Golden Savory Oatmeal (Gluten Free, Vegan)

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Tired of sweet? This Savory Oatmeal is packed with flavor and is a perfect way to start your day.  Easily customizable, it’s perfect for a quick breakfast or Meal-Prep! 

I know, I know. Maybe I’m a little too obsessed with oatmeal…but you really need to trust me on this one.

Oatmeal seems to have been relegated to the realm of sweet, when in reality it has quite a neutral taste. There are fried rice recipes and rice pudding recipes, savory quinoa recipes and sweet porridge recipes. So why do we have to put oatmeal into this small, one-sided box?

Typically I’m not a very rebellious person, but I just cannot accept that.

ingredients for savory oatmeal laid out on wood cutting board

I have seen other people make savory oatmeal in the past and was a little curious, but never curious enough to try it out myself. As you probably know, I am absolutely obsessed with oatmeal and eat it almost every day. I love with my fruity oatmeal parfaits, but one day I woke up and just…wasn’t feeling the sweet. So I figured I might as well take a walk on the wild side, and see what I could come up with.

And this creamy, hearty, and satisfying creation was born.

bowl of golden savory oatmeal topped with carrots and roasted red peppers

Honestly, I would even go so far as to argue that this savory oatmeal is even healthier that it’s normal counterpart, based on all the goodness inside it! Heck, you could probably even eat this for lunch. An added bonus: you probably already have everything you need to make this in your pantry.

  • Turmeric has been all the rage recently, you so may already know that it is amazing for you. It’s packed full of anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and increases the antioxidant capacity of your body.
  • Garlic not only wards away scary vampires, but also can reduce your Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, and may even help prevent Dementia.
  • Fresh Herbs pack are both very flavorful and highly nutritious. Dill has antibacterial properties and can soothe your stomach, while Basil has both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.

close up shot of cooked golden savory oatmeal

If you’re looking for more savory Vegan breakfast ideas, you’ll also love these Root Vegetable Pancakes and this Easy Vegan Quiche!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations ????

bowl of golden savory oatmeal on wood cutting board topped with basil

A Few Final Notes:

  • If you don’t have Vegetable Stock on hand, you can just as easily make this recipe with unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk or water.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative with your toppings! I happened to have Carrots, Roasted Red Peppers, and Basil on hand, but Zucchini, Dill, Tomatoes, etc. would be delicious as well.
  • If you’d like to make this recipe for Meal Prep, I suggest adding a little extra liquid to the pot, as the Oats will absorb more as they cool. Simply store in individual containers, and reheat as desired!

Savory Golden Oatmeal

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Tired of sweet? This Savory Oatmeal is packed with flavor and is a perfect way to start your day.  Easily customizable, it’s perfect for a quick breakfast or Meal-Prep! 

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Red Peppers, diced
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh Herbs such as Dill or Basil, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tbsp Vegan Cream Cheese (I use Kite Hill)
  • 2 1/2 cup Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup Rolled or Quick Oats
  • Salt and Blak Pepper, to taste


  1. First, add a small splash of Vegetable Broth to a medium sized pot; add the minced Garlic and sauté over Medium, until translucent.
  2. Add in another splash of Vegetable Broth,  and then add the Carrot, Roasted Red Pepper, Fresh Herbs and Turmeric. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Stir in the Cream Cheese into the mixture until it is evenly incorporated.
  3. Next, add the Oats and Remaining Vegetable Stock to the pot. Increase the heat to high until the mixture starts to boil, then bring it back to medium heat and cook until your desired consistency is reached, stirring frequently.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and top with additional Herbs, Vegetables, and/or a drizzle of Nut Butter. Enjoy warm.


If you do not have access to Vegan Cream Cheese, you may substitute it with 1 tablespoon of Tahini + 1/2 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar

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  1. Try adding one third beer for the liquid. Been eating savory oats for several years and still love it. Not a vegan so also use mushrooms and smoky sausage with the broth. Never get tired of it.

  2. My best savory oatmeal experience thus far! Had fun improvising with what I had on hand—used dried rosemary instead of fresh herbs, omitted roasted red pepper, and water instead of broth but added a tbsp of soy free soy sauce to keep umami/depth and I used the tahini/acv substitution. Outcome was great and I think it would pair really well with some fried oyster mushrooms on top. Thanks, Caitlin!

  3. I had serious reservations but want to try to include more whole foods in our diet and WOW! This was epic! The kids loved it and even had seconds…thanks so much for the inspiration

  4. I made this for dinner tonight. I also topped it with some diced avocado. Sooo good! Thank you for the recipe!

  5. Hi hi, just tried this recipe of yours, turned out amazing! never thought savory oats would taste this good!
    thank you!!

  6. This is so delicious! Never thought of making savoury oatmeal before, it is so yummy. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. This recipe was so delicious! Never thought of making savoury oatmeal before, it is so yummy. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. So good! I subbed the cream cheese for the tahini mixture and the outcome was magical 🙂 My brother (who’s not vegan) tried it and was amazed. He said, “I’ve never tasted food like this before”! So addicted to your recipes and vlogs, Caitlin 🙂

  9. Fantastic. I can’t choke down the sweet oatmeal’s but I coukd eat this everyday. Think I’ll add mushrooms next time. The vegan cream cheese was perfect. So tasty and filling. Thank you!

  10. I’m not a big fan of sweet breakfasts so I’ve been trying savory oatmeal recipes lately and this one is delicious! I used the tahini/ACV substitute for vegan cream cheese and it was good. 🙂

  11. I have never made savoury oatmeal before?! I must give it a go 🙂
    Izzy | Pinch of delight

    1. I think you should Izzy! It’s definitely delicious, and it’s always fun to change things up!