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This pumpkin French toast screams Winter. It’s packed with pumpkin flavor and warming spices. It has perfectly crispy edges and a moist and pillowy texture on the inside! This warming breakfast is not overly sweet, so you can drizzle it with maple syrup!

Pumpkin french toast with a drizzle of maple syrup

This pumpkin French toast is super easy to prepare and makes the perfect breakfast for the holidays or any chill day!

🍞 What is French Toast

French toast, or “Pain perdu” in French, is a breakfast dish prepared from bread that is soaked in a batter, usually made of eggs and milk and then pan-fried.

For the little story, “perdu” in French means “lost,” which is used to describe stale bread that would be too firm to be eaten anyway. French toast is a great way to make use of that stale bread!

Ingredients like bread, pumpkin, and spices to make french toast

🥣 How to Make Pumpkin French Toast

Making French toast is easy and requires basic ingredients you probably already have on hand, like:

  • Sandwich bread or day-old bread.
  • Almond milk or your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Pumpkin purée: not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Maple syrup
  • Cornstarch
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Vanilla Extract

Once you have gathered all of the ingredients, prepare the batter. Combine everything, except the sandwich bread, in a mixing bowl.

Dipping sandwich bread to make french toast

Next, dip thick slices of sandwich bread into the pumpkin batter, and transfer the slices to a lightly greased baking dish.

I went with a loaf of sandwich bread, but it will work with basically any kind of bread. If using a more rustic bread, let the bread soak up the batter for at least 2 hours.

Dipping sandwich bread to make french toast

Once you have arranged the bread slices in the baking dish, pour the remaining pumpkin batter all over the bread and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the bread to absorb the batter.

Next, bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove the foil, brush with melted vegan butter and coconut sugar, and bake uncovered for another 10 minutes. Hello, crispy edges!

Bread soaked in pumpkin batter to make french toast

Serve warm topped with maple syrup and/or fresh berries or banana slices!

📔 Tips

  • Cut the sandwich bread into thick slices, about 1 and 1/2 inches thick.
  • Instead of using sandwich bread, feel free to go with a brioche! The result will be even more buttery!
  • For more crunch, add crushed pecans after brushing the bread with the melted butter, and bake for 10 minutes.
Baked pumpkin french toast in a baking dish


Can I prepare this French toast recipe the day before?

Yes! You can prepare everything in the evening, cover it with foil, and refrigerate it overnight. The next morning, preheat your oven and bake according to the recipe instructions.

Can I cut the bread into cubes instead of slices?

Definitely, it is not a problem.

Why bake instead of frying?

Short answer: It requires less active time! Instead of frying each slice in a skillet, you put everything in the oven and can prepare coffee or tea while it is baking!

How long does pumpkin French Toast keep?

French toast is best served immediately but will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Reheat in a 300°F (150°C) preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.

Close-up of vegan pumpkin french toast

If you are looking for a warming and cozy breakfast recipe, you will love this pumpkin French toast! It’s a favorite here during Winter!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Close-up of vegan pumpkin french toast
Baked Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin Baked French Toast (Vegan)

5 from 2 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Tender on the inside and with crispy edges, this pumpkin French toast is comforting and loaded with pumpkin flavor and spices! Egg-free and dairy-free!
Prep Time : 5 minutes
Cook Time : 35 minutes
Resting Time : 30 minutes
Total Time : 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 313 kcal




  • Slice the sandwich bread into thick slices about 1 and 1/2 inches thick. You should get 6-8 slices.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the almond milk, pumpkin purée, cornstarch, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and vanilla extract.
  • Slightly grease a 10×6-inch baking dish. Dip each slice of bread into the batter and arrange it in the baking dish. The slices can overlap each other. This is not an issue. Pour the remaining batter evenly over the bread slices and let it sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 6 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for about 25 minutes. In the meantime, whisk together the topping ingredients: melted vegan butter, coconut sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  • After 25 minutes in the oven, remove the foil and brush the top of the bread with the melted vegan butter mixture. Bake for another 10 minutes uncovered.
  • Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup and berries!


*Use brioche instead of sandwich bread if you want a richer and more buttery French toast.
Calories are an estimate. It will change depending on the type of bread used.


Serving: 1 serving (2 thick slices) | Calories: 313 kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.3 g | Protein: 8.2 g | Fat: 5.9 g | Fiber: 2.9 g | Sugar: 11.2 g
Course : Breakfast, Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine : French
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yum — these were absolutely scrumptious and perfect for Christmas brunch! I love that they’re baked instead of fried. Thanks for sharing, Thomas!

  2. 5 stars
    Will the batter and the topping last in the fridge for a few days by itself? I am just wondering if I would be able to make the French toast again a different day without having to make the batter and topping again? Thanks