Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed French Toast

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |

On Tuesday I tweeted this “Should I go Sweet or Savory for my Thursday post??” @bodaciousgirl responded with  “The other “S” – Spooky.”  That request fit in with none of the recipes I had in the posting pipeline. Truly, I thought I was done posting Halloween. Not. Quite.

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |

The one thing that is tricky about being a  food blogger is we tend to celebrate holidays a month or so before they take place. I have been in the kitchen a lot more than usual lately. I have been enjoying baking and everything pumpkin. Perhaps it is the wonder of the season or the constant need to put little treats in my kids lunch boxes. Whatever it is I love it!

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |

This french toast would be perfect served Halloween morning, or any morning for that matter. As you know Stuffed French Toast is more a method than an actual recipe. It is my favorite morning breakfast. Each day when I bound out of bed at 4am, I pop one of these in a hot skillet and brew a pot of dark roast coffee.

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |

While my Stuffed French Toast sizzles away in the pan, I open the window to take in a breath of cool fresh air. When it is plated, piping hot I take a seat & enjoy the dark, the stillness & this delicious, nourishing food. ahhhhhh

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The outer edge of this breakfast sandwich is crispy from the egg, bread oil and heat. The inside is a whole other experience – creamy, almost like a pudding. Simply, amazing. Have fun decorating the tops of these with shapes that mimic your mood or the holiday season. They would be so cute with little Christmas trees, reindeer, stars, hearts or anything.

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |

If you want double pumpkin flavor you can dip this french toast in my Homemade Pumpkin Applesauce. Roll the edges in cocoa powder and top with pillows of whipped cream or sweetened fat free Thick Greek Yogurt.

Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast |



  • Use sweet potato purée instead of pumpkin.
  • Slice up your favorite fruit instead of pumpkin.
  • An all fruit jelly would be a fun spread with the ricotta too!
  • Instead of pumpkin pie spice, you can try a Chai spice blend with cardamom.

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~ Marla Meridith

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53 thoughts on “Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed French Toast

  1. What a fabulous breakfast on a fall morning! Wish I had one now as I sit looking outside to a gray and rainy day. Perhaps this Sunday I can make this for the little ones for Halloween. Great recipe Marla. I love the Ezekiel bread too!
    Have a great day!

  2. Oh my stars does that sound delicious. And it looks incredible too. I’m so hungry right now but am missing some key ingredients. I’m going to add them to my shopping list now.

  3. That looks great! And I would note that often “French-toasting” some grainy, sprouty, seedy bread is an easier sell if kids aren’t so sure they want that type of bread. They can overlook those aspects and concentrate on the filling, and the decoration. Well done!

    1. Dorothy: It is amazing what we can get our kids to eat when we combine great flavors with a playful twist! In our house I only keep the sprouted grain bread around. There is so much you can do with it… is best toasted or like this!

    1. Pamela: I know, the pumpkin shuffle is my favorite dance these days! Gotta roast some up over here – I think this journey is far from over!

      Anna: The sweet thing is this is so NOT wicked on the hips!!

      Duo Dishes: How about all Fall and Winter??!!

      Estela: I am wondering what kind of cheese your daughter has with her pumpkin? Sounds like her and I are on the same page.

  4. You certainly have made sure that your children will have plenty of memories as they grow up. Marla, don’t be surprised when one day as adults they’ll ask for these exact same meals…keep theses references close ;o))

    Ciao for now,

  5. What a great idea to make pumpkin french toast! I love that you stuffed it and themed it spooky! Your kids are so lucky to have such a great mom.

  6. You’re like me, an early riser. I love my quiet morning time 🙂

    I’ll give your stuffed french toast a try. A lot of the time I premake breakfast for my husband and stick it in the fridge. This way he’d only have to heat up a skillet. Not sure if he can part with his beloved waffles though 🙂

    I really like the pumpkin and ricotta combo. Pumpkin goes so well with creamy flavors, thanks for more inspiration and ideas!

    1. Dara: Wish they were always the happiest, most chipper kids around. Great thing I have home cooked meals to bribe them with 😉

      Sophia: “Super Woman??!!” You elevate me & I love that!

      Nigella: Coolest mom? Thanks for the sweetness. I hope they think that when they are teens!

  7. Nice bat stencil work! I love your healthy twist on stuffed french toast! I’m with you… nothing like enjoying your morning cup of coffee while everyone else is sleeping and the house is completely silent. 😉

  8. Your french toast is adorable, Marla! Love the pumpkin and ricotta, what a great mix. It’s funny you talk about how as a food blogger we ususally celebrate a holiday a month in advance — you’re so right! I constantly find myself trying to come up with new ways to celebrate holidays in the kitchen, without making, for example, a whole Thanksgiving dinner early, lol! 🙂

  9. I haven’t eaten a single pumpkin dish this season — which is ridiculous — but I’m planning to turn that around by making this recipe on Sunday morning. I love the creativity you show with your (almost signature) stuffed French toast, and this one is such a winner. You’ve got virtually all the food groups in there in one delicious, healthy, easy, and fun breakfast package. What a great taste idea, Marla!

  10. Well it looks like I’ll be celebrating Halloween for a few weeks more because (a) I need to make this and (b) I have a feeling I’ll love it so much that I’ll be eating it for weeks. Amazing.

  11. I love filling french toast with pumpkin butter but usually use cream cheese, the ricotta sounds yummy! and I LOVE the bat theme 🙂 too fun!

    1. Jennifer: Pumpkin butter and cream cheese is surely a winning combination. The ricotta is lighter and fluffier, but the cream cheese is richer and fabulous too!

      Barbara: Yes, I do believe that these stuffed french toast combos are becoming somewhat of a signature. I love that each sandwich is a well balanced meal. I have so many more up my sleeve & I am so excited to share them with you guys!

      Josie: We really learn the meaning of quiet time when we have kiddos running around don’t we!

      Joanne: I bet you will be munching these for weeks like us 🙂

  12. I have never thought to do a stuffed french toast, always just powdered sugar on top. This is the perfect option for my husbands very spoiled tummy! Tons of pumpkin puree will be made this weekend, and this is going to be added onto the list of must makes!

    Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try something new 🙂