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Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl

This is your new favorite breakfast.

pumpkin bowl

Or rather, my new favorite breakfast.

This delicious breakfast recipe is superfilling (and keeps you full for a long time), and it’s extremely easy and quick to prepare.

I don’t usually eat the same thing for breakfast more than two days in a row, because there are way too many delicious Healthy Breakfast Recipes out there (pancakes! oatmeal! waffles!). But this one’s so good that it’s all I’ve been craving the last four days.

pumpkin breakfast

Pumpkin Bread in a Bowl

(can be gluten-free)

Inspired by Banana Bread Cereal.

  • 1/3 c canned pumpkin (or cooked pumpkin or sweet potato puree)
  • 3/4 c milk of choice
  • 1 cup flake cereal (I like spelt flakes, but bran, corn, etc will work. Some people have even used oatmeal!)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • sweetener (such as stevia, sugar, or even maple syrup)
  • optional: chocolate chips, pecans

Blend all ingredients together. The cereal will have a thin consistency at first, but if you leave it in the fridge (after blending) for even just 10 minutes, it starts to get really thick! I usually make it before I run, and it’s the consistency of thick pudding by the time I return.

Click to see the Nutrition Information.

If you’re using the optional pecans or chocolate chips, you can either blend them right in or sprinkle them on top after serving.


Above, swirled with Vegan Cool Whip.

I like to blend things: Any things. All things. When you blend a bunch of ingredients, the individual flavors fuse together, for one amazing new taste. By blending this recipe, you get pumpkin, vanilla, spice, and crunch all in one delicious spoonful. I swear, one of these days I’m going to try blending a pb&j sandwich…

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Published on September 29, 2011

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  1. Robin says

    This looks delicious, and it’s a perfect breakfast for the weather we have been having. I am craving the flavours of fall, but with these summer temperatures pumpkin oats just won’t do. Luckily your blog brings me a solution to all my food-y problems.

  2. PBnJ Fam says

    O-M-G!!! By the time I got to the ingredient list of today’s post… I was already gathering the necessities!! It is in my fridge right now waiting to thicken… I don’t know how I missed the banana bread in a bowl post… I thought I had scoured every nook and cranny of your page looking at your recipes! :0) Katie, you inspire me EVERY day with something new and exciting!! Thank you for your genius ideas and your willingness to share them with the world. BTW – I love to blend things too! (not quite as creative as you, but I am always down to try new things)

  3. Katherine says

    I opened up your blog as I was eating breakfast this morning, and we must think alike – I was having pumpkin pecan oatmeal! I’m definitely gonna have to give this a shot when I get pumpkin at the grocery store this weekend. October means that it’s time for pumpkin soups, pumpkin smoothies, and of course, pumpkin breakfasts!

  4. Jenna says

    Oh yum! You’re speaking straight to my heart! 🙂 My husband & I have been putting money aside for about a year now so that we can by a vitamix or blendtech. Your recipes alone totally justify the expense! 🙂 This breakfast looks great, Katie! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  5. Bianca- Vegan Crunk says

    That looks amazing! And it gives me an awesome idea for how to use a half-used can of Rice Whip in my fridge. I bought it for pumpkin pie, but that’s all gone. Who woulda thought I could put it on my breakfast?!

  6. Jennifer JCD says

    Mmmm…. perfect recipe!

    As for blending that PB&J sandwich, I’ve made a Sunbutter and Jam smoothie before, and Sunbutter and Jam oatmeal… both are exceptional – try it!

  7. Meg says

    I almsot always put my oatmeal in the fridge before eating it – it thickens up SO much 🙂 Good tip

    This looks amazing and so perfect for fall, Katie 😀

  8. Melissa says

    Yum! I bet it would be amazing with vanilla yogurt instead of milk & some pumpkin pie spice. I am having an affair with pumpkin pie spice right now–shhh, don’t tell cinnamon!

  9. Natasha says

    You little pumpkin temptress…
    On an unrelated note – I’ve had a horrible past 2 days…one of my birds (we have 3 – now 2 and a dog…) escaped when our smoke detector went off – it was my fault…a pan on the stove started smoking – the fire alarm went off – the 2 cockatiels were out of their cage – and in a panick – I opened the door to put the smoking pan outside and the male flew over my head.
    There is more to the story – but it is too sad…and I have the heaviest heart.
    I wanted to thank you for you and your site – today as my eyes are swollen from crying, and I feel like nothing can make me smile – you do.
    Thank you Katie – for a ray of sunshine on a very cloudy day.
    – Natasha

      • Sarah says

        Oh Natasha! I am SO sorry about your bird! I hope he comes back- you never know- all manner of pets come back after time, its always in the news. Never give up hope though! Not to mention somehow, some way, pets always know their way back home! Hugs and more hugs

    • Alison says

      Hi Jenn, I’m living in the UK at the moment and the only canned pumpkin I have ever seen was from a package my mom sent me. I saw a while ago that Waitrose had some Libby’s canned pumpkin on their website, however as Katie said you could get yourself a sugar pumpkin and roast it yourself, or since I can’t find many pumpkins where I am here, I use butternut squash that I cut in half and roast and then scoop out the insides. Makes an acceptable stand-in!

      But I’d check out Waitrose, however my mom said it’s been hard to find it back home this year again. Hope this helps!

  10. katie @KatieDid says

    I usually don’t prefer to blend things just because I love having the individual tastes and textures. For example I’d rather eat a big bowl of yogurt topped with berries, some cereal, peanut butter etc.. than take all those and blend it into a uniformed smoothie. Just my preference…. but this still looks totally delicious and gorgeous pictures of it, as always!

  11. Sarah says

    Since when are chocolate chips on this blog optional 🙂 ? I love blending. and cutting. and tearing. and smushing. and mashing. And anything that allows me to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy! No, i was NOT watching Magic School Bus while eating my breakfast and singing the theme song all day cuz that’s um… totally accurate. I would loooooooove me some blended nutella sandwich 🙂

  12. Lisa says

    yum! what an interesting, and quite frankly delicious looking, idea!!!
    pumpkin bread is amazingggg. and cool whip would make an awesome addition 🙂

  13. Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking says

    What a great idea! I love that you used cereal in it!

    Oh and speaking of cereal…

    Check out my GIVEAWAY!

    I think you’ll find it tasty and yummy 🙂

  14. Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) says

    I LOVE your banana bread in a bowl so much, and I think I’ll love this EVEN MORE!! I am making a trip to get some pumpkin at the weekend so I can make this and your pumpkin bars! Mmm this would be SO GOOD with a crumbled one on top! 😀

  15. Lenna says

    I am also a huge fan of blending things! I think I can blend anything. Blended soups taste so much better than the unblended stuff. Blended oatmeal is something totally different than the old boring regular oats. We should start a blending club 😀

    • Stacy says

      love the blending club idea. I’m a new convert to healthy smoothies (vs. the ones they sell at the frou frou shops) and I’m loving these ideas!

  16. Maya says

    Looks great! I finally found pumpkin yesterday at Target (and had to walk 2 miles with 35 pounds of groceries, thanks in part to these large cans) and can’t wait to make this!

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