Saturday Breakfast, Gluten-Free Breakfast Quesadillas

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Saturdays. Sweet, sweet Saturdays.

It seems like a recurring theme for me. I always try to pretend like I am going to steal some time for myself come Friday evening, like I am going to sleep in, no matter what the rest of the family need on Saturday morning! . Most stay-at-home moms will probably understand that sentiment. I FINALLY have an extra pair of hands home for two full days and I won’t have to rush out of bed to get the day started, get lunches packed, get kids motivated to do their morning routines to get off to school without their teachers or peers knowing JUST how close we are each morning to NOT making it to school in one piece {let alone with a special-diet lunch & snack in tow for two kids}.

Every week on Friday evening, I take a deep breathe and celebrate the weekend, and I tell myself, “I am totally sleeping in in the morning.”. 

Every Saturday morning, I wake up {halfway} to a nursing baby who has been by my side since the first time he cried from his crib in the middle of the night. I wake up a little more when my seven year old come and wraps her little arms around me and steals all of my fuzzy cover for herself. And then, I wake up almost completely by the time my five year old makes himself a nest in the bend of my knees and starts whispering, “Momma. Momma, is it time for breakfast yet?”

He is a boy after his Mommy’s heart! Breakfast is hands-down my favorite mealtime. I am a waffle-a-holic, a crepe-addict (never planning to recover, either), and a lover of breakfast muffins and breads! But, today, I was in the mood for some eggs, and so I set the kids up with a cartoon, waited on my husband to roll out of bed and start a pot of coffee, and I began whipping up all the fixings for some breakfast quesadillas: got some nitrite-free bacon cooking in the oven, had some organic refried beans warming in a small saucepan, and scrambled up some beautiful pastures eggs.  I oiled the griddle with a little coconut oil and placed a brown rice tortilla down {I had some from Trader Joe’s}. The, I smeared some refried beans onto the tortilla, piled on some eggs & some bacon pieces, and topped with another brown rice tortilla. I let it all crisp up a bit and then flipped. I cooked that side to a golden brown and then transferred to a cutting board to cool and slice.

Me and Daddo  {this is my husbands official father name, by the way} had some salsa Verde and some raw cheddar cheese on ours and called it a delicious start to our day! Hope yours was delicious, too!

PUMPKIN PIE ChiaSCAKE

Delcious layers of pumpkin and a cheesecake you don't have to feel guilty about eating.
Delcious layers of pumpkin and a cheesecake you don’t have to feel guilty about eating.

PUMPKIN PIE ChiaSCAKE

Have I mentioned that I LOVE THE FALL ~ well, I haven’t mentioned it yet today, so there it is. Guilty!

My husband would tell you that I have been distracted as of late. My kids would likely say that I have not been a “good listener”. Well, if you could be a fly on the wall of my brain, you would know perfectly well that all this spaciness is due to the pumpkin eclipse that occurs once a year in October!  All I can think about is pumpkin : how crazy we should get with carving, which grocer to grab from, which patch to patron, and mostly, what creative pumpkin concoctions can I come up with in the kitchen?!

This year, I really wanted to test out an idea for a pumpkin cheesecake. Being dairy free, this would be a pumpkin cheesecake without cheese. Yes, you read that right. Many of the dairy-free cheesecake recipes call for vegan cream cheese. This is not my favorite option. I really wanted to find a different way to do a dairy-free cheesecake, one that seemed somewhat healthy and had no artificial ingredients and no cane sugar. So, my creative juices started to flow down a pumpkin path of a freezer cake, a layered freezer cake, and I thought about the creaminess I can get from chia seeds, like with the chia pudding that I sometimes make.  This is what I came up with:


This recipe is done in stages, but it is not difficult, so please don’t let the long explanation scare you off. I suggest reading through the instructions before you begin so that you can plan for each step.

LAYERED PUMPKIN PIE FREEZER ChiaSCAKE

Prior to making your cake/pie, soak 1/2 cup pecans and 1 cup of cashews in the refrigerator (seperately) for two hours. If you can plan ahead, it is easy to simply soak them in the fridge over night.


THE CRUST

{This part is a work in progress. I loved the flavor of this crust, but the consistency was a bit too gooey to me and made the pieces hard to serve, I will revise when I come up with a better solution, but my next try will be more nuts and less dates} :

1/2 cup pecans (or nut of choice), soaked for at least 2 hours and drained
10 medjool dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Combine in food processor or blender. Press a thin, even layer into a glass pie pan or a 6-cup pyrex dish (8x6x2)*
Set aside and move on to the PUMPKIN PIE LAYER.

THE PUMPKIN PIE LAYER
1 can of organic pumpkin puree
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 cup coconut milk, full fat
1/3 cup organic maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
pinch salt
I always opt for the simplest method possible. I combined all the ingredients into my Vitamix and blended until smooth. (You may see some specs from the chia seeds. This is okay)  Spoon the mix over the crust and smooth out with a spatula. Stick in the freezer while you rinse out your blender and move onto your ChiasCAKE LAYER.

THE ChiasCAKE LAYER
1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 2 hours and rinsed)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Combine all the ingredients for the ChiaSCAKE Layer into your Vitamix or blender. Blend, starting on low and moving up to higher speeds, until you reach a thick, creamy consistency. There may be some specs from the chia seeds again. This is okay. Take the dish out of the freezer and add this layer to the top.

Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve, take the freezer cake out of the freezer and thaw on the counter for 20-30 minutes, just until it is thawed enough to cut into pieces. Cut and serve.

The first time we tried this, I was not sure how the flavors would go over for the kids (they are 5 and 7). They looked at it skeptically at first, which could always go either way. After the first bite, I could see it written all over their faces. We had a winner, folks! They were soon licking their forks clean and asking {politely, of course} for another piece.  {Music to a momma’s ears.}  2 pieces each for breakfast the next morning and 1 more for an after-dinner-dessert and we managed to polish off this cake in close to a 24 hour period. Not too shabby!  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

~Happy Dairy-Free Cheesecake eating ~