Vegan Saffron Oatmeal

  • Author: Gonul
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack
  • Method: Cook
  • Diet: Vegan


Intrigued by the benefits of saffron but not sure where to use it? This vegan saffron oatmeal recipe is a delicious way to introduce the wonder spice to your palette. Add turmeric for an even healthier start to the day.



For the Oatmeal Base:

  • 2 cups steel-cut oatmeal
  • 4 cups plant milk*
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt

Mix-ins per 1.5 Cups of Oatmeal Base:

  • 1 tsp saffron*, extracted in warm water
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds, ground
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • optional: 1 tsp* turmeric & pinch of black pepper
  • optional: mulberries or blackberries as toppings


To Make the Oatmeal Base:

  1. Add the steel-cut oatmeal to a large pot on medium heat and toast for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and light golden brown.
  2. Add in the liquids and the salt, and bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. At this stage, the texture will be creamy but still have a bite to it. If you prefer it to be creamier, simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Save in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer in individual boxes for up to three months.

For the Vegan Saffron Oatmeal Variety:

  1. Add 1.5 cups of the oatmeal base into a bowl, and mix in the saffron extraction (including the strands) and the ground flax seeds. Add in the dried figs and pumpkin seeds, then mix once more.
  2. For an even healthier recipe, add in the optional turmeric with a pinch of black pepper. 1 tsp may be far too much if you aren’t a big fan of turmeric so adjust according to taste.
  3. Serve with desired toppings.


I usually use soymilk from fresh tofu stores or by the brands Silk and Westsoy. For an even richer texture, use canned coconut milk.

I love the Zaran brand onĀ Amazon; always so fresh and fragrant.

I recommend adding all the toppings immediately before enjoying this oatmeal.