It might seem strange to think about pumpkin recipes in June...but I think it is strange to limit our pumpkin enthusiasm to the fall! Packed full of vitamin A (great for your eyes!), vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, it’s undeniably a superfood, so eat up!

In this recipe, pumpkin gives your breakfast a ton of flavor, and accentuates the cinnamon and other spices in the bread that serves as the base of the French toast. Translation: It’s delicious!

It’s hard to imagine grain-free French toast, because almond flour simply doesn’t soak up liquids the same way wheat and other grains do - but you know what? It works so well that you’ll forget what grain-based French toast tastes like. The trick is to dry out the bread (that becomes the base of the French toast sticks) in two steps: first, slightly over-bake it, and then dry it out again before you soak it in the egg mixture.  Then soak, fry and drizzle (or douse) with good quality maple syrup.

Just wait until you try this. Breakfast never tasted so good!

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Pumpkin French Toast Sticks

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons oil or butter, melted and slightly cooled (plus more for the pan)
  • 1 box Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin Mix, prepared according to the box directions
  • 3 Tablespoons almond milk, or milk of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 10” loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, the water and the oil.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin muffin mix and stir until completely combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Spread into an even layer and bake for 35-40 minutes until a tester comes out completely clean.
  5. Remove the loaf from the oven and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan, then remove the loaf and cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Cut ends of the loaf off, and then divide the remaining loaf into 9-10 slices (eat or discard the ends). Spread the slices in an even layer on a cutting board or plate, and leave out to dry for an hour, or as long as overnight. The more dried out the slices get, the more they will absorb the egg.
  7. When you’re ready to make the French toast, whisk together the 5 remaining eggs, almond milk, and vanilla. Soak the pumpkin bread slices for about 30 minutes until they become soft and soggy.
  8. Melt a tablespoon or two of butter or oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Carefully remove each of the slices from the egg mixture and shake off the excess. Fry several at a time (as many as your pan will fit, leaving an inch or so between slices) for about 3-4 minutes, until a golden crust forms. Flip and cook until the other side is golden, then (if the center is still liquid), cover and continue to cook until the center has set.
  9. Remove the French toast sticks from the pan, repeat to cook the remaining slices, and serve immediately with good quality maple syrup.

 

Yield: 9-10 French toast sticks

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