This spiced oatmeal makes for a fragrant, sweet, quick and filling breakfast. It includes spices, raisins and oat milk, and can be done within 10 minutes. Naturally vegan and gluten-free and perfect to enjoy on chilly mornings.
Next time you are looking to warm up on a bowl of oatmeal in the morning during the winter months, then you should try this delicious cinnamon-spiced oatmeal healthy recipe.
It is ultra simple yet packed with so much deliciousness.
But on cold mornings, there is nothing better than a sweet, filling and full of warming spices oatmeal. It is actually similar to my maple cinnamon overnight oats recipe, although this version is cooked and warm.
We love its very creamy texture and maple-sweetened flavor. The rich aromas coming from the combination of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg are right on point, but I also share many other spice combos you can try.
This creamy vegan oatmeal also is super healthy and packed with fiber, antioxidants, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and some plant-based protein. You can whip up a batch even on busy mornings within about 10 minutes.
Oatmeals are also so versatile and you can tweak this recipe following the customization ideas below as well. So easy!
Let me know if you give it a try! ❤️
Why you will love this recipe
- Very simple and easy to make
- Makes for an improved version of the packets of instant oatmeal
- Perfect healthy breakfast you can make on busy mornings
- Highly customizable and fun to garnish with toppings
- Packed with delicious sweet spices to warm up your belly
- Sweetened to taste using maple syrup, which pairs perfectly with the flavor from the spices
- Make for a filling and wholesome meal to help you start the day just right
- Packed with nutrition and suits most special diets, such as vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free and dairy-free
Ingredients you will need
(See below in the recipe card for the measurements)
- Rolled oats: I prefer making oatmeal using a thicker kind of rolled oats (whole grains), also called old-fashioned oats. This gives the porridge a more interesting texture and boosts the recipe with even more nutrition, such as fiber and plant-based protein. If you only have quick oats, then you can use this instead (start with a little less water). Instant oats or steel-cut oats are not working well for this recipe.
- Spices: I used a combination of ground cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg for my oatmeal. See below for more ideas!
- Raisins: they add a nice chewy bite and naturally make the oatmeal sweeter. If you don't have them, then simply omit them!
- Plant-based milk: I used the full-fat oat milk from Oatly, but you can use your favorite kind of milk, such as almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk or coconut milk.
- Pure maple syrup: so amazing here paired with the warm spices, although you can use any sweetener that you like, such as agave syrup. Granulated sugars (dark brown sugar or coconut sugar) are ok here and dissolve well in the warm oatmeal.
- Vanilla extract: it helps deepen the flavor and enhance the sweetness of the oatmeal. Optional.
How to make spiced oatmeal
(See below in the recipe card for the full recipe)
In a medium saucepan, add the rolled oats, ground spices, raisins and a pinch of salt. Give it a quick stir.
Then, add the water, milk, sweetener and vanilla extract and stir.
Warm up on medium heat until it simmers, then turn down the heat to medium-low. Keep simmering stirring often until desired consistency, about 5-10 minutes.
Serve and garnish
Once done, transfer into serving bowls and garnish with more milk, maple syrup, spices, fruit and nuts. Enjoy while still warm.
- Adjust the consistency to your liking. I like mine pretty creamy and saucy, so I usually add a little more milk at the end of cooking it. But for thicker oatmeal, then simply adjust the cooking time and keep cooking until the liquid is all absorbed.
- Feel free to swap the water for more milk for a creamier result.
- If you want to avoid using any refined sweetener at all or simply are looking to add less sugar, then you can mash a ripe banana and incorporate it into the oatmeal. Also, you can chop a few large Medjool dates and then cook them into the oatmeal for a more natural sweetness.
The best part about oatmeal is to add more toppings when serving! Here are some of my favorite garnishes for this cinnamon spice oatmeal recipe:
- Nuts and seeds: I like slivered almonds as they are more delicate, which is perfect as a topping. Other seeds, such as chia seeds, flax seeds or pumpkin seeds, also are great to add a crunch and more nutrition.
- Yogurt: if I have any, then I like to add a generous dollop of yogurt over my bowl. The contrast of cold vs warm, plus the added creamy and tangy factor, makes this breakfast even better. I like this plain and unsweetened cashew yogurt from Forager.
- Fresh fruit: other than including fruit while cooking the oatmeal, I like to simply garnish the bowl with pear, apple, banana, mango or berries.
This spiced oatmeal is an incredibly versatile basic recipe and perfect to customize to your taste. You can easily play around with the spices, but also, there is so much more you can add to it. Here are a few variation ideas to try:
- Nuts: sweet and spiced recipes are great with nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts. I would advise adding them just before serving to keep their nice crunch and feel free to roast them in a pan while making the oatmeal to enhance their nutty flavor.
- Nut butter (or seed butter): peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter are an easy ingredient you can add to oatmeals to make them ultra-creamy, but also, to add more protein and healthy fats to help keep you full and satisfied longer. For a nut-free version, then simply use pumpkin seed butter or sunflower seed butter.
- Fruit: this oatmeal would be even better with some apples or pears. Simply dice the fruit and add them to the oatmeal while cooking it for an added flavor and more texture.
- Spices: there are so many other spices you can try in this recipe. The combo cinnamon-cardamom-nutmeg is my go-to when I am looking for a chai spice-inspired dish, but also try a pinch of turmeric, pumpkin spice mix or ground ginger. For a spicy recipe, then add a little ground black pepper and cayenne pepper!
Oatmeal is generally best when enjoyed right away as it will change in texture over time. If you end up with more oatmeal than you need, then simply transfer the extra in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
To reheat, you can transfer back to a saucepan on the stove, add a little more milk and warm up on medium-low heat for a few minutes. You can also use the microwave if that's easier: warm up for 30 seconds at a time, stirring once in a while, and add extra milk as needed.
Is this recipe gluten-free?
Yes, this recipe is naturally gluten-free. If necessary, make sure the rolled oats you are using are certified gluten-free!
Can I make this recipe ahead?
Yes, you can, although the texture will change significantly: while oatmeal chills and rests, it tends to get pretty thick losing all of its creaminess. But the texture is very easy to restore by adding more milk and stirring well before warming it up.
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I hope you like this spiced oatmeal recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Creamy Cinnamon Spiced Oatmeal
- 1 cup rolled oats - I used old-fashioned oats
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- pinch of ground nutmeg - or about ⅛ teaspoon
- pinch of salt - or about ⅛ teaspoon
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup plant-based milk - I used oat milk, but you can use any kind of milk you like
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1-3 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- In a small saucepan, add the rolled oats, spices, pinch of salt, raisins, water, milk, sweetener and vanilla extract. Stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Once it is bubbly, turn down the heat to medium-low and keep cooking stirring often for about 5-8 minutes or until thicker.
- Add more milk if too thick and adjust sweetener if needed, then transfer to your serving bowls (this recipe makes for 2 small portions or one large). Garnish with nuts, fresh fruits, a drizzle of maple syrup and milk and a dust extra of cinnamon. Enjoy!
- Storage tips: this oatmeal is best when enjoyed right away for the best creamy texture. If you have some extra, then transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove or using the microwave and add a little extra milk to revive the creamy consistency.
- This oatmeal is great with yummy toppings, such as fruit (diced pear or apple, banana or berries), nuts or seeds, nut butter, shredded coconut, chia seeds, etc. Check out the blog post for more ideas!
Please note that the nutritional information is an estimate provided for informational purposes only (calculated by software) and may vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used. Consult with your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if you need precise nutrition calculations for health reasons.