There are some of you who aren’t eggnog or even pumpkin fans. I just don’t understand you all!! How do you survive the holidays?! Just kidding. Even if you don’t like eggnog or pumpkin flavored breads, you have to make this during the holidays, because someone you know or in your family is bound to love one or the other or both!!
My mom used to always make her homemade eggnog during the holiday season. I guess I shouldn’t say used to, because she still does. I love homemade eggnog, and I only splurge on store bought once or twice during the holidays. I have come to find out, eggnog can make a great base for french toast too. It spruces up the traditional french toast, and vegan eggnog allows for those vegan folk to enjoy it too. Although, I am not sure how it’s even called eggnog when it’s vegan…..I still love it though it’s the only kind I buy.
I had this marvelous idea to use some of my GF and Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread for French Toast. If you have ever used banana bread for French toast it’s amazing too. I thought that using my cinnamon swirl bread has to taste great. It’s definitely a splurge breakfast!!
I was reading the recipe on the back of our So Delicious EggNog and wanted to try it. So I have to say that I had a little inspiration with this recipe, I just threw in some extra ingredients and spruced up the bread.
It’s a great way to use up some of the extra holiday bread. Definitely as a treat…..Sometimes it’s great to splurge. So don’t think this is your typical healthy breakfast, because it is not. There’s sugar for sure. I think at times it’s fun to enjoy the holidays, and sometimes that calls for a little bit of a sugar rush to start the morning. I suggest making this over the weekend, not before the kids go to school.
You can use regular bread as well. I used some Udi’s GF bread and Ezekiel bread as well to make the Eggnog French Toast, and use the eggnog recipe to go along. Basically you can use whatever bread you love, but it’s definitely better with the pumpkin swirl bread. It was a great way to start the work week for parents….a little bit of a high….just kidding, but sometimes you just need to start on a high note 😉 . I highly recommend you make some!! I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
click here for the recipe for GF and Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread to use for the French Toast. You can also use this recipe for a non GF version for Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Bread (just as tasty, just not GF).
- "Egg" Mixture Ingredients
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup So Delicious Egg Nog (Dairy & Soy Free)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- dash of nutmeg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 Tbs pureed pumpkin (optional)
- 10-12 slices
- In blender add all ingredients and combine well.(It will be a thicker consistency.)
- Pour mixture into a flat dish, big enough to fit bread (I suggest a pie dish).
- Heat griddle to 300-350 degrees or skillet over medium heat. (I used a little bit of coconut oil on the griddle so the toast wouldn't stick. I suggest using oil on the skillet as well.)
- Coat each side of bread with the eggnog mixture and place on the griddle.
- Flip the bread once it has lightly browned on one side.
- Serve with Maple Syrup, powdered sugar and/or peanut butter. All great toppings (together).
A new twist for a holiday themed breakfast -Eggnog Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl French Toast #breakfast #pumpkin #holidays #vegan #gf Click To Tweet
Need more pumpkin inspiration!! Try this Pumpkin & Spice Oatmeal. My husband doesn’t always go for the pumpkin spice flavor, but he still enjoys this oatmeal. It gives the old fashioned, boring oatmeal a face lift for the holiday season. Sometimes the same breakfast can get boring, so adding a few extra spices does the trick. Christmas and pumpkin only come around once a year, so we take advantage of it!!!
I puree lots of pie pumpkins and freeze to use in my baking and smoothies, same goes for apples and pears. Our freezer has become more and more full. This year I am a little behind with the pureeing of the pumpkins, I have about 10 pumpkins left!! We have never wasted any of the fruits of our labor, and I am not about to let that happen.
Pumpkin puree can be used for more than just pumpkin pie, in fact I love it in so many of my holiday themed recipes, and I am glad I can enjoy it for a few months after the holidays, since there’s more than enough jars to be had.
This breakfast is much healthier than the above recipe and so the kids can enjoy it before school. The vitamin A in pumpkins is great for this time of year, and the antioxidants help fight the cold and flu, which is rampant in schools during the winter months. So give it a try. It will only take a few extra moments to add in the goods. It’s like having pumpkin pie for breakfast, without the added calories and sugar. And did you know the clove in pumpkin pie spice has high levels of antioxidants? More than berries!! Perfect this time of season….also known as the cold and flu season.Load up on powerful antioxidants with this #holiday themed #breakfast - Pumpkin & Spice Oatmeal #vegan #holidayrecipes Click To Tweet
Pumpkin & Spice Oatmeal
Time: 5-10 minutes
- 1 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/2 c water
- 1 c oats
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (to your taste)
- Nutmeg, quick sprinkle
- 4 heaping Tbs of pumpkin puree
- 1 Tbs of Maple syrup (to your taste)
Directions: 1. Heat water and milk over medium high heat in a small saucepan. Let it come to a small boil. (Make sure you don’t let the milk get to a roaring boil, because you will scald the milk and that leaves an unpleasant taste). 2. Add in oats and reduce heat to medium, medium low. 3. Stir in the spices. 4. Stir occasionally. Once oats are soft, stir in pumpkin and maple syrup. 5. Scoop into your favorite bowl. Enjoy with a splash of milk or coconut cream.
Yields: 2 big servings
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit
Do you have a favorite holiday breakfast?