This is the creamiest, best vegan-friendly stovetop oatmeal you will EVER have. This uh-mazing oatmeal recipe makes for a super healthy, heartwarming breakfast and only takes 10 minutes in the morning to make, but keeps you energized throughout the day.
Not Your Traditional Oatmeal Recipe
Since my childhood, oatmeal has received a massive upgrade – from looks to flavors and all the fix-ins.
When I was a kid, breakfast was a bowl of plain oatmeal, just the grains and hot water and not the rainbow sprinkles, sweet honey, and crispy chocolate brittle I hoped for.
These days we see so many variations of oatmeal on Instagram and Pinterest. I’m sure you’ve scrolled past a bowl full of golden brown sugar coated oatmeal, lined with the juiciest blueberries, almond flakes, and topped with decadent chocolate chips. When oatmeal looks like that, who could resist?!
On a mission to replicate just that, my vegan oatmeal has become one of my favorite breakfast recipes. And, my daughters enjoy every last drop of it! (Bonus: they don’t realize just how healthy it is either – they just gobble it up! That’s a parenting win in my book!)
With the right experiment testing both quantities and ingredient variations, you and your children are sure to love this breakfast recipe that’s extremely nutritious AND just as delicious.
As long as you have 10-minutes to spare in the morning, you’ll be set to enjoy a power-packed oatmeal breakfast using this recipe. Whether it’s prepping for a busy day or a cold winter’s morning, be 100% sure that you’re getting your daily dose of nutrients (and taste) with this oatmeal recipe!
What’s in this vegan oatmeal?
To make this oatmeal both vegan-friendly and delicious, skip the water and reach for almond milk instead. We’ll be bringing the almond milk to a slow boil before combining it with the old fashioned oats. This gives the oatmeal a richer texture with even more flavor than plain old water.
I love using almond milk whenever I’m making a plant-based meal! It offers a nutty taste which elevates the flavor way more than cooking with just water or regular milk. You’ll notice a huge difference with the depth of natural almond flavor.
Almond milk isn’t just a great choice for flavor, but thanks to being packed with Vitamin D and Vitamin E it helps reduce stress and provides those extra daily vitamins. This is a great go-to milk alternative if you’re lactose intolerant or trying to reduce your overall caloric intake.
Almond milk is so versatile you can literally make anything that calls for dairy-free ingredients like this almond milk ice cream or even this savory creamy broccoli and red lentil soup. It isn’t just for sweet meals!
Naturally Sweetened Oatmeal
Voila! There are no artificial flavors in this oatmeal – no honey or sweeteners. With so many alternative options these days, I simply can’t bring myself to use any of those in this oatmeal recipe.
The entire bowl is naturally sweetened by the banana. We will be mashing a ripe banana (the riper bananas are sweeter) until it’s creamy. Then, we’ll add it into the oatmeal so we get a super rich consistency. We’ll also add a pinch of cinnamon powder to complement the banana’s sweetness and give the oatmeal even more flavor.
For more natural flavors and crunch in every spoonful, go all out with your favorite toppings! I love these topping combinations on my oatmeal:
- Peanut butter, sliced bananas, topped with cinnamon
- Fresh berries and almond butter (try blueberries or raspberries for extra antioxidants)
- Coconut yogurt, cacao nibs, nut butter, berries, and bananas
The possibilities are endless when it comes to oatmeal toppings! You can customize toppings to meet your dietary needs or whatever flavors you’re craving that morning. Make the oatmeal a high protein dish by adding protein powder for a post-workout snack or add lots of mixed fruits to boost your fiber intake.
The Secret to Making the Creamiest Oatmeal
My best-kept secret for creamy oatmeal? It’s all in the heat.
First, we’ll bring the almond milk to a low boil. Then, we add in the oats, cinnamon, ground flax, and mashed banana. In the first five minutes, you’ll see the oatmeal start to get liquidy. But, if you keep the heat low and continuously stir the pot for ten minutes, it’ll get thick and creamy making it the perfect oatmeal texture.
Ready for the best oatmeal ever? Follow my recipe below!
Favorite Oatmeal Toppings
- Fruit: Sliced ripe banana, fresh or defrosted berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries), or fresh pomegranate
- Chia jam
- Warmed / steamed blueberries, apples, blackberries or strawberries
- Drizzle honey
- Nut butter: almond butter, peanut butter, walnut butter or cashew butter
- Dollop of coconut yogurt
- Pinch of warming spices, such as extra cinnamon, nutmeg or ground ginger
- Superfoods: hemp seeds, goji berries, cacao nibs
How to Make the Best Creamiest Vegan Stovetop Oatmeal
This is the creamiest, best vegan-friendly stovetop oatmeal you will EVER have. This amazing oatmeal recipe makes for a super healthy, heartwarming breakfast and only takes 10 minutes in the morning to make, but keeps you energized throughout the day.
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Add the almond milk to a small pot and bring to a low boil.
- As soon as the almond milk is just beginning to boil, lower the heat immediately to low and add in the oats, cinnamon, ground flax and mashed banana.
- Mix and cook for 5 – 10 minutes over low heat, mixing every minute or two.
- Turn off the heat and spoon the oatmeal into a bowl.
- Add desired toppings (I love peanut butter and banana or fresh berries and almond butter). Enjoy!
I recommend buying sprouted organic oats. Sprouted makes them easier to digest and organic is very important when buying oats. I recommend these oats.
More oatmeal recipes
Enjoyed this oatmeal recipe? You’ll love my super healthy oatmeal recipes:
- healthy twix baked oatmeal (vegan)
- apple pie baked oatmeal (vegan)
- grain-free oatmeal with stewed berries (vegan)
- blackberries & cream oatmeal (vegan)
- creamy cashew coconut oatmeal (vegan)