your favorite recipes. And this easy pumpkin French toast recipe is no exception! Simply add a little bit of pumpkin and some spices to traditional French toast to instantly have a delicious breakfast packed with fall flavor. "

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