Pumpkin French Toast

Sweet, perfectly spiced and topped with a swirl of homemade whipped pumpkin butter – this Pumpkin French Toast is the perfect fall breakfast recipe.

Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter

5 Minutes to Prep

Back in high school and college I’d be totally content eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast every morning, but that’s changed.

Gimme eggs, bacon, potatoes, waffles, pancakes or french toast- I want ’em all! Just kidding, or am I? 😉

Big breakfasts aren’t very practical in our home, at least on a day-to-day basis. Mornings are hectic so we stick with scrambled eggs and re-heated pancakes from our freezer stash. Weekends though, they’re the best! We kind of go nuts. I like to whip up all sorts of yummy things, like this pumpkin french toast. It’s definitely a new favorite. It only requires a few ingredients and just 5 minutes to prep. ⏰ So easy!!

Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter

Best Bread + How to Make

Did I mention that you can use pretty much whatever bread your heart desires?! I’m talking Texas toast, french bread, challah, or croissants!

You can even use any regular sandwich bread you have on hand. They all work, although we love the thicker bread the best.

To start, you’ll want to set a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat, add a small amount of butter and let it melt. If you’ve got a griddle and want to use that, even better! In a rectangular baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. 

Dip the bread into the mixture, flip sides and then place on the hot skillet. Cook until each side is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining ingredients, and serve hot with a dusting of powdered sugar, a big dollop of whipped pumpkin butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.

VARIATIONS

  • Instead of using milk, you can also use Almond milk or even Egg Nog. 
  • We love using homemade pumpkin puree but canned works too!
  • If you like your french toast on the sweeter side, you can add a bit of brown sugar too.

Whipped Pumpkin Butter in a jar

How to Make Pumpkin Butter

If you haven’t tried pumpkin butter – you’re missing out. It’s delicious!! You can whip up the pumpkin butter as your french toast cooks.

In a small mixing bowl, add the softened butter (I prefer salted) and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup or honey (see NOTES), vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

Beat for an additional minute or until it gets nice and fluffy. Use it on everything!!

TO STORE – place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. 

Pumpkin French Toast recipe with Whipped Pumpkin Butter

Spice up your fall mornings with this pumpkin french toast! It’s easy, flavorful and can be doubled to serve a crowd. I can’t wait to make this again for the holidays, it’s going to be perfect for our family gatherings.

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Pumpkin French Toast with Whipped Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin French Toast Recipe

Sweet, perfectly spiced and topped with a swirl of homemade whipped pumpkin butter - this Pumpkin French Toast is the perfect fall breakfast recipe.
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 6 mins
Total Time: 11 mins
Servings: 12 pieces
Calories: 261kcal
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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk - (whole, low-fat or skim)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 12 slices Texas toast - OR french bread, OR challah, OR croissant halves
Whipped Pumpkin Butter
  • 1/2 cup salted or unsalted butter - ( 1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup - or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Set a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat, add a small amount of butter and melt.
  • In a rectangular baking dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Dip the bread into the mixture, flip sides and then place on the hot skillet. Cook until each side is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining ingredients, serve hot with whipped pumpkin butter, maple syrup and toasted chopped nuts (if desired).
  • To make the pumpkin butter, in a small mixing bowl, add the softened butter and beat with a hand mixer for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Beat for an additional minute or until fluffy. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

-I've made the whipped pumpkin butter with both honey and maple syrup. I prefer maple syrup when using it on pancakes, waffles and french toast, and honey when using it on rolls. Feel free to use whichever you prefer!
-If you like your french toast on the sweeter side, add 1 tbsp. of brown sugar to the mixture.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2985IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 7mg

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About the Author

Natalie

Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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  1. I made this for my dinner tonight. It was AMAZING. I wanted something tasty and with fall flavors, this was just the thing. I’ll be making this again.

  2. Your weekends/breakfast routine aligns with ours! So awesome to try new extravagant and delicious …this recipe will be on that list, for sure. Thank you ? 

  3. I made these for breakfast this blustery, fall morning for my 3 year old son and myself. They were amazing!!! Perfect recipe for a pumpkin french toast batter! We didn’t make the whipped pumpkin butter but I’m definitely going to next time because it sounds amazing! 

  4. I like putting my French toast in the waffle iron!  Lovely little dimples to hold the maple syrup and it doesn’t need “babysitting!!”  

  5. I wonder if you use pumpkin pie “puree”…just the mix with spices included, if you could omit spices.
    Example would be Libbys Pumpkin Pie Mix.

  6. Just made this for breakfast! Soooooo delicious! Followed the recipe exactly and everything was perfect, definitely adding this to my recipes! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Thank you Natalie , My Family traditionally makes Ginger bread pancakes or waffles for Christmas Morning. I believe this recipe will be added to the tradition. The butter will be in the fridge immediately! it is great some ideas on the seasonal pumpkin spice bagels, Cinnamon & Sugar bagel and bread, the ideas are endless ,..Thank you for sharing.

  8. 5 stars
    Fabulous!!!  Ate it this morning sitting and looking at the leaves starting to turn golden and it was perfect.   Definitely adding to the weekend rotation!  

  9. 5 stars
    Yum! What a delicious way to start the day. Made this over the weekend and definitely going to be making it again; the whole family loved it!

  10. Could this be made ahead of time as a casserole? I’d like to make it for a brunch this weekend but need a make ahead dish. 

  11. 5 stars
    This pumpkin french toast is my new favorite fall breakfast! Thanks, for the great idea. It really is so good. The pumpkin butter brings it over the top.

  12. Can the batter be saved in the frig for a few days? I’m making it only for 1 and rather than adapting the amounts I was hoping to refrigerate the leftover egg mixture? 

    1. I personally have not tried. I am not sure how long it would last. It might be ok, if it was in a container with lid, but I am not positive. You could always keep using it until you think it’s not good or you may need to add more liquid. Not sure if it would get thick. Good luck!

  13. Trying this today, way out of season ( i hoard canned pumpkin! LOL ). Has anyone tried halving the recipe and it coming out fine? It’s only for one person and i don’t need a big recipe! 🙂

    1. I’m all about the pumpkin dishes any time of year! 😉 It should turn out just fine if you half the recipe. There is a feature on the recipe card too that you can adjust to how many servings you want and it will tell you the adjusted ingredient amounts. You’ll have to let us know how the French toast turns out!