One sure-fire way to love morning is to bake before bed. Last night I finally put the little pie pumpkin we bought Easton to good use (we never got around to carving it anyway). I love pumpkin recipes all fall (September-November!), and this was a hit this morning with coffee around here. Since it was late, I had to work with what we had on hand, and I came up with this tasty recipe! It’s really moist & I love the spices in it. I posted the recipe (an abbreviated version) on Instagram this morning, and thought I would share here as well.
2 Cups Oat Flour (I ground mine in our Nutribullet)
2/3 Cup Sugar (I used coconut sugar) and they were not leveled-off cups
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Sea Salt
1 t Cinnamon
1/2 Heaping t of Nutmeg
1/3 t Cloves
1 flax egg ( I actually made mine with a product I got suckered into buying at Whole Foods called Nature’s Eggs)
1 cup plus 2 T Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a baking pan with coconut oil. Then make your flax egg. You can either use a T of ground flax seeds or chia with 1-3 T of water or use the same ratio with the Nature’s Eggs that I used. Then mix all the dry ingredients except the walnuts in a large mixing bowl. Next add the coconut oil (make sure it’s melted if your house is cold enough for it to turn solid) and pumpkin puree. Mix, and then fold in the flax egg. Finally, fold in the walnuts. Pour into the baking dish & bake for 50 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. If you are new to vegan baking, the batter should be a bit thicker than normal bread, so you may need to add a bit more flour. I also added some rolled oats, cinnamon & sprinkled more nature’s egg on the top–giving it a healthy dose of omegas and making a breastfeeding friendly breakfast (Oats are good for nursing moms!).
Most of the time I try to eat a healthier breakfast, but sometimes it’s so darn nice to treat ourselves with something sweet like pumpkin bread, right? And, again, this recipe isn’t completely evil with the oats, Nature’s Egg, Walnuts, Pumpkin & cinnamon. The sugar? Knowing that it definitely isn’t the healthiest choice, especially during this time of year for me, means that I will have to balance it out with an extra walk or a little extra time in the sun today. But I’m game, blue skies above today and not quite as many layers will be needed.