I love breakfast. Especially a paleo breakfast where I can feel guilt free and fabulous. I especially love breakfast when it involves pumpkin because I’m basic AF. Speaking of basic, my 4 year old daughter now has yoga once a week. How fun! The only thing about that is I’m creating another basic girl… pretty soon she’s going to be asking me for a non-fat, no whip, pumpkin spice latte – extra hot. Oh god.
Let’s talk a little bit about breakfast. Lot’s of people say it’s so important to start your day off with a balanced meal. Wanna know what I say? Fuck that. I truly believe that if you wake up and you’re not hungry, DON’T EAT. Wait until your body is ready! Believe me, it’ll let you know. One of the biggest lesson’s I’ve learnt in my own experiences is that your body is smarter than you. Did you know that? It actually is. It knows more than you will ever know, so stop trying to fight it. Your best bet is to learn to listen to it because you need to make friends with yourself – life is much easier that way.
Let’s talk briefly about paleo. It simply means that it is made from healthy foods, no refined sugars, no processed foods, etc. It is also dairy AND gluten free so that’s fun. If you want to know more about paleo, just read this article. It’ll fill ya in on everything you need to know. I’m definitely not strict by any means, but I love making things in a “healthier” way. It is SO much better knowing the food you’re eating is actually nutritious and good for your body.
When it comes to dairy, I’m definitely not strict. I have lots of women ask me why I don’t include milk or anything else in my everyday diet and that’s really a tough one. Years ago when I was STRICT paleo, I completely cut dairy out and to be honest – I survived. My skin was better, I felt better and I just never really went back. I avoid most dairy now just because it makes my skin break out and who the fuck wants zits at 25? With that being said, I definitely eat the odd serving of Greek yogurt or add a touch of heavy cream to my coffee once in a blue moon.
Gluten is a whole other demon.
In my opinion, I don’t think anyone should eat it every single day and that is for the simple fact that it causes inflammation. Even if you don’t have an intolerance, inflammation causes SO many other negative things to happen to your guts, your emotions, your stress levels, everything. It all around sucks. That being said, I do have the odd gluten-filled delicious dessert, but it doesn’t affect me to negatively if it’s only once in awhile. All in all I believe milk is for babies and grain is for fattening up animals to make good steak. Gross. But true.
Now let’s talk about this recipe. It is dairy-free, uses only 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and it holds together really well. My daughter LOVED it, so it was a really easy way to get her to eat a really healthy breakfast without having to bribe her. I cut it up and froze individual pieces so I could just heat each piece up in the microwave every morning but I didn’t have to worry about it going bad. That’s the thing about healthy, whole foods. They actually tend to go bad a lot quicker than what we’re used to, so you were warned! Enjoy!
- 1 15oz can of pure pumpkin puree
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons of almond flour
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
- 2 whole eggs
- 100g of egg whites
- 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup of roughly chopped pecans
- 1/3 cup of Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 350F
- Add all the casserole ingredients to a food processor and blend until all ingredients are mixed together
- Pour casserole mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan
- Bake uncovered for 50 minutes or until the mixture has set in the middle and is no longer jiggly
- Once the casserole is out of the oven, add your toppings evenly on top
- Enjoy warm or cold
- Keep the mixture stored in the fridge or freezer. Feel free to warm it up before eating it or enjoying it cold