OK, I know what you’re thinking…
Not another pumpkin recipe.
But wait! Don’t run away! Allow me to plead my case.
This isn’t just any cake. First of all, and probably most importantly, it’s a cake you can eat for breakfast. Yep, it’s breakfast approved. You know why? Cause it’s full of hearty good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, nuts, and pumpkin! A nice big hunk of this cake with a steaming mug of coffee or tea will start your morning off right.
Secondly, this cake is super adaptable! If the thought of eating another pumpkin anything makes you want to vomit (although really, that would be a bit dramatic of you), then you can change it up! You can use applesauce or banana instead of pumpkin. You can sub in almonds, raisins, coconut, or any other nuts or dried fruit for the pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Or change up the spices! In fact, one of my favorite versions of this cake uses applesauce, cinnamon, almonds and coconut. Delish!
But back to this particular version of the cake, with pumpkin! It’s moist, nutritious, delicious, and seasonal. Just in case you need an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. Personally, I don’t need an excuse. (Don’t you know me by now?!) 🙂 This recipe was shared with me several years ago by a very special lady. I remember awakening to the wonderful aroma of one of these breakfast cakes baking away in the oven on several occasions. And while we probably won’t have another opportunity to share a piece of breakfast cake and tea on a lazy weekend morning, I hope she knows that she will remain in my heart always.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you and yours! May we all remember to be thankful for what we have.
Pumpkin Breakfast Cake
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground allspice (optional)
1/2 tsp. ground cloves (optional)
Pinch of salt
1 cup olive oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups pumpkin puree (or other fruit)
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (or other nuts/dried fruit)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or other nuts/dried fruit)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk together the flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and mix well. Add in the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin seeds and walnuts. Stir well. Pour/spread into a large greased bundt pan (or two loaf pans). Bake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool thoroughly before turning out of the pan(s).
*Please note that you may also halve the recipe and bake the cake in a loaf pan. Or keep the recipe as is and bake two loaves, freezing one for later.
PS. I can’t make any promises that I’m done with the pumpkin recipes…