Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hi, friends! I have an incredible, protein-packed, and easy recipe that you guys are going to love. It’s perfect as a make-ahead breakfast during the week or a lazy weekend brunch. A huge thank you to Muuna for partnering with me on this blog post!

Guys, I might just eat this Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake every morning for the rest of my life. For real. It’s so, so, soooo good.


When I first tasted this breakfast bake, I literally said out loud: “Damn, that’s good.” And I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. The flavor is absolutely delicious (hello, pumpkin spice!) and the texture reminds me of a soft, warm muffin. Mmm!


It’s also so simple to make (just blend and bake), so it’s a great make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or laid-back weekends. All you need to do is reheat it in the morning. Easy-peasy.


But the best part about this recipe is just how perfect it is for starting your morning off on the right foot. Made with rolled oats, pumpkin, eggs, cottage cheese, and walnuts, it’s a wholesome, nutritious, and balanced way to start your day.


One of the main ingredients in this recipe is lowfat plain Muuna cottage cheese, which is, oh, so tasty. Its creamy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness is paired with real fruit (minus the artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners) and loaded with protein– more so than other cottage cheese brands and even some Greek yogurts on the market.


For example, the Muuna lowfat plain has 19 grams of protein per serving compared to just 10 grams per serving of another brand of cottage cheese that we sometimes buy. How great it that?! And, I swear, the Munna is so much creamier!

Muuna comes in single-serve cups that are travel-friendly, portion-controlled, and perfect for snacking– for both adults and kids. Qman lovvvves the pineapple and mango flavors!


I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about Muuna. It’s a new product, so it’s showing up on store shelves as we speak, but feel free to check if it’s sold near you.


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Pumpkin Spice Protein Bake

  • Author: Tina


  • 1.5 cups quick oats
  • 5.3 ounces Muuna lowfat plain cottage cheese
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites (or 3 whites from shell)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine above ingredients, except walnuts, in a food processor for about 60 seconds. Batter should be a little chunky.
  2. Prepare a 9 X 9 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and then pour the batter inside. Smooth the top of the batter with a spatula and then sprinkle with walnuts.
  3. Bake for 32-34 minutes until cooked all the way through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy with maple syrup or a big scoop of Muuna cottage cheese.


Makes 9 Servings


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Protein: 9



  1. Cottage cheese is one of my best baking secrets! Like applesauce, it adds a lot of moisture without the bad stuff or unneeded fat. These sound amazing and I am definitely dreaming of one for breakfast tomorrow!

  2. Im going to make this tonight!

    Random question — do you have recommendations on protein powder to use while pregnant? This would be my first venture into the world of protein powder, not sure what to look for! Thanks in advance

  3. This sounds tasty and I need some new ideas for quick breakfasts other than Rx bars. Could you include the nutritional info?

  4. I have always wanted to like cottage cheese, but have never given it a fair shake…this recipe looks and sounds delicious, I’m going to try it!

  5. Wow, protein cottage cheese, noticed too from the ingredient list that it’s not too bad on sugars (4g per serving?) that could work in a lot stuff! thanks for this recipe! (especially for providing another protein supplement besides protein powder!)

  6. I have made this twice now and put cinnamon in it the second time and it REALLY made the flavor pop. Great recipe!

  7. I tried this today and really like it! I sprinkle cinnamon on top and drizzle a little pure maple syrup and it reminds me of French toast!!!

  8. Going to be making this as part of meal prep this weekend. Have you tried portioning it out and freezing individual portions?

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