Fried Oatmeal Breakfast – Vegan & Gluten-free


Take your oatmeal breakfast game to the next level with this Chai-Spiced Fried Oatmeal recipe. The best way to use up leftover oatmeal! Vegan, refined sugar-free & gluten-free! 

a square of pan-fried oatmeal topped with coconut yogurt and cranberry curd on a white plate

I love going out for breakfast but I rarely order oatmeal for myself. Why? It’s what I eat almost every day at home and I love it every time I eat it.

These Pistachio Overnight Oats and Hazelnut Cinnamon Overnight Oats are some of my favorite oatmeal breakfast recipes that you just NEED to try!  With restaurant oatmeal, I always suspect, it would not satisfy my cravings the same way my homemade stuff does.

But then I saw something on the menu of my favorite diner, I just HAD to order. Maple Fried Oatmeal – it came with a big dollop of thick whipped local cream with tangy lemon curd swirled into it! It was divine! 

Got leftover oatmeal? Make Fried Oatmeal! 

I just loved the idea of fried oatmeal! It’s so much more exciting than just heating up leftover oatmeal. And everything is better fried and topped with homemade curd, of course. 

Trust me, replacing your usual bowl of oatmeal with a plate of beautifully presented pan-fried oatmeal once in a while is the ultimate treat. And guess what, not only is it the most delicious leftover oatmeal recipe ever – it’s healthy as well.

I’m sort of angry I never thought of pan-frying leftover oatmeal. Isn’t it genius!? It’s the best way to get a head-start on breakfasts for your busy work week.

Pop a loaf pan of oatmeal in the fridge or freezer and then in the morning all you have to do is cut a slice and sear it in coconut oil. Top and serve – done!  A healthy breakfast that will keep you full all morning long. 

Why you will love this fried oatmeal recipe: 

  • It’s super easy
  • Cheap to make 
  • Filling and nourishing 
  • Super-versatile
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Refined sugar-free

fried oatmeal on a white plate with cranberries and curd in the background

Benefits of oatmeal for breakfast: 

Love your daily oatmeal breakfast? AWESOME! You are fuelling your body with a  gluten-free whole grain that is a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits including weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Don’t get me wrong: oatmeal is not particularly low in calories BUT it is very filling. Eating filling foods like oats may help you eat fewer calories over the course of the day and lose weight. It’s also seriously the best if you suffer from constipation! 

Toppings for Fried Oatmeal 

The fun thing about making fried oatmeal for breakfast is that you can add any toppings you like.

  • maple syrup,
  • fresh berries
  • fruit preserves
  • chopped nuts
  • peanut butter
  • honey
  • butter
  • Greek yogurt

 

Can I make this oatmeal breakfast recipe ahead of time?

One of the great perks of making fried oatmeal for breakfast is that you can do most of the work ahead of time. Make up a batch of oatmeal on Sunday, press it into the mold (on the stove, in your Instant Pot or even in your crockpot) and then “fry” each piece for breakfast as needed throughout the week! 

If you have kiddos, you could cut fun shapes out of the cold oatmeal using cookie cutters and fry them. 

Tips for making fried oatmeal: 

  • I added some Chai spices to my fried oatmeal but you can use apple pie spice or pumpkin spice instead. just add cinnamon.
  • Upgrade your fried oatmeal by toasting the oats first. Spread the oats in a thin layer on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350F.  They will turn tan and have a strong, nutty aroma. Stir the oats occasionally, to prevent scorching and ensure even toasting.
  • I do not recommend exceeding the amount of add-ins by much or your oatmeal will be more difficult to fry.
  •  Freezing the cooked oatmeal makes the slicing process easier. I prefer using a loaf pan and haven’t had any issues slicing the oatmeal. Simply place the bottom of the loaf pan in a sink filled with hot tap water and the loaf will pop right out! Of course, you will need some arm muscle but it’s totally doable. Alternatively, you can freeze the oatmeal in muffin tins.

 

Did you make and love this vegan fried oatmeal recipe? Give it your review below! And make sure to share your creations by tagging me on Instagram!

a slice of fried oatmeal topped with yogurt and cranberry curd on a white plate
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Fried Oatmeal Recipe - Vegan & Gluten-free

Take your oatmeal breakfast game to the next level with this Chai-Spiced Fried Oatmeal recipe. The best way to use up leftover oatmeal! Vegan, refined sugar-free & gluten-free! 

Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine #Vegan, American, Gluten-free
Keyword fried oatmeal recipe, oatmeal breakfast recipe, vegan oatmeal recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling 6 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 3 Personen
Calories 389 kcal
Author Kiki Johnson

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp coconut sugar or 6 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 cup rolled oats toasted if possible, 180 g
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 50 g dried cranberries or raisins
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds toasted
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • Toppings

Instructions

  1. Take a standard sized loaf pan 8.5x4.5" and line with cling film.
  2. In a medium pot, heat 250 ml Wasser and 250 ml almond milk with salt. Add coconut sugar, oats, spices and nut butter and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Add a splash of milk if it gets to dry.
  3. Add Cranberries and sunflower seeds and pour the mixture into the loaf pan. Press down with wet hands and cover with cling film.
  4. Let chill in the fridge or even better, freeze overnight, then cut into 3 to 4 squares.

  5. In a big pan, melt 3 tbsp coconut oil on medium heat and fry the oatmeal from both sides until golden brown. Serve with toppings.

Recipe Notes

  • I added some Chai spices to my fried oatmeal but you can use apple pie spice or pumpkin spice instead. just add cinnamon.
  • Upgrade your fried oatmeal by toasting the oats first. Spread the oats in a thin layer on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350F.  They will turn tan and have a strong, nutty aroma. Stir the oats occasionally, to prevent scorching and ensure even toasting.
  • I do not recommend exceeding the amount of add-ins by much or your oatmeal will be more difficult to fry.
  •  Freezing the cooked oatmeal makes the slicing process easier. I prefer using a loaf pan and haven’t had any issues slicing the oatmeal like a loaf of bread. Of course, you will need some arm muscle but it's totally doable. 

Vegan Fried Oatmeal Breakfast recipe


5 Comments


  1. I can see how my days won’t be the same after I try this fried oatmeal recipe. It looks simply magnificent and just the way I like it. I wonder if have enough leftover oatmeal for it now – I’ll have to check as soon as post this comment 🙂


  2. I love this recipe and the flavors are spot on!!!

  3. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry


    I’d never have thought of fried oatmeal for breakfast! What a delicious idea.


  4. We love oatmeal in this house, and we’re always looking for creative new ways to make it, this is awesome!


  5. What a delicious treat for breakfast! Yum! Genius idea, and looks so special. Also, the chai spices in oatmeal is a match made in heave… yum!

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