(Just about) everybody loves fall. But do you ever get tired of the leaves, the brisk morning air or the pumpkin everything? NEITHER DO I! I don’t just love pumpkin because of the weather. It’s also delicious and really good for you. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help promote the health of your eyes and skin. The fiber in pumpkin also works to keep your digestive system happy. That’s why I enjoy these pumpkin breakfast recipes all year long (shhh…don’t tell fall).
Warm Autumn Oatmeal
Combine oats, pumpkin, milk, and apple into a bowl.
Microwave for one minute.
Add peanut butter and pecans, stirring to combine.
Pumpkin Protein Smoothie
Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
Pumpkin Granola Bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8 by 8 pan with partchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together oats, walnuts, spices and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, honey/maple syrup, applesauce and vanilla until smooth.
Pour over oats and stir to combine. Mix in chocolate chips.
Evenly press the mixture into the pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until edges are golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool on a rack for 5 minutes before cutting into bars.
In a small bowl, layer yogurt with pumpkin puree and granola.
Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and whisk gently until combined. Let the batter set for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat a pan to medium heat. Drizzle vegetable oil on the warmed pan.
Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter onto the pan for each pancake.
Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bubbles around the edges are open and set. Flip and cook on the other side for an additional 2 minutes.
Looking for a cozy dinner for an autumn evening? Check out our recipe for Tasty Crock-Pot Beef Stroganoff.
Erika is a Syracuse native who lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter. She is a health research analyst with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
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