Apple Bumpkin Breakfast Bake


The name of this dish has transformed from plain old pumpkin frittata to bumpkin bake to apple bumpkin bake as we continued to add ingredients to the recipe. Probably the biggest reason the name has changed is because my 4 year old hates pumpkin frittata. The very mention of pumpkin frittata turns her from a normal 4 year old to a raging mess. “NO! I don’t like pumpkin frittata!!!”. Name change = normal 4 year old eating her breakfast. Sneaky…no?

The coolest thing about this breakfast is that it can totally double as a dessert. Oh…even more cool than the dessert option is the fact that you can bake this ahead of time! I was so sick of having to get up at 6 just to get breakfast started so I got smart…I baked this bad boy the night before so that I could crawl my lazy ass out of bed when it was time to wake the kids up. Of course that meant having to drop my kids off at school unshowered and hoping that no one would see me…but at least I had slept in!

Apple Bumpkin Breakfast Bake

Makes 12 pieces


3 tart apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1/2″ chunks

2-3 very ripe bananas, mashed

12 large eggs

14 ounce can pumpkin puree

14 ounce can full fat coconut milk

1/4 cup maple syrup (*optional)

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup ribbon coconut


Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan well with coconut oil. Toss chopped apples into the pan, spreading evenly over the bottom.

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Whisk in eggs, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, maple syrup (if using), vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Combine well. Pour over apples in pan.

Sprinkle the top of the mixture with sliced almonds and ribbon coconut. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes; until set. Cut into 12 pieces and serve hot or refrigerate to serve cold.

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26 Responses to Apple Bumpkin Breakfast Bake

  1. fallon says:

    Lol kids are too funny!! This looks so good. Look the creativity of coming up with new recipes.

  2. angela says:

    just want to tell you that we love, love, love this recipe!!!! we don’t add the maple syrup and it’s still sweet enough for us. my toddler and 8 month old eat it up for breakfast in no time! thanks for another great recipe!!!!

  3. Elisabeth says:

    Looks like a primal version of a baked oatmeal type dish, yum! Thinking of adding fresh apricots since they are in season around us. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Anna says:

    I made this today, and it is incredible. I was so excited that I immediately wrote it up to share on my website. We used 3 bananas and no maple syrup, and it was sweet enough for everybody, whether they usually eat sugar or not. Thanks for this amazing recipe!

  5. Kath says:

    I just made this recipe and it is great!! My green apples were small so I used 4. I used the maple syrup this time, but will probably use less next time . I just discovered your blog yesterday and I can’t wait to try some more recipes . I also love the story of how this dish got it’s name. My son can be challenging to get fruits and veggies into and he wanted to know if this was for everyone or just mom :) I told him that it made enough to share. Thanks again for a great make- ahead breakfast recipe .

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  7. margaret jones kilmartin says:

    Wondering if you could freeze this and have good results. I’m thinking double or triple batch and then slice and freeze. Anybody tried??? Thanks.

    • Tara says:

      I have never frozen it but I do have a piece in my fridge that I will try to freeze now! I will let you know how it freezes!

  8. WIAW 1.9.13 says:

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  10. Dan says:

    Ok I must say it tasted great BUT mine turned out like apple sauce hahaha is that what it’s dispose to turn out like?? It was very good but more saucy haha. Maybe I did something wrong

  11. Holly says:

    Just wondering how many cups of chopped apples (approx) it ends up being. I have tons of apples chunked and frozen in my freezer to use up.

  12. Heather SD says:

    Looks tasty! We’ll have to try this. I’m wondering if anyone has tried cooking it overnight in a crockpot… or, prepping it the night before, storing in the fridge, and then just baking in the morning??

  13. Sarah says:

    This looks awesome! But I cant eat bananas b/c they give me migraines. :( Is there any good substitutes? I need something I can eat on the go but alot of Paleo recipes contain bananas and I cant make them. Im new to all this and I am getting frustrated….Thank u!

    • Tara says:

      Don’t add the bananas if they make you sick! You can add a little more maple syrup to sweeten it and it won’t yield as much but it shouldn’t affect the recipe too much.

  14. Lindsey in AL says:

    This looks a lot like what we call pumpkin custard (except we don’t add apples, coconut or almonds) and I can’t wait to try it! I don’t think I would ever try a recipe called “pumpkin fritatta” unless I read it first so I don’t exactly blame your four year-old :)

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  16. Bekah says:

    This freezes great! I was the only person in my house willing to eat this so I ate it for three days and froze the rest. It thawed wonderfully, my only caution would be to make sure the pieces aren’t touching when you freeze them otherwise you end up with a big chunk of Bumpkin.

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