Savory Rosemary Veggie Oats

To someone who has never tried making or eating savory oats, they might sound a little strange. Usually, when we think of oatmeal or porridge, we see sweet fruits and spices folded into the creamy grains. But, believe you me, savory oats hit a spot of filling satisfaction that sometimes the sweeter can’t really give. I love to incorporate veggies into mine to bring it full circle, and almost all of the time I use nutritional yeast to give it a slightly cheesy flavor (and a lot of B vitamins).

I find that this meal is great for lunch because it is the great medium between breakfast and dinner, and that’s what the personality of the dish seems like to me. It lends itself to Italian recipes in terms of flavor, but it pretty ambiguous in every other way. One great thing about these savory veggie oats is that they come together in minutes and couldn’t be easier to make. So, anyone from those of you who are just getting into cooking at home to the well-seasoned cook can make these with confidence.

Give savory oats a try with this full-flavored dish with lots of veggies, that is very easy to make.
Servings 1
Author Jackie of Vegan Yack Attack


  • 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Non-Dairy Milk
  • 3 Tbsp . Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp . Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup White Onion Diced
  • 1/2 Cup Button Mushrooms Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Collard Greens Chopped (Firmly Packed)
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp . Fresh Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  1. Get a small pot and a small pan out on the stove.
  2. In the small pot, place the oats water, non-dairy milk, and nutritional yeast. Put the heat to medium, and bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. In the small pan, melt the coconut oil over medium heat. When the pan is hot, start sauteing the onions until they start to become clear.
  4. Once the oats come to a boil, adjust the heat to low-medium and stir them every minute or so, so that they don't burn on the bottom.
  5. Return your attention back to the small pan, add the button mushrooms and collard greens to the onions and sauté until the mushrooms are softened and the collards are slightly wilted.
  6. Next, add the tomato and rosemary to the vegetable mixture and cook together for 3 minutes.
  7. Do not worry about the excess moisture from the tomatoes, the oats will soak it up for the perfect texture.
  8. Now combine the oats and veggie mixture in the small pot and stir until well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Have you ever tried out savory oats? What would you put in yours?

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37 Comments on “Savory Rosemary Veggie Oats

    • Jemma, you’re just going to have to try them! 😉

    • When you try them out, let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback on it.

  1. I usually cook my oats without milk, then simply serve the vegetables on top, in the same way one would pour over syrup, but I shall try stirring them in for a change – this looks so lovely:)

    • That also sounds like a great idea, thanks for sharing it!

  2. I’ve always thought about doing savory oats, but just couldn’t wrap my brain around the concept. This looks SO GOOD! And I love how simple and easy it would be to bring it together, and it’s also a great way to get your veggies in! Can’t wait to try it!

    Stunning photos too, by the way! 🙂

    • Thank you, Kristy! I bought a new, red bowl at target and just had to try it out. ha ha 😛

  3. Savoury oats? What a great idea!
    I actually never tried it, but this recipe looks really good, especially if it’s seasoned with rosemary 🙂

  4. what a good idea! Savory oats has always been in the back of my mind but I never got around to experimenting. This looks awesome, I’ll have to give it a try for sure.
    I eat sweet oats up to 3 times per day, haha. I definitely need some variety!

  5. I actually just had savory oats yesterday for the first time.. and now I can eat my oatmeal for lunch when I want something different for breakfast! I put bell peppers, zucchini, black beans, nutritional yeast, lots of seasonings, and topped it with avocado and salsa. YUM! Can’t wait to try your recipe next 🙂 Seriously, anyone who loves oatmeal should try savory oats.

    • Oh! Your savory oats sound tremendous! I love the addition of black beans, that sounds like something that I would absolutely love!

  6. Hi Jackie,

    Never tried savory oats before. Now that I am looking at your pictures, I am thinking of a lot of different things…squash, tomatoes, greens. Sounds different, exciting and new…

  7. Made these oats today. You’ve got me hooked! I added some sauteed zucchini as well. Mmmmmazing!

    • Terrific! I’m excited that you enjoyed them so much. Savory oats are one of my favorite meals!

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  15. So yummy and filling! I made this for a few days in a row, and when I ran out of mushrooms, I used some eggplant and zucchini that I had in the fridge, and it came out great. The only change I made is that I flip flop the addition of the tomatoes and the collards. I used “meatier” tomatoes and found that they took a little longer to cook than a “gushy” tomato, and that the collards cook pretty quickly. Thanks for the idea, I hadn’t thought of savory oats!

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  24. I LOVE this recipe. I make it all the time for weekday breakfasts. It keeps me full and satisfied until lunchtime! To save myself some time, I will chop and sautee 3x the veggies at night and divide them into containers. That way, in the morning, all I have to do is cook the oats, microwave the veggies, and stir them in.

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