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Brunch: The Mama of all Meals, Inspired by Autumn

As you know from my last post, I ran my first 5K today! It was so fun, challenging, and left me with a monster appetite.

And since it’s Sunday, it had to be a Sunday Brunch – no no, just plain ol’ brekkie would not cut it today (even though my brekkies are never ever plain..it’s the best meal of the day! I like to live it up).

Lately it’s been chilly chilly! I’m talkin’ 60 degrees. I love this weather so much. The crispness of autumn is one of my favorite things – it makes me want to cozy up by the fire with some apple ciderpumpkin pie, and watch Halloween and Thanksgiving movies like Hocus Pocus (which I watched last night! couldn’t help myself) and Halloween Town (I am obsessed with this movie. childhood favorite).

Plus, who doesn’t want to jump around in a pile of leaves?! I would any day 🙂

So, this was inspired by my absolute love for autumn and the weather change – it was nostalgic and delicious.

Isn’t it amazing how food, its taste, its smell, its textures…can bring back so many memories? That’s one of my favorite parts about food – it’s an experience; a work of art.

So, I came home and made these babies 🙂

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes 🙂 Mmmmm.

Topped generously with almond buttah, Apple Spread, bluebs, blackburries, and cherries on the side. I love my berries 🙂 And cherries. Very cherry…it all rhymes! I should be a poet..

It was the perfect post-race fuel. My muscles (and my tummy!) were incredibly happy 🙂

The process:

Battah 🙂 I may have snuck a few tastes..

Ohhh yes. At this point, they smell amazing 🙂 Flippage!

The first few:

…..Aaaaaaand served.

And now, the goods.

Pumpkin Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 2/3 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tbsp. NuStevia Baking Blend (or agave, maple syrup, suga, whatever floats your boat! this one’s my fave)
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potato/any other sweet orange tuber/squash)
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (I roll with rice milk)
  • 1 large, or 2 small/medium, apples (cored and chopped tiny)

Directions:

  1. Mix pumpkin, apple pieces, and non-dairy milk in a small bowl. Mix all other ingredients in another, larger bowl.
  2. Combine wet and dry in the largest bowl, then heat a large skillet (whatever one you like for pancakes) over medium-high heat and spray with canola oil (or whatever oil you roll with, it’s cool!).
  3. Pour into pan with a large spoon or ladel, and be sure to spread out these pancakes! The batter will be thick, so spreading by hand is important so they cook all the way through.
  4. Flip once there are lots of bubbles around the edges and on top/in the middle and the edges begin to brown. Be sure to re-spray the pan in between flips – we don’t want any stuck pancakes!
  5. Cook until both sides are well-cooked and browned to your liking, then serve warm 🙂

Tips on How to Eat a Pancake:

Yes, these tips are fo’ real.

  • With maple syrup, agave nectar, your fave liquid sweetener
  • Topped with Banana Soft Serve!
  • Slathered with almond buttah, various nut butters, Earth Balance
  • With Apple Spread :]
  • Sprinkled (or covered) with raisins, other dried fruit, various fruits including berries, more chopped apples, tropical fruits…go crazy!
  • As a brekkie-style PB&J: spread your fave nut buttah (mine’s almond) and apple spread, or sliced apples/pears, between two pancakes and eat like a sammie! That’s what I like to call: pro. Pancake champ!

Question: What’s your favorite way to eat a pancake?

Mine would definitely have to be the way I rolled today – tons of  almond buttah, apple spread, and fresh fruit :] Alllll the way!

Time for me to go make din din, lovlies! It’s leftovers from last night, about which I have yet to post – expect more food porn and lots of recipes later tonight 🙂

On the agenda tonight we have:

  • Din din!
  • Watching Alice in Wonderland (the new one! holllla. but defs will not be as good on my tv as it was in the theater – 3D baby!)
  • Blogging
  • Reading Beowulf We’ll see.
  • Going to bed! Sleep is the best 🙂

See you after dinner!

xoxox,

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Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast

Okay, not real pumpkin pie, but pumpkin pie vegan overnight oats! I’m a follower of the blog http://www.ohsheglows.com, and she has VOO every morning for breakfast, always adding in interesting things, so I thought I would give it a try. I usually just have fruit for breakfast (and don’t eat until my stomach grumbles), but since I’m trying out the Kind Diet “Superhero” style, I thought I would give grains at breakfast a try.

Night-before prep:

pumpkin! yum yum 🙂

not very pretty 🙂 but tastes delicious!

How did I prepare my Vegan Overnight Oats? I’ll tell you! (ps I was so excited last night for my overnight oats that I could nearly sleep..no joke. I wanted to go check on them! and I was brainstorming for future overnight oats 🙂 )

Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • a lot of cinnamon sprinkled in 🙂
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:

  1. Mix it all together and then cover and refrigerate overnight. However, I checked on these after about an hour and they were almost ready!! Yum 🙂 I may have tried an eensy bit, too…
  2. In the morning, add whatever you want!

I added more raisins and a pinch of stevia, which was perfect. Angela (from Oh She Glows) usually adds nut butter, cacao nibs, maple syrup, fruit, etc. but today I thought I would go sans a ton of toppings so I could taste the pumpkin.

good mowning 🙂

Tomorrow I’m thinking I’m gonna make an Apple-Cinnamon-Raisin Muffie Overnight Oats, as kind of an adaptation from my Muffie recipe. Yum 🙂

These were super filling (I couldn’t finish it! the rest is in my fridge), so next time I might do less almond milk but more of the pureed/smashed fruits. But, I do feel super energized! My tummy just hurts a little from not being used to anything but fruits and vegetables before 6pm (usually I just have a salad at lunch).

Also, next time I’m gonna try to work out before having any grains for breakfast! My plan for today was to have breakfast and then work out around 11 or noon, but I am so. full. This would be a great post-workout breakfast though, or if you don’t do much vigorous exercise within a few hours of eating.

Question of the morning: What’s your favorite breakfast? Have you tried Vegan Overnight Oats? What’s your favorite VOO recipe?

That’s all for now lovlies! Have an energizing day 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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