A breakfast classic with a fall twist! This vegan pumpkin french toast is easy to make, packed with the perfect punch of spice and has quickly become our new go-to weekend brunch!
Who doesn’t love the sweet flavors of French Toast? Growing up, French Toast was a breakfast we enjoyed all of the time. Today, we are taking the classic brunch favorite and bringing it to the next level with the seasonal flavorings of pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree.
This vegan pumpkin french toast recipe requires just 8 simple and easy to find ingredients.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
Bread – Thick bread slices are ideal for this french toast. We purchased this Franz brand Texas Toast and it worked so well for this recipe. You can also use sourdough bread loaf and slice it yourself. The key to french toast is to use bread that is a day or two old, and almost “stale”. If you only have fresh bread, you can always lightly toast your bread to give it the right texture.
Plant-Based Milk – We prefer to use unsweetened oat milk, however, you can use any kind of plant-based milk that you’d like. If you want to have some fun and experiment with flavor, you can even use different flavored and sweetened plant milk.
Pumpkin Puree – Adds the perfect pop of pumpkin flavor to the batter. Canned pumpkin puree is a quick and convenient counterpart to fresh sugar or pie pumpkins.
Chickpea Flour – Chickpea flour is the perfect thickener for the french toast batter. It’s high in fiber, protein, and is also a good source of iron.
Spices & Sweetener – As our name implies, we are keeping this recipe sweet and simple. To sweeten things up we are using pure maple syrup and a splash of vanilla extra. For spices, we’ve got pumpkin pie spice (of course), and a dash of salt.
But What About Toppings?
Vegan Whipped Cream – We love to top our pumpkin french toast with CocoWhip. If you happen to be allergic to coconut or if you’re not a fan of the taste, Reddi-Wip has a dairy-free variety made with almond milk.
Maple Syrup – Although the batter for this vegan pumpkin french toast has maple syrup in it, we recommend adding a healthy amount of syrup on top too.
Powdered Sugar – Adds a pop of additional sweetness and also makes for some extra photogenic french toast.
Crushed Nuts – Whether it’s walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or almonds, adding crushed nuts will add some additional textures and flavors to your pumpkin french toast. If you want to add even more flavor, candy the nuts first!
Whisk all of the ingredients together (except for the bread) until smooth. You can blend it all in a high-speed blender as well. Pour the batter into a wide and shallow dish.
Preheat a large pan or a griddle over medium heat and lightly grease it with coconut oil or vegan butter.
Dip each slice of bread in the batter for about 20 seconds on each side, being sure to shake off any excess batter. Place the battered bread onto the heated griddle. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown and set aside. If you have a cooling rack, we recommend setting them on that so that they do not get soggy. Continue until you have cooked all of the french toast.
Serve with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
It is important to use bread that is both sturdy and thick–we aim for a thickness of 3/4-1″. We like to use bread that is a few days old so that it has dried out and hardened up a bit. We recommend avoiding sandwich bread. This will ensure that your french toast does not get soggy or break apart!
If you only have fresh bread, you can dry it out in the oven at 300°F on a wire rack for about 8 minutes each side.
If you are planning ahead, you can place bread pieces on a wire rack and just let the pieces sit out overnight to dry out.
Keywords: breakfast, fall, pumpkin, french toast, bread, pumpkin pie spice
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