Add a dash of pumpkin spice to your morning with this quick and easy Pumpkin Spice French Toast recipe.

A stack of pumpkin spiced french toast on a blue enamel camping plate.

Fall camping season starts after Labor Day and goes until Thanksgiving, which, just so happens to coincides with Pumpkin Spiced Everything Season! So what better to way to embrace the flavor of fall during your last-season camping trip than with some pumpkin-y goodness!

We’ll be the first to admit that the pumpkin spiced mania has gone a little too far in years past (there is no need for Pumpkin Spiced Greek Yogurt! {according to Michael 😉 }), but when autumn hits we can’t help but find ourselves wanting something nice with a Pumpkin Spice.

In terms of camping food, French Toast is a great candidate to be Pumpkin Spice-ified. After all, French Toast mostly serves as a vessel to transport other delicious flavors (i.e. maple syrup, butter) to your mouth. So why not add in a little pumpkin spice to the party?

Our standard French Toast recipe calls for a healthy dash of cinnamon in the batter. But for this recipe, we just add in pumpkin spice instead. It offers big pumpkin flavor without any extra effort. Although, if we’re really in need of a double shot of pumpkin, we spread on some Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe’s at the end, instead of using regular butter. It’s a lot of pumpkin, but before we hit pumpkin spice burnout, that’s just how we’re feeling.

So this fall camping season, start your morning off right with this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast.

Tips & Tricks for Making Pumpkin Spice French Toast

↠ Thick cut bread is our secret to great French toast. It soaks up the milk-egg mixture well and allows you to develop a bit of a crust on the outside while maintaining some of the custard-like interior. We used Texas toast for this recipe, but you could also buy a loaf of bread and cut it into ¾”-1” slices.

↠ To cut down on steps at camp, you can combine the milk, eggs, and pumpkin spices in a mason jar at home and store in your cooler. The morning you’re cooking the French toast, pour the mix into a bowl, add the sugar, and whisk to combine.

↠ We’d recommend using a non-stick skillet for this recipe. Unless your cast iron is really well seasoned, non-stick will allow you to easily turn the toast and prevent any hassle during cleanup. We like this pan while camping as the handle folds down, making it easy to store.

↠ If you’re cooking for a crowd, consider cooking this meal on a griddle. You’ll be able to cook more slices per batch so your campmates don’t have to wait on their meal (or worse, eat it cold). There are a number of non-stick griddles on the market that will fit over a two-burner camp stove, or you can use a cast iron griddle right over the campfire (again, make sure it’s well seasoned!)

Other Great Camping Breakfast Ideas:

A stack of pumpkin spiced french toast on a blue enamel camping plate.

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Makes 4 slices
Recipe by Fresh Off the Grid
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This pumpkin spiced French toast is an easy way to bring cozy autumn vibes to a classic camping breakfast.
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  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 slices Texas toast, or other thick-cut bread
  • maple syrup, pumpkin butter, fresh fruit, for serving


  • Beat the eggs first in a bowl large enough to accommodate a slice of the bread. Then add milk, pumpkin spice, sugar, and a pinch of salt together, until thoroughly mixed.
  • Heat a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Dip a slice of bread in the egg and milk mixture and let it soak for about 10 seconds on each side. Let the excess drip off, sprinkle each side with additional sugar, and then fry it in the skillet until golden and crispy on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Repeat with the rest of the bread, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.
  • Serve with maple syrup, pumpkin butter (totally optional), and a cup of hot coffee. Enjoy!
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