One of the most common things I hear when I’m coaching clients on making the transition from the Standard American Diet (SAD) to a Real Food Lifestyle is how challenging breakfast is. Let’s face it, we’ve been conditioned to think that breakfast is some sort of sugary, processed concoction that resembles more of a dessert than a healthy way to power our day. Even the supposedly “healthy” cereals and oatmeals that have popped up on supermarket shelves are still highly processed and refined packaged foods that pack a heavy punch to blood-sugar levels. What brings this dilemma to a whole other level is when someone doesn’t like eggs (a nutrient-dense, real food breakfast staple) or has a suspected sensitivity to them. What’s a real foodie to do? Try some Pumpkin N’Oatmeal!
I often coach clients through the psychological transition and mindset shift that coincides with the tangible transition of changing the food itself. For many people, this can take time and patience to adapt to a new way of thinking about breakfast. Having recipes and easy breakfast ideas for those rushed or foggy-eyed mornings is key to making this transition more manageable. That’s where my favorite Pumpkin N’Oatmeal recipe comes in! Pumpkin N’Oatmeal takes only a few minutes to prepare and delivers a sustaining, real food breakfast while satisfying the need to eat “a bowl of cereal”.
The pumpkin purée (even better when it’s homemade) provides a serving of veggies and fiber to start the day. Coconut provides good fats to help sustain you through lunch. The collagen hydrolysate provides quality protein with having to eat meat for breakfast. The banana adds a little sweetness and the cinnamon helps balance the sweetness with its blood sugar stabilizing properties. Every ingredient serves a purpose!
A few notes about this recipe:
This recipe doesn’t need to be cooked. I think it tastes better when it’s warm and the heat helps everything blend together to a better consistency. That being said, you could just as easily blend this all together in a blender, adding extra coconut milk or water if it’s too thick. You could also blend together multiple servings at once and store in individually-portioned glass containers and then heat it up when you are ready to eat it. Easy “batch-cooked” breakfasts for the week!
If you are really rushed in your mornings and want to allow more time for enjoying and digesting your meal, you can save on dishes time by mashing the banana right in the saucepan and even eating it out of the saucepan (gasp!). I mean really, what’s the point in dirtying another dish? 😉
I know that finding time and inspiration for eating a nutritious breakfast seems like the last thing you want to add to your list. In all honesty, there is a lot of truth to it being the most important meal of the day. Food is information and the first foods that you introduce to your body each day send your body messages and signals for how to function. By sending your body quality nutrients, it receives the message that all systems are a go! I hope that this Pumpkin N’Oatmeal helps inspire your real food breakfasts and eases your transition to a real food lifestyle! Check out my other recipes for even more real food inspiration!
(AIP, Paleo, Whole30, GAPS, SCD*, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 5 minutes
Makes 1 serving
- ½ Banana, mashed
- ¼ cup Organic Pumpkin Purée*
- ¼ cup Organic Shredded Coconut
- ¼ cup Organic Coconut Milk (full-fat)
- ¼ tsp Organic Cinnamon
- 2 tsp Collagen Hydrolysate (optional)
- Real Salt, to taste
*this is just plain puréed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix! Note that freshly puréed pumpkin is SCD-legal, while canned pumpkin is not
- Use a small saucepan on low heat to “cook” the n’oatmeal. I mash my banana right in the saucepan before I put it on the stove (one less bowl to clean!)
- Add the pumpkin purée, shredded coconut, coconut milk, and cinnamon to the saucepan and mix together with the banana while it heats up
- Once the n’oatmeal is heated up to your liking, mix in the collagen and salt to taste. The purpose of heating this on the stove is to help the ingredients mix together more seamlessly. Plus I think it tastes much better when it’s warm. Nothing actually needs to “cook” here.
- Serve it up in a bowl or get fancy with a mason jar! A mason jar makes it easy to transport and eat later, too.
- Enjoy the comforts of this simple, grain-free pumpkin n’oatmeal <3
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments or if you try this recipe, I love hearing from you! Spread the Love and share this recipe with someone!
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