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Pumpkin Is the Breakfast Squash of Champions

Pumpkin rules in muffins, breads, and pancakes. But what about scones, cinnamon rolls, donuts, and French toast? Yup, there too. For breakfast treats, it’s clear: pumpkin’s the yum king.

1. Pumpkin Pancakes

In autumn, you can use cooked fresh pumpkin for these -- or enjoy them any time of year with canned pumpkin. "Excellent tasting pancakes, with just the right amount of spices," says LMDOUGLASS. "Pancakes are light and fluffy, yet filling."

Pumpkin Pancakes

Photo by Dianne

2. Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

Lightly glaze these baked cake donuts or sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar. RainbowJewels submitted this recipe. She also did the math: “Pumpkin + Donuts = Awesome!” Q.E.D.

Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

Photo by Diz9829

3. Chef John’s Pumpkin Scones

This recipe proves "pumpkin is great for any time of year," as Chef John says.


4. Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

This should be the official breakfast muffin of Thanksgiving Day. And the unofficial breakfast muffin of the remaining 364 mornings of the year.

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Photo by Dianne

5. Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Just look how moist this bread is! Laurie submitted the recipe. It’s even better on day two, she says, taunting us with her self-control.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Photo by Holiday Baker

6. Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles

Among pages of 5-star raves, you'll find this helpful nugget from mkm: “I 4x the recipe, then freeze them and reheat in the toaster for a quick, easy breakfast.” Brilliant.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Waffles

Photo by Dianne

7. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Oh, this is real. Chef John says they’re the best cinnamon rolls he’s ever tasted. Good enough for me. Here’s how you make 'em.


8. Pumpkin Smoothie

Trinka G submitted this one. "It’s for pumpkin lovers only,” she warns. And for peeps with only a crush on pumpkin? “Try adding a frozen banana if you find the pumpkin flavor too intense.”

Pumpkin Smoothie

Photo by glutenfree mommy of 3

9. Pumpkin French Toast Bake

It’s 50% French toast, 50% bread pudding (or vice versa). No Texas Toast in your area? Try challah. Or biscuits. Hawaiian bread works great. Same goes for Amish white bread. Italian bread? Also recommended.

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

10. Pumpkin Muffins II

This muffin is all about the pumpkin. No walnuts, no chocolate chips, no raisins. It highlights fresh pumpkin puree and pumpkin-friendly spices.

Pumpkin Muffins II

Photo by Dianne

11. Quick Pumpkin Spice Latte

One sip of this spiced latte, and you'll feel like Autumn, a friend of mine, who says sipping it always makes her feel like fall.

Quick Pumpkin Spice Latte

Photo by CountryGirlGourmet

12. Pumpkin Bread Pudding

My Editor, Blanche Mirepoix, says the caramel rum sauce should disqualify this as a brunch dish. See how she is? If I hide it down here, though, maybe she won't notice.

13. Pumpkin Oatmeal

"Here's a superfoods tour-de-force that will fill you up and satisfy that morning sweets craving," says Fitmommy. "A comforting way to start your morning, made with protein-rich soy milk and topped with walnuts."

Pumpkin Oatmeal

Photo by Dianne


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