Call it basic all you want, I’m fully on-board with all things pumpkin (or any other type of squash, gourd or sweet potato for that matter).
I love it’s versatility, the smell it makes in my kitchen when I bake with it, the slightly sweet yet savory taste, the nourishing and hormone-healthy effect it has on recipes, and the fact that I’m sneaking in a veggie any time I add it to a dish.
I’ve been eating pumpkin in soups, hummus, pancakes, upgraded PSL’s, cookies, bread, muffins, smoothies and oatmeal…and enjoying ALL of it. So I thought it was only fair to share the love with you, not to mention one of my favorite pumpkin recipes, Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal.
Any recipe that can double as breakfast or dessert is a winner in my book — and this Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal does just that! It’s filled with gut-friendly fiber from the oats, pumpkin and cauliflower, healthy fats from the pecans and coconut oil, digestive supporting spices, magnesium-rich dark chocolate, and gets it’s sweetness from maple syrup and vanilla (aka NO refined sugar).
It’s also naturally gluten-free and vegan, so it’s a good option for those with food restrictions or intolerances.
Besides the fact that you can eat a warm, gooey, chocolatey dish for breakfast and feel really good about it, my other fave feature of this dish is that it’s MAKE AHEAD and lasts for up to a week in the fridge, presenting you with the perfect option for busy breakfasts (my toddler loves this recipe!), brunch with friends or a dish to bring to new mamas post baby.
Cruciferous veggies like cauliflower contain a sulfur compound called diindolylmethane, or DIM, which helps support healthy levels of estrogen in your body.
Dark chocolate happens to be an amazing source of magnesium, making it ideal to consume before or during your period to help ease menstrual cramps. Make sure to choose a brand without inflammatory ingredients like refined sugar or emulsifiers that can mess with your gut and hormones as a result. This is my absolute fave clean dark chocolate option, use code LAUREN to save 15%
This powerful nut contains an abundance of disease-fighting phytochemicals, as well as a high fiber content, which has been shown to improve digestion and lower inflammation associated with hormonal imbalances.
Numerous studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar balance and lower insulin resistance, which is a crucial pillar of hormone balance.
Coconut oil contains healthy fats (medium-chain triglycerides aka MCT’s) which is needed for optimal sex hormone production.
Think adding cauliflower is weird (even though I promise you won’t notice)? No worries! Just use a 1:1 swap for more oats.
Chopped walnuts or almonds are also super yummy.
Not into chocolate for breakfast? Just leave them out!
+ If buying canned pumpkin puree, make sure it’s BPA free
+ Use dark chocolate without refined sugars or emulsifiers (I love this brand, use code LAUREN to save 15%)
+ Make sure to use unsweetened nut or oat milk to cut down on added sugars
+ Especially great to consume during your luteal phase (the week or so before your period) as a healthier way to satisfy sweet cravings
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This warm, delicious & nourishing pumpkin pie baked oatmeal tastes like dessert while being healthy enough for breakfast.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: breakfast, dessert
For the pumpkin pie baked oatmeal:
For the pumpkin pie crumble topping:
Store in the fridge in a sealed glass container for up to a week. See above for recipe swaps, tips and more!
I’m honored to support you on your journey to optimal hormone health + happiness. Thanks for being here babe.