5 Savory Oatmeal Recipes Kids Will Love

savory oatmeal with an egg

Need a quick meal the whole family can agree on? Try savory oatmeal!

In this article, the experts at The Soulfull Project introduce you to the concept of savory versus sweet and outline some oatmeal recipes that kids of all ages will love.

What Is Savory Oatmeal?

Sweet is one of the first flavors our taste buds begin to recognize. Even at a young age, you probably enjoyed sweet foods like mashed apple, sweet potato, and mixed berries.

By the time you’re an adult — or even a tween or teen — sweet flavors have become a big part of your life. That’s probably one of the reasons why adding fruits, sugars, and syrups to oatmeal or hot cereal in the morning is so common.

Fortunately, there is another type of breakfast food that is equally as delicious without all the added sugar: savory oatmeal.

What exactly does that mean? Savory is a category of food and drink that’s salty or spicy rather than sweet.

If you’re having trouble identifying a savory food, think about pasta with marinara sauce, fried rice, garlic bread, or beef jerky.

One of the great things about oatmeal and hot cereal is that they’re both fairly neutral when it comes to flavor (which is why most people add their own extras to kick things up a notch).

The next time you’re whipping up a batch of oatmeal or hot cereal, add a unique twist to traditional flavors, like brown sugar and nuts, by mixing in savory foods (think bacon, sriracha, or pesto). You won’t be sorry!

Below, we’ve put together some of our favorite savory oatmeal recipes that kids from one to 100 will love. Let’s dive in.

Delicious Savory Oatmeal Recipes

Savory oatmeal with an egg

Before we start with the recipes, take a moment to read our article How To Make Oatmeal For A Delicious, Healthy Breakfast.

In it, you’ll find suggestions for the perfect ratio of liquid to dry oats — as well as helpful instructions — so you can cook the best oatmeal the first time around.

You can then modify those instructions with the savory oatmeal recipes below.

1) Tingle Your Taste Buds With This Cheesy Treat

Looking for a unique way to make your oatmeal taste good? Try cooking it with vegetable or chicken broth.

This vegan-friendly savory oatmeal bowl relies on your favorite broth for its hearty taste. And your kids will love the cheesy flavor from the nutritional yeast!

Here’s what you’ll need and how to mix it up.

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Broth (vegetable or chicken works best, but don’t be afraid to try beef)
  • Nutritional yeast (for a cheesy kick)
  • Avocado
  • Sriracha sauce

Instructions

  1. Measure dry oats into a pan
  2. Add the appropriate amount of broth to the pan
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to medium
  5. Stir
  6. Measure in ½ teaspoon of nutritional yeast
  7. Cook oatmeal to desired texture
  8. Remove from heat
  9. Slice on some avocado
  10. Sprinkle on sriracha sauce to taste

Enjoy!

2) Savory Oatmeal To The Max

This savory oatmeal treat with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and bacon takes a bit of preparation, but the results are well worth the effort.

In fact, once your kids try it, they’ll probably want to eat this dish for lunch and dinner, too.

Ingredients

  • Mushrooms (your favorite kind)
  • Vidalia onion
  • Bacon
  • Steel-cut oats
  • Milk or water

Instructions

  1. Cook your bacon first and set it aside to cool
  2. Caramelize the onions in a pan
  3. Measure the oats into a separate pot or pan
  4. Add the appropriate amount of water or milk
  5. Bring the mix to a boil
  6. Stir
  7. Cook oatmeal to desired texture
  8. Scoop oatmeal into a large bowl
  9. Crumble bacon on top
  10. Mix in caramelized onions

Mmmm, delicious!

3) Breakfast Will Never Be The Same

Try it once and this gluten-free savory oatmeal with cheddar cheese and fried egg will become your family’s go-to meal of choice.

Ingredients

  • Oats
  • Milk, water, or broth
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Diced red pepper (optional)
  • Chopped onion (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Bring water, milk, or broth to a boil
  2. Add oatmeal
  3. Stir
  4. Reduce heat
  5. Cook oatmeal to desired texture
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Shred in 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese
  8. Mix in ¼ cup of diced red pepper and 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion (optional)
  9. Scramble or fry an egg
  10. Add the egg to your oatmeal
  11. Sprinkle in salt and pepper to taste

If you don’t want to scramble or fry the egg separately, simply add the egg into your oatmeal a few minutes before it’s boiling to cook it to completion.

4) Taco Night Will Never Be The Same

If your kids like tacos, they’ll love this savory oatmeal recipe!

Ingredients

  • Water, milk, or broth
  • Oats
  • Garlic
  • Taco seasoning
  • Teaspoon paprika
  • Lime juice
  • Olive oil
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Avocado (optional)
  • Jalapeno (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot
  2. Add 2 cloves of crushed garlic and saute for about 15 seconds
  3. Remove from heat and set aside
  4. In a large pot, combine 2 cups of water (or other liquid), ½ teaspoon of taco seasoning, ¼ teaspoon of paprika, ½ teaspoon of lime juice, ¾ cup of dry oatmeal, and salt to taste
  5. Mix well
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil
  7. Stir
  8. Reduce heat
  9. Cook oatmeal to desired texture
  10. Top with grated cheddar cheese
  11. Add corn, salsa, avocado, and jalapeno (optional)
  12. Serve and watch your family smile

This one may seem a bit strange at first, but the savory flavor and novel approach will have your kids asking for tacos every night.

5) A Bowl Of Bacon, Egg, And Cheese

There are few things as delicious as bacon and eggs at breakfast. This savory oatmeal bowl checks off all those boxes and adds some unique ones of its own.

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • Bacon
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Oats
  • Milk, water, or broth
  • Chives, cilantro, or green onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon first and set it aside to cool
  2. Fry or scramble 1 large egg in a pan (set aside)
  3. In a separate pan, bring water, milk, or broth to a boil
  4. Add dry oats
  5. Stir
  6. Reduce heat
  7. Cook oatmeal to desired texture
  8. Remove oatmeal from heat
  9. Add shredded cheese
  10. Crumble bacon on top and stir
  11. Add scrambled or fried egg
  12. Sprinkle in chives, cilantro, or green onion for flavor (optional)

This is one savory oatmeal your family will never forget!

Savory Oatmeal Is Just Minutes Away

The Soulfull Project boxes of Steel Cut Oats

Savory oatmeal is a healthy alternative to typical breakfast fare that includes sugary cereals, doughnuts, and leftovers from the night before. It can even help you lose weight as part of a balanced diet and regular exercise.

What’s more, the unique and delicious flavors you can create will leave everyone in your family begging you to whip up a batch for them before work or school.

But if you’re short on time in the morning, savory oatmeal may seem like an impossibility. Not so with The Soulfull Project’s oatmeals and hot cereals!

In less than five minutes, you can have a serving of Cinnamon Spice or Tart Cherry Multigrain Hot Cereal ready to go in its own travel-friendly container.

Or, if you want to try one of the ideas in this article, whip up a pot of our Quick Cook Irish Oatmeal With Steel Cut Oats, Four Grain Hot Cereal, or Hearty Grains & Seeds Hot Cereal. They make a great base for adding fun extras to create your own savory oatmeal recipe!

What’s more, for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.

You can rest easy that while you and your family are enjoying a healthy and delicious savory oatmeal breakfast, your neighbors in need are as well.

That’s one of the many ways The Soulfull Project helps you fill your body and soul.

For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all of our savory hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.