Spicy Oatmeal with Saffron

Here’s a spicy oatmeal breakfast! The savory breakfast dish featuring aromatic spices like saffron, nutmeg, and cardamom.

You’ll love this comforting spicy oatmeal that’s as simple as it gets—all you have to do is combine the oatmeal with milk and spices, cook it in the microwave, and it’s ready to eat!

Oatmeal is a super popular breakfast dish, and it’s well known for being combined with sweet ingredients like fruit or brown sugar.

Who knew you could make oatmeal savory, as well? This spicy oatmeal is a great recipe to make if you are looking to switch up your oatmeal routine!

This dish is reminiscent of masala oats, an Indian savory oatmeal traditionally made with spices and vegetables.

top down view of saffron oatmeal in a bowl

I also love oatmeal because of how healthy it is. It’s full of heart-healthy fiber and will keep you full and satisfied until your next meal!

Without further adieu, let’s learn how to make spicy oatmeal!


Spicy oatmeal comes together with a simple ingredient list: oats, spices, milk, and sweetener. Here’s an overview of what you will need to make it:

top down view of ingredients to make spicy oatmeal including saffron, oats, almonds, sweetener and spices

Rolled oats: I used rolled oats in this recipe because of how easy they are to cook. You can cook them in the microwave or on the stove top.

Spices: What makes this recipe unique is the saffron threads that you’ll use to spice it up!

Saffron is a spice derived from a flower, and thus it has a floral taste to it. It has a red appearance and is sold in threads. You will also need nutmeg and cardamom.

Almond milk: Oats need to be combined with some sort of liquid in order to cook. In this recipe, I combined them with water and almond milk. You could use any type of plant-based milk.

Oat milk or soy milk would also taste great. Just make sure to use an unsweetened version. Note that you can make oatmeal without milk (using water only), but it will be less creamy.

Maple syrup: This is an optional ingredient, but I added a little maple syrup in the last step to give the spicy oats a touch of sweetness.

Toppings: Set aside some saffron threads, a little almond milk, and sliced almonds for toppings! You can use any other toppings that you like.

Step-by-step instructions

Start the spicy oatmeal by preparing the saffron threads. Combine them with 2 Tablespoons of hot water in a bowl or cup. Allow the saffron to infuse the water, and then reserve 1 Tablespoon of the mixture.

saffron threads mixed with water in a small bowl

Next, combine the rolled oats, almond milk, water, nutmeg, cardamom powder,

rolled oats, almond milk, water, nutmeg, cardamom powder mixed in a large bowl

and saffron water in a bowl.

saffron water mixture added to oatmeal mixture

Place in the microwave and cover it before allowing it to cook for two to three minutes.

oatmeal is cooked in the microwave

When the spicy oatmeal is done cooking, mix again with a spoon and add 1 teaspoon saffron threads, some extra almond milk, sliced almonds,

saffron threads, some extra almond milk, sliced almonds added to cooked oatmeal

and the reserved saffron water. You can add any other toppings that you like!

close up of saffron oatmeal in a bowl

This spicy oatmeal tastes the best when eaten immediately, but you could also make a batch to store and then reheat for quick breakfasts throughout the week.

Cooked oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for two to three days, as long as it’s in a sealed container.

Recipe FAQ

What to put in oatmeal to spice it up?

Oatmeal on its own has a mild flavor, but there are many ways that you can spice it up to make it more appealing!

One of the most popular ways to enjoy oatmeal is to mix it with fruit—you can try it with sliced bananas, apples, or berries, or combine it with any frozen fruit that you have on hand.

You could also flavor it with vanilla extract, maple syrup, or cocoa powder. Many people like to add chia seeds, sliced almonds, or crushed walnuts on top of oatmeal.

Additionally, you could make oatmeal savory, like in my spicy oatmeal, by combining it with spices like saffron, cardamom, and nutmeg. Oatmeal tastes great with warm spices like these. Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are also good options.

Is hot oatmeal healthy?

Yes, oatmeal is a very healthy food regardless of if it is hot or cold. What it’s most well known for nutritionally is its fiber content.

Oatmeal is rich in soluble fiber, which may have several health benefits from helping to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, to supporting weight loss due to its ability to promote fullness.

Oats are also a source of important vitamins and minerals like manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

Is hot oatmeal a good breakfast?

Hot oatmeal is a fantastic breakfast! It’s a great way to start your day because of how filling that it is: It will help keep your appetite at bay until your next meal.

Plus, the nutrients found in oats will keep you energized throughout the day. Not to mention that hot oatmeal is delicious and comforting—the perfect mix for breakfast.

side view of saffron oatmeal in a bowl topped with sliced almonds

More plant-based oatmeal recipes

Did you love this spicy oatmeal? Give these other oatmeal recipes a try:

If you want even more options, check out these 49 quick oatmeal recipes!

I absolutely love cooking with oats! This spicy oatmeal is full of warm, comforting flavors that will have you coming back for more.

Make this recipe to “spice up” your breakfast routine or to try some new spices like saffron—you won’t regret it!

saffron oatmeal in a bowl topped with saffron threads and sliced almonds
saffron oatmeal

Spicy Oatmeal with Saffron

Here’s a spicy oatmeal breakfast! The savory breakfast dish featuring aromatic spices like saffron, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2
Calories 361 kcal


  • 1 tbsp saffron threads, divided
  • 2 tbsp hot water
  • 2 cups rolled oats gluten free, if necessary
  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder
  • Maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 tsp sliced almonds


  • Combine saffron threads with hot water in a bowl or cup and let it infuse. Reserve 1 Tablespoon.
  • Combine rolled oats, 1 cup almond milk, water, nutmeg, cardamom powder and saffron water in a bowl. If you desire, add maple syrup. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine with a spoon and add remaining saffron threads, the reserved saffron water, remaining almond milk and sliced almonds.


Calories: 361kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 13gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 179mgPotassium: 354mgFiber: 9gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 216mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Oatmeal, Saffron
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Here’s a spicy oatmeal breakfast! The savory breakfast dish featuring aromatic spices like saffron, nutmeg, and cardamom.
Breakfast / Brunch | Dairy Free | Dinner | Fast / Easy | Gluten Free | Lunch | Microwave | No Added Sugar | No Bake | Pescatarian | Recipes (Organizational) | Vegan | Vegetarian |

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