Pie for Breakfast. Umm, sort of…

There are two types of people in this world: pumpkin people and non-pumpkin people. I for one am a die-hard pumpkin person and would have figured that all people are pumpkin people, however I heartbrokenly learned at an early age that there are non-pumpkin people lingering among us as well since my best friend in 3rd grade did not share a love for pumpkin pie nearly as much as I did. Look, if I could have pumpkin pie for every single meal for 365 straight days, I would be a happy camper. I suppose I could if I really wanted to, but convincing our team cooks to whip up a pumpkin pie mid stage race is not on the traditional cyclist menu. I agree, odd, but true.

Please chime in here among the comments section and tell me if you’re a p.p. or a n-p.p, cause I’m curious how the percentages break down. I’m hedging my bets on 98:2.

Anyway today’s entry consists of a quick recipe that I’ve been enjoying regularly out here in sunny-CA, which I’ve dubbed Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast. Because I’m a cyclist and there are certainly more than enough nutrition-nuts out there ready to rain on everyone’s eating parade, I should also throw into the fray that this is a HEALTHY Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast. Therefore to all you wacky health aficionados: rest assured that you’re not letting yourself go at all here with this delicious morning treat! This is not an actual pumpkin pie with a generous dollop of whipped cream, which we’ll all* enjoy on the final Thursday of November.


1 stove
1 bowl
1 spoon
1 cup H2O
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 big ol’ handful of raisins
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1 pinch of ground clove
1 heafty spoonful of pumpkin puree
1 heafty spoonful of yogurt – plain, vanilla, maple, and even coffee flavors all work magnificently.

To show how easy it is to make this, I will put the instructions into a single sentence format:

Boil the water on the stove with the salt in the pot and a cover on the pot since it will boil much faster and therefore more efficiently, meanwhile collect your oats and spices and raisins into a bowl and when the water boils toss the mixture from inside of the bowl to inside of the pot and let that simmer away with a slightly lower stove setting, let’s go with a bit above LOW, as well as the lid slightly askew to allow steam to escape from the pot, while at the same time you should set the timer for five minutes and stir every now and again to make sure the spices/oats/raisins are cooking in an even and un-stick-to-the-bottom fashion, and when the timer goes off I recommend taking the pot off the stove and tossing both the pumpkin puree and the yogurt into the pot (and if you’re feeling like you need some more calories and/or want to further satisfy your sweet tooth, perhaps add a teaspoon of brown sugar or molasses or maple syrup or one sugar cane – although that might be cumbersome to eat), mix that up for 10 seconds of vigorous stirring, then dump the entire mixture into your eagerly awaiting bowl and eat with your spoon.

See?! EASY!

No lie, to the health nerds, let’s break this down: it is oatmeal and raisins which are healthy. They say ginger and cinnamon are healthy. Pumpkin puree is 100% pumpkin puree which is a freakin’ squash and chalk full of vitamins and amazing taste and therefore healthy. Furthermore this recipe really jaw droppingly delicious. The yogurt gives it a creamy and velvety smooth texture which accentuates the hearty pumpkin and oat combo. The raisins and (if you use non-plain yogurt) yogurt are sweet. Frick… it’s heaven in a bowl.

Eat. Be merry. PIECE!

… o’ pie.

*except for your n-p.p. out there.


  1. Anthony

    Once I try this out I am sure I will owe you big! Been looking for a way to get pumpkin into more meals during the day. Can’t wait to have a pumpkin filled day with some pumpkin occupying a place in my lunch, dinner and now even breakfast…

    Oh and obviously I am a pumpkin person

  2. DaveH

    I’m a definite pumpkin-pie person, I LOVE it. I also loved mincemeat pie (not the real meat stuff), but that’s not around so much. It’d be close for my top love between those two, but I’ll pick a good pumpkin pie over most any other this Thanksgiving season, or anytime! 😀

  3. corinne

    Definitely not, which makes all the food blogs I follow pretty depressing for October and half of November. Just made some tasty breakfast cookies, though… http://www.cookiemadness.net/2009/07/blueberry-lemon-cornflake-cookies/

  4. Ben Civiletti

    n. p. p. ….but i love breakfast!

  5. mike

    Definitely n.p.p. person. Sorry, though I think your percentages are probably close, because every fall I am inundated with offers from pumpkin pie people to “have a taste.” Once they find out you are n.p.p., they never forget.

  6. EJ

    This sounds great! Going to try it this week. Oh and I am a P.P.!

  7. Susan Tomlinson

    Pumpkin pie is simply. the. BEST.

  8. Rie

    Definitely a pumpkin person. Pumpkin soup, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin latte, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin brownie, bring them on! Except I’m not a huge pumpkin pie fan. Does that automatically disqualify me? It’s a texture thing.

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  10. Douglas

    Way PP person. Think I’ll whip up a normal PP this afternoon now that I’m feeling inspired! I can’t wait to try this for breakfast.

  11. Becky

    I am 100% PP. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) I married an N.P.P. Which means, if I make a pie, I have to eat the entire thing myself. There may not be sunday scones tomorrow – only breakfast pie. Oh wait, there’s apple pie on the counter – I might have to finish that one too before I go with pumpkin oatmeal.

  12. Cody Sovis

    I am a pumpkin pie person and proud of it. Turkey is not over until I have finished off an entire pie and fallen into a sweaty, fever-like delirium/nap. I’m trying out the recipe tomorrow morning, most certainly. We are all awaiting your cook book, Tedly….”Meals on Wheelz with Ted King” (insert cheesy photo for cover)….

  13. Celey

    Sounds awesome. Totally a pumpkin pie lover . . . need to try this recipe out soon!!

  14. Kevin

    I am pro pumpkin pie, but I’m not really into any other sort of pumpkin based savory conceits. I also think that pumpkin beer is foul, and would neither drink it, nor brew it for others.

  15. Danielle


    But your recipe sounds yum; I may try it….with the pumpkin left out.

  16. Michelle C

    I had no idea there was such a thing as a n.p.p…. I have yet to meet one of these strange creatures.

  17. davinOLY

    Pumpkin person, but living out of too many kitchens right now to fully accomplish the purpose of autumn in North America.

  18. Marieke

    Coming from Europe: we do not have pumpkin pie!! But, last October, I was in Canada and celebrated Thankgivings with friends and had my first pumpkin pie: LOVING IT!! Your recipe sounds very good to, if only I can get my hands on a pumpkin…..

  19. j hocking

    definately a pumkin pie person. I think I will make this for breakfast tomorrow…and add some toasted pecan for crunch.

  20. loopybunny

    Pumpking person! (I actually baked pumpkin bread this morning!) Not a huge fan of pie though. I usually just eat the pumpking filling and leave the crust.

  21. ItsMeCiro

    Oh yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Bring on that pumpkin ,,, everything. Agree with loopybunny though no need for the crust let’s just go for the pumpkin. I make my pumpkin pie without the crust and it is deeelicious! This posting missed my 4:00 pm EST breakfast deadline so looking forward to tomorrow morning.

  22. Carl Hofmann

    I’m a pumpkin person…but so is our Golden Retriever Hannah! She loves it raw and couldn’t get enough when we were carving ours a few weeks back. She should get half a vote.

  23. Jen

    I was a n-p.p. for the first 22.25 years of my life. Last fall, I decided to give it another chance. It was love at first taste, and the last year has been one of the happiest of my life.

  24. Laura

    What about those of us who are pumpkin people but decidedly not in favour of the pied variety? If it’s in soup, risotto, curry, etc I’m totally there, but in its pie incarnation it’s a big “Ew, no thank you” from me.

  25. MRB

    TK you know I’m NPP all the way but the people need to see my vote. I think your percentages are probably pretty accurate in general although apparently not with you faithful followers as there have been far more NPPs than I expected! Fun fact: any recipe with pumpkin in it is immediately enhanced when substituted with blueberries.

  26. Marcus

    Great sounding recipe. Will have to try.

    Curious however whether this is just a snack or meant as a pre long ride breakfast? Seems like a small meal.

    Definitely a ppp although I started at a late age.

  27. Brenda

    n.p.p. But I do adore roasted pumpkin,especially with Brussels sprouts. I also make a mean pumpkin tomato bisque soup. I also love oats for breakfast, so I am looking forward to trying your recipe.

  28. Heather

    Add another p.p. vote and yum…this sounds divine.

  29. BigRinger

    Just went out and bought two large cans of Pumpkin Puree… can’t wait to try this out.

  30. Carol

    P.P. fo’sho!

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  33. Rica

    I have a feeling most of us born and raised in the Northeast/New England area are naturally P.P.P. I’ve been making this for years, only with the derivation of putting in a bit of unsweetened applesauce instead of yogurt and a drizzle of agave or maple syrup.

    LOVE it!

  34. Chickey

    P.P. 4-eva

  35. alison

    sorry – kind of n.p.p. I choose apple first, but I’m down with p.p.p.s. I’m slowly coming around. Maybe this recipe could push me over to the dark, I mean, pumpkin side.

  36. J Maher

    Ted, I am definately a pumpkin person. Look forward to trying the recipe- your old friend Mrs M

  37. firwave

    P.P. Have some frozen Long Island Cheese squash out thawing to try your recipe tomorrow…

  38. Conniedl

    Pumpkin person! Just made some great maple oatmeal pumpkin muffins. Lo cal too!

    Recipe upon request.

  39. Jennifer Katz

    I am Pro-Pumpkin! One day I will have a pumpkin filled wedding… (Will you marry me? We can combine our love of pumpkin, peanut butter, and cycling… just a thought!)

  40. Micah

    N-p.p. here. Give me some pecan or some chocolate. Or better yet, both!! (That’s derby pie for the unenlightened.)

  41. William

    P.P. Inspired by your post. Will branch out on the breakfast theme with pumpkin-buckwheat pancakes and some nutmeg/cinnamon whipped cream over the holiday. Maybe even go savory on a few- make the whipped cream unsweetened and finish with some sauteed shiitake mushrooms or something. Maybe not.

  42. Jesse

    Kind of a pumpkin pie person – not in one of your categories! I hated it for decades but will eat a small slice of a really good recipe now. I love sweet potato pie but it’s pretty hard to come by now that I’m not in the south so pumpkin will have to do!

    Recipe looks good though 🙂

  43. George

    P.P. And my wife is a super p.p.


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