This glowing turmeric oatmeal recipe is easy, filled with warming flavors and is such a fun way to enjoy more of turmeric's powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It makes for a beautiful golden oatmeal that feels like a warm hug in a bowl. Such a great healthy start to your day!
If you have a forgotten jar of dried turmeric hiding in the back of your pantry, then now is the time to give it back all the love it deserves! Turmeric has had quite the fame recently for all of its health benefits, but other than the usual curry (here is a tasty Tikka Masala made using turmeric) or tofu scramble, you might feel at lost on how to use it more in your recipes.
It is surprising to see turmeric finding its way in a sweet breakfast recipe, I know, but I assure you that it works! This recipe combines cinnamon to help balance the spiciness from the turmeric and maple syrup to sweeten it up. It creates a sweet oatmeal bowl filled with warming flavors that's perfect to start your day energized and satisfied.
I also think this golden milk oatmeal is a great recipe for the summer, especially if coupled with berries. I added blueberries to the recipe to help freshen it up and it worked out so perfectly. When making the oatmeal, the blueberries slightly cook and soften while releasing some of their sweet juice, which pairs wonderfully with the earthy flavor from the spices.
Turmeric, also called curcuma, is a spice that comes from the roots of the turmeric plant. Fresh (not powder) turmeric is a rhizome (looks like a root), very similar to fresh ginger. The more common and used form of turmeric is a powder that comes from drying fresh turmeric roots.
It is a common spice used in Asian and Indian food. It has a very fragrant, floral and almost spicy aroma with a slight touch of sweetness. It is used widely to make curries (also included in curry powder mixes) and stews, but also used in cosmetics and quite a lot in the medicinal world, especially in India.
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin (which provide its bright yellow color) that has been linked with numerous health benefits, mostly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Although there is still much to learn about how significant the health benefits of tumeric reach, we should still take advantage of this beautiful spice as it provides a good kick of flavor and tints any dish with a beautiful rich golden color that's so appetizing.
Ingredients you'll need
- Rolled oats
- Vegan milk
- Turmeric powder
- Maple syrup
How to make turmeric oatmeal
It is as easy as making a simple oatmeal:
- Combine all the ingredients in a small sauce pan, stir and turn the heat to medium high.
- Once it starts to boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low and keep cooking, uncovered while stirring often, until desired texture. It should take 5-7 minutes. Then, taste and adjust the sweetener to your liking.
- Serve immediately while still warm with the garnishes of your choice.
Watch how to make it
Turmeric oatmeal serving suggestions
The recipe makes for a sweet and spiced creamy oatmeal that's perfect to be generously topped with more goodness. Here are my favorite toppings for this breakfast bowl:
- More fresh blueberries or other fruits, such as raspberries, strawberries, cherries, etc.
- A splash of vegan milk or coconut milk.
- Shredded coconut
- Nuts or seeds (like walnut, pecans, almonds, chia or hemp seeds)
Cooking tips for this turmeric golden milk oatmeal
- Turmeric's absorption through our gut has been proven to be enhanced when the spice is combined with ground black pepper. I chose not to add any in this recipe just as a personal taste, but if you want to help encourage the intake of the curcumin, then feel free to add some to yours.
- I normally do not add any sweetener to my oatmeal, as I usually add sweet fruits to it. But in this case, I really could not go without adding maple syrup. The sweet flavor combined with the turmeric is really surprisingly satisfying, but simply omit or adjust how much you want to add to your recipe.
- Rolled oats are so convenient and usually my preferred kind of oats. But, feel free to choose steel-cut oats if that's what you have while making sure to adjust how much milk to use and cooking time (follow the packaging instruction).
Can I use frozen blueberries?
Yes you can, although it will turn your oatmeal completely green! So, unless you are looking for a fun Saint-Patrick's day healthy breakfast, then I recommend to add the frozen blueberries when the oatmeal is almost done, giving just enough time for the fruits to thaw (and do not stir them too much).
Meal-prep and storage tips
The recipe should give you about enough for 1 person, but you can also batch cook it by doubling or tripling the recipe. Once cooked, let the oats cool down slightly at room temperature, then transfer to a sealed container and then the fridge. The oats will thicken as they cool down. Keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
Once ready to eat, then scoop your portion and transfer to a bowl. Loosen up the oats by adding a splash of water or milk and stir until looking creamier. Warm in the microwave until warm enough and top with your favorite garnishes. You could also reheat the oats on the stove for a few minutes.
Other oatmeal recipes you might like
- Matcha oatmeal with chocolate
- Strawberry overnight oats
- Pumpkin and orange overnight oats
- Vegan overnight oats: the complete guide
- Strawberry and chocolate baked oatmeal
- Mango overnight oats with almond butter swirl
- Barley and oat breakfast bowl with a rhubarb-strawberry compote
I hope you enjoy this turmeric 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!
Turmeric Oatmeal with Blueberries
- ¾ cup rolled oats - gluten-free if necessary
- 1 ½ cup vegan milk - I used oat milk
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener - or to taste
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup blueberries - fresh or frozen, see note
- fresh blueberries, drizzle of coconut milk, shredded coconut, nuts, chia seeds - optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium pot and turn on the heat to medium-high. Bring to a gentle boil (watch carefully to it does not overflow) and then, turn down the heat to low. Keep cooking uncovered while stirring often for about 5-10 minutes or until desired consistency. (Do not over-stir your oatmeal while cooking or the mixture will turn green!)
- Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the ingredients of your choice. Enjoy while still warm.
- If you want to use frozen blueberries, then add them towards the end of cooking the oatmeal. If adding them too early, they will cook too much and turn your oatmeal to a bright green color.
- This will make for 1 portion, but you can also double-triple this recipe and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge (the oatmeal will thicken while cooling down). Reheat in the microwave or on the stove, make sure to add a splash of milk or water and stir to loosen up the oats.