Spiralized Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bowl (Vegan)
Well, a week after launching Twirly Bites, I believe I have caught almost all the technical errors that ensued after launching. I’m going to be totally honest with you, it’s a little disheartening to spend months of work prepping for a launch (of any kind), only to hold your flag at half mass and say “hey guys, I launched.. but wait another week please while I fix errors that just popped up!” Needless to say though, onwards and upwards – and while a week feels like a long time in the internet world, it’s really not long at all. When I get caught up in the moment and overwhelmed by the small details, I remind myself to look at the big picture. If you see anything that doesn’t make sense, by all means contact me – I’d rather hear about it and fix it! Proactive, baby!
Moving on to the pumpkin pie breakfast bowl…
Breakfast is by far one of my favourite meals.. I you think about it, how often do you eat food for breakfast that would otherwise seem revolting throughout the day? Case in point: oatmeal. I don’t know about you, but I rarely have a hankering for a big ole’ bowl of hot sloppy porridge at 3pm. Yet, somehow, that warm creamy carbohydrate-laden meal is delicious in the morning. Breakfast is a strange thing.
In line with my breakfast fascination, I adore finding ways to incorporate spiralizing into breakfast. If you didn’t get a chance to read my introduction, one of my favourite things about spiralizing is the creative challenge it offers. I’m on a mission to spiralize everything and anything – and I truly believe you can make a spiralized version of any of your favourite recipes!
Until I developed this recipe, I had never had pumpkin for breakfast. But this is where I ask, why not? Pumpkin puree is incredibly low cal – 1/3cup has just 35 calories in it – yet it is extremely filling. Such a blank canvas for breakfast options!
If you’re new to spiralizing, I would definitely consider this a beginner spiralizer recipe as it’s an easy, foolproof way to experiment with cooking zucchini. If you’ve never cooked zucchini before (or have and want to perfect your trade), check out the Twirly Bites spiralized zucchini reference page so you can learn what to expect, how to prepare it, how to cook it, and how to store spiralized zucchini. Adding spiralized zucchini noodles to this breakfast bowl promises additional fibre, extra nutrition, and of course – another reason to use your spiralizer. Also, the zucchini noodles add texture to what is otherwise a mushy puree.
Reasons you should eat more pumpkin puree:
(cause I know you were wondering)
- it’s low in cals; 1/3 cup has only 35 cals in it
- it’s low in sugar; 1/3 cup has only 2g sugar in it
- it’s chalk full of Vitamin A; 1/3 cup has 60% daily intake in it
- it has some iron; 1/3 cup has 2% daily intake in it
- it tastes delicious
- it makes you feel warm and fuzzy
- when you add the right flavoring and spices, it tastes like pumpkin pie!
Sold?! Yeah I thought so. Especially when you can toss in super powerful foods with it like maple syrup, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, and hemp hearts.
The next time I make this again, I’m going to experiment with mashed banana and maybe protein powder! (P.S. I’m still narrowing down my ideal protein powder – any suggestions?)
This spiralized pumpkin breakfast bowl is also a great way to sneak in some zoodles into your diet – and if you’re feeding this for your kids, they probably already like zoodles anyway. The feedback I keep receiving over and over is that kids like zoodles more than they like PASTA! Huge plus one for parents.
I think you will really enjoy the warm, sweet flavors that resemble that of a pumpkin pie, but the texture of the nuts, seeds, and zoodles that make it parallel with an oatmeal breakfast bowl. And how about that mug in the background? #thebest
Possible Modifications to Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bowl:
- Add in diced or even mashed banana!
- Top with cacao nibs
- Mix in protein powder to make this more protein packed
- Add spiralized sweet potato noodles!
- Swap maple syrup for honey
If you liked this post, read on for the recipe and share below! Thank you for spreading some Twirly love!
What’s your favourite kind of breakfast bowl? How would you make it spiralized? I’m looking forward to doing more breakfast bowls!
- 1 spiralized zucchini, 3mm blade
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups pumpkin puree (no sugar added)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds (husked if possible)
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- Spiralize zucchini with 3mm blade.
- Boil zucchini for 2 minutes and drain loosely (it's okay if there's still some water in them).
- Place pumpkin puree in pot with cinnamon and maple syrup on medium heat (maximum!), start stirring immediately.
- Stir until warm, for 3-5 minutes.
- Separate handful of zucchini to use as garnish.
- Stir in zucchini, hemp hearts, flax seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Only stir until warm enough to eat, 2-3 minutes.
- Add more syrup if preferred for sweeter flavor. Add a teaspoon or two of water if you prefer a more watery consistency.
- Dish up into preferred serving sizes, use leftover zucchini as garnish on top.
- See "Possible Modifications to Recipe" in blog post.