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

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 14, 2010

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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Ashley January 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Love love the first photo. I definitely see these breakfast cakes in my near future!!! =)


Natasha January 14, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I count back from 100 to help stop my mind racing (it seems a few others do too). If that doesn’t work a really boring book can do the trick. Also, when I have work stuff on my mind, I put a pen and notebook on the bedside table so that I can jot anything I need to down… it’s a comfort to know it’s there, and can put my mind at rest.


Lauren January 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I always get in my bed with a book. It’s the best way to quiet my mind down and get myself sleepy.


Chelsea January 14, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I too struggle with quieting my mind. I do use some meditation techniques. I’ll imagine waves going in and out or I’ll say the chant “Ham-Sa” “Ham” on the inhale, “Sa” on the exhale. It helps but I do have to remind myself from time to time and go back to it. To be 100% honest though, sometimes I just CAN’T quiet my mind but I sure do try.

Thank you for posting about Haiti and the options for donating.


Lizzie January 14, 2010 at 1:51 pm

That’s great that you mentioned Haiti. Another really good organisation that is already based in the country is Partners In Health, founded by Dr Paul Farmer. It is a well run group focused on providing adequate healthcare and preventative resources in countries that have next to nothing to begin with. For North Americans you can go to www.pih.org and they have a specific area set up for earthquake relief donations.

Your breakfast cakes look amazing – have you considered publishing a recipe book at all?


Lauren January 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Every morning and night while I’m in bed lying down I do deep breathing exercises. Put your hands on your belly to ensure it’s rising and falling softly, and not your chest. It helps sooo much!


Alyson- January 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Thank you, Angela for posting the link for Haiti, and bringing awareness and support. My mother is from Haiti, we live in the US, but her aunt and other relatives still live there, my great uncle is not been heard from since the quake. It is great to see the help and support from others, really worldwide.


Karla January 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

How yummy does that look! You never cease to amaze me with your great recipes!


kristen January 14, 2010 at 2:33 pm

hmmm…vegan graham crackers, vegan marshmallows…s’mores bar?


kat January 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I MUST try this! You have the best ideas!


Meghan-Rose January 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

If I can’t fall asleep b/c of too much stuff on my mine I’ll do a “brain dump”…I just take a piece of paper and write down everything I’m thinking about. That always helps me relax…I think I feel better if it’s written down so I know I won’t forget it when I fall asleep!


Ellen January 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

My comment is similar to what Jenny says….write before you go to bed.

I actually tried doing that for the first time before going to bed a couple of nights ago, and I fell asleep much faster. Just emptying my thoughts out onto paper before I turned off the lights really helped!

The last two mornings I’ve gotten up at 5:30 (in bed around 10:00)…it’s neat to be able to see your experiences as you try to make your sleeping changes too.


Andrew Lowry January 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Canadians should make sure they pick reputable charities so that the government will match their donation.


AGS January 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I’m usually dead-tired when I get into bed, and am asleep immediately. That said, when I’m anxious about something, I find it hard to sleep. You yourself posted a good blog entry on this once (in late spring 2009).

What I have slowly been understanding about myself, lately, is that much of what “keeps me up at night” is driven by worry/fear. In the process of meeting countless deadlines, expectations, new endeavors, I get caught up in fear that I will fail (not get something done by deadline, not meet others/my own expectations, look completely incompetent in a new field. . .). I forget that these same things give me tremendous satisfaction and happiness! I’ve lately been trying to take up the issue that I have the worry about and try to bring up the positive emotion instead. (Obviously, this won’t work for all things. . .)

As a simple example, I work in the aviation field and absolutely love it. I also started taking flying lessons. I often worry that I’m not where I should be in learning, that my regular work schedule is sometimes so intense that I don’t have time to study. . . etc., etc. One night, as I lay there worrying about this and other things (e.g., work), I decided to remember the thrill and happy feeling I get from flying. I also started to write about it(www.westwithflight.wordpress.com). I “captured” and “felt” that thrill of take-off. By filling my mind with the happy associations, I got my body to relax, and then my mind followed.

I’m not sure that is a particular “trick”, but I thought I would share it.


Annalisa January 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I keep a pen and paper near my bed for lists, recipe ideas, phone numbers, etc. When I can’t sleep it’s usually some random anxiety like call the garbage company, confirm an appointment, follow-up with someone from work, etc. I write down these things I “need to do” and usually feel better and call right to sleep.

Sometimes I sleep where I normally put my feet as a way to calm myself.

I also deprive myself of sleep for a day or twoc(get 5 or 6 hours instead of 8) and I’m usually so tired the next night I easily fall asleep!

Lastly, if my husband is willing, he does this simple relaxation technique. Basically, he walks me through quieting my body. It’s something like “relax your toes, feel each toe melting in the bed, starting with the pinky over to your big toe…feel your ankles going to sleep…..” and so on. I’m usually done before he talks about my knees.


Paige @ Running Around Normal January 14, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Nothing like cake for breakfast! Sounds delicious, as always :)
Let’s see…is it wrong that praying makes me fall asleep? If I can’t fall asleep, I start praying, and I’m asleep before I can say amen!


[email protected] January 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm

love love love. that looks so delicious. i checked out your other breakfast cakes but i have pumpkin ready in my cabinet. you can change this recipe up in so many ways. i love all the ones you have created!


Guen January 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

My husband and I have the bedtime routine down. I used to suffer from the swirling mind syndrome, but no more. We have an iPod dock on the nightstand and play a Guided Meditation for Sleep by Glen Harold (sp?). I’m asleep in minutes every night. I don’t even make it through the breathing exercise anymore. Sometimes when I have to get up in the middle of the night (emergency squad call, cat meowing, whatever) I put it on again to go back to sleep faster. I got it off of www.audible.com.


j January 14, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Write down whatever you are thinking about! Whenever I can’t sleep, it’s usually because I’m thinking about everything I need to do the next day. I find that if I make a list, I stop thinking about it as much and it definitely helps me fall asleep. Good luck!


[email protected] January 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Wow – girl look at all those hyperlinks :) Pumpkin Pie for breakfast? Yes Please!


Katie January 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I wonder if these bakes could be made raw? ;) Sub in oat groats for the rolled ones and then dehydrating the recipe? Hmm…I wonder.


Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm

That breakfast looks awesome! When I can’t sleep, I generally write down everything on my to-do list that is keeping me up and tell myself I’ll get to it in the morning. That quiets my mind somewhat!


Katie @ Food. Home. Fitness. For Her. January 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Good job Angela, you are clearly a super hard worker and your hard work pays off through a successful blog chalk full of delicous, healthy recipes and ideas. You inspire me to work that hard at the things in life that matter most to me.


Jenn Douglass January 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Thank you for commenting on my blog Angela! I must say…I am trying your breakfast cake this week and I can’t wait. :) Keep those amazing recipes cookin!


Alicia January 14, 2010 at 6:52 pm

It helps me to walk through a simple process, like making pasta or something. It’s boring a soothes my mind. I have a nasty habit of making to-do lists in my mind before bed so I try writing everything down.


kaila January 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm

what would the measurements be for one serving of that delsih breakfast?


kaila January 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm



Leah January 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Yum . . . this looks so good! I love pumpkin pie – who wouldve thought you could turn it into breakfast?


Janet January 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Count backwards from 300 by 3’s. You need to focus to this and it is rather boring so not only can other thoughts not take over but you get bored and conk out.
Also, starting with your feet, tighten and release “individual muscles” until you get to your head.


*Andrea* January 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm

your breakfasts make my mouth WATER! i’m a huge baked goods/sweets person so this is perfectionnnn. i usually try and take deep breaths while i’m trying to fall asleep and then picture the beach lol.. i hate bed time though because i usually can’t turn off my thoughts :( let me know if you learn any good tips!


Racheal - Girl on a Mission January 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I read a book EVERY night before bed. Read something really boring will help you fall asleep too, maybe CNN, Wall Street…haha Surprisingly, Sudoku and games like that help you fall asleep. They take your mind of “your to do it” and allow you to relax. I have never been able to fall asleep easily (not like Eric or my boyfriend) so I have a lot of experiences here.


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind January 14, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hmmm tips for quieting the mind…given the title of my blog, I could certainly use some myself. ;)

I have yet to try this, but my roommate has suggested to me several times to keep a notebook by my bed. She think it would help me to write all the craziness going on in my head down, and that it would help me sleep.

Maybe this could help you???!


Rachel A January 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Try meditation techniques. I choose a mantra like “I am loved” or “I am relaxed.” As I breathe in I say (in my head) “I am” and say the rest as I exhale. By focusing on your breath, you relax your mind. Works for me, especially when I have to work an odd 3rd shift.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 14, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Yum, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie any time of day?!

And it helps me to calm my mind by writing everything down. Anything that is going through my head, i’ll just write. It just comes out naturally when i have a lot on my mind and afterwards, i feel such peace. It really helps.


Carolyn January 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I’ve heard counting backwards by 3’s from 300 helps put a person to sleep. As for getting the mind to stop thinking long enough to fall alseep, I climb out of bed and write down all the worries or things I need to do the next day, or what ever is keeping me up. Then my brain sees I am not going to forget it I can crawl back into bed and rest.


Stacey January 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Loving your recipes. Can’t wait to try them all!


jen January 15, 2010 at 5:06 am

Hi Angela,
I love reading your blog! You have so many useful tips and recipes. I’m glad I can offer YOU some advice for once! To quiet your mind before sleep, read a book. I like to read a novel, because I can focus on the story and let my day slip away. I have the same problem you do- I’ll get all snuggled in bed, only to find my mind is still going a mile a minute!
Sweet dreams!


Marisa January 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm


Thanks for suggesting to donate to the Humanitarian Coalition to donate to help Haiti Earthquake victims.

Marisa Curcio
Agente de communication – nouveaux médias


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