I really want to tell you that pumpkin pie is a totally acceptable breakfast this time of year, but I suspect that most of us would like to walk the line of eating pie for pleasure and pumpkin for its own culinary benefits.
Given its cozy sweetness, pumpkin is there as a perfect start to the dark, cold days of winter. Whether you prefer it swirled into a smoothie or baked in a hearty loaf of bread, here are 10 ways to enjoy pumpkin for breakfast.
This recipe is wonderful for serving a crowd, but you can easily add a scoop of pumpkin purée and a dash of pie spice to your standard morning oatmeal too.
I can personally attest to the deliciousness of this bread. Fair warning, though — you'll want to bake it the night before (it takes over an hour to bake), and you're probably going to eat it for more than breakfast.
In my opinion, you can totally eat pie for breakfast and feel good about it! Freeze pumpkin purée in an ice cube tray and you can swiftly make one or two these any morning you'd like.
These muffins are brilliantly simple and can be eaten on the go. They freeze well too, in case you want to bake a batch now and eat them over a few months.
Make-ahead french toast is the ultimate friend of busy hostesses around the holidays. This one is particularly festive for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning.
My ideal Saturday morning involves piles of pumpkin pancakes, because the pumpkin purée and spice makes these feel fancy while making the pancakes extra moist.
One of the things I really love about these muffins is the addition of cream cheese; it makes them tastier for sure, but it also makes them more filling!
Okay, so these are just plain fun for breakfast and my kids would absolutely flip to have both pancakes and chocolate for breakfast! You can also skip the chocolate for some basic (but not boring) pumpkin pancakes everyone will still love.
I'm currently obsessed with steel-cut oats because I can make them the night before and they reheat into a dreamy, creamy bowl of oats. Add a little pumpkin and maple syrup and I couldn't be happier at breakfast.
Sometimes toast is the most. This no-knead pumpkin version is super satisfying when lightly toasted and slathered with butter or apple butter.