7 Savory Oatmeal Recipes That Are Better Than The Sweet Variety

Oatmeal is a hearty, generally healthy option for a warm breakfast that will “stick to your ribs.”

Oats are relatively affordable, low calorie, high fiber, and when eaten regularly, may lower the risk of heart disease. Unfortunately many of today’s fast-prep, processed oatmeals are chock full of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, but who says oatmeal has to be sweet?

Keep reading to discover some amazing savory preparations for oatmeal that will allow you to enjoy it any time of the day or night.

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Oatmeal with Sautéed Mushrooms, Onion, and Thyme

A recent study found that people who consumed oatmeal—either instant or old-fashioned—felt fuller and had a suppressed appetite over four hours, compared to people who ate ready-to-eat boxed cereals. You’ll certainly feel warm and full after a bowl full of this savory preparation from David Olson, the man behind “A Bachelor and His Grill.” Get the full recipe here!

Spicy Oatmeal With Cilantro, Peanuts, and Ginger

If you’re craving stir fry but want something other than rice or noodles, give this Asian-inspired savory oatmeal a try. It’s very colorful thanks to the tomato and cilantro, which makes it a hearty and healthy winter meal. Get the full recipe here!

Gluten-Free Savory Porridge With Bacon (or Plant-Based Bacon) 

Oat porridge is an easy-to-digest dish that’s traditional and common in England, Scotland, Ireland, English-speaking countries, Nordic countries, Germany, and North America. This savory version features a trio of fantastic flavors thanks to the smoky bacon, fresh ripe tomato, and sharp cheddar. Get the full recipe here! Sub the bacon with this plant-based version if you want to make it meatless. 

Mediterranean Oatmeal

Close your eyes and take a bite of this savory oatmeal dish, rich with kalamata olives, feta cheese, and sundried tomatoes, and you’ll instantly be transported to the balmy shores of the Mediterranean…even if it’s actually 3 degrees outside your front door. Get the full recipe here!

Oatmeal With Apples, Gruyere, and Rosemary

Rather than sweetness, the apples in this savory oatmeal dish serve to lend a certain tartness that just so happens to play exceptionally well against the richness and earthiness of the other main ingredients. Get the full recipe here! 

Related: 7 Foods To Add To Plain Oatmeal That Pack A Nutritious Punch

Curried Oatmeal With Caramelized Onions

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s portioned out for a single serving, so you can enjoy a warming curry dish without all the hassle and clean up required by more traditional preparations! Get the full recipe here.

Sweet Pea And Lemon Oatmeal

The bright flavors of both the lemon and peas in this dish are contrasted beautifully by the nuttiness of the oatmeal and the richness of the parmesan cheese, should you choose to add it as a garnish. Get the full recipe here!

Which one of these savory oatmeal dishes sounds yummiest to you? Tell us in the comments!


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Christine J
Christine J8 months ago

Would make a nice change, plus oats are cheap and healthy.

Kathy K
Kathy K10 months ago

Oh wow, these are really interesting. Thanks.

Jim Ven
Jim Vabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

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Karen G
Karen Geeabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing

W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

Elizabeth O
Elizabeth Oabout a year ago

Thanks for the article.

Fran away F
Fran SiteIssues Fabout a year ago

Thanks. I'll try some of these recipes.

Alison A
Alison Aabout a year ago

Thanks for posting.