Warm ‘Pumpkin Pie’ Breakfast Bowl (vegan, gluten free, seasonal & paleo)

pumpkin pie breakfast bowlShops and markets are full of pumpkins at this time of year; they’re inexpensive, very highly nutritious, and can be used in a wide range of different recipes. With an abundance of vitamins A, C and E, as well as potassium and manganese,  they also contain good levels of iron and magnesium – essential for maintaining the health of muscles and bodily tissue.

This recipe is 100% plant – based, vegan, gluten-free and even paleo since there are no grains and everything is completely natural.

If you’re wondering what to do with leftover pumpkin, this recipe makes a delicious, filling and healthy breakfast or satisfying afternoon snack. The spices used add to the ‘pumpkin pie’ taste, and also aid in keeping digestive fire or ‘Agni’ strong – especially important during Autumn and Winter.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup chopped pumpkin (cubed)*
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 banana (half for blending and half for topping)
  • splash of almond milk or any milk of your choice

HOW TO

To cook the pumpkin quickly, place your chopped pumpkin in the microwave for about 7 minutes until it becomes soft…. If you don’t use the microwave for anything, then good for you – click here to find out how to make pumpkin puree the long and proper way.

*Wherever you can, do use natural pumpkin instead of canned! Not only is canned pumpkin likely to contain harmful BPA chemicals, but it’s not fresh and not natural – plus, cooking from scratch has been proven to make us happier.

Add the cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, chia seeds, half the banana, and almond milk to a food processor or blender, and blend briefly until everything is broken down and combined, but still thick.

Spoon everything into a bowl and top with the other banana half, these toppings also work well and are all completely natural and plant-based:

  • Berries
  • Hemp seeds
  • Shredded coconut
  • Flax seeds or ground flax
  • Pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • Sliced apple (it’s seasonal and will make this even more Autumnal!)

Eat while still warm for a truly comforting breakfast that feeds your body all the nutrients it needs to start the day well!

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