Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast. It’s fall and that means: cue the pumpkin recipes! It’s our goal to turn just about everything imaginable into a pumpkin flavored version of itself. Of course, that extends to hummus, pasta, coffee, pancakes, soup, oatmeal…and waffles! These Pumpkin Waffles are the ideal fall breakfast, featuring cozy spices and pumpkin puree. They’re just sweet enough and topped with a little pure maple syrup…let’s just say they went over like a charm over here. Ingredients for pumpkin waffles (just enough pumpkin!) Here’s the thing. Pumpkin is very dense, so adding the stuff to waffles can make them thick and weighty. This pumpkin waffles recipe uses just enough pumpkin to bring in a light orange hue, but not so much that each bite is weighed down with vegetable puree. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin waffles: All purpose flour: If you prefer GF pumpkin treats, go to our healthy bread or oatmeal. Brown sugar: While we typically sweeten waffle batter with maple syrup, the consistency is better with sugar here. Trust us! Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s puree, not […]

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Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast.

Pumpkin waffles

It’s fall and that means: cue the pumpkin recipes! It’s our goal to turn just about everything imaginable into a pumpkin flavored version of itself. Of course, that extends to hummus, pasta, coffee, pancakes, soup, oatmeal…and waffles! These Pumpkin Waffles are the ideal fall breakfast, featuring cozy spices and pumpkin puree. They’re just sweet enough and topped with a little pure maple syrup…let’s just say they went over like a charm over here.

Ingredients for pumpkin waffles (just enough pumpkin!)

Here’s the thing. Pumpkin is very dense, so adding the stuff to waffles can make them thick and weighty. This pumpkin waffles recipe uses just enough pumpkin to bring in a light orange hue, but not so much that each bite is weighed down with vegetable puree. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for these pumpkin waffles:

  • All purpose flour: If you prefer GF pumpkin treats, go to our healthy bread or oatmeal.
  • Brown sugar: While we typically sweeten waffle batter with maple syrup, the consistency is better with sugar here. Trust us!
  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s puree, not pie filling.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: Use purchased or homemade!
  • Eggs: These help hold the batter together and give it a little lift.
  • Milk: Use your milk of choice. Non-dairy milk makes these dairy-free waffles.
  • Baking powder, salt and oil: The usual suspects to round it out.
Pumpkin waffles

Use Pumpkin Pie Spice or individual spices

As you probably know, most of what people love about pumpkin are the spices: not the actual pumpkin itself! Pumpkin is pretty bland and bitter right out of the can. Our favorite way to flavor it is with our homemaker spice blend, which makes a large batch. But you can also mix up the individual spices just for this recipe. Here’s what to do:

  • Make a batch: Mix up this Pumpkin Pie Spice: it makes 1/4 cup, which is enough for 4 pumpkin waffles recipes
  • Substitute these spices: For the 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice in the recipe, use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon each cloves and nutmeg.

Standard waffles vs Belgian waffles

You can make these pumpkin waffles two ways: using a standard waffle maker or make them into Belgian waffles. Our top choice? Belgian. They’re taller and fluffier than standard waffles, and just plain more fun to eat. Here are the differences between the two:

  • Belgian waffles are twice as large as regular waffles: they’re thicker with a deeper grid pattern. They look more impressive and have a fluffier texture. Remember a serving size is 1/2 of the waffle, because it’s double a standard waffle.
  • Standard waffles are thinner: about 1/2-inch thick. If you’re making a standard waffle, the serving size is 1 waffle.

Looking for a waffle iron? Here’s a Belgian waffle iron we use and love!

Pumpkin waffles

Make ahead instructions for pumpkin waffles

Don’t want to do all the work every time? Make a double batch of these pumpkin waffles and save more for later!Here’s what to do:

  • To store: Make the waffles, then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Once they’ve cooled, stack the waffles in a freezer-safe baggie. They’ll keep for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat: Pop them into the toaster and cook them on a low setting for just a few seconds, repeating it two or three times. Or, warm them on an oiled baking sheet in a 300 degree oven (make sure to oil the sheet or the waffles will stick!).

Toppings for pumpkin waffles

Once you’ve whipped up a batch of pumpkin waffles, the fun begins! Top them up to make them into a healthy or no so healthy breakfast. Here’s what we used, and a few more ideas:

  • Almond butter: This is our top pick for pumpkin waffles because it offsets the sweet with richness, and adds a hit of plant-based protein.
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts: These nuts both go well with pumpkin! Make toasted pecans or toasted walnuts to bring out their flavor even more.
  • Greek yogurt with maple syrup: Mix 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and use it for dolloping.
  • Make it dessert: ice cream! Turn this pumpkin waffle into dessert by topping it with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Wow!
Pumpkin waffles

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This pumpkin waffles recipe is…

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Easy Pumpkin Waffles


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 (4 standard or 2 large Belgian waffles)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Pumpkin waffles are perfect for fall! They’re lightly spiced and made with real pumpkin puree for a cozy special breakfast.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice*
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (like organic vegetable oil, organic canola, or grapeseed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the waffle iron to the high heat setting.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the all purpose flour, baking powder, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and kosher salt until thoroughly combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk, and neutral oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously until the batter is mostly smooth.
  4. Lightly brush oil onto the waffle maker. Immediately, add the batter (1 1/4 cups for a Belgian waffle maker and a little over 1/2 cup for a standard waffle maker) into the center of the waffle iron, then cook according to the waffle iron’s instructions. Remove the cooked waffles and place them on a baking sheet without stacking. Make the waffles to order, or place cooked waffles in a 250°F oven to keep warm.
  5. Cooked waffles can be frozen; place them in a plastic bag and remove the remaining air with a straw before sealing. To reheat, remove from the freezer and lightly toast in a toaster.

Notes

*Or substitute 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffles
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin waffles, fall breakfast idea, pumpkin waffle recipe

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week. Oatmeal is our go-to for healthy, whole grain breakfasts. So why not dress it up in fall glory? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is like a cinnamon and ginger-spiced hug. It’s full of autumnal flavor, yet at the same time a healthy way to start the day! Whole grain oats provide lots of protein and fiber, and are the perfect backdrop for pumpkin puree and cozy spices. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week, or make it for guests! Either way, it’s the ideal way to make fall mornings more delicious (we couldn’t stop eating it). Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal This pumpkin baked oatmeal is pretty simple to whip up: it requires a pretty standard cast of characters when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Here are the main ingredients you’ll need: Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! They cook much differently than Old Fashioned. For steel cut, go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats: it tastes just like pumpkin pie! Pecans: […]

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This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.

Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Oatmeal is our go-to for healthy, whole grain breakfasts. So why not dress it up in fall glory? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is like a cinnamon and ginger-spiced hug. It’s full of autumnal flavor, yet at the same time a healthy way to start the day! Whole grain oats provide lots of protein and fiber, and are the perfect backdrop for pumpkin puree and cozy spices. Make up a big pan and eat off of it all week, or make it for guests! Either way, it’s the ideal way to make fall mornings more delicious (we couldn’t stop eating it).

Ingredients for pumpkin baked oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is pretty simple to whip up: it requires a pretty standard cast of characters when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Here are the main ingredients you’ll need:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! They cook much differently than Old Fashioned. For steel cut, go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats: it tastes just like pumpkin pie!
  • Pecans: Optional, but they add great texture to this oatmeal
  • Spices: You can use either cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg: or pumpkin pie spice! Grab some at the store or make it at home.
  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure it’s pumpkin puree: not pie filling!
  • Milk of choice: Whatever you’d like! Non-dairy milk makes it a vegan pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe.
  • Maple syrup: Pure maple syrup adds just the right sweetness, and it’s a natural sweetener. You could use any other liquid sweetener of choice (honey or agave syrup).
  • Vanilla: Vanilla adds depth of flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

It takes 1 hour, but leftovers save well

This pumpkin baked oatmeal takes 1 hour start to finish, but most of the time is hands off while the oatmeal bakes. Because it takes longer than the standard breakfast, we like to make a pan and eat off oft it all week. It saves well in the refrigerator, and you can eat it cold or room temp: no reheating necessary! If you’d like, you can heat it in the oven or microwave.

Variations: steel cut and stovetop pumpkin oatmeal

Want to make pumpkin baked oatmeal with steel cut oats? Or want a really fast version of pumpkin oatmeal? Here are some variations:

  • Pumpkin baked steel cut oats: This Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats really tastes like pumpkin pie, according to feedback we’ve been getting for years. Using Old Fashioned oats in this recipe makes it taste more like pumpkin bars, but the steel cut version is very moist and tastes like pie filling. Go to Pumpkin Baked Steel Cut Oats.
  • Pumpkin oatmeal (on the stove): Want to have the same flavors in just 10 minutes? Make our Pumpkin Oatmeal on the stovetop. It’s got a similar vibe but is more like a creamy bowl of oatmeal.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Toppings for pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make up a batch of this pumpkin baked oatmeal and it’s a fantastic vegan and healthy breakfast. The toppings are where this recipe really shines! Here’s what to know about topping the oatmeal:

  • Maple syrup: A bit of maple syrup is all you need for a little sparkle. Or heat it with a little melted coconut oil for a dreamy drizzle.
  • Maple yogurt: It’s also tasty with maple yogurt. We mixed Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla for a swirled topping (quantities are listed below). If you make this, still add a tiny drizzle of maple over the top: it adds the final flavoring.
  • Glazed pecans or walnuts. Get fancy and use maple glazed pecans or glazed walnuts.
  • Pepitas. Pumpkin seeds work too! Roasted salted have the best flavor.
  • Nut butter. Almond butter or cashew butter are the best nut butters to go with pumpkin! Peanut butter can overwhelm the flavor.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Make ahead instructions for pumpkin baked oatmeal

Can you make this pumpkin baked oatmeal ahead? Kind of! Note that this is not overnight oats: you cannot mix it up the night before and place in the refrigerator! The oats would soak up all the liquid and come out much too dry. If you do want to prep in advance, here’s what to do:

  • Minimal prep: Mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated). Pour them together in the morning and bake. OR:
  • Bake in advance: Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave.
Pumpkin baked oatmeal

This pumpkin baked oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Pumpkin baked oatmeal

Cozy Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This pumpkin baked oatmeal is the ideal fall breakfast: cozy spiced and full of healthy oats! Bake up a pan and eat off of it all week.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (don’t substitute steel cut or instant oats)
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (or chopped pecans)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice (or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups milk of choice (dairy, almond or oat)
  • 6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temp
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • For serving: 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted with 1 tablespoon maple syrup or maple Greek yogurt*

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. 
  4. In the same bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, melted cooled coconut oil, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, drizzle with maple syrup OR add maple Greek yogurt* plus a drizzle of maple. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.

Notes

*For the maple Greek yogurt, mix 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Make sure to still add a small drizzle of maple over the top when serving.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Here’s the BEST healthy pumpkin bread, perfectly moist and cozy spiced. You’ll never believe it’s and made without flour…just 100% rolled oats! Naturally gluten free and dairy free. “Try this pumpkin bread,” I offered to Alex’s family. They took a moist, pumpkin-spiced bite and started to murmur their approval as I threw in, “It’s made of all oats, too! No flour.” They looked at me in astonishment. “What? This is amazing.” Yes, this actually happened with this Healthy Pumpkin Bread (paraphrased, of course!). It’s so moist, so cozy spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, you’ll hardly notice that’s made purely of oats…no flour at all. We don’t exclusively eat gluten-free, but we do love eating a treat that’s made of heart-healthy oats and tastes incredible. Here are all the tricks to making this tasty quick bread at home! Ingredients in healthy pumpkin bread Pumpkin bread is the best fall treat, but many of the recipes are just like eating glorified cake! That’s where this healthy pumpkin bread comes in. Let’s be honest though: you can’t ever really state that pumpkin bread is a health food, because it’s full of sugar. However, this one is healthier than the rest! It’s made of […]

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Here’s the BEST healthy pumpkin bread, perfectly moist and cozy spiced. You’ll never believe it’s and made without flour…just 100% rolled oats! Naturally gluten free and dairy free.

Healthy pumpkin bread


Try this pumpkin bread,” I offered to Alex’s family. They took a moist, pumpkin-spiced bite and started to murmur their approval as I threw in, “It’s made of all oats, too! No flour.” They looked at me in astonishment. “What? This is amazing.” Yes, this actually happened with this Healthy Pumpkin Bread (paraphrased, of course!). It’s so moist, so cozy spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, you’ll hardly notice that’s made purely of oats…no flour at all. We don’t exclusively eat gluten-free, but we do love eating a treat that’s made of heart-healthy oats and tastes incredible. Here are all the tricks to making this tasty quick bread at home!

Ingredients in healthy pumpkin bread

Pumpkin bread is the best fall treat, but many of the recipes are just like eating glorified cake! That’s where this healthy pumpkin bread comes in. Let’s be honest though: you can’t ever really state that pumpkin bread is a health food, because it’s full of sugar. However, this one is healthier than the rest! It’s made of just whole grain rolled oats, meaning you get the health benefits of oats in every piece. (More on that below.) Here’s what you’ll need for this gluten free dairy free pumpkin bread:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats or instant oats! You need good ol’ rolled oats here. But you’ll be blending it into flour, so you can also substitute store-bought oat flour.
  • Sugar or coconut sugar: Use your dry sugar of choice.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and salt: the usual suspects for baking
  • Pumpkin pie spice: Grab a bottle of store-bought or use our homemade blend.
  • Eggs: These are important because they bind the oats together. See more about vegan substitutes below.
  • Pumpkin puree: Use plain old pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling! (That’s different.)\
  • Neutral oil: Use organic vegetable oil, organic canola oil or grapeseed oil.
Healthy pumpkin bread

Make it all up in a blender!

Here’s the secret to this recipe: you make it all up in a blender! Many of our recipe testers mentioned how easy it is to just throw all the ingredients in a blender for this recipe. Here’s what to know:

  • It’s easiest with a high speed blender or quality blender. It also works with a not so good blender…you just need to work harder! Having some blender power behind you helps, but it’s not required. Know it might take a little longer to blend if your blender is not up to snuff.
  • First blend the oats into oat flour. You’ll throw in Old Fashioned rolled oats to the blender and turn it on. Watch as it turns into powdery oat flour! If your blender is not so great, you can also use store-bought oat flour.
  • Then add everything else and blend! The blender is the key to the fluffy and moist texture. It comes out so light and fluffy, you’ll be amazed it’s all oats.

A note about texture, cooling and cutting slices

After baking this healthy pumpkin bread, you’re going to want to eat it right away. Don’t do it! It’s important to let it cool down so the texture sets. If you cut it right away, the pieces will fall apart! Promise.

Another tip: cut the bread into fairly thick slices. This bread is beautifully moist and fluffy, but it is made with no gluten to hold it together. The texture is a little different from the normal pumpkin bread, so the best way to keep it together is to use thick slices (as you’ll see in the photos).

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What people are saying about this healthy pumpkin bread

This healthy pumpkin bread comes out so beautifully moist and fluffy, you won’t really know it’s healthy! The only thing to note is that it’s slightly less sweet and oily than the normal pumpkin bread. That’s intended: because it’s designed to be healthier! We ran this recipe by lots of recipe testers, and here’s what a few had to say:

  • “WOW! I would have never guessed this was gluten free! The last pumpkin bread recipe I made with oats was SO dense and lacked pumpkin flavor! Honestly just tasted like oats! This one though – the pumpkin flavor is superb and it’s so light! LOVE!”
  • “Made the bread for a party and everyone loved it. Loved how it is healthy with all natural ingredients.”

Vegan variation!

As it is, this healthy pumpkin bread is gluten free and dairy free. Want to make it vegan? You can do that too! Here are a few options:

  • Substitute flax eggs. Use the recipe below and substitute flax eggs for the eggs: this is just ground flax seed mixed with water. It changes the texture of the bread slightly, but it works well as a binder in vegan baked goods.
  • Use our Vegan Pumpkin Bread recipe. Try our Vegan Pumpkin Bread: it’s incredibly moist and delicious. It’s made using refined flour so it’s not gluten-free, but it is vegan.

Are oats healthy?

One of the main ingredients that makes this healthy pumpkin bread is that it’s build on oats, not flour. That means you get all the benefits of oats that flour lacks. Here are some of the nutritional benefits of oats (source):

  • Oats are high in protein and fiber. 1 cup of raw oats has 11 grams protein (about 20% your daily need) and 8 grams of fiber (about 30% your daily need).
  • Oats have beta glucans, a type of soluble fiber that has potential benefits like lower cholesterol, better heart health, and reduced blood sugar and insulin responses.
  • Oats are very filling: they may reduce appetite and help you eat less calories.

For more benefits, go to Oats 101: Nutrition Facts.

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More healthy pumpkin recipes

When it’s pumpkin season…the craving strikes! Here are all our favorite pumpkin recipes:

  • Pumpkin Smoothie Tastes like pie…but it’s loads healthier! This tasty drink features yogurt, fruit and pumpkin pie spices.
  • Cozy Pumpkin Oatmeal The perfect fall breakfast idea! It’s got just the right spice and sweetness to make mornings cozy.
  • Healthy Pumpkin Muffins The streusel topping takes these easy pumpkin muffins over the top! The pumpkin spiced inside plus sweet crunch is downright heavenly.
  • Pumpkin Dip This healthy dip is perfect for apples!

This healthy pumpkin bread recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. For vegan and plant-based, see the notes above.

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Healthy pumpkin bread

Best Healthy Pumpkin Bread


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 to 12 pieces
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Here’s the BEST healthy pumpkin bread, perfectly moist and cozy spiced. You’ll never believe it’s made without flour…just 100% rolled oats!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (or 3 cups purchased oat flour; do not substitute steel cut or instant oats)
  • 1/2 cup sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice*
  • 3 eggs (or flax eggs for vegan)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 or 9-inch bread pan with coconut oil or oil.
  2. Add the oats to a blender and blend until the oats are finely ground and resemble a flour. Add all the remaining ingredients to the blender. Blend until they all come together into a fully smooth batter, stopping and scraping the bowl of the blender as necessary.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean (the exact timing depends on the size of pan and your oven).
  4. Allow to cool in the pan until room temperature (this is important for the texture). Run a knife around the edges and invert. Slice into thick pieces and serve (because it’s 100% oats, thicker slices are better). Storage info: Stores for about 3 days at room temperature: keep it on a cutting board and cover with a towel. Or store refrigerated for 1 week, or freeze it in slices for up to 3 months.

Notes

*Or use 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon each ground ginger and allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon each cloves and nutmeg. 

  • Category: Quick Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: Healthy pumpkin bread

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This creamy pumpkin smoothie tastes like pie…but it’s loads healthier! This tasty drink features yogurt, fruit and pumpkin spice. Ready for pumpkin season? We’re here for it! Many of the season’s recipes are sugar loaded: pumpkin cookies, cakes, and of course good old pumpkin pie. But why not enjoy all the flavors in a healthy and delicious way? This Pumpkin Smoothie is creamy and full of pumpkin-spiced flavor: and made with Greek yogurt and fruit! It’s a deliciously cozy way to usher in the season…without the sugar high. It’s also packed with protein from the yogurt. Our son Larson was very into this one (especially sipping it out of his new pumpkin mug.) Bring on the pumpkin! Ingredients in this pumpkin smoothie This pumpkin smoothie is full of good-for-you ingredients. It’s also got a drizzle of added maple syrup to make it just sweet enough that it feels like a treat. Here are the ingredients in this tasty smoothie: Pumpkin puree: Make sure not to use pumpkin pie filling! You’ll just need plain unsweetened pumpkin puree. If you do have pumpkin pie filling, omit the spices and maple syrup, then add to taste. Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds a creamy […]

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This creamy pumpkin smoothie tastes like pie…but it’s loads healthier! This tasty drink features yogurt, fruit and pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin smoothie

Ready for pumpkin season? We’re here for it! Many of the season’s recipes are sugar loaded: pumpkin cookies, cakes, and of course good old pumpkin pie. But why not enjoy all the flavors in a healthy and delicious way? This Pumpkin Smoothie is creamy and full of pumpkin-spiced flavor: and made with Greek yogurt and fruit! It’s a deliciously cozy way to usher in the season…without the sugar high. It’s also packed with protein from the yogurt. Our son Larson was very into this one (especially sipping it out of his new pumpkin mug.) Bring on the pumpkin!

Ingredients in this pumpkin smoothie

This pumpkin smoothie is full of good-for-you ingredients. It’s also got a drizzle of added maple syrup to make it just sweet enough that it feels like a treat. Here are the ingredients in this tasty smoothie:

  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure not to use pumpkin pie filling! You’ll just need plain unsweetened pumpkin puree. If you do have pumpkin pie filling, omit the spices and maple syrup, then add to taste.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds a creamy body and loads on the protein. It also provides probiotics for gut-health. You can also use any type of plain yogurt.
  • Banana: No need to freeze your banana! Use it room temperature, and it helps to add creaminess.
  • Apple: Apple also adds texture and body.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: This brings in the magic! Use store-bought or our homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice blend.
  • Maple syrup: Adds the final sweetness: you’ll need this to combat the bitterness of the pumpkin.
Pumpkin smoothie

Blending up the perfect smoothie

This pumpkin smoothie has just the right texture using Greek yogurt and pumpkin puree as the main liquid components. But here’s a note if your smoothie doesn’t start to blend right away:

  • Place all the liquid items into your blender first. This helps the blades not get stuck when you start to blend.
  • If necessary, add a splash or milk or water to your smoothie to help it blend. Whether you’ll need it depends on the consistency of your yogurt and how powerful your blender is.

Variations and add-ins!

This pumpkin smoothie tastes pretty great as is. But you can mix it up if you like! Here are a few ideas for other add ins for this smoothie:

How to make a pumpkin smoothie

Pumpkin smoothie topping ideas

Want to take this pumpkin smoothie over the top? If you’re serving it for guests for a fall brunch, it could be fun to step it up a bit. Here are some ideas for toppings: let us know what other ideas you have!

  • Granola: Add healthy maple pecan granola for a tasty treat!
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts: A few chopped nuts look like lovely confetti.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Pepitas would be perfect! Or even pumpkin seed granola.

Vegan pumpkin smoothie variation

Want to make this into a vegan pumpkin smoothie? You can substitute oat milk or almond milk for the Greek yogurt! You can also use your favorite brand of vegan yogurt. It will have a slightly thinner texture than with yogurt, but it will taste just as good.

This pumpkin smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use the variation in the recipe.

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Pumpkin Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies or 1 large
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This creamy pumpkin smoothie tastes like pie…but it’s loads healthier! This tasty drink features yogurt, fruit and pumpkin spice.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or plain yogurt (or oat milk for vegan)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh apple chunks (skin on, about 1 medium apple)
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • For the topping: pumpkin pie spice, maple pecan granola, etc.

Instructions

  1. Place the ingredients in the blender in the order indicated, breaking the banana into pieces as you add it.
  2. Blend on high until fully pureed and smooth, stopping and scraping as necessary. Depending on your blender and the consistency of your yogurt, you may need to add a splash of milk or water to get it to start. Eat immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pumpkin smoothie

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Perfect Steel Cut Oats

Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast. Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! Alex and I used to avoid this type of oats because they take longer to cook. But here’s the thing: you can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week! They come out beautifully creamy and a fitting canvas for tasty toppings. What are steel cut oats? What’s the difference vs rolled oats? Steel cut oats are whole grain oats that are cut into nubs: the grains look like brown rice or barley. Rolled oats are oat groats that are rolled through steel rollers: this gives them a flat shape and makes them much quicker to cook. Both varieties have very similar nutritional profiles: lots of protein and fiber to start your day! An additional benefit […]

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Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast.

Steel cut oats

Are you a steel cut oats fan? These chewy oats have a porridge-like texture and feel like a cozy hug in the morning. They’re a fun way to mix up the standard Old Fashioned oats, and may have some slight benefits over them: though both are an incredibly healthy way to start the day! Alex and I used to avoid this type of oats because they take longer to cook. But here’s the thing: you can make a big pot of steel cut oats in 25 minutes and eat off of the leftovers all week! They come out beautifully creamy and a fitting canvas for tasty toppings.

What are steel cut oats? What’s the difference vs rolled oats?

Steel cut oats are whole grain oats that are cut into nubs: the grains look like brown rice or barley. Rolled oats are oat groats that are rolled through steel rollers: this gives them a flat shape and makes them much quicker to cook. Both varieties have very similar nutritional profiles: lots of protein and fiber to start your day!

An additional benefit of steel cut oats is that since they are processed the most minimally, they have slightly more fiber and may have a lower glycemic index than rolled oats. This may allow you to feel fuller and have less of a “spike” of energy after eating. (Source)

Steel cut oats vs rolled oats
Rolled oats on the left, steel cut on the right

How to cook steel cut oats: tips!

Steel cut oats might seem daunting, but they’re very easy to cook. You’ll simply simmer them in a mix of milk and water for about 25 minutes, until they become creamy and tender. Here are a few notes on the process:

  • Simmer the water and milk (and watch closely). The mixture of water and milk can quickly go from almost simmering to boiling over. Keep an eye out!
  • Add oats and simmer about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. You’ll want to have the heat on low where it’s just bubbling. Stay close by so you can stir occasionally, or the oats will stick to the bottom and a film will form on the surface.

That’s it! It’s truly simple. It makes for a great make-ahead breakfast that you can store in the refrigerator all week.

How to make steel cut oats

Alternate method: Instant Pot!

You can also cook steel cut oats in an Instant Pot. This makes the method totally hands off, and makes a great creamy texture. This Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats makes a big batch of 8 to 10 servings: it’s perfect for entertaining or eating off of all week. Speaking of…

Storage info for steel cut oatmeal

Store your cooked steel cut oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Here’s the thing: steel cut oatmeal becomes very thick when it’s chilled. To reheat it, follow these instructions:

  • Add a splash of milk or water.
  • Throw it in the microwave for a minute, or heat it on the stovetop over low heat, stirring until it becomes creamy.
Instant pot steel cut oats

Vegan variation for steel cut oats

Steel cut oats are easy to make vegan! Simply cook them with your favorite non dairy milk. Here are a few non dairy milk options we recommend (all unflavored):

  • Oat milk: It’s got a great creamy body and neutral flavor. This is our top choice for oatmeal.
  • Almond milk: This type of milk also works, but the texture is thinner and almost like water. You may want to consider using all milk instead of the combination of milk plus water.
  • Soy milk: You can also use soy milk for steel cut oats. We typically don’t buy it because we prefer the flavor of oat or almond.

Note: Avoid coconut milk in this case: it has a very strong coconut flavor and is very high fat. It’s better to use in curries and to make vegan whipped cream.

Steel cut oats toppings

Once you’ve got a big bowl of creamy goodness, here’s the fun part: adding toppings! Here are some of our favorite oatmeal topping ideas:

The best is combining flavors into an interesting topping! Try PB&J oats with peanut butter and berry jam, or banana nut oatmeal with bananas, toasted walnuts and a drizzle of honey.

Steel cut oatmeal

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Perfect Steel Cut Oats (25 Minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups (4 to 6 servingfs)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to cook steel cut oats! It takes just 25 minutes to make an easy creamy bowl of oatmeal: the ideal healthy breakfast.


Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups milk of choice (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring water and milk to a boil (watch closely to make sure that it does not boil over). Once boiling, add the steel cut oats, salt and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes until the oats are creamy and tender. Serve immediately with desired toppings. Stores refrigerated up to 1 week: it will become very thick when chilled, so stir in some milk or water when reheating. 

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Steel cut oats, steel cut oatmeal, how to cook steel cut oats

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Banana Baked Oatmeal

This banana baked oatmeal is the ideal healthy breakfast! It’s full of good-for-you ingredients and so delicious, everyone will want seconds. Here’s the ideal healthy breakfast recipe, easy and full of irresistible flavor. In fact, we’re head over heels for it: Banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a vegan baked oatmeal, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Serve it for guests or even better, make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! You can cut it into “bars” for quick snacks, too. Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat. Ingredients in banana baked oatmeal A few ripe bananas on our counter inspired this recipe. What to make with ripe bananas? Most recipes are banana bread or banana muffins…in short, treat food! We wanted something wholesome that would work for a meal. So we opted for a banana-based vegan spin on our healthy baked oatmeal. My, did it turn out delicious! It quickly skyrocketed to the top of our favorite easy breakfast recipes. The ingredients for banana baked oatmeal are: Rolled or old […]

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This banana baked oatmeal is the ideal healthy breakfast! It’s full of good-for-you ingredients and so delicious, everyone will want seconds.

Banana baked oatmeal

Here’s the ideal healthy breakfast recipe, easy and full of irresistible flavor. In fact, we’re head over heels for it: Banana baked oatmeal! This incredible recipe is wholesome and filling, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a vegan baked oatmeal, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Serve it for guests or even better, make up a big pan and eat off of it all week! You can cut it into “bars” for quick snacks, too. Topped with a little nut butter and banana slices, it’s a decadently wholesome treat.

Ingredients in banana baked oatmeal

A few ripe bananas on our counter inspired this recipe. What to make with ripe bananas? Most recipes are banana bread or banana muffins…in short, treat food! We wanted something wholesome that would work for a meal. So we opted for a banana-based vegan spin on our healthy baked oatmeal. My, did it turn out delicious! It quickly skyrocketed to the top of our favorite easy breakfast recipes. The ingredients for banana baked oatmeal are:

  • Rolled or old fashioned oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats, as they have a much different texture! Instead, go to Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal.
  • Ripe bananas: Make sure they are very ripe! It is crucial for this recipe.
  • Pecan pieces or other nuts like walnuts or almonds
  • Cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla
  • Baking powder
  • Milk (your preferred dairy free milk)
  • Maple syrup
Banana baked oatmeal

Banana substitutes for egg (and makes it vegan)

Here’s the fun thing: typically a baked oatmeal recipe calls for egg to help bind together the texture. But when you use mashed bananas, they act as a binder! In fact, banana is a common vegan substitute for egg in baking recipes. You can use this formula in other baked goods: substitute 1 mashed ripe banana for 1 egg.

The other thing mashed banana does here: it adds big banana flavor! So it doesn’t matter your dietary preferences. This banana baked oatmeal is full of beautiful sweet banana flavor and it makes for the perfect texture.

Types of milk for baked oatmeal

You can use any type of milk you like for this recipe! If you want to make it a fully vegan baked oatmeal, use your favorite plant based milk. Here are some options:

  • Oat milk: Oat milk is becoming a popular and easy to find non dairy milk. Make sure to use unsweetened and unflavored.
  • Almond milk: Almond milk is another popular choice.
  • 2% milk: If you don’t care about being fully vegan, use 2%.
  • Avoid coconut milk, as it can add strong coconut flavor. Soy milk is an option, but we don’t often use it in our cooking.
Vegan baked oatmeal

Toppings for banana baked oatmeal

There are lots of ways to top baked oatmeal! This banana baked oatmeal is a pretty darn healthy breakfast: it’s vegan, oil free and relatively low sugar. So we like to keep our toppings wholesome too! Here’s how we topped it, and a few more ideas:

  • Nut butter and bananas: Swirl together almond butter and peanut butter, then top with banana slices. Use sunflower butter for nut free.
  • Maple syrup: A tiny drizzle of maple syrup is all you need for a little sparkle.
  • Blueberry compote: Try topping with blueberry compote (also vegan).
  • PB&J: Why not add a swirl of peanut butter and strawberry jam?

Make ahead instructions for baked oatmeal

Keep in mind for this vegan baked oatmeal recipe: there’s not really a good make-ahead option. Do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight! Overnight oats call for this, but don’t try it here. The problem? The oats will absorb all the liquid and be much too dry. Here are two make-ahead options:

  • Minimal prep: You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake. It still takes 45 minutes to bake. We prefer this option…
  • Bake in advance: Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave. Or, just eat them right out of the fridge like we do!

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of this banana baked oatmeal: we hope it’s as big of a treat in your house as it is in ours.

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Healthy banana baked oatmeal

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Banana Baked Oatmeal (Vegan!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This banana baked oatmeal is the ideal healthy breakfast! It’s full of good-for-you ingredients and so delicious, everyone will want seconds.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana or 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 3/4 cups milk of choice (dairy, almond or oat)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • For serving: Banana slices, almond butter or peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. 
  4. Mash the bananas. In the same bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, spread the top with almond butter or peanut butter (or a combination) and top with banana slices. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.

Notes

*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Banana baked oatmeal, vegan baked oatmeal

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Breakfast Vegetable Scramble

Want to eat more veggies? Make this breakfast vegetables scramble! It’s got lots of colorful veggies to start the day right…with a plant based / vegan option. Want to eat more breakfast vegetables? You’re not alone. Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. Because let’s face it: the American breakfast is largely based on carbs and sugar. Pancakes, waffles, muffins…all sugary. So health-minded people have been asking: why not re-imagine breakfast? Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. How to eat vegetables for breakfast? Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! You can make it two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too. Ingredients in this breakfast vegetables scramble This scramble is unlike most breakfast recipes…it’s loaded with vegetables! There are lots of vegetables you can eat for breakfast: here are the ones we chose. But you can feel free to customize this recipe as you choose! (See below.) The main ingredients in this breakfast vegetables scramble are: Bell pepper: 1 medium red bell pepper provides a whopping 169% of your daily vitamin C! (Source) That means eating 1 serving of this scramble […]

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Want to eat more veggies? Make this breakfast vegetables scramble! It’s got lots of colorful veggies to start the day right…with a plant based / vegan option.

Breakfast vegetables

Want to eat more breakfast vegetables? You’re not alone. Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. Because let’s face it: the American breakfast is largely based on carbs and sugar. Pancakes, waffles, muffins…all sugary. So health-minded people have been asking: why not re-imagine breakfast? Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. How to eat vegetables for breakfast? Try this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! You can make it two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too.

Ingredients in this breakfast vegetables scramble

This scramble is unlike most breakfast recipes…it’s loaded with vegetables! There are lots of vegetables you can eat for breakfast: here are the ones we chose. But you can feel free to customize this recipe as you choose! (See below.) The main ingredients in this breakfast vegetables scramble are:

  • Bell pepper: 1 medium red bell pepper provides a whopping 169% of your daily vitamin C! (Source) That means eating 1 serving of this scramble you’ll stock up on 85% of your vitamin C for the day.
  • Baby kale and spinach: Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet; it’s packed with nutrients like Vitamin K, anti-oxidants and more (read more here).
  • Avocado: You can serve avocado on the side in this breakfast. Avocados are rich in fiber with 25% of your daily value, full of heart healthy good fats, and loaded with vitamin and nutrients (source).
  • Eggs: They’re not breakfast vegetables, but eggs are also a healthy food. One egg has 75 calories, 7 grams of protein, and lots of nutrients. Recent research has found that eggs can increase the good cholesterol the body needs.
  • Tofu: For a plant-based option, you can use tofu instead! See below for nutrition info.
Breakfast vegetables

What other breakfast vegetables can you add?

This breakfast vegetables scramble is very customizable based on the vegetables that you have on hand! You can use so many more vegetables for breakfast. Here are some vegetables that we’d recommend:

  • Broccoli*
  • Carrots*
  • Mushrooms
  • Zucchini
  • Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • Swiss chard, chopped
  • Cabbage, shredded
  • Brussels sprouts, shredded (here’s how to shred them)

For the broccoli and carrots, make sure to cut them small. You may find you need to cook a few minutes longer than the timing specified below since they are hard vegetables. Looking for more ideas? See these Best Vegetables to Eat Today.

Tofu scramble with breakfast vegetables
This tofu scramble is a healthy vegan breakfast idea full of vegetables

Vegan variation: make a tofu scramble!

Don’t want to eat eggs with your breakfast vegetables? Use tofu instead! This Tofu Scramble is so full of savory flavor, it tastes remarkably similar to eggs! Alex and I don’t eat 100% plant-based, but we adore tofu scrambles when we want a vegan option.

Is tofu healthy? Per the Harvard TH Chan School of Nutrition, soy is a nutrient-dense source of protein that can safely be consumed several times a week. It’s likely to provide health benefits, especially when you eat it as an alternative to red meat and processed meat. 

Vegetables for breakfast

Ways to eat breakfast vegetables

Want other breakfast vegetables ideas? Here are some more ways to load vegetables onto your plate in the morning:

  1. Make toast and load it with veggies. Try Avocado Toast. Or spread toast with hummus or goat cheese and add sauteed vegetables.
  2. Add a side of sauteed greens. Try Sauteed Spinach, Sauteed Chard or Sauteed Kale.
  3. Make a vegetable frittata. Try these Veggie Mini Frittatas.
  4. Eat breakfast tacos. These 5 Minute Tacos have delicious egg “taco meat”: load them with raw and sauteed veggies.
  5. Try savory oatmeal. Make oatmeal and top it with a poached egg and sauteed veggies.
  6. Sip vegetable smoothies. Try a green smoothie like Broccoli Smoothie, Spinach Smoothie, Kale Smoothie or Celery Smoothie.
  7. Make an omelette loaded with greens. Try this Parmesan Omelette and use any greens you like: spinach, kale or chard.

Sides to serve with this vegetable scramble

Want to serve an impressive breakfast or brunch? Here are a few great sides for this breakfast vegetable scramble:

  • Hash Browns: These Hash Browns in the Oven are perfect for sliding into the oven while you make a saute. Or make traditional Homemade Hash Browns in another skillet.
  • Sweet Potato Hash Browns: Try Sweet Potato Hash Browns are baked in the oven, making them simple to prep.
  • Breakfast Potatoes: These Pan Fried Potatoes are full of big flavor and take just 15 minutes.
Breakfast vegetables

This breakfast vegetables scramble recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, plant-based, vegan, and dairy-free.

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Breakfast vegetables

Breakfast Vegetable Scramble


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Want to eat more veggies? Make this breakfast vegetables scramble! It’s got lots of colorful veggies to start the day right (and a vegan option).


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper (or 1/2 red and 1/2 orange)
  • 4 cups baby kale or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or other fresh herbs
  • 4 eggs or this Tofu Scramble
  • ¼ cup shredded Colby cheese or crumbled goat cheese (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Avocado slices, for serving

Instructions

  1. Prep the vegetables: Thinly slice the red onion. Large dice the bell pepper.
  2. Prep the eggs or tofu: In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until well-beaten. Stir in the shredded cheese, fresh herbs, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground pepper. Or, complete Step 1 of the Tofu Scramble.
  3. Cook the vegetables: Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion and peppers. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until tender and just starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add a pinch of salt and the baby greens. Cook for 30 seconds until wilted. Remove and set aside.
  4. Cook the eggs or tofu: Keep heat on low. Pour in the eggs. Cook for 20 to 30 seconds. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula to scrape sections of eggs, gently stirring constantly until cooked but still soft, about 1 minute. Or, complete Step 2 of the Tofu Scramble.
  5. Add the vegetables and serve: Add the veggies back to the pan with the eggs or tofu. Stir for a few seconds until combined and warmed. Serve immediately.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: Breakfast vegetables

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Here are a few more of our favorite ways to eat healthy breakfast ideas:

  • Homemade Acai Bowl or Acai Smoothie This colorful smoothie bowl is full of nutrient-dense tropical fruits and almond butter.
  • Healthy Banana Bread Muffins These muffins are made of 100% oats: no flour! They’re a great way to eat oatmeal on the go.
  • Everyday Baked Oatmeal You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation, too!

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Cinnamon Apple Smoothie

This cinnamon-spiced apple smoothie is creamy and irresistibly tasty! It’s full of natural sweetness and packed with protein. Here’s a smoothie that’s full of cozy spiced, naturally sweet flavor: the perfect Apple Smoothie! This one works anytime and in any season. But of course it’s perfect for fall when you’ve got mounds of apples to use up. In fact, it’s a healthy way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie or apple crumble! Cinnamon and vanilla are just the right compliment to the sweet tart fruit. It’s also loaded with protein from Greek yogurt, which gives it just the right creamy texture. You’ll almost feel like you’re drinking an apple pie milkshake…but a wholesome version! Let’s go. Ingredients in this apple smoothie The great thing about this apple smoothie? You might already have the ingredients on hand. If you stock bananas and Greek yogurt like we do, you’ll be able to whip up this smoothie in no time. Here’s what you’ll need: Apples: You can use any variety! For the best flavor, use sweet tart apples like Honey Crisp or Granny Smith (stay away from Red Delicious here). Banana: No need to freeze it: you can use a room temperature […]

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This cinnamon-spiced apple smoothie is creamy and irresistibly tasty! It’s full of natural sweetness and packed with protein.

Apple smoothie

Here’s a smoothie that’s full of cozy spiced, naturally sweet flavor: the perfect Apple Smoothie! This one works anytime and in any season. But of course it’s perfect for fall when you’ve got mounds of apples to use up. In fact, it’s a healthy way to enjoy the flavors of apple pie or apple crumble! Cinnamon and vanilla are just the right compliment to the sweet tart fruit. It’s also loaded with protein from Greek yogurt, which gives it just the right creamy texture. You’ll almost feel like you’re drinking an apple pie milkshake…but a wholesome version! Let’s go.

Ingredients in this apple smoothie

The great thing about this apple smoothie? You might already have the ingredients on hand. If you stock bananas and Greek yogurt like we do, you’ll be able to whip up this smoothie in no time. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Apples: You can use any variety! For the best flavor, use sweet tart apples like Honey Crisp or Granny Smith (stay away from Red Delicious here).
  • Banana: No need to freeze it: you can use a room temperature banana! If you do have one frozen, that will work too.
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds lots of protein to this smoothie, and live probiotics which help gut health.
  • Milk: Use any type of milk, including non-dairy milk
  • Ice: Ice helps to get just the right texture. Note that this smoothie is more creamy than icy.
  • Vanilla and cinnamon: These bring in that apple pie flavor!
Apple smoothie

It’s great naturally sweet, or add a bit of maple syrup

This apple smoothie tastes fantastic with no added sweetener: it’s perfectly sweet tart! However, the flavor can depend on the ripeness of the fruit and your personal tastes. Take a taste, and if you’d like it sweeter, add a bit of maple syrup or honey. This is a nice option if you’re looking for a sweet treat to take the place of a dessert.

Start with 1/2 tablespoon in the blender, and increase if you need more. You may want to stir it in instead of blend, because if you over-blend the texture can get too liquid.

Vegan variation

Want to make this apple smoothie vegan? Try our Green Apple Smoothie recipe! It pairs green apple and cashews to make a beautifully sweet tart vegan smoothie. The cashews add plant-based protein to help it stay satiating and keep you full.

Apple smoothie

More flavor variations!

This apple smoothie tastes amazing as is. But if you’d like it mix it up even more, we’ve got answers! Here are some ideas for fun variations on the theme:

  • Ginger: Add 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger to the mix for a spicy brightness.
  • Spices: Add 1/8 teaspoon allspice or nutmeg. Even better, replace the cinnamon with equal parts Pumpkin Pie Spice or Chai Spices.
  • Oats: Add whole grains by throwing in 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • Pecans, cashews or almonds: Throw in 1/4 cup nuts to add a nutty undertone and even more plant-based protein.
  • Nut butter: Or add 1 to 2 tablespoons almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter.
Apple smoothie

Apples nutrition

Apples are very good for you and full of nutrients! Here’s a little breakdown on some of the top benefits (Source: Healthline).

  • Apples are a good source of vitamin C: 1 apple contains 14% of your daily needs
  • They are full of fiber and water: 1 apple has 4 grams fiber or about 15% of your daily needs
  • Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic and helps with gut health
  • Most of the nutrients in apples are in the skin, so you should eat the skin as much as possible. That’s why we included the skin in this apple smoothie.

This apple smoothie is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based and dairy-free, see the variation above.

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Cinnamon Apple Smoothie


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small smoothies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This cinnamon-spiced apple smoothie is creamy and irresistibly tasty! It’s full of natural sweetness and packed with protein.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh apple chunks (skin on, about 1 large or 2 small apples)
  • 1 ripe banana (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk (or almond milk or oat milk)
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (we liked ours without sweetener)

Instructions

  1. Chop the apple. Place all ingredients in a blender, breaking the banana into pieces. Blend until creamy and frothy, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. If desired, garnish with an apple slice. Serve immediately or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for 1 day.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Smoothies

Keywords: Apple smoothie

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Baked Oatmeal

You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation, too! Here’s a recipe that’s so full of cozy-spiced flavor, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Meet this incredible easy baked oatmeal! Here’s that perfect breakfast or brunch recipe you search for when you have house guests to impress. But guess what? It also works for quick mornings! Bake up a pan in advance and then grab a square to go. It’s beyond easy, and the combination of the cinnamon, allspice and maple makes magic. In fact, we could not stop eating it. It’s that irresistible! So beware when you whip up a pan. Here’s what you need to know about the basic recipe, and a vegan baked oatmeal variation, too. Ingredients in the best baked oatmeal This baked oatmeal recipe is pretty ideal, if you ask us. First of all, it uses all ingredients we normally have in our pantry and fridge. It’s gluten free, and we’ve got a vegan variation too. We also created this recipe to taste like our favorite Maple Pecan Granola, so there’s that. It’s got just the […]

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You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation, too!

Baked oatmeal

Here’s a recipe that’s so full of cozy-spiced flavor, you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. Meet this incredible easy baked oatmeal! Here’s that perfect breakfast or brunch recipe you search for when you have house guests to impress. But guess what? It also works for quick mornings! Bake up a pan in advance and then grab a square to go. It’s beyond easy, and the combination of the cinnamon, allspice and maple makes magic. In fact, we could not stop eating it. It’s that irresistible! So beware when you whip up a pan. Here’s what you need to know about the basic recipe, and a vegan baked oatmeal variation, too.

Ingredients in the best baked oatmeal

This baked oatmeal recipe is pretty ideal, if you ask us. First of all, it uses all ingredients we normally have in our pantry and fridge. It’s gluten free, and we’ve got a vegan variation too. We also created this recipe to taste like our favorite Maple Pecan Granola, so there’s that. It’s got just the right cozy-spiced flavor, gooey but set texture, and the apple is the perfect fruit for baked oatmeal (in our opinion). The main ingredients for baked oatmeal are:

  • Rolled or old fashioned oats: Do not substitute steel cut oats, as they have a much different texture! Instead, go to Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal.
  • Pecan pieces or other nuts
  • Cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla
  • Baking powder
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Apple or other fruit (see below)
Baked oatmeal

Use any type of fresh or dried fruit!

Here’s the great thing about baked oatmeal: it’s endlessly customizable! You can make it with any type of fresh or dried fruit. Over here we think apples are perfect for baked oatmeal because they meld into the texture well and enhance the overall flavor. We’re not raisin fans in our baked oatmeal, but we’ll leave that up to you! You can use 1 cup of any type of fresh or dried fruit for your oatmeal, like:

  • Chopped apples
  • Chopped pears
  • Sliced bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
Baked oatmeal

Use any nut (or omit)

You can also use any type of nut in your baked oatmeal recipe! We prefer pecans because it reminds us of our favorite maple pecan granola: but you can leave the nuts out and it’s just as good! It’s nice to have a crunch and the added plant-based protein, though. Here are a few other ideas for nuts or seeds to use in baked oatmeal:

  • Pecans
  • Almonds: chopped, slivered or sliced
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin seeds

The secret to this baked oatmeal: allspice

This baked oatmeal has just the right blend of spices! There’s the ever-present cinnamon, of course. But the kicker? Allspice. It’s got just the right hint of intrigue that makes taking each bite irresistible. If you don’t have allspice on hand, it’s worth getting for this recipe: trust us!

Don’t want to make a trip to the store? You can omit it, or use the same amount of ground ginger. Just make sure to try it with allspice the next time, ok?

How to make baked oatmeal

Vegan variation

This recipe is easy to make into vegan baked oatmeal! Here are a few simple swaps you can make to make this into a vegan breakfast:

  • Use a flax egg instead of egg. A flax egg is simple to make with ground flax seed and water, a trick used in lots of vegan baked goods.
  • Use your favorite non-dairy milk. Almond milk and oat milk are the most common in our refrigerator.
  • Use coconut oil instead of butter. Pour over a little melted coconut oil and maple syrup for the final flavoring.

Make ahead instructions for baked oatmeal

Here’s one thing to note about this baked oatmeal recipe: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight! Some recipes like overnight oats call for this, but don’t attempt it here. The problem? The oats will absorb all the liquid and be much too dry. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.

The easiest way to make this for healthy breakfasts throughout the week? Make up a pan on a Sunday night, then refrigerate it for eating off of throughout the week. You can refrigerate leftovers for up to 1 week, and re-warm them in a 300 degree oven or the microwave.

Vegan baked oatmeal

More oatmeal recipes

Oatmeal is our whole grain breakfast of choice around here, if you haven’t noticed! If you love this baked oatmeal recipe, here are a few more of our basic oatmeal recipes to check out:

  • Best Oatmeal Here’s the very best oatmeal recipe that we make every day, vegan and plant based with tasty peanut butter and jelly toppings.
  • Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal Pressure cooker oatmeal is an easy breakfast! Made with rolled oats, toasted until fragrant then cooked for just 3 minutes.
  • Instant Oatmeal DIY genius for a quick healthy breakfast: it’s cheaper, healthier, and tastier than store bought packets.
  • Cherry Cardamom Baked Oatmeal One of our best loved breakfast recipes. It’s delicious, simple to make, naturally sweet, vegan, and gluten-free.
  • Carrot Cake Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal This cozy oatmeal is carrot cake flavored, with cozy spices and pecans.

This baked oatmeal recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the swaps below.

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Baked oatmeal

Easy Baked Oatmeal


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

You’ll be blown away by the flavor of this baked oatmeal! It’s so easy to make and endlessly versatile: a true go-to recipe. Vegan variation listed.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 apple, cut into small cubes (or 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, raisins, or dried cranberries)
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 2 cups milk or non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup, plus 1 tablespoon for drizzling
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (coconut oil, for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.*
  2. Butter an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
  3. Dump the dries into the prepared pan. Add the diced apple in a layer on top.
  4. In the same bowl, whisk the egg, then add the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Shake the pan to make sure it gets evenly incorporated.
  5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
  6. Before serving, melt the butter with the remaining 1 tablespoon maple syrup (in the microwave or on the stove). Drizzle the butter evenly over the top and serve. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.

Notes

*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Baked oatmeal, Vegan baked oatmeal

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

These cozy-spiced apple cinnamon pancakes are a healthy way to start the day! They’re deliciously wholesome, made with oats and maple syrup. Here’s a recipe for cozy mornings that’s got a secret…it’s a healthy breakfast idea, too. Meet these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes! They’re fluffy, cinnamon-spiced, and guess what? They’re made of 100% oats, no flour! Using oats lends a warm, homey flavor and makes them more filling and nutrient-dense than the traditional pancake.This type of oatmeal pancake is our favorite…so we were thrilled to see this recipe in our friend Erin’s new cookbook, The Well Plated Cookbook! From the first bite, you’ll be sold. (We were!) Keep reading for the preview recipe and more about this beautiful cookbook. Ingredients in these apple cinnamon pancakes Yes, you heard right. There’s no flour in these apple pancakes: just wholesome, hearty rolled oats. How is this possible? Whiz the batter in a blender: it breaks down the oats into a flour-like texture. You’ll be amazed at how fluffy these come out with no flour. You get all the nutrients of eating a bowl of oatmeal, not a stack of flapjacks! Here are some notes on the main ingredients in Erin’s apple cinnamon pancakes: […]

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These cozy-spiced apple cinnamon pancakes are a healthy way to start the day! They’re deliciously wholesome, made with oats and maple syrup.

Apple cinnamon pancakes

Here’s a recipe for cozy mornings that’s got a secret…it’s a healthy breakfast idea, too. Meet these Apple Cinnamon Pancakes! They’re fluffy, cinnamon-spiced, and guess what? They’re made of 100% oats, no flour! Using oats lends a warm, homey flavor and makes them more filling and nutrient-dense than the traditional pancake.This type of oatmeal pancake is our favorite…so we were thrilled to see this recipe in our friend Erin’s new cookbook, The Well Plated Cookbook! From the first bite, you’ll be sold. (We were!) Keep reading for the preview recipe and more about this beautiful cookbook.

Ingredients in these apple cinnamon pancakes

Yes, you heard right. There’s no flour in these apple pancakes: just wholesome, hearty rolled oats. How is this possible? Whiz the batter in a blender: it breaks down the oats into a flour-like texture. You’ll be amazed at how fluffy these come out with no flour. You get all the nutrients of eating a bowl of oatmeal, not a stack of flapjacks! Here are some notes on the main ingredients in Erin’s apple cinnamon pancakes:

  • Old-fashioned oats: Look for rolled oats or old-fashioned oats. Do not substitute steel cut! Steel cut oats have a hard texture like rice and do not work here.
  • Greek yogurt: Brings a rich and moist texture to these pancakes.
  • Apple: You can use any variety, but Erin recommends crisp-tart like Honeycrisp or Fuji.
  • Maple syrup: Make sure it is pure maple syrup!
  • Butter, milk, and eggs
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla, baking powder, and salt
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Blend ’em right up!

These apple cinnamon pancakes use rolled oats only, so the trick is: the blender! We have a few blender muffins and blender pancakes recipes that we can’t get enough of. So we were thrilled to see Erin use this technique in her recipe. Here are a few notes on blending the batter:

  • A high quality or high speed blender makes quick work. We have a high speed blender, and these took just a few second to blend into a smooth batter.
  • Other blenders can take a few minutes. If you’ve got a less powerful blender, it may take a few minutes of stopping and scraping down the bowl with a spatula. Just keep blending until a smooth batter forms!

Trick to cooking apple cinnamon pancakes: low and slow

Pancakes might sound like something you can do in your sleep. But we actually get a lot of questions about cooking them! The biggest mistake people make: cooking them on too high heat. They’ll turn out dark on the outside and uncooked on the inside. Here’s how to cook these apple cinnamon pancakes to perfection:

  • Low and slow is the key! Use medium low heat so the pancake cooks through evenly. We cannot say this enough!
  • Adjust the heat while cooking. It’s easy to get a perfect first batch of apple pancakes, then burn the second batch because the skillet is already blazing hot. Stay vigilant! We always turn down the heat after the first batch to make sure the next batch doesn’t burn.
Apple cinnamon pancakes

Pancake topping ideas

Once you’ve got a towering stack of apple cinnamon pancakes, it’s all about the toppings! Here are a few notes about what Erin suggests and what we personally enjoy:

  • Peanut butter or almond butter: Adding plant-based protein helps to make them even more filling! Our biggest pet peeve about standard pancakes is that they leave us hungry hours later. Combining oatmeal pancakes with nut butter makes a seriously filling breakfast.
  • Fresh apples or sauteed apples: We used fresh apples to top and loved the crisp pop of flavor and texture. In Erin’s cookbook, she also has a great recipe for sauteed apples to use as a topping.
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts: Chopped nuts add even more plant-based protein and a nice crunch.
  • Greek yogurt: Swirl Greek yogurt with a little maple syrup as healthy topping, or use it plain. Another idea is the Greek yogurt “cream cheese” topping from our Carrot Cake Pancakes.
Apple cinnamon pancakes

About the book: The Well Plated Cookbook

This apple cinnamon pancakes recipe is from our friend Erin Clarke’s book, The Well Plated Cookbook. WOW, is this book a stunner. We could not recommend it more: not just because we are lucky enough to know Erin personally. This book is everything we love about her food: fresh, healthy recipes that taste incredible and are full of wholesome ingredients. Every page you turn to, you’ll immediately want to make the recipe.

Of special note: the recipes are very easy to follow so that they come out perfectly every time. Alex and I are obsessed with well-tested and well-written recipes, and we think Erin’s are top notch. You’ll feel comfortable cooking with the book because there’s no guesswork! It’s got recipes for eaters of all kinds (meat and seafood), but as mostly vegetarians we found there were plenty of options. Her cookbook is one of our favorites this year. Congratulations, Erin on a fabulous book!

This apple cinnamon pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Apple cinnamon pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 4-inch pancakes
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These cozy-spiced apple cinnamon pancakes are a healthy way to start the day! They’re deliciously wholesome, made with oats and maple syrup.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup shredded crisp-tart apple, such as Honeycrisp or Fuji (1 large or 2 small)
  • For serving: pure maple syrup, chopped pecans, peanut butter or almond butter, sauteed apples

Instructions

  1. If you’d like to keep the pancakes warm between batches, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter for 15 seconds. Continue to microwave in 15-second bursts, just until melted. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Place the Greek yogurt, milk, oats, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and melted, cooled butter in a blender. Blend until the batter is very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of your blender a few times. Depending on your blender, this will take a few minutes. Continue blending until you don’t see any remaining bits of oats, and the batter is creamy.
  4. Stop the blender. Peel and grate the apple, then stir it into the blender. Do not blend again.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat. Unless the manufacturer of your pan directs otherwise, lightly coat the surface of the pan with nonstick spray (some nonstick pans and griddles may not need it).
  6. Once the skillet is heated, drop the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the pan and, with the flat bottom of your measuring cup or the back of a spoon, spread the pancakes to be 1/2 inch thick. Let cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, until the edges look dry and small bubbles appear on top. Gently flip (the underside should be golden) and continue cooking on the other side for 1 to 2 additional minutes, until golden. Adjust the heat as needed between batches. If you pancakes are turning golden before they are cooked through, reduce the heat of your skillet accordingly; if they don’t seem to be cooking through at all and you’ve gone a few minutes over the cook time, increase the temperature a little. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  7. Serve the pancakes immediately or place on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Apple cinnamon pancakes, Apple pancakes

More oatmeal pancakes and muffins

We’ve got lots of recipes for oatmeal pancakes and muffins that use 100% oats to make a delightfully fluffy, gluten free muffin! Here are a few more recipes to try:

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