Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal

That 5 a.m. alarm sure came early this morning!

After getting out of our normal early-morning workout routine for the past couple of weeks, it honestly felt good to be working out before the sun came up.

There’s just something about checking my workout off my to-do list first thing in the morning that sets my day in motion in a positive way. It’s those endorphins, I’m tellin’ ya.

Some unforeseen great news? Our drive to the gym only took us 11 minutes! That’s nine less than we initially predicted!


My workout began with 20 minutes on the elliptical beside Ryan. We laughed because we both felt more fatigued than usual. I guess skipping 5 a.m. workouts for a few weeks will do that to you. (Side note: If you want to be a morning gym-goer but can’t seem to get yourself out of bed, you may enjoy this past PBF post: How to Work Out in the Morning.)

After our time on the elliptical, Ryan and I split up to do our own weights workouts.

My session included three sets of 15 repetitions of the following:

  • Leg extensions
  • Hamstring curls
  • Tricep pulldowns
  • Chest press
  • One-legged leg extensions
  • Super set: Bicep curls + Front shoulder raises
  • Super set: Push ups (on my knees) + 30 bridges 
  • Ab work on exercise ball


When we came home from the gym, I made us a hot breakfast. It sure feels good to have access to not only a legitimate kitchen but also all of my usual kitchen supplies.

Since it’s almost September, I figured a fall favorite – pumpkin oatmeal – was appropriate.

I changed up my usual pumpkin protein oats a bit and made pumpkin banana oatmeal for us to enjoy.


Pumpkin Banana Oatmeal

Serves 2

Prep time: 3 minutes

Cook time: 6 minutes


  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 large banana, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Nutmeg, to taste


  • Boil 1 3/4 cup water
  • Add oats and reduce to medium heat
  • Allow oats to cook for three minutes
  • Add half of the banana slices and brown sugar to the oats and continue to cook on medium heat for another minute
  • Stir in pumpkin and cinnamon
  • Allow to cook until oats thicken, about two to three more minutes
  • Pour oats into a bowl, top with remaining banana slices and sprinkle with nutmeg


This breakfast tasted like fall in a bowl.


And speaking of fall, I am so over the heat in Florida right now. As Ryan and I were moving a bunch of boxes into our new rental house yesterday, it was in the 90s and we were dripping sweat. I cannot wait for the days of scarfs, boots and cuddling on the couch wrapped in a blanket. We have a good two months to go before that happens in Ocala…

Question of the Morning

  • What is your favorite season? Why?

When I lived in Illinois I loved summer. Now that I live in Florida, I’m all about the fall! I love the beginning of the holiday season and I feel like fall just has a certain coziness to it that I adore.


  1. says

    Those pumpkin banana oats looks delicious! I can’t wait to bring pumpkin back into my life! 🙂 My favorite season is fall! There is nothing like the leaves changing, the cool breezes. Of course pumpkin flavored foods, apple picking and my favorite of all, uggs!! 🙂


  2. says

    Loving your oats this morning! I’m jealous you can find pumpkin…I’ve been hoarding one jar since last fall and am afraid to use it because I can’t find more (I’m weird like that).

    I absolutely LOVE fall! I’m totally putting up all of my fall decorations this Thursday…it IS September 1st and all. 😉


  3. says

    I’m so excited that you’re in your house early- must feel amazing!

    I’m checking out your post because I’d like to learn how to work out first thing in the morning- it’s never been my thing.

    PS- Fall. 100%, hands down, the best season. Especially in NC!


  4. Megan says

    I agree with everyone else. I love, love, love fall! The food, the fashion, even the beer is better in the fall 🙂 Pumpkin beer anyone? Yum!


  5. Cait says

    that looks delicious Julie! I love that you used to live in a town that is not that far from me so you understand our midwest crazy weather ha. I’m still loving the fall and just hope it gets here soon 🙂


  6. Megan says

    Favorite season of all time is def the FALL! I love all the pretty colors the tree’s turn. The golden and vibrant flowers, the leaves crunching under your feet as you walk outside. The cool breeze that blows out of the mountains. Its not freezing but its cold enough to have on a light sweater, some pretty boots and a scarf. Visiting the apple orchards and smelling that sweet aroma of fresh apple pie’s being baked! Most importantly celebrating my anniversary with my love! Yay for fall!!


  7. says

    I made protein pancakes this morning and used pumpkin pie spice and chia seeds…it was wonderful!

    Although I am super shocked that you didn’t bust out the vitamix and make a smoothie! 🙂


  8. says

    Ah! Everyone had pumpkin oats this morning and it’s making me so jealous!! I had oatmeal – WHY did I not think to add pumpkin??

    Autumn is most absolutely my favorite season – the crisp days, the awesome wardrobe, best weather to run in…seriously can’t get enough of it.


  9. says

    It feels like Autumn here so this would be the perfect breakfast (in Ireland!). The seasons are ahead of themselves, there are good points like the early array of blackberries on offer for picking! I really want to make more pumpkin recipes, I don’t think tinned pumpkin is easy to come by here though 🙁 This looks yum!


  10. says

    It’s starting to get a tad bit cooler in the NE and I’m loving it! Spring is my favorite season after a really cold winter and Fall is my favorite after a really hot summer. 🙂 I’ll be moving to FL soon, so I’m pretty sure Fall will be my favorite from here on out!


  11. says

    Fall is my favorite season hands down. I love the crispness in the air, the pumpkin flavored everything and the sound of leaves crunching under my boots.

    New York feel like fall this morning. There’s a nice chill in the air.


  12. says

    I totally agree about fall! Growing up in jersey i loved summer!!! but now since here in florida we just have 2 seasons (cold and hot lol) i really miss spring and fall!


  13. says

    Even though I live in Illinois, fall is my favorite season by far. I live for hoodies, jeans, bonfires, and the sound of leaves crunching under my feet. Lately, the mornings have had that crisp, cool fall feeling and I am loving it! I can’t wait for it to stay a little cooler all day long.


  14. Tracy @ Tracy's Treats says

    I feel the exact same way you do! When I used to live in South Florida I loved the fall – absolutely perfect weather. When I lived in Chicago, summer was my favorite season – the city came alive then. Now that I live in Austin, I’m reverting back to being a fall-lover!


  15. says

    Woooo another pumpkin sighting! I’m still not ready for summer to be over, but I did bust out some pumpkin in the form of a Green Monster last week! My favourite season is summer – I’m a warm weather girl through and through!


  16. Karen says

    The pumpkin banana oats look so good and I think I need to pick myself up some pumpkin this week. I live in Illinois and I LOVE fall. It’s my favorite season for sure as I love boots, sweaters, fall decorations, Halloween, candy corn, pumpkin bread, cookies, oatmeal and the list goes on. I can’t wait for it to be cool for an entire week. Have a great Monday!


  17. says

    I always love anything pumpkin… thanks for sharing!

    Before I moved to Utah, Spring was always my favorite season (in CA & AZ). It was always the perfect 70-80 degree weather. Now living in Utah, my favorite season is definitely Fall. I love the leaves changing colors and the cool, crisp air!


  18. says

    My favorite season always used to be fall when I lived in MN. But now, living in Palm Beach, I love summer- beachin’ it up, refreshing smoothies, and living in my bathing suit on the weekends! Spring is another favorite- great running weather and tons of 5Ks to sign up for!


  19. Amanda says

    I’m so with you on this heat. We are in Houston and it should be called Sauna, Texas instead. 107 yesterday and 106 forecasted today. We are already in an extreme drought condition and can’t water our lawns but on certain days, now we are being asked to conserve electricity because the power companies are overloaded with usage. The heat is disgusting and I’m so over it! Fall is the best and it can’t come soon enough!


  20. Dione says

    I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada, and I don’t mind fall so much (what passes for fall here, it’s a very short season)…but it just reminds me of the 6-7 months of freezing cold winter that’s coming and it makes me sad!! The darkness doesn’t help either. I’ve even had to kick my boots across the room and stomp on my parka in anger a few times when I can’t take it anymore. I guess seasonal affective disorder will do that to you lol.:)


  21. Laurel says

    Fall fo’ sho’. Side note: I decided my morning drive needed a little cheer…so naturally I went to my Christmas music playlist and sang my heart out…Hurry up and get here holidays!!


  22. Sigga Svana says

    I love oatmeal in the morning, especially with banana and cinnamon. A perfect combination in my books 🙂
    My favorite season has always been and will always be winter with tons and tons of snow (I’m Icelandic) and I’m pretty sure I could never survive the Florida summer 🙂
    Oh and by the way, congrats on your new home!


  23. Lauren B. says

    I am such a sucker for fall… Pumpkins, changing leaves, light jackets, crisp weather, comfort food, juicy apples, Halloween candy, back-to-school excitement (back in the day), the Holidays approaching… What’s not to love?! I am so excited now!


  24. Molly says

    Congrats on moving in to your new place! Moving is such a pain in the tush but it’s worth it once the boxes are unpacked. I have a question, I am going to start doing smoothies in the morning or as lunches and I need a good protein powder to put in there with it. I’m looking for something that will keep me full for a few hours and tastes really yummy. What would your suggestions be? Or anyones for that matter? I’ve gotten some before and it was NASTY so I don’t want to go into a purchase blind again. Thanks so much!


  25. says

    I didn’t know that you used to live in Illinois. I’ve never been, but from what I hear about the snow there its no wonder you like summer better!

    Now, as a fellow central Floridian, I understand 200% why you like the fall 🙂 It is PERFECT boot & scarf weather!


  26. says

    Living in WI summer is my favorite, but I can definitely appreciate fall and spring… basically anything but the disgusting winter months. I really need to look into some winter sports so I don’t hate winter so much lol


  27. says

    My favorite season is All of them but winter! I hate snowy roads And bitter cold weather and gray! I love spring for all the new life And green, I love summer for sandals, tank tops, And sunshine, And fall is just simply beautiful!


  28. Maggie says

    Yum! I’m out of pumpkin and looking forward to when they restock the stores for fall, I love fall!

    PS I live in NYC and due to the hurricane everyone in my office is “working from home” how do you do this, Julie?! I am having the hardest time staying focused and having it feel like a normal workday!


  29. says

    It’s been so hot in TX this summer I feel like I’ve barely enjoyed summer activities! We went out to the lake yesterday and it just felt like a steaming hot bath… no bueno! I cannot wait for even a slight cool breeze — September, please bring us better weather!

    I’m sure you’re already planning on it, but *pretty please* add posts when you’re decorating your new place!! 😀


  30. says

    I really love fall. When we lived in FL I remember crying come September/October b/c I missed the changing leaves and cooler temperatures and FL was still 90! Now that we’re back in NY it’s really a toss up b/w Fall and Summer though. I never wish away the warm temps knowing I’m about to hibernate for 6 months 🙁


  31. Leslie says

    I live in the western suburbs of Illinois and thought I’d remind you of why summer is so freaking amazing here in good ol Illinois: 79 and sunny yesterday, we expect the same today and tomorrow. Hurray for moderate summer temps! That 90 degree weather is great for swimming though, you gotta admit!


  32. Jess @ Jess Go Bananas says

    Mmmm that oatmeal sounds de-lish! My favorite season is fall! I love how the air is brisk and cold yet hot enough to be able to walk outside =]


  33. Caroline says

    I love everything about fall – the flavors, the colors, and being able to wear jeans and scarves again! That pumpkin banana oatmeal looks absolutely delicious and perfect for a fall breakfast!


  34. Beth (Well I'll Be) says

    I love fall too, but I’d take the blazing heat over winter any day! I hope we have 2 more months of summer!!


  35. says

    I was NEVER a morning person but have been doing a lot of morning workouts the past year, especially this summer. I also love having it done and over with and the rest of the day to do everything else on my list!

    Summer is my #1 favorite season because I am a beach bum, but fall is a close second. Here in MD the temps stay warm in the fall so we can still do plenty outside. And I LOVE pumpkin beers 🙂


  36. says

    Oh my goodness, this just sounds amazing.

    I saw a “Pumpkin available” sign at the DD drive through yesterday and I’m pretty sure my heart fluttered several times. I’m convinced that pumpkin and fall are pretty much the most amazing things in life 🙂


  37. says

    I’m a spring kind of girl from Texas 🙂 But yack I can only imagine moving tons of boxes in 90 degree weather. On Saturday it was 110 here. 110! WITH humidity! I wanted to crawl in a ball and turn the AC to like 60 hahaha.


  38. Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine says

    The fall season is always nostalgic for me. Holidays, family, yummy food….I love it all. I also really love fall fashion!! You can’t beat a cozy sweater with boots!

    Good luck unpacking and organizing!


  39. says

    There really is nothing like Autumn in NYC. It’s so crisp and cool. We go apple picking, leaf jumping, there are bonfires upstate. The farmer’s markets are overflowing, the decorations are particularly beautiful.


  40. Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled says

    That bowl of oats looks fantastic! Can’t wait for everything pumpkin.

    My favorite season is Fall. It means warmer clothes, but it’s not so cold that you can’t get out and do a lot of outdoor activities. I miss wearing boots!


  41. says

    I was thinking about pumpkin overnight oats on my run this morning–with apple slices for dipping! Need to make that happen soon.

    I’m a summer girl for sure. I’ve always loved the heat and I’m actually a little sad that it’s over. 🙁


  42. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats says

    I live in Chicago now, so summer has become my favorite because Fall just makes me dread the winter ahead. But when I was in SC, and even growing up in Kansas City, Fall has always been my favorite: crisp cool air, cute clothes and boots, football, and the anticipation of the holidays! Oh and my birthday doesn’t hurt either.


  43. Holly says

    Pumpkin oatmeal sounds so delicious but I’ve never been able to get into it! I wonder if I was maybe adding too much pumpkin? I would add about 1/3 cup for 1 serving and you did 1/3 cup for two–that could be my problem!

    I’m all about fall. 😀 FAVORITE season! Actually, to be honest every season is my favorite when I begin to anticipate it. Then by the end of that season I’m all ready for the next one.


  44. says

    Mmm, pumpkin definitely just popped back onto my radar! I haven’t thought about it since last winter, but you better believe I’ll be downing 1-2 cans/week once the cool weather hits. 🙂

    My favorite season is definitely summer, however I find myself looking forward to the crisp fall air now that I live in swamp-land Washington DC. 🙂 I only wish that we could go from fall to spring! Winter is waaaay too long. But then again, I feel more inspired to bake when it’s cold out…And that’s a very, very GOOD thing. 🙂


  45. says

    I recently moved from IL to TX and I know it sounds weird, but I miss the “smell” the winter now. The crisp cool air made me want to cuddle up with my hubby, and read a book all night. I never thought id miss the winter…but it turns out, I do!


  46. says

    Fall is definitely my favorite! It’s my birthday season, I love the breeze in the air and the anticipation (but not yet the craziness) of the holidays. You’ll get to feel even more fall weather in Ocala than you did in Orlando! When I lived in Gainesville, the fall season was amazing.


  47. Allison says

    I also can’t wait for fall, especially with the 100+ temps we’ve had in Texas for months it seems! I’ve been making fall recipes to try and change the weather. 🙂 Fall had always been my favorite season -the food, crisp weather, comfy clothes, Thanksgiving! I wish it lasted longer here. Winter and Summer seem to last FOREVER but Spring and Autumn are shorter.


  48. Nathan Miller says

    Fall in Indiana, is hands down the greatest. The running weather is perfect, my birthday is in late October, You can have the greatest snack mix ever (Candy Corn and Roasted Peanuts), also, candy is on the menu for all meals since its sells everywhere for Halloween, apple orchards may just be the next best things to farmers markets, Libby Canned Pumpkin is NOT scarce, and also its Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs!


  49. Kelly says

    I live in Illinois and I personally love the fall. At this point, I’m sick of summer. The weather the past week has been perfect. I get up for my morning run and its in the 60’s. I tend to sweat a lot when I work out and this temperature keeps the sweat to a minimum.

    My only problem with the fall: allergies. Harvest season bites the big one but the temperature makes it all worth it.


  50. says

    I really love the Fall! Everything about it makes me happy…changing leaves rustling on the ground, pumpkin, apples, cranberries, chunky sweaters, curling up with a hot cup of chai on the couch…it’s all good stuff 🙂


  51. says

    I always love the transition seasons– fall and spring are my favorite. However, the smell of burning charcoal in summer reminds me of camping and I love that too! …just don’t love summer in SoCal. It’s in the 90’s every day here too!


  52. maria @ a life to Bragg about says

    Fall is my favorite season too 😉 Especially now that it’ll serve as a reminder of when my baby is due. And how can you NOT love a season that is all about stuffing your face with awesome food!?


  53. says

    Yes! Fall is my absolute favorite! It’s got everything I love: new fall fashion (:-) ), football, cooler temps, beautiful foliage, halloween (my fav holiday!), turkey & gravy, and oh did I mention COOLER TEMPS for running outside? 😉 I’m with ya on waiting on Fall to get here!


  54. says

    I agree with you; fall is my absolute favorite!! i love the colors, the crispness of the air, the smells (who doesn’t love pumpkin everything???), and the anticipation of the coming holiday season. I also love apple cider, sweater dresses, boots, scarves, and vests. Seriously so excited for fall to come!!!


  55. says

    You’re absolutely right! Chicago summers are so tough to beat! Concerts, baseball games, and the city beaches are wonderful for the mid-20’s 🙂

    Personally, even loving the Summer…I am a fall girl. Something about football season, jeans and hoodies makes me feel super cozy!


  56. says

    Great! It’s good to be in your home I guess! And I think that because you go the to gym early you might have less traffic therefore you arrive more quickly!


  57. says

    By far, my favorite season is fall! I love the cool crisp air the most, and always think back to my parents house growing up filled with family, friends, football and good smells coming from the kitchen! I also love all the pumpkin goodies everywhere!!! I’m also looking forward to fall this year so I can get some relief from this heat! Being pregnant in the summer is not fun!


  58. says

    Your pumpkin oats look tasty!

    I’m sipping pumpkin spice tea for the first time this year. Today seemed like the perfect day to break it out because it was chilly on the way to the gym this morning. Fall is definitely in the air.


  59. Annie says

    winter is my favorite, especially living in florida…because it’s the ONLY season (if you can even call it that) in which the humidity dies down enough for me to not have to fuss about my hair as much.

    i spent the first 7 years of my life up north (NY and MN), and i swear the snow-bunny in me never left. i would love to retire in colorado or somewhere equally beautiful year round, with lots and lots of snow in the winter.

    must say though, i LOVE fall as well…especially the annual return of the pumpkin spice latte!


  60. says

    Mmmm i love pumpkin and all things fall. I made something similar to this the other day! I can’t wait to stock up on pumpkin for the year, I’m down to two cans. It must feel great to be in your own kitchen!

    I love all seasons, which is why I’m a great New Englander! Once I get tired of one, the next is right on its heels. Winter can get quite long, though.


  61. says

    mmm i love pumpkin anything!! Pumpkin oatmeal, bread..beer..you name it! i love fall..its definitely my favorite. the clothes are the cutest and the food is soo comforting!


  62. Rebecca says

    I heart fall! And I love that everyone else seems to be on board as well! 🙂

    This is my first fall that I won’t be returning to classes so it’s going to be a different September, but I’m looking forward to crisp mornings and falling leaves!

    ps. I think pumpkin oatmeal is on the menu for tomorrow’s breakfast…looks delicious!


  63. says

    Summer is my favorite! Living in NC, the seasons are long enough to make me always anticipate the next season (EXCEPT winter)! Can’t wait for fall…and definitely can’t wake to make a bunch of pumpkin recipes. Great oatmeal recipe…definitely making this sometime this week 🙂


  64. says

    I started stocking up on pumpkin this weekend! Its hard not to with all of the Halloween decorations up already. I feel you on the heat though. Texas is still over 100. Maybe if we start swapping smoothies for oatmeal we can trick the weather?



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