6 Ways to Eat Pumpkin for Breakfast

Pumpkin is the unofficial mascot of fall. Get your fix at breakfast.

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If you haven’t maxed out on pumpkin flavor yet this season, you probably never will, and for that we applaud you. While lattes are the original spice of life, there’s something refreshing about eating food made with actual pumpkin. Particularly for breakfast. I’m not saying quit the artificial stuff, just embrace the fact that we all live in this state of continual pumpkin and start the day with a big ol’ bite of something that taste like fall.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (pictured above)

Make a big batch of this seasonal oatmeal at the beginning of the week and add a little water or milk to thin it out before reheating for a speedy (and healthy) weekday breakfast.

Autumn’s answer to classic banana bread, this quick bread requires no fancy equipment or ingredients. If you feel like making this more of a dessert than a breakfast, add in a handful of chocolate chips to the batter.

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A refreshing way to start the day, this smoothie gets a hint of sweet from maple syrup and a kick from apple cider vinegar and fresh ginger.

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French toast gets an autumnal makeover with this breakfast casserole. The casserole rests in the refrigerator overnight, which makes it the perfect make-ahead brunch for a crowd.

Orange and pumpkin seem like an unlikely pair, but the citrus brightens up the sometimes-dense pumpkin flavor. Anne serves these fluffy pancakes with vanilla whipped cream, cinnamon-spiced maple syrup and thick-cut bacon for an indulgent, hearty breakfast.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice Buns Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Buns, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Prep the dough the day before you want to serve this autumnal take on the classic cinnamon bun. In the morning all you’ll have to do is bake and glaze, and wait for everyone to be woken up by the delicious smell of pumpkin spice wafting throughout the house.

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