Whole30 Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

I am about to share with you one of my most very favorite Whole30 recipes… 

Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

AKA: Pumpkin Porridge, Pumpkin Oatmeal, Pumpkin Hot Cereal… 


It is filling.

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And super clean… so not only is it Paleo friendly, it is Whole30 friendly!

It is also verrrry, verrry delicious.

AAAAAAND, you can add egg if you want to up the protein content.

But I do not. Eggs make me feel icky.

And that makes me verrrrry sad.

I think part of the reason I love this dish so much is it is a great, eggless breakfast choice for me… and I love to eat it whether or not I am on the Whole30.

Whole30 Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl | Jenny On The Spot
But if you add egg, you get that extra protein punch. So those of you who can have egg, GO ON WITH YOUR BAD SELVES.

I love this dish because it is thick and hearty. It is a great way to fill a belly to help keep those snacking demons at bay. Plus, I really try to avoid grains and gluten, so I miss having a warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal and/or Cream of Wheat, but the base of pecans and shredded coconut give it that umph that I crave…

pecans and shredded coconut in Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl
Another great thing about this Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl is… THE TOPPINGS. I love to add craisins and sliced almonds on top, and always shredded coconut. But if you are looking to add more power… consider chia seeds or flax seeds. A recent, new favorite topping choice for me is diced apple… the sweet crunch is an amazing paring with this dish.

diced apples on Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl | Jenny On The Spot
Of course, the dogs knew something was up in the kitchen when I was making this. Gus just sat there waiting in hope for crumbs to fall…

dog in kitchen - Gus
Kevin, on the other hand, has no time for crumbs. He wants the entire pan. Per usual, he refused to make eye contact with me.

dog in kitchen - Kevin
I gave them both doggie treats instead. This Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl is all mine. And now you can have your own too!

Looking for more Whole30 inspiration? Check out my post on 45 Whole30 finds at Trader Joe’s here! And of course there’s a whole bunch of support in my post with Tips to Start Your First Whole30 or Kickstart Your Next One!

Whole30 Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Pure pumpkin combined with pecans, coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg makes for a delicious and filling start to the day.


  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. pecans
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 15 oz. can pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 c. coconut milk
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Optional: 2 eggs, beaten
  • Garnish ideas and options: chopped pecans, shredded coconut, diced apple, sliced almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, dried fruit (I adore craisins, but if you are going Whole... they are VERY hard to find unsweetened).


Pit dates and slice in half (or quarters). Soak in water for a handful of minutes. Set aside. Blend pecans in food processor.

In a heavy bottom saucepan combine toast coconut shreds and pecans. Heat until toasted (around 5 minutes or until that toasty smell passes your nose and/or you see the coconut beginning to brown).

Purée the dates in food processor.

Reduce heat to low, mix in the can of pumpkin, apple sauce, and coconut milk to the toasted coconut and pecans. If you are adding egg, gradually mix beaten egg in now. Stir and cook until combined.

Once combined, mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and date purée. Top with nothing, or anything! It is a perfect balance of sweet. It is a thick, full-feeling bowl of good, clean fun.


Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl with Pecans & Coconut | Jenny On The Spot

*March 2017

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27 Responses to “Whole30 Warm Pumpkin Breakfast Bowl”

    • Lisa says:

      I’m wondering how long you have to cook it, once you’ve added the egg, in order for it to be safe to eat.

      • Jenny says:

        I don’t have an official answer other than, I just make sure the dish is heated through. It is mixed in so well, and the mixture is pretty hot. I have never had an issue! Great question!

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Jenny!

    I am so excited to try this recipe! When you say coconut milk – is it the coconut milk in the milk section of the grocery store or the canned coconut milk?

    Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  2. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  3. Gabrielle says:

    The recipe states it serves 3, I’m assuming you refrigerate some of the leftover? How do you reheat refrigerated/frozen portions? Can’t wait to try this!

  4. Anne says:

    Do you drain the dates before blending?

  5. Tanya says:

    What size of a can of pumpkin?

  6. Kathy Haeselin says:

    Yum, I’m all about Whole 30.

  7. Tanya says:

    Thank you! Making it tomorrow! ?

  8. Jen says:

    I need to try this! Also I found myself saying AWWWW when I saw Kevin in this post ❀️.

  9. Andrea says:

    My shredded coconut says it’s been sweetened . Did I buy the wrong thing?

    • Jenny says:

      Oh goodness… to be Whole30 compliant… you definitely don’t want it to be sweetened. If you’re not worried about that, I would suggest maybe not adding the applesauce and/or reduce the amount of dates so it isn’t too sweet.

  10. Katie says:

    Hi! This looks awesome. Do you have any idea what the nutritional information is?

  11. Sue says:

    I love this recipe and have made it several times since trying Whole 30 two years ago. I also double the recipe and freeze small 1-cup containers. I defrost over night and warm in the microwave. It’s great on winter mornings when there’s no time to cook. It’s also very flexible! Thanks do much for sharing this recipe!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sue! So thrilled to hear this! I am so glad you shared your hack. I save and freeze individual servings too! This recipe does take a little time, so it’s nice to have some ready to eat on those busy mornings!

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  13. Regina Brickett says:

    So, I made this and it’s delicious. I split it up into 4 portions, put 2 in the freezer and 1 in the fridge. A couple days later I pulled out the one in the fridge to eat and it has turned an very un pumpkin like brown. It’s still delicious but not very pretty. Is this normal, what caused the brown color. I followed recipe exactly except for the water I soaked the dates in, next time I will add that!!!

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