This is the perfect pumpkin flavored recipe to celebrate fall! I love to make a batch of this on Sunday and have it for refined sugar-free breakfasts or as a snack throughout the week! This recipe can be eaten hot, cold, or at room temperature and is a blank canvas for all of your favorite October flavors.
2 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 Tbsp. ground flax seed
1 ½ Tbsp. wheat germ
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
½ tsp. salt
½ banana, mashed (about 1/3 cup)
1 cup pumpkin puree, unsweetened
¾ cup milk (regular, almond, or alternative)
1 large egg
¼ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (or another nut)
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, optional
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan or ceramic dish with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seed, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, add mashed banana, pumpkin puree, milk, egg, honey, and vanilla. Mix together.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in the chopped walnuts and coconut flakes. Spread into the baking ban and smooth the top.
Bake for 30-40 minutes until the oats have set and it is slightly brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before serving.Serve warm with vanilla yogurt and chopped walnuts. This can also be stored overnight for a quick breakfast on the go! Wait until cooled, cover, and refrigerate.
Key nutrients and tricks:
- The pumpkin adds a nice warm flavor with a ton of added health benefits! Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Potassium is crucial for runners since it works with sodium to regulate fluids and electrolytes. Potassium is also needed to prevent muscle cramping and keep your heart rate regulated while running or exercising!
- If you want the recipe to be sweeter, add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup to the wet ingredients.
- The oats are a great source of unprocessed whole grains that will keep you full for hours. Since it is unprocessed, the energy is released slowly preventing a sugar spike!
- I like to add walnuts since they are very high in omega-3 fatty acids. If you don’t like walnuts, try pecans or chopped almonds.
- The unsweetened coconut flakes add a healthy source of fat and natural sweetness! If you are not a fan of coconut, leave it out and add some dried fruit like cranberries or some chopped apple.
- I actually enjoy eating this cold on the way to class. It’s chewy and perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.