I'm not a big breakfast person but every now and then I crave french toast. I wanted to try something different and seasonal and after a few minutes of debating with my sister Jasmine and my brother in law Pom I came up with the idea to make pumpkin french toast bites. So I grabbed bread (I always use a fresh unsliced loaf of bread or what m brother in law Pom calls "a biblical loaf" lol. Using regular sliced bread is fine but if you want your French toast to be on the next level you have to use a fresh unsliced loaf. You can find them at just about any grocery store in the bakery section. Usually they only cost a couple of bucks. Using fresh unsliced bread means you get to control the thickness of your toast and fresh bread is always better in texture and quality. Just be sure to check the ingredients to make sure it's vegan.
1/2 loaf of fresh baked bread - slice off the ends and cut into about a 1/2 inch bite size pieces. You can adjust the sizes to your liking too.You will need around 8 cups of bite size pieces of bread. I know it sounds like a lot, because it is. These are so good that you'll be happy you made so much of it.
1 cup of canned pumpkin puree about 1/2 a can - make sure it's not pumpkin pie filling
1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 cup of flour
1tsp of baking powder
The cinnamon sugar coating
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp of cinnamon
First make the cinnamon sugar coating by add combining the cinnamon and sugar into a small bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the pumpkin puree, non dairy milk, cinnamon sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla extract and mix well.
Next combine the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl and mix well.
Stir in the flour into the bowl with the non-dairy milk and pumpkin puree and mix well.
Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add in 2 tbs of vegan butter..
Now add the pieces of bread to the mixture making sure they are completely coated.
Allow any excess batter to drip off and immediately add them to the hot skillet. Making sure not to over crowd the pan (You will need to make them in batches).
Let the toast cook for about 2. minutes on all sides.
Once the toast is done sprinkle or roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Tip: Make sure you give the toast time to cook before trying to flip them over so that they do not stick to the pan.