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One of my wonderful readers suggested this fabulous, clean eating savory oatmeal recipe.

I was really hesitant to try it. I’ve always eaten my oatmeal with fruit and other sweet things. The thought of savory oatmeal really kind of made my stomach turn. But I’ve been feeling a little brave in the kitchen as of late, so I went for it.

A bowl of this Clean Eating Savory Oatmeal sits on a dark background. You can see the golden color of the sautéed mushrooms  mixed into the oats.

OMG! I swear to you, this is my new FAVORITE way to eat oatmeal. I could eat it this way every day for the next year and never get tired of it. It’s really that good.

So thank you Mary (comment #32), for sharing this incredible recipe! My husband and mother-in-law thank you too. They don’t like oatmeal, but they really liked this!

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Savory Oatmeal Recipe

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Clean Eating Savory Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal

A deliciously different way to enjoy your morning oatmeal. It’s almost like having risotto for breakfast!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 344kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 4 medium crimini mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil (best in an oil sprayer)

Instructions

  • Sauté your onions and mushrooms in a non-stick pan, using the smallest amount of oil you can get away with.
  • Stir in your oatmeal and blend well. Since the oats are already cooked, you only have to worry about getting them warm enough to melt the cheese.
  • Once the oats are hot enough, stir in the parmesan. Turn off the heat and allow the cheese to melt.
  • Continue stirring to distribute the cheese a bit.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1entire recipe | Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 2.4mg

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58 Comments

  1. I suffer from the same apprehension you seem to have had when putting the words “savory” and “oatmeal” in the same sentence. But these pictures and this recipe are making my mouth water. I’m going to have to give this one a try…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marisa – You’ll never go back!

  2. Wendy @ Seriously Sassy says:

    That looks wonderful and so does your blog – just found it this morning! 😀
    Planning to make some clean chocolate chip cookies today….cross your fingers!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Wendy – No crossing needed. You’ll love them!

  3. This sounds right up my alley because all I put in my oatmeal is a little salt, as I don’t like it sweet. Your recipe is printing as I type this! Thanks – I’ll report my “findings”!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leslie – Please do! I’d love the feedback!

  4. Janetha G - meals & moves says:

    I absolutely LOVE savory oatmeal! I always add scrambled eggs to my oats (for protein) along with hot sauce. Yum. Love your version!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Janetha – Great to hear from you girl! Eggs and hot sauce, huh? Hmm…. I’ll have to give that a try. Have a great weekend!

  5. Coach Lizzy says:

    So grateful we stumbled on this post and this recipe! mmmm

  6. Awesome! I just tried this, and it was great… although I had a tendency to go a little heavy on the salt. I think a small handful of fresh parsley would help curb that tendency.
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barbara – Hadn’t thought of that! Thanks!

  7. Anna Johnston says:

    Oh Wow! Interesting when someone gets you thinking outside the square like this. It is Ummmm, different! Thats for sure…., but I sort of want to try it out all the same. Nice One!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Anna – Thanks! You definitely should try it. It’s soooo very yummy!

  8. Lindsey@FreshAirFreshFood says:

    Oh yes! This is a great spin on my breakfast favorite. I’m so glad my friend Ali recomended this site to to me. I am your newest subscriber!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lindsey – Thanks! Honored to have you as a reader!

  9. Tiffany, I just made this for breakfast today and the boyfriend and I were scraping the plate! Thank you so much for this suggestion, I think I have a new favorite breakfast!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – Fabulous!!! I love it too. Thank for trying my recipe!

  10. I tried this again this morning… I mixed two egg whites into the cold oats, and nuked them for a minute, then mixed really well before adding them to the mushrooms and onions in the pan. It was great! You didn’t even know they were there… great to get that bit of protein added in.
    Thanks so much, Tiffany… I love your site!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barbara – Fantastic way to add some protein. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This was truly awesome. Mary really went outside the box and created a masterpiece 😀

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cindy – I know! Oh so good!

  12. I made this last Sunday and served it with a side of scrambled egg whites. This was absolutely delicious, and I would never had tried it if not for your testimonial. It reminded me of risotto, and it’s on the menu again for this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing, and for your wonderful blog!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melanie – Fantastic!!! I love helping people discovery something new and healthy!

  13. I grew up on oatmeal loaded with butter and salt, so it was a stretch when I first tasted it with sweet things. I’ve been wanting a healthier savory version ever since, but for some reason hadn’t thought of adding veggies and cheese. Thanks for posting this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dakota – Oatmeal is so versatile. Get creative! It’s tough to make a bad pot of oatmeal. Enjoy!

  14. Such a wonderful recipe!! I’ve made this several times and it is amazing, sometimes I add zucchini as well.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tanisha – OOooooh!!!! Zucchini would be FABULOUS with this! Thanks for the tip!

  15. I’ve been playing with clean eating and GF and CF for a while but this is the year to get serious and this was my first meal of the year! Awesome! I added garlic powder. Tasty! My husband had a hard time suspending his expectations of oatmeal. Poor guy, he’s such a sugar baby but he ate it. Planning will be the key to successfully walking the walk!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Roxanne – Go girl! You can do it! Good for you for taking charge!

  16. sounds like a good healthy way to make like a “risotto” type dish 🙂 reading it gave me some ideas to try 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leoni – That WOULD be interesting!!!

  17. Please tell me this tastes better than it sounds..
    I do, however, plan on making the protein pancake recipe you posted, hopefully this weekend!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rose – I swear to you… if you try this, you may never eat oatmeal any other way again. I was skeptical at first too. But DANG this is good stuff! I wouldn’t lead you astray. Trust me. It’s good!!!

  18. I made this today and really liked it. I want to have oatmeal in the mornings but, prior to this, I loaded it with butter and brown sugar to make it palatable — which totally defeats the attempt to eat healthier. I don’t know what crimini mushrooms are, so I used the sliced monterey mushrooms that come packaged in the produce section. I added an eggwhite as someone suggested, and topped it with mozzarella because I don’t like parmesan. That made it a little stringy so next time I’ll use grated jack and cheddar. Anyway, I liked how the oatmeal taste disappeared into the mushroom/onion taste and the texture was like scrambled eggs. Next time I’m going to try adding green chiles, as well.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – Excellent!! Oatmeal is so versatile. Good for you for experimenting! Enjoy!

  19. It was SUPER tasty….though a bit heavy first thing (for me)….perfect for mid morning after a good workout! 🙂 Definitely added to my breakfast menu!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Natasha – Fantastic! I’m so happy you liked it!

  20. I eat oatmeal with just my favorite steak seasoning salt. No extra calories, guilt free and it tastes great.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gary – Wow! Really?? I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks so much!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Alivia – That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Nicole – Yes! It is very much like risotto. Enjoy!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Beth – If you look at the bottom of the recipe, you will see that my stats are figured at nutritiondata.com. They are not necessarily completely accurate as I state there. But keep in mind that stats change with cooking. You don’t end up with 1/2 cup of oatmeal when it gets cooked.

    1. I see it now- the recipe calls for 1 cup cooked oatmeal (I thought you were cooking the oatmeal throughout the recipe, meaning you were starting with 1 cup dry oats). 1 cup cooked oatmeal is about 1/2c. dry oats, so it works out and makes sense. My mistake, should have read the post more clearly 🙂

      1. Anonymous says:

        Beth – No worries! Glad I could clear that up for you. Enjoy!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Oh my! I may have to try that. Thank you!

  25. Hanna Nichols says:

    This looks FANTASTIC, aside from the mushrooms! Any suggestions for substitutes for those of us who aren’t fans of them?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Hanna – For this particular recipe, I would just leave them out. But you may have to make up for the loss in flavor with more of something else like onion or garlic.

  26. graciouspantry says:

    Leisha – Ya, I get the same response. But when somebody finally works up the nerve to try it, they realize it’s kinda better that way. Haha!

  27. I first heard of this from Cameron Diaz on Oprah a few years ago. Your recipe sounds like a great substitute for risotto, I’ve been avoiding rice like a plague. I wonder if this is too much carbs for dinner though? Maybe better suited for lunch? I can’t part with my protein pancakes for breakfast.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Olivia – Depends on how many carbs you allow in your eating plan. It also makes a great side dish to a piece of chicken and some veggies.

  28. graciouspantry says:

    I know! I wish more people would give it a chance! It’s so good! More like risotto than anything else.

  29. Carmelita says:

    Yay! I love the mushroom idea, thank you. Hubs has been eating his oatmeal with an egg & garlic salt — sometimes adding cheese and ham. I scoffed at first, but it actually tastes pretty good, and his bloodwork keeps getting better and better.

  30. Thanks to you, and Mary!
    I just had this for lunch, and yes, ofcourse I was hesitant.This was my first SAVORY oatmeal and it exceeded expectations

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      D – Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  31. This oatmeal is my absolute favorite recipe for oatmeal. I make a large batch, put it in containers for eating throughout the week. It really sounds strange when you read the ingredients but I speak for the skeptic in us all TRY IT! I use oat groats instead of oatmeal but there is no taste difference (I cook that in the rice cooker).

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jeanie J – I know! It’s crazy good! But most people are so used to sweetening their oats, they can’t even imagine it.

  32. Julie Buchanan says:

    This seems like a variation of “skirlie” – a Scottish side dish, kind of like stuffing made with butter, onions ands oats. I loved it growing up, haven’t made it in years though. Thanks for jogging my memory : ) . We never made it with mushrooms or cheese but they sound like a mighty fine additions to me, looking forward to trying it.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – That sounds heavenly!!! I always feel a little sorry for people who refuse to try savory oats. They don’t know what they are missing!!!

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