Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 Days of Halloween: Jack-o-Lantern Breakfast "Sandwitch" Recipe

Vegan Jack-o-Lantern Breakfast Sandwitch!

Isn't this the cutest breakfast EVER?! And it is so easy to make, too!

Check out the recipe below, which I've veganized/tweaked from this source:


2 small (4-inch) pumpkin pancakes (I made the ones from Isa's Vegan Brunch book!)
1 tablespoon plain vegan cream cheese (like Tofutti), with about a teaspoon of maple syrup mixed in
1 precooked thin vegan sausage patty (I used Lightlife's Gimme Lean vegan sausage)
1 precooked tofu round (prepared with The Vegg vegan egg yolk)


You’ll need to cook your tofu rounds, vegan sausages and pancakes before you can build your sandwitch! I'm not going to go into full detail on these preparations, as I trust you can figure it out yourself, but I will offer some tips below.

Frying up the tofu rounds with The Vegg mixture

For the tofu, I like preparing it the night before. First, I press it for a few hours (to help squeeze all the water out), then I cut it in half and cut these pieces into rounds (a round cookie cutter works well for this!), and finally I marinate the tofu rounds in The Vegg overnight (I just put the rounds in an airtight container and pour prepared Vegg over them and stick it in the fridge). The next morning I just fry up the rounds in a cast iron skillet and set them aside until I'm ready to assemble the sandwitch.

Next, the vegan sausages are easy, though preparation will vary by brand. Usually you just form them into patties and fry them up in a skillet. Easy peasy!

Pumpkin pancakes taste even better when they actually 
look like jack-o-lanterns! 

Lastly, make the pancakes, using whatever recipe you like (though Isa's pumpkin pancakes from her cookbook mentioned above are delish and the recipe I used!). Once done cooking and slightly cooled, cut them into pumpkin shapes using a cookie cutter, as shown in the photo above.

After you have the tofu, sausages and pancakes all cooked, it's time to assemble the sandwitch! Reheat the tofu rounds and sausages if you like. Then take two small pancakes to use as the "bread" of your sandwitch - on one of them, use a jack-o-lantern cookie cutter or knife to carve a jack-o-lantern face. This one will be the top of your sandwitch. On the other pancake that will serve as the bottom of your 'witch, you can start building the layers of the sandwitch.

Start with the vegan cream cheese and spread it on the bottom pancake, then add about a teaspoon of maple syrup and mix it into the cream cheese. Next, add the sausage patty and tofu round, and top with the jack-o-lantern face pancake! Ta-da, you have your very own jack-o-lantern breakfast sandwitch that is almost too cute to eat! And I love how the sweetness of the pancakes and maple cream cheese melds perfectly with the savoriness of the tofu round and sausage! SO GOOD!!

Jack-o-lantern sandwitch served with a mushroom/arugula/
heirloom tomato tofu scramble and iced coffee!

Besides being delicious and adorable, an added bonus to this recipe is that you will have extra stuff to either make more sandwitches OR to make a scramble with the tofu, plus have leftover pancakes and sausages!


  1. I'm curious about this product:The Vegg. Why do you use it with tofu? I know egg replacers that you use in cake and pastries but never came across that kind of product. Does it make your tofu taste/look like eggs? Can you tell me the how you use it?
    Thank you :)

    1. Hi Celine! The Vegg is an egg yolk replacer, so it recreates that "eggy" flavor in dishes, however it's isn't meant as an egg replacer for baking, etc. I use tofu since it soaks up flavor so well and it closely resembles egg texture. You can read more about The Vegg here:


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