Pumpkin Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast

From Vegan Yack Attack | Breakfast and Brunch

A comforting and deluxe version of a brunch favorite, this Pumpkin Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast is sure to please!

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Ingredients

  • Batter
  • 2/3 cup Very Ripe Banana, Peeled
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Filling
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup Vegan cream cheese
  • Assembly
  • 4 - 1" thick slices French Bread (or a similar loaf)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup roasted hazelnuts, chopped

Directions

  1. Using a food processor, puree the banana, non-dairy milk, chickpea, nutritional yeast, cinnamon and salt together until smooth. Pour into a shallow bowl and set aside to gel a little.
  2. Rinse out the food processor and place the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt into it. Process until it creates a smooth paste.
  3. Take each slice of bread and cut it halfway down the middle, then cut the pocket a little deeper through the mouth of the hole.
  4. Spread one side of the pocket with a tablespoon of cream cheese and spoon some pumpkin filling into the pocket. Repeat 3 more times.
  5. Warm a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat with a very thin coating of cooking spray. Once hot, dunk each side of the french toast into the banana mixture and let the excess drip off.
  6. Place it on the skillet and cook until the bottom, outer edges are brown; around 5 minutes (you can check carefully by lifting up the corner of the toast with a spatula).
  7. Then use a thin spatula to flip, making sure to get completely under the bread and coating so that it does not tear off.
  8. Cook the other side until it browns, press down on the toast lightly to cook it evenly. Repeat for steps 4-6 for the remaining three toasts.
  9. To keep warm, you can put the toast in the oven at 200°F while you make the rest of them.
  10. Top with hazelnuts and drizzle with maple syrup (although not necessary) and serve.