A golden spice-filled way to start your day, creamy turmeric oatmeal is made with dried turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and a hint of pepper. This is a little like golden milk in porridge form and such a nice way to get those antioxidant benefits in. Top with whatever you'd like for a spicy twist on your everyday oatmeal!

For some more oat-based breakfast recipes, try my brown sugar maple oatmeal, basic granola with whatever you have on hand, and resistant starch pre-biotic bircher muesli.

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Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Oats: rolled oats are best, but quick cook can be used too. This recipe isn't developed for steel-cut oats.
  • Oil: use any oil you like. Coconut adds a nice flavour element, and you could use ghee if that's part of your diet.
  • Spices: these are the basic spices, but you could add more if you'd like (cardamom would be nice).
  • Milk: use any non-dairy milk you like. For homemade, soy is best because it doesn't thicken when cooked like other homemade milks will. Water can be subbed.

How to Make Turmeric Oatmeal

Yellow porridge steps 1 and 2, milk and spices in a pot and finished porridge.

Step 1: mix the milk and spices in a pot, then bring to a low boil.

Step 2: add the oats and cook, stirring, for about five minutes. Serve warm.

Top Tips

  • Cook the spices: giving the spices a quick fry in oil releases the oils in the spices and makes them much stronger and more flavourful.
  • Give it a stir: the more you stir your oatmeal, the creamier it will be. Stirring regularly will prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pot too.
  • Sweeten to taste: this recipe has no sugar or any sweetener added. If you want it to be a little sweet, stir in some honey or maple syrup once the oats are cooked.

How to Store

Storage: like most oatmeal recipes, this is best made fresh. Leftovers can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of days and heated up with a splash of milk.

Freezing: if you want to make oatmeal in advance and freeze, prepare as usual. Cool fully before freezing in single-portion containers. Thaw in the fridge before reheating with some milk to thin it out. The texture isn't as good after freezing.


Why does my oatmeal taste bitter?

Some brands of turmeric have a more bitter taste than others, and you might just need to find one you like. Be sure not to cook the spices for too long as burning them will also make the oatmeal bitter.

Why is pepper added to turmeric?

Black pepper increases the bio availability of the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, meaning that your body can more easily absorb it.

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Turmeric Oatmeal

A golden spice-filled way to start your day, creamy turmeric oatmeal is made with dried turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and a hint of pepper.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Author: Sophie


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Small pot


  • 2 teaspoons oil of choice
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • Pinch sea salt


  • Heat a small pot over medium. Once warm, add the oil and spices, stirring until the spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    2 teaspoons oil of choice, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, Pinch black pepper, Pinch ground ginger
  • Add the milk, oats, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until the oats are softened.
    1 cup non-dairy milk, ½ cup rolled oats, Pinch sea salt
  • Serve immediately, topped with fruit or other toppings.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 3mg

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