Late Thursday night I realized that I had nothing healthy to make for breakfast. The only thing stocked in my house were buttery croissants that my grandma happens to be addicted to. I’m still trying to get her on the health train, but it’s a work in progress.
With oatmeal in the cupboard, I decided to look up some delicious oatmeal bake recipes. There were some baked apple pie oatmeal recipes, but I was way too lazy to dice any apples at the time. That’s when I was struck with an epiphany. Why not pumpkin pie!? I absolutely LOVE pumpkin pie. And I know what you’re all thinking, pumpkin pie is reserved for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Year’s dinners. LIES! Pumpkin pie should be available to be eaten all the time! I discovered a baked pumpkin pie oatmeal recipe on Budget Bytes and adapted the recipe to make it vegan and sugar free. Now I’m going to be eating ‘pumpkin pie’ all the time…for breakfast. Ha!
- 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds and 6 Tbsp water
- ½-1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cups almond milk
- 2½ cups dry old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cups dried cranberries (add more or less depending on your preference)
- 1 cup crushed walnuts
- In a bowl, mix the chia seeds with water. Let it sit while you mix the pumpkin puree, honey, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder together. Whisk until smooth. Once the chia seeds have reached a more gelled like consistency, mix them in well with the mixture.
- Crush the walnuts. Add the walnuts, cranberries, and oatmeal into the mixture. Mix well, lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish with oil, pour the ‘batter’ into the dish, and bake for about 45 minutes.
When you check on it, stick a knife in. It shouldn’t be too wet. When the outer edges and the top looks browned and ‘crispy’, it should be ready.
Are you ready to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast? It can be eaten hot out of the oven, reheated in the microwave, or cold out of the fridge. Drizzle some honey or syrup on top of it if you want it a bit sweeter and then chow it down!
Personal side note:
I’m currently in quite the dilemma. I CAN’T STOP EATING! I am literally devouring everything in my path while trying to grade papers. Food is just so distracting sometimes…anyone ever have that problem? I’m concluding that it has something to do with the fact that I didn’t exercise today. Anyways, I hope everyone’s Monday went well! Happy Monday!