Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

Vegan Savory Oatmeal

Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

In thinking about recipes I want to share, I often focus on creating new things. I’ll brainstorm a recipe I’ve never made but always wanted to try, or think of ways I can put a new and improved twist on something that’s tried and true. However, in doing this, it’s easy to bypass the meals that I consistently enjoy week after week—the ones that aren’t particularly fancy or new, but never get old. Because I’m consuming them regularly, I assume you are too, and that might be a mistake. Or maybe we’re enjoying the same things, but we’re combining the ingredients and flavors together a little differently. Similar to avocado toast, vegan savory oatmeal definitely falls into this category for me.

Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

Savory oatmeal is a “thing” in the healthy living blog world, and rightfully so. I actually put off trying it for a couple of years because the thought of taking oatmeal, which at the time I combined with peanut butter, banana, and probably Splenda (ugh), sounded totally unappetizing to me. I just could not wrap my head around how the texture could work for a savory application. But I kept being bombarded with savory oatmeal everywhere. So, like chocolate pudding made with avocados, I pushed my hesitations aside and finally gave them a try. And I’ve never looked back.

Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

Savory oatmeal is now my go-to lunch or dinner when I’m craving comfort food, feeling lazy, or really need to go grocery shopping because I have a mostly-empty bag of rolled oats, kale on its last leg, half of a starting-to-brown avocado, a few spoonfuls of salsa, and nutritional yeast (I always have nutritional yeast!). Previously, I would have looked over the oats and made a very sad little salad with these ingredients, but these days, I know I can turn them into a warming, filling, and delicious bowl of vegan savory oatmeal.

Another reason it’s a go-to meal for me: savory oatmeal comes together in about ten minutes and dirties just one pot. It’s a great vehicle for eating more greens too. Simply mix them right in during the last minute of cooking, or add them raw for a crunchy topping.

Healthy Vegan Savory Oatmeal! So easy and ready in under 15 minutes! | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #glutenfree #savory #oatmeal #recipe #main #lunch #dinner #breakfast

Speaking of toppings, I especially enjoy the variety of different tastes and textures when it comes to my toppings. It’s like when I get sorbet at the self-serve fro-yo places—if the topping is vegan and gluten-free, you can bet I’m adding it!  I’ve listed my favorite savory oatmeal toppings below, but the sky’s the limit here and almost anything goes.

P.S. Thank you so much for your positive feedback on my last post, How I Left My 9-5. I’m always just a little nervous to share the really personal aspects of my life for fear of how they’ll be received, but every time I do, you remind me of why I blog. This year, I’d like to continue to be more personal to further grow and strengthen this amazing community we’ve created together. xo Amanda

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Vegan Savory Oatmeal

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Vegan Savory Oatmeal

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 1


Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Craving comfort food, feeling lazy, or really need to go grocery shopping? Vegan savory oatmeal to the rescue! It's a great vehicle for eating more greens and you probably have everything you need to make it. Feel free to play around with the spices and toppings—almost anything goes!

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Vegan Savory Oatmeal

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Ingredients

For the savory oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free, old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup plain non-dairy milk (I prefer almond or cashew milk)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1-2 large handfuls of greens (I like kale or baby spinach)

Optional toppings:

  • diced avocado
  • sliced green onion
  • salsa
  • sriracha
  • sprouts
  • crumbled veggie burger
  • brown rice crackers
  • lightly toasted seeds or nuts

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 1

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time: 15 mins

Craving comfort food, feeling lazy, or really need to go grocery shopping? Vegan savory oatmeal to the rescue! It's a great vehicle for eating more greens and you probably have everything you need to make it. Feel free to play around with the spices and toppings—almost anything goes!

Instructions

  • Combine all of the savory oatmeal ingredients, except the handful of greens and salt, in a medium saucepan and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the oats for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until they have thickened.
  • Add in your greens of choice, salt to taste, and continue to stir for an additional minute or two, until the greens are slightly wilted. Transfer the oats to a bowl and add whatever toppings you like!

Notes [1]

You can adjust the amount of water and non-dairy milk for either a thicker or more creamy texture. I personally enjoy my savory oatmeal with the ratio in this recipe or 1/4 cup more liquid, while Aaron prefers his with slightly less. It’s totally up to you!

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  1. Cindy says

    Had never thought of this. Will give it a try.

    1. Amanda says

      Awesome! I’m glad I decided to post this. 🙂

  2. That looks amazingly scrumptious!

  3. I was JUST wondering about savory oats and how to really work them. You read my mind! : )

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you love them as much as I do!

  4. Lauren says

    Ok, two things I MUST try: avocado toast and savory oats. I feel so good mentally when I eat avocado, so that sounds like a great way to start a day. 😀

    1. Amanda says

      You have to try savory oats and avocado toast! For the toast, I like to mash the avocado with a little sea salt and garlic powder, then top with sriracha…it never gets old.

  5. I’ve never tried savory oats before, but you definitely have me intrigued! Thanks for sharing! Great pics!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks! Let me know what you think of the oats after you try them!

  6. Lisa says

    I’ve never thought to make savory oats. Your pictures are amazing!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Lisa! Give the savory oats a try. They’re now one of my favorite meals!

  7. I am definitely a lover of avocado toast! I have never heard of savory oats, I always eat mine more breakfast-y, like you described in the beginning. I think you may have opened up a whole new world of oats for me! I love your pictures, beautiful! Are those pea shoots on top?

    1. Amanda says

      Hooray to expanding your world of oats! 😉 Yes, those are pea shoots on top. I discovered them at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago and now I put them on everything. They’re great on avocado toast too.

  8. Gina says

    I love savory oats! I tend to go asian with mine: try some miso paste, korean gochujang, or even just soy sauce. I also like to add mushrooms and some cubed roasted squash, if I have any. It’s very warm and filling.

    1. Amanda says

      Ooooh, that sounds really good! I’m definitely going to try adding miso next time.

  9. I am a huge fan of oatmeal; it is my go to every morning. I’m excited to try this for lunch too!

  10. Caitlin says

    i tried savory oats only once before, when i was first learning to cook. i liked it ok, but i didn’t add veggies to it, so it wasn’t very filling. this looks super hearty and i love all the add ins. almost like a bowl of soup!

  11. Where have I been? I have never even heard of savory oats. Thanks for expanding my culinary palette?

    1. Amanda says

      Let me know what you think of the savory oats if you try them, Mary!

  12. Mercedes says

    thanks for the recipe, I am from the UK and have never seen savoury oats before and it sounds really interesting, I think it is something to try very soon

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you love them as much as I do!

  13. Hayley says

    Thanks so much for this recipe idea! I gave you a little shout out even though my recipe is not exactly the same. I couldn’t have done it without you! It was delicious

    1. Amanda says

      I’m so glad you gave savory oats a try!

  14. Kait says

    Necessity is the mother of invention, right?! Well visiting my mom’s today I noticed her cupboards were mighty bare. She had oats, some slightly freezer-burned spinach, and a handful of spices (like adobo, garlic powder, and paprika). So I MacGyvered together some savory oats and NOMZ! I can’ wait to retry when I’m in my fully stocked kitchen and have nooch, etc! xo

  15. LaShanna says

    I just made this with steel cut oats and stir fry vegetables. It was great! I love the taste of the nutritional yeast in there. I’m glad I found this blog.

    1. I’m so happy you loved the savory oats, LaShanna. I bet the steel cut oats and stir fry veggies were great!

  16. Rebecca says

    do these work as overnight oats?
    as in soaking the oats in the broth//milk etc.. and add toppings in morning?
    are they best hot?

    am trying to think of ways to bring savory oats into lunch time.
    thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Rebecca! I’ve not tried these as overnight oats because I prefer my oats hot, but it’s worth a try! You could always just heat them up in the morning if necessary. 🙂 This is one of my most favorite (easy!) recipes–I make savory oats at least a couple times each week!

      1. Rebecca says

        Hi Amanda,
        That’s great thanks.
        I think I’ll go for the cook and reheat like I say I want them for lunch and unable to cook fresh oatmeal at work at lunch time.
        Thanks for getting back to me!
        Rebecca

  17. Elaine says

    Just tried the recipe, delicious!!! Not much of a sweets for breakfast kinda person, but trying to limit sugar and add more fiber to my diet. In the past I only enjoyed oats with brown sugar.

    Your recipe solved my dilemma! Skipped the greens but added salsa. It was very tasty! Thanks!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the savory oatmeal! It’s one of my favorites, although oddly enough, I usually make it for lunch or dinner instead of breakfast. 🙂

  18. Hilary Droke says

    AHH! These oats are AMAZING- perfectly seasoned. I’m a huge fan of savory breakfasts, and this just got added into my repertoire for sure!

    1. Thank you, Hilary! I’m so happy you loved the savory oats. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it always hits the spot. Plus, it’s beyond easy!

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