10 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast

updated Jul 5, 2023
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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.

Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast

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Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
A recipe for pumpkin spice steel-cut oatmeal made in the slow cooker.
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Pumpkin Bread
A moist and tender pumpkin bread that's even better than the one from Starbucks.
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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Freeze pumpkin purée in an ice cube tray and you can swiftly make one or two these any morning you’d like.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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.

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Pumpkin French Toast Casserole
Thick cubes of brioche are infused with rich custard packed with warm spices and a double dose of pumpkin, then topped with a brown sugar-pecan streusel.
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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

The pumpkin purée and spice makes these feel fancy while making the pancakes extra moist.

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Pumpkin Muffins with Eggnog Cream Cheese Swirl

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.

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Pumpkin-Chocolate Chunk Pancakes

You can also skip the chocolate for some basic (but not boring) pumpkin pancakes everyone will still love.

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Baked Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal

You can make them the night before and they reheat into a dreamy, creamy bowl of oats. Add a little pumpkin and maple syrup.

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No-Knead Cran-Walnut Pumpkin Toasting Bread

This no-knead pumpkin version is super satisfying when lightly toasted and slathered with butter or apple butter.

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