Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

When I woke up this morning, I knew all this crazy traveling was finally catching up with me. My throat hurt, my nose was stuffy, and I was exhausted. Plans for my usual Wednesday 6:30 a.m. run with the girls quickly went out the window; my alarm was reset and I finally dragged myself out of bed at 8. Since this is only 5 a.m. west coast time, I still considered it a success ;)


When I was in college, I never used to eat a real breakfast (tsk, I know). I would grab a banana on the way to class and then just wait until lunch. Since my body was used to not eating until later, I was never hungry in the morning. The only exception was on days I felt under the weather — on those days, I would make a little extra time to hit up the campus coffee shop and buy one of those Quaker Oatmeal Express “Baked Apple” instant oatmeal bowls, eating it on my way to class. The warm oats always soothed my throat and improved my spirits.


Today, I knew some oatmeal (and hot tea!) was in order — but not just ordinary oatmeal. Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. I know you guys see a lot of recipes for/pictures of oatmeal on blogs, but trust me, this one was worth sharing :)


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

makes 1 serving


  • 1/2 C old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C skim milk
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 2 hefty shakes cinnamon
  • 1/4 C pureed canned pumpkin
  • 1 tiny shake ground cloves
  • 1 tiny shake ground nutmeg
  • Handful frozen blueberries (optional)


Put the oats, milk, sliced banana, and cinnamon into a small pot on the stove. Stir continuously over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture gets thick and creamy (and starts slightly bubbling). Stir in the frozen blueberries now, if you like. Turn down heat to medium low and add in the canned pumpkin and a tiny shake each of ground cloves and ground nutmeg. These two spices make this recipe — don’t skip them!

Serve hot and enjoy :)


I spent the whole time I was eating this saying “mmmmmm.” It literally tasted just like pumpkin pie! Hard to believe there’s no added sugar — yay for ripe banana and flavorful spices. Please try this recipe, you won’t regret it.

Time to get back to studying — I missed a Food Science exam on Monday that I have to make up tomorrow morning. Plus, I need to hit up the DMV! That’s right, friends… I’m officially becoming a North Carolina resident. Here’s hoping I look cute in my new license photo ;) (And that I pass the written drivers test that I originally took in Virginia when I was 15… gah!)

What’s your favorite comfort breakfast when you’re feeling under the weather?


  1. 1

    My favorite comfort food breakfast is “dippy” eggs! And toast of course. I never used to eat the whites when I was little. I was so weird.

  2. 2

    Pumpkin Pie oats would lift my spirits too :)

    Love your bowl by the way :)

  3. 3

    That looks incredible! Will definitely be making this sometime.

  4. 4

    Mine comfort breakfast is definitely my mom’s recipe for homemade cinnamon pancakes!

  5. 5

    I read somewhere a long time ago that oatmeal is suppose to make you happier! I used to eat a bowl before every basketball game for energy. This looks awesome and I can’t wait to try…maybe a Thanksgiving breakfast item?!

  6. 6

    it’s weird… when I am feeling sick (if I can eat… or as soon as I can… ) I crave salty french fries. :) it’s usually how I know I am getting better.

    these oats look like they’d do the trick too! FEEL BETTER !

  7. 7

    looks fantastic! I love oatmeal and am always looking for new ways of eating it…

  8. 8

    Banana Oats are definitely my comfort food… sometimes I eat ’em for dinner :)

  9. 9

    I MUST make this! This time of year all I crave are apple and pumpkin pie flavored foods! :-)

  10. 10

    That looks yummy! If I really need comfort, I revert back to Natalia Rose’s pumpkin pie in a bowl. I find it rebalances me as well as tasting so good :)

  11. 11

    oh my – that sure does look like comfort in a bowl…YUMMO!

  12. 12

    I love pumpkin in any shape or form. Looks terrific. By the way, did you get a manual to study for the DMV written test. Georgia issues a booklet to study from.Good luck on your test tomorrow.

  13. 14

    Saw this as I was browsing my google reader at lunch…and now I’m sitting here eating it for snack. AWESOME recipe…I never would have thought about cooking bananas with the oatmeal but it works so well!

  14. 15

    HOLY.EFF. This looks amazing :)

  15. 16

    Oatmeal is the ticket!

  16. 17

    Oatmeal and green tea, no question.

  17. 18

    This recipe looks **a-MAZING!!** I am going to fix this one for my kids! I LOVE the recipes you put! Thank you for sharing!

  18. 19

    YUMM! Your oats look just like one of my favorite combos…LOVE adding the pumpkin + spices to my oats. It’s the best. :)

  19. 20

    I have been waiting for this recipe all day!!

    Also, I just became an official Texas resident (previously Illinois) and I went to the DMV thinking I was going to get an awesome new photo, and it turns out I look exactly the same as I did when I was 16…

  20. 22

    Is there a replacement for pumpkin…I know its a stupid question to ask but somehow I cant tolerate pumpkin…

  21. 24

    Good luck at the DMV!! Ugh I can’t imagine taking that test again…

    I love making pumpkin oats and then adding a microwaved apple at the end. Makes them even more fallish!!

  22. 25

    I just made this… though I added a bit of homemade vanilla… and it’s fabulous!

  23. 26

    mmm. I’ve been making mine w/the pie spices, plus cardamom, then I tossed in a few regular walnuts and top it when hot w/black walnuts and chopped apple. mmmm pumpkin & apple and a smidge of almond butter. or chocolate almond butter. mmmm and dried cranberries. Thanksgiving in a jar!

  24. 27

    Tried this recipe this morning and it was delish…I’m vegan so I used hemp milk and added raisins and little brown sugar. Made my morning!

  25. 28

    I made this oatmeal this morning and not only did I love it but my kiddos did as well! I love how sweet it was with the mashed bananas and blueberries. I love the mixture of spices as well! This recipe is a total keeper and one we will be making often! Thank you for posting!!

  26. 29

    Sounds delicious! Can you make this one in the mircrowave?

  27. 31

    I love pumpkin oats! So tasty!

  28. 32

    LOVE that bowl! You always have the cutest things!

  29. 33

    I LOVE the idea of adding pureed pumpkin and nutmeg to oatmeal! I eat oatmeal almost every day with more of the “usual” mix-ins (blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon, honey, etc.) – but this version is super creative – I’m really excited to try it tomorrow morning for breakfast :) Btw – it was so great meeting you at FoodBuzz Fest this past weekend! I’m really looking forward to following your blog :)

  30. 35

    When i’m under the weather, i LOVE fried egg sandwiches – not the healthiest but pure comfort food.

  31. 36

    Yum! this sounds absolutely delicious! look forward to it :)

  32. 37

    Wow this was awesome! I stumbled upon your blog while lying in bed this morning. I just bought some pumpkin randomly, with the intent of finding some way to eat it. Thanks!

  33. 38

    I have put banana in my oatmeal, but not in combination with the pumpkin pie.
    What I have done, however, instead of the cloves and nutmeg is simply use regular pumpkin pie spice.

  34. 39

    Is there any way to do this without the banana? I have an allergic type of reaction to bananas, and it seems to ruin every smoothie and oatmeal recipe out there.

  35. 41

    I love oatmeal, but I feel if I eat cereal vs protein as in yogurt or eggs, that I will not lose weight. Anyone else hve a problem with this?

    • 42

      It’s really just up to what you feel works for you! It’s good to have a mix of protein, carbs, and fat at breakfast (and all meals, really) to keep you satisfied. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, especially with the added pumpkin bulk, and the milk adds some protein. Add in some nuts and you have your fat, too! But if you prefer yogurt/eggs and think those hold you over better – that’s great, too! Just remember – carbs are not the enemy :)

  36. 43

    Sounds delicious. I will have to try it

  37. 44

    This actually sounds very good and I think I will give it a try

  38. 45

    Sounds yummy – I eat oatmeal at work every morning, I will have to bring my pumpkin pie spice and try adding that to the mix.

  39. 46

    Would I be able to use instant oatmeal instead of old fashioned? I have instant on hand, but would have to run t the store to get the other if necessary. I plan on making this for my family and then the boyfriend’s family on Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Sounds so delicious!

  40. 50

    I just made this today for my brekkie and it is seriously delectable!!! Glad to see it is already on Sparkrecipes, too, so I can add to my day. Can’t. Wait to make more of your recipes!

  41. 51

    This. looks. amazing. ;)

    I usually just buy the “pumpkin pie” spice, but may need to try the individual spices to switch it up!

  42. 52

    Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is something new for me. I think I’ll add raisins to your recipe and I’ll cook it in the next weekend. It will be an excellent breakfast for the family:) Thanks for sharing, Anne!

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