Fall is here and pumpkin season is in full swing! Hunt down and stock up on canned pumpkin. It may be a bit too cold for Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream so here’s a warm, satisfying bowl of pumpkin oatmeal instead. Compared to oatmeal made with just milk or water, pumpkin puree adds a wonderful creamy texture and subtle earthy flavor. This recipe is a tasty way to get your whole grains, healthy fats, dairy. fruit and vegetables into your breakfast. Elisabeth gave a wide-eyed look of satisfaction after one bite and I was amazed at how good this turned out. This is quite possibly the Peanut Butter Boy’s new favorite breakfast and perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving.


1/3 cup instant oats
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup skim or soy milk
1/4 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed (optional)
1/2 ripe banana
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon (8 shakes)
pinch of nutmeg (2 shakes)
pinch of ground ginger (2 shakes)
2-4 tsp maple syrup, to taste


1. Mix the oats, milk, pumpkin puree and cranberries (if using) in a medium microwave-safe bowl until pumpkin is dissolved. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.

2. Remove from the microwave and slice the 1/2 banana into the bowl. Microwave on high for an additional 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Watch closely so the oatmeal doesn’t cook over the edge of the bowl.

3. Remove from the microwave and stir in the peanut butter, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. Use the back of the spoon to mash the bananas and mix well. The more maple syrup you use, the more it will resemble a classic pumpkin pie. The final result:

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bowl
Servings per Batch 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Total Fat 18g
Total Carbohydrate 65g
Dietary Fiber 8.5g
Protein 17g
Filed in Breakfast, Gluten Free, Peanut Butter, Vegetarian

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  1. Congratulations on the new site Nick!
    It’s never too cold for ice cream if you ask me, but hey oatmeal is great too! O think it’s a great idea to put pumpkin puree in there. And it’s not only pumpkin oatmeal, it’s pumpkin pie! Gotta love it!

  2. Tina says:

    Sound like my heaven!!! Have you tried mixing peanut butter and canned pumpkin into a paste? It’s wonderful spread on toast!

  3. Sagan says:

    Ooh yumyum. Oatmeal is fantastic.

  4. rock says:

    nice one nick! I’ve actually done pumpkin oatmeal for a while but have never added banana or pb. If you ever want to mix it up, I find sunflower seeds taste really good in pumpkin oatmeal.

  5. Megan says:

    Cinnamon,oats,pumpkin,and maple in a bowl…a dream come true!

  6. zestycook says:

    Great combination of flavors NIck. I must say… I could not stop at one bowl of this – thats for sure.


  7. this is one of my favorite breakfasts! i haven’t tried it with peanut butter, though (which i totally need to do!)
    have a great day

  8. This morning, as I was driving home from an all together too early doctor appointment, I decided to stop off at whole foods and get some GF oats.

    Normally, I scan through emails and blogs as I eat breakfast, but today I thought I’d enjoy the oats in solitude – and wouldn’t you know it, had I looked I could’ve had pumpkin pie oatmeal! I almost put pumpkin pie spice in, almost, but i settled for cinnamon and strawberries…and no peanut butter in sight. Clearly, this is what I get for not checking your site more regularly…ah well, I know what i’m having for breakfast tomorrow.

    Also, I made the pumpkin pie ice cream – it turned out well, but getting the chunks of frozen peach to blend took like 20 minutes. Maybe I should’ve sliced it up in smaller pieces before freezing it. Anyway, it was quite good and the cinnamon snaps made it even better! (in answer to your question on my blog, I don’t remember non-GF cinnamon snaps, but my mother swears the mi-del ones are as good as the real thing.)

  9. Hi Nick!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    I like your addition of PB in the pumpkin oats! Gotta try that one!

  10. Nick says:

    Clubsycookie, I agree, it’s never too cold for ice cream, I even had it for lunch today!

    Tina, I haven’t yet but I’ve been meaning to! I’m going to make a recipe with it actually. That’s if I don’t forget of course.

    Rock, Oooh, sunflower seeds sound great. I recommend the PB and banana. The banana sweetens it just enough and the peanut butter makes it extra creamy and earthy.

    Megan, I’m hooked!

    Zesty, I have to. I tried eating what my girlfriend couldn’t finish and I was so overstuffed afterward it was insane.

    Gina, Give it a whirl!

    Dana, Haha, make it tomorrow, I am too, and let me know how you like it. I’m completely hooked on it, I think I might enjoy it even more than my banana pancakes.

    Krista, Sure thing, give it a try!

  11. Nick says:

    Dana, By the way, I think you might need a new blender! It shouldn’t take that long! I have a cheapo blender and use peaches cut into quarters and it works fine! Takes a few scoop downs with a spoon, but it works itself out within a couple minutes.

  12. Lauren says:

    Yum! I eat oatmeal almost every day and this is my basic recipe (spices, banana, PB, maple syrup or honey) minus the pumpkin. I actually saw a recipe for pumpkin oatmeal recently and tried to adapt it using sweet potato…ugh it was terrible, mostly because of the potatoey texture. Pumpkin would be much smoother. I guess it’s worth it to go track some down. Your photo is very persuasive :)

  13. What a wonderful idea to put pumpkin puree in oatmeal! I am going to bake a pumpkin today and will have leftover puree. This sounds like a healthy way to use up the leftover pumpkin. Thanks!

  14. Sharon says:

    Wow, looks great! Can’t wait for the other recipes! I’m going to go to the store and get some Pumpkin! =D

  15. Jessie says:

    YUM! Love it. Almost like dessert.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

  16. VeggieGirl says:

    May I have a bowl of that, please!?!?!?!??! :-D

  17. Mark Boxshus says:


    I must admit that I never eat breakfast, and only partake on special occasions. This oatmeal creation looks very tempting though.


  18. Michelle Ann says:

    Yum, yum!!!!! We have been making pumpkin butter buckwheat pancakes with topped with natural peanut butter and fresh blueberries. I die!

  19. Reeni says:

    This sounds so yummy! Jessie is right, it’s like having dessert for breakfast. And a healthy one at that.

  20. Nick says:

    Lauren, Haha thanks, I hope I’ve convinced you to buy a pumpkin or at least a can of it. You won’t be sorry, its absolutely delicious!

    Joie de vivre, Lemme know how it is with homemade pumpkin!

    Sharon, Please do, you’ll definitely want some for the next few recipes!

    Jessie, It truly is like a dessert. The more maple syrup you add the more it could almost be used as a pumpkin pie filling…Hmm, I wonder if I could modify it to be used as such.

    Veggiegirl, Please do!

    Doc, No breakfast? The most important meal? This oatmeal is the whole reason I get out of bed in the morning!

    Michelle Ann, Sounds great! You’ll probably like my next recipe then….

    Reeni, Healthy desserts cannot be turned down, that’s irresponsible.

  21. heather says:

    i love oatmeal!! this looks delicious! i’m sure that the PB, banana and pumpkin go amazingly well together :) Yum!

  22. yasmeen says:

    Nick,I eat oatmeal everyday and also making lot of pumpkin recipes but never though about combining both. thanks to you for the lovely breakfast idea:)

  23. This looks amazing! I can’t wait until my little guy is a year old so I can give him PB! He LOVES my oatmeal and usually eats half of it! :)

  24. Kristie says:

    I LOVE adding pumpkin puree to oatmeal. But the combo you’ve got here just takes it to all new heights. Sounds divine.

  25. I tried the kettle korn peanut butter popcorn-very very very tasty. I’m in love with PB, check out my blog!!

  26. Kevin says:

    Pumpkin pie oatmeal sounds really good. I like the way that peanut butter works with oatmeal.

  27. I get that, I really do. Great for a winter’s morning. Or anytime, come to that. ;-)

  28. i can’t wait to try this. i printed it out. yum!

  29. Hayley says:

    Looks like I found tomorrows breakfast!

  30. shandy says:

    Loved the breakfast. Super healthy. Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to feeding this to my child when he is old enough to eat this kind of food. A great way to sneak in a vegetable.

    I love the fact that I can get a vegetable into my breakfast, your child will love it! ~ Nick

  31. Susie says:

    I love this! I just found this website this morning and can’t get enough of it. This oatmeal is wonderful! I have some organic, healthy oatmeal that tastes horrible, and this is the first time I could make it edible. I’ll be making this often.

    Thanks! This oatmeal is addicting, the pumpkin and the banana make it so creamy. Even without syrup it’s just sweet enough. And considering you’re getting fruits and vegetables into your breakfast….well…that’s just outstanding in my opinion =) ~ Nick

  32. Looks great! I love the nutrition facts. Most blogs don’t provide that information.

  33. Shelby says:

    One of my favorite fall/winter/all year round breakfasts!!! ;)

  34. Miz says:

    hey, would you ever wanna do a guest post for me?
    on anything peanutbuttttery!

    id love it.

  35. Lu says:

    I always put peanut butter in my oatmeal, especially if we are camping. Best satisfying meal ever. However, the addition of the pumpkin and cinnamon makes it even more amazing. Why did I not think of this sooner? Thank you for bringing this to attention. You rock.

    • Nick says:

      Haha, thanks Lu! Add the pumpkin, cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup and you will be amazed. I even blended this oatmeal once and baked it in a pie crust! The only problem was it didn’t bake up quite the same (despite adding 1 egg). I’ll have to experiment more with it this year.

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