Recipe: Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowls

Savory Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl Recipe | Freckled Italian

When I was strict Paleo, I went through a phase where I didn't eat oatmeal for several years. After I got pregnant, my food values shifted a bit as I was open to eating anything that didn't make me feel even more nauseated. Now that I'm nursing, I try to eat oatmeal every day because it's easy, filling, and supposedly good for milk production. Usually I just throw it in the microwave and eat it plain with a little sprinkle of salt, but if I have a few extra minutes I like to make one of these savory oatmeal breakfast bowls. 

I've shared a few pictures on Instagram Stories and every time I get a handful of messages from people asking for the recipe or just expressing their surprise that you can put cheese and onions in oatmeal. I'm not a big sweet breakfast person, so I prefer this over more traditional cinnamon and brown sugar oatmeal. It's also a great way to clean out your fridge, and it makes a delicious lunch as well as a hearty breakfast.

You can customize your bowl however you like, but this is my go-to recipe:


  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 of an onion, sliced or diced
  • 3-4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 egg
  • A splash of olive oil or a little butter, for cooking
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • A big handful of spinach (you could chop this to make it a little easier to eat but I usually just throw it in)
  • About 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder (or a fresh clove of garlic if you have it, chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a large pan, heat olive oil or melt butter. Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned and a little crispy--another 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan or push to the side to make room for your egg.
  2. Crack egg into pan and cook over medium-high heat. Cook to your liking--I'm a big fan of over medium but you could totally scramble it instead. I've also used hard and soft-boiled eggs I had in the fridge.
  3. While your egg is cooking, combine oats and water in a bowl. Microwave according to instructions (usually 2 minutes) and carefully remove from microwave (the bowl is always hot as hell). Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Add your spinach, mushrooms, and onion. Top with fried egg and a little hot sauce. 

I've made these with bacon and broccoli and every other meat or veggie that I have in the fridge. I love coming up with new combinations based on whatever leftovers I have. If you come up with a fun one, let me know! Enjoy!