Pumpkin Pie…It’s What’s For Breakfast!


I always wanted to have a good reason to name a post like that!

Early Rising Challenge Day 3:

  • I was asleep by 11:15pm (in bed at 10:30pm) and naturally rose at 6:15am this morning! I found it very difficult to get into bed at a good time last night because I had work to do. My mind was swirling with thoughts for a long time when my head hit the pillow! Hate that. Any tips for quieting the mind??
  • A space heater at my desk is crucial to tolerating the first 30 mins. until the house warms up.

This certainly helped me wake up…

Pumpkin Pie Baked Breakfast Cake



  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 banana
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup (to taste)
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger)
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • 1-2 T scoop Manitoba Harvest Hemp Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups unsweetened almond, soy, rice, or hemp milk
  • Dark Chocolate or cacao nibs (to garnish)
  • Graham crackers (to garnish)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 4-6 cup (1-1.5 L) casserole dish or three small oven safe dishes. Throw all ingredients except the toppings into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape sides if necessary. Evenly distribute the batter into the dishes and then garnish with chocolate chips, cacao nibs, and/or crushed graham crackers. Pop in the oven for about 35 minutes at 350F or until golden brown and firm. You can refrigerate for 4 days and they apparently freeze well too!

Makes 3 servings. [Breakfast cake is adapted from Ricki’s Breakfast Pudding.]

Tip: These cakes are great right out of the fridge for a quick snack or dessert!

The Manitoba Harvest Vanilla Hemp Protein Powder I used:


This was just a naked pumpkin pie! I think I will put a dollop of soy yogurt on top!


This was garnished with cacao nibs and delicious homemade vegan graham crackers that I whipped up (a new ingredient in my V-day Glo Bar!).


This one was made into a double layer pumpkin pie and I garnished with dark chocolate chips.


The nutritional information for one cake is below:


This nutritional information is for the basic cake (oats, almonds, unsweetened almond milk, spices, vanillas, banana, unsweetened applesauce, pumpkin, sea salt, agave nectar). without any toppings or protein powder.

As you can probably tell, I subbed out half of the nuts for oats in this recipe, as compared to the Baked Cherry Pie recipe. This is a ‘lighter’ version of the baked breakfast cake. Taste wise, I do prefer the original version (with more nuts), but this one was still nice too and it gives you a bit more wiggle room to play around with fun toppings!

The great thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to how you want it. If you want it sweeter, add more sweetener. If you want it more filling, add some protein powder like I do. More healthy fats? Experiment with different nuts and chia seeds. The sky is the limit!

Earthquake in Haiti

The recent earth quake in Haiti has left approx. 3 million people – a third of Haiti’s population- in desperate need of emergency relief. After watching this video (note: some graphic scenes), I knew I had to contribute in any way possible.


CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada and Oxfam Quebec as well as Save the Children have banded together to form a central hub for donations called The Humanitarian Coalition, which is accepting donations online and by phone.

In the US or the UK? See here for a list of reputable charities that you can donate to.



I’m baking today for a donation I did for the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families Conference. If you will be there, keep your eyes peeled for my Glo Bars at the registration table! :)

Make today GREAT!


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Lori January 14, 2010

This sounds so great. I’m definitely giving it a try. Nothing wrong with pumpkin pie for breakfast. :)


Diana January 14, 2010

Wow – looks so yummy!
I too wish the sun rose earlier – all of my morning pictures look terrible because there just isn’t enough light! Looking forward to summer already! haha.


Heather (Where's the Beach) January 14, 2010

If you can figure out how to quiet the mind for a good night’s rest, please share with me too!


Shannon January 14, 2010

That looks amazing! I will be trying this one, for sure!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 14, 2010

That looks FANTASTIC!!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 14, 2010

Yum! As for quieting your mind, it may sound crazy, but I tend to just keep saying prayers over and over – the same one until I fall asleep. It really works for me.


megan January 14, 2010

you get so much done in a day it’s amazing! to quiet my mind at night, I recite bible verses to myself. It’s very comforting and the repetetiveness puts me to sleep :)


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 14, 2010

This one looks like a winner!

Are you using whole almonds or almond powder in the recipe?


caitlin January 14, 2010

YOU HAVE TO TRY THE COUNTING BACK FROM 300 BY 3’S tip. I swear it works – if it can make me fall asleep before the marathon, it can definitely help you.


Nicole January 14, 2010

I also count back from 100 until I fall asleep. It works!


Jolene January 14, 2010

My number one tip for quieting your mind at night is to read a chapter or two (or whatever you have time for) of FICTION. I prefer non-fiction and always read it before bed … but I discovered once I started reading the Twilight series before bed, and now any fiction book, I fall asleep much quicker because my mind isn’t thinking about real world things.


Julie @savvyeats January 14, 2010

Delicious! When I have a lot of thoughts swirling through my head when I’m trying to sleep, I jot them all down on a notepad I keep next to the bed. That way, I know I won’t forget about any of them the next morning when I get up!


skinnyrunner January 14, 2010

im loving your breakfast “cakes”. they look so decadent but are so healthy!


Liz January 14, 2010


I wanted to finally comment here. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks after running into the BLESSED, Green Monster over and over on blogs galore. I finally ran a search for said Monster and came to the movement site. Why I didn’t look it up sooner and just stayed in my curious state for quite a while, I do not know. The wait for Christmas (I asked for a blender as one of my gifts) was strenuous and seemed to go on forever as I was SO excited to try it. LOL Been drinking them a bunch!

On a side note, these “pies” look great and I’m going to probably give them a try this weekend. I really appreciate and love how you post the nutrional information. That’s GREATNESS! Also, I’ll be cruising on over to the GloBakery site soon to purchase some bars. Do you print the nutritional info on each bar or just online?

Have a great day! You inspire me!


Ricki January 14, 2010

I just love how you’re adapting this recipe! I’ve eaten actual pumpkin pie filling (well, my healthy version, anyway) for breakfast, but never mixed pumpkin with oats. This sounds divine!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 14, 2010

This is such a great post for me. I’ve eaten oatmeal for breakfast for two years, and yesterday I decided I was so sick of it. I’m on the hunt for a good replacement breakfast. I will definitely have to try this. It looks so good! As for quieting the mind pre-sleep: I find reading a dry book helps. When I start glazing over words (or paragraphs), I know I’m ready for bed.


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 14, 2010

I know it sounds cliche, but when I can’t go to sleep because I have so many thoughts running through my mind, I count sheep! I also find that counting backwards from 100 works to lull me into sleep. Good luck, girl!


Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 14, 2010

Thanks for posting ways to donate to the Haiti Earthquake victims. I work for CBS (the network who’s video you aired) and it gets really emotional gathering and delivering news like this.


Jackie @ TriToLose January 14, 2010

Looks delicious! :)


Danielle (Coffee Run) January 14, 2010

Your breakfast cakes all look so good! I’ve tried hemp protein before and it wasn’t my favorite :? But maybe your brand is better


Kara January 14, 2010

That looks so delicious!

To quiet my mind before bed, I do some basic deep breathing where I really try to pay attention to the sound, movements, etc. of my breath. I know some people discourage it, but I also read (something leisurely, not work related). But I definitely have to try that counting backwards, seems like it might work if I’m really keyed up ;)


Jenny January 14, 2010

You may already do this, but I always write a list of things going through my mind right before bed. I’ve found that on nights where I have not done this, my mind is wild and loud. But when I take 2 minutes just to jot a few things down, it’s so peaceful and much easier to sleep.


Britt January 14, 2010

My mom always told me to think of a big black box. Then think of all of the sides of the box shrinking and shrinking til the box is just a little spec, and then grow it bigger again. Works for me.

After doing Bikram yoga, if I really can’t quiet my mind, I try to do Savasana – the dead mans pose. You pretty much focus on not moving any muscle and your breathing. I tend to turn off my mind pretty quickly that way :) Good luck!


Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 14, 2010

pumpkin pie for breakfast = heaven. what a great idea! thanks for sharing the recipe :)


Michelle January 14, 2010

I’ll share with you how I quiet my mind at night. It might sound silly but it REALLY WORKS for me! I get comfortable in my bed and tell myself that before I can move to get a glass of water, read or check email I have to count to 500. I don’t force myself to count slowly because I find that to be stressful! I often count really fast, but I think this is good because it kind of burns off mental energy. It keeps my mind occupied instead of thinking about a million other things. Usually I don’t even reach 500 and if I do I’m much too relaxed to do anything. If I do let myself get a drink or something after 500, I get right back and tell myself to count to 1000 this time. but what I think is key is burning off that mental energy. I really just count as fast as my mind wants, I don’t force myself to slow down. Eventually it gets to boring that I relax.

Another method I use is I breathe in for a count of 5 and out for a count of 5 and do this 5 times. Then I repeat for a count of 6, then 7 and then 8. Then I go down: breathe for a count of 8 five times again, then for a count of 7, 6 and so on.


Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 14, 2010

I try to count backwards from 100 while visualizing every number…..works sometimes, but other times I just can’t get my mind to stop churning!


JessicaE January 14, 2010

Establishing a bedtime ritual will probably help. I know you are a fan of tea so i would definitely utilize some chamomile or Sleepy Time tea. And wow, how funny to read the counting backwards thing. My Daddy taught me that when i was very small.


sham January 14, 2010

I too jot down things on my mind. This is especially helpful when the things on my mind are ‘to do’. Knowing they are written down and won’t be forgotten help to calm my mind. I also write in my grateful journal, just one-liners of 3 things I am grateful for that day. This gives my mind a little perspective before I go to sleep!


Laura Georgina January 14, 2010

I don’t do any work in bed so that when I hit the bed I associate it with sleep. It also helps if you can’t see the alarm clock or any glowing gadgets while you’re in bed–it seems like a tiny change, but it makes a real difference.


Mae @ OhhMay January 14, 2010

This looks so delicious!!! Oh wow I can’t wait to make it!!!


Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 14, 2010

Angela, you have inspired me to begin an early rising challenge of my own! I usually get out of bed right before work and then work-out at night. This morning I woke up bright and early to hit the gym and it was amazing!! So accomplished before 9AM. Thank you!!


katherine January 14, 2010

I quiet my mind by just counting breaths. It’s monotonous, but it also forces me to block out everything else going on in my mind.


Casey (@Spicy&Sweet) January 14, 2010

That cake looks DELICIOUS!!! YUM. :)

Thanks for the Haiti info…it’s so important to spread the word when you have so many readers!


Ameena January 14, 2010

The cake looks really great! You are so creative with your breakfasts. I need a bit of that creativity with mine!


Allison January 14, 2010

My morning routine is really ridiculous… every morning my alarms is set for 6:30. When it goes off I wake up, turn it off and then tell myself, “I’m going to lay here for a few minutes to visualize my day”…then I wake up an hour later and have to bust ass to get out the door on time. EVERY DAY this happens. hahahaha. Perhaps I need to partake in your morning challenge… I’ll lay here and visualize it for a few minutes…


Debbi January 14, 2010

When my mind is going a mile a minute and it’s hard to sleep this is what I do………….count backwards from 400! I have never gotten to 1, although sometimes I think I will. It really works.


Melinda January 14, 2010

That looks really good. To help my mind from going everywhere I fall asleep with the TV on low volume so it doesn’t keep me up just provides a light distraction, and then I set the sleep timer so I don’t waste electricity. If I don’t do this I will never fall asleep.


Bridget January 14, 2010

Give me some of that cake!! It looks so yummy!

It is so devastating what has happened in Haiti :( I definitely want to donate in some way to help them out


Danielle January 14, 2010

I wake up at 5:30 in order to make it to the gym (a 15 minute walk away) by 6:30. I only started getting up to exercise BEFORE work about a month ago but I’m LOVING it.


heather January 14, 2010

for resting the mind 4/7/8 breathing

deep breath thru nose for a count of 4
hold for 7
long exhale out thru mouth for count of 8

repeat 4-6 times focusing on breath

this helps for relaxing :-)


Jil January 14, 2010

Seriously, the breakfast cakes just keep looking better and better! and I find that if I write a little bit before I head to bed it helps get everything that’s swirling around in the old noggin onto paper (or computer) and out of my head. :)


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