Two Quick, Easy and Vegan Oatmeal Recipes

Two Quick, Easy and Vegan Oatmeal Recipes

I know I’m on a roll with these recipe posts recently, and I think that’s because I’m hungry pretty much all the time. Paired with insubstantial sleep, that’s the main effect the cold has on me. So, I cannot think of a better excuse to whip out my creative side, put my appetite to good use and try out a bunch of new recipes.


With starting a new job recently, I have been busier than usual (hence, I do apologise for any delay in comment responses!) which always brings the need for super simple meals I can create up in fifteen or so minutes without compromising taste. Oatmeal falls into this category for sure – no matter how much I eat oats, I never get bored of them. Moreover, they are ideal for storing in the fridge in time for breakfast and giving yourself a few extra minutes in bed!

In the summer, I am a big fan of eating fruity breakfasts – smoothies, fruit salads, that type of thing. However, as someone who has trouble dealing with the cold I need something warmer in Autumn and Winter, especially as my room resembles the arctic circle each morning. I’m actually eating the spirulina porridge while writing this blog post and researching options for my gap year travels (I know I’ve said multitasking is bad but we can’t always practice what we preach ;)) and am loving the subtle sweet taste of the sauce and how it coalesces with the oats to create something wonderful. The two recipes are filling but light at the same time, leaving you satisfied until lunch without any additional heaviness. Moreover, they require mostly pantry essentials and some of the ingredients can easily be adapted to suit whatever you have on hand – for example, using ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks.


I cannot quite believe that the first recipe is healthy because it tastes like chocolate pudding and when your breakfast tastes like dessert, you know you’re doing something right. I mean, even when your whole life is falling apart oatmeal like this will always be there for you! The fruity compote is a great way to incorporate fruit and berries into your diet when they’re not in season and take weeks to ripen on your windowsill. And let’s also take this moment to appreciate the stunning, ocean-like colour of spirulina – it looks quite dark and ugly as a powder but works like magic when added to other foods. Moreover, I know that using tofu in a sweet sauce sounds unorthodoxΒ butΒ do not judge until you try it! I didn’t think the idea would work out but I fell in love because the tofu in itself doesn’t have a taste but provides a decadent, silky texture to the sauce.

If you try these out, feel free to share your creations on Instagram and tag me, letting me know which one of these recipes is your favourite!

Chocolate Oatmeal with a Fruity Compote

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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With its subtle sweet taste and richness, you will not believe that this recipe is both healthy and vegan. Perfect for those chilly Sunday mornings in bed.

Chocolate vegan fruit oatmeal

Vegan cacao oatmeal



  • 1 cup oats
  • 1.5 cups plant milk (I used cashew)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of shredded coconut
  • For the compote:

  • 1/3 cup raspberries
  • 1.5 plums, sliced
  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Add oatmeal, cacao powder, agave nectar and 1 cup of the plant milk to a large saucepan. Simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes, before adding the rest of the milk and stirring for a further 2 minutes.
  2. To make the compote (you can do it at the same time as the oatmeal or afterwards), simply place the fruit, the agave nectar, the cinnamon stick and the lemon juice into a small saucepan. Stir on a low- medium heat until the fruits release juices and the sauce thickens up. If it starts to get dry, add more lemon juice or a few drops of water. This should take around 5-7 minutes
  3. Serve with shredded coconut and more plant milk.

Spirulina Oatmeal With a Peanut Sauce

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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A vibrant and filling recipe, perfect for storing in the fridge and eating as a quick, energising breakfast.


Vegan oatmeal recipe spirulina



  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup plant milk (soya is ideal)
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • For the sauce

  • 100g firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar


  1. Add the oats, the tahini and the spirulina to a saucepan and stir over a medium heat and stir for 1 minute, until lightly browned.
  2. Add in the mashed banana, the plant milk and the raspberries, stirring over a medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Add more milk if the consistency is too thick.
  3. To make the sauce, add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add more agave nectar to taste. Transfer to a saucepan and heat for around thirty seconds.
  4. Serve with fresh fruits and any toppings of your choice.

While we’re here, I would just like to ask you all quickly – what would you like to see more of on my blog? Recipes, fitness related posts, wellness&mental health, etc? Your feedback means a lot to me and I want to know which type of post my readers enjoy the most!

Lots of love, Maria ❀️

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  1. Veronica M. October 13, 2017 / 6:41 pm

    These oatmeal recipes look so delicious! Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite of mine, so I want to try these recipes out. πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      You should definitely give them a go! So glad you can relate to my love for oatmeal πŸ’•

  2. SimpleSerenity October 13, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Both of these look delicious. I usually have oatmeal with banana and peanut butter. xx

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Yess that’s always a winning combination! Thank you so much ❀️

  3. Happy Healing October 13, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    These look delicious! And filling πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks girl! Glad you like them 😊❀️

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Ahh thank you so much for your lovely comment! ❀️

  4. ladolcelindsey October 13, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    So cute!! These look delish and I love how you added sprinkles! Pictures look great too love!

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Omg I am so happy to hear that – thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment 😊 Xox

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad you like them xox

  5. J | thenellybean October 13, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Spirulina oatmeal… you honestly make the healthiest things sound so delicious. And that’s not easy to do! Recipes look great and very doable too, definitely going to save this for when i need breakfast variations xx

    • whatismaria October 13, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      Hahah this is the best compliment – my goal is to make healthy food as yummy as possible πŸ˜‰ Let me know how it goes if you end up trying them out! Xox

  6. Beyoutiful October 14, 2017 / 2:50 am

    These recipes sound interesting and def looking for some more healthy options! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us girl! <3

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 5:31 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment – I had lots of fun making these and I am glad you like them! ❀️

  7. livinglavieenrose October 14, 2017 / 6:42 am

    Thank you for sharing this !! I will try these as soon as possible, it looks so delicious and good.

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Thanks so much lovely! Do let me know how it goes if you try out one of the recipes 😊

  8. chefkreso October 14, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Can’t think of a better way to start your day than with one of these two oatmeals

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Thank you! Oatmeal definitely does make a yummy breakfast 😊

  9. hell0chloe October 14, 2017 / 10:18 am

    These look so amazing oh my goodness 😭 xx

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thank you so much lovely!! You are the kindest ❀️

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 1:45 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy if you do πŸ˜„

  10. hopelessblog October 14, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    Oats are so good because you can do absolutely anything with them! thanks for the recipe inspo x

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      Yes I can definitely agree with this one! And you are welcome – I had a lot of fun making these ❀️

  11. grace October 14, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    These look amazing! For me, oatmeal a such a quick thing because I just make overnight oats for school but sometimes I like to actually cook it and through some bananas in there! It gets super creamy and sweet especially if you also add some cinnamon and/or apple pie spice (I love spice so I put both)

    • whatismaria October 14, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Yes stirring bananas into oatmeal is my favourite thing to do! I recently discovered I am no longer allergic to bananas and have been doing this endlessly. Although I have never tried apple pie spice – will definitely be going on my food bucket list!!

  12. Audrey October 14, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    I usually have cereal or overnight oats for breakfast, but now with the colder weather settling in, I’m wanting hot breakfasts too! The first recipe looks so pretty! And the second recipe is such a fun colour! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 5:49 am

      Cereal is always a great breakfast idea- I eat it quite a bit in the summer (even just as a snack lol) but this time of year warm breakfasts are a must! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and I am glad to hear you like the look of the recipes:)

  13. heidisplanner October 15, 2017 / 8:22 am

    That chocolate looks so good, I might need to try it out xx

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 9:25 am

      Thank you Heidi! I am glad you like it and hope you enjoy if you give it a go:)

  14. crystalsandcurls October 15, 2017 / 10:22 am

    These look delicious! (And your photography is as always amazing) I just did a MASSIVE healthy food shop and bought loads of oats, so this is just in time for me πŸ™‚ xxx

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Yaaay I am so happy to hear that – hope you end up trying out one of these recipes 😊 Thank you so much for your lovely comment as always!! ❀️ Much love xox

  15. Emily October 15, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    You create the best recipes Maria and such beautiful photos too! I love chocolate so definitely eyeing up the oatmeal!

    Musings & More

  16. Gabrielle October 15, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Oh wow, well one thing is for certain – your food photography is definite #goals! Both of these recipes look delicious and so colourful πŸ™‚ x

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you so much!! That really means a lot to me and I am glad that you like these recipes – colour are definitely a must when it comes to oatmeal ;D x

  17. jyo October 15, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Such an awesome post… looks damn delicious✌✌

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:56 pm

      Omg I am glad you think so! Thank you 😊

  18. Monica Wong October 15, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Your food photography is so clean, crisp and goes well with your anaesthetic. I needed some new breakfast ideas so this has been so helpful – thanks babe! Looking forward to following more of your posts.

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Hi Monica!! I am so glad you like my photography – it’s probably my favourite part of blogging. Let me know how it goes if you try out one of these recipes! Thank you very much for your comment xox

  19. notesoflifeuk October 15, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    These recipes look and sound delicious! πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      Thank you!! I am glad you think so ❀️

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Omg thank you Mary – this is the nicest comment ever! I am so glad you liked this post:) ❀️

  20. Britney October 15, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    These are interesting recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever tried oatmeal before in my life (even the plain kind), so I don’t know if I would like it or not. The chocolate oatmeal with fruity compote looks good though.

    • whatismaria October 15, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Wow you’ve never tried oatmeal?! You should definitely give it a go but definitely start with plain just to see whether you like the texture etc. Thank you so much for your comment:) xox

  21. Kim October 16, 2017 / 1:13 am

    Yum! I love starting the day out with fruit. Breakfast is my favorite meal!

    • whatismaria October 16, 2017 / 6:18 am

      Breakfast is one of my favourite meals too – don’t understand how people skip it! Thank you for your comment Kim:) xox

  22. Eena October 16, 2017 / 4:50 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with oatmeal. I like looking at photos of it where it’s so pretty and perfectly crafted that when I make my own and it doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen… I end up not liking it, hahaha.

    Thanks for sharing this though!

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    • whatismaria October 16, 2017 / 6:25 am

      Haha oatmeal definitely isn’t for everyone! I used to not like it myself when I was younger but got used to it over time. I am glad you like the photos, thank you for your comment:)

    • whatismaria October 17, 2017 / 4:00 am

      Thank you! And you definitely should πŸ™‚

  23. Dippy-Dotty Girl October 16, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    I am tempted by the sound of the fruity oats recipe and it sounds just right about now because I am down with the annoying twosome (cold and fever). Plus cocoa always makes everything seem alright. xx

    • whatismaria October 17, 2017 / 4:01 am

      Omg I am so sorry that you’ve been struggling with that! A cold and a fever are never fun. I hope you feel better soon, and oatmeal definitely does make everything better πŸ™‚

      • Dippy-Dotty Girl October 17, 2017 / 1:49 pm

        That’s okay. I have a lunatic husband who insists on switching on the ac even when it is cold at night. So of course I shall be sick for a day or two but repair soon. In fact I am off to make myself this lovely one with berries and cocoa. xx

      • Dippy-Dotty Girl October 17, 2017 / 2:16 pm

        And here I am digging into a bowl of this delicious goodness. Thanks for the idea! xx

        • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 5:40 am

          Ahh you are always welcome!! Thank you for trying it out and I am glad you like it:) xox

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 5:39 am

      Haha it’s such a yummy meal isn’t it?! <3

  24. Sivylla October 17, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I love oatmeals! Such a well written post! I just discovered your blog and absolutely L O V E it!
    I am a fan of yours as of today! haha πŸ™‚
    Would you check mine at and let me know what you think?
    xoxo, Sivylla

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 5:38 am

      Hiya! Thank you for your comment and I am happy to hear you like this post/my blog – will definitely check yours out:) Have a great day! xox

  25. Claudia October 18, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Great vegan recipies! I’ll try them! Great post πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Ahh thank you so much! I am glad you like them:) xo

  26. Julia October 18, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    These are awesome ideas and they look so good, the first one especially looks and sounds incredible!!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 11:22 pm

      Ahh thank you Julia! The first one was probably my favourite:) I am glad you like them <3

  27. Sabreendiaries October 18, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Wow looks so healthy, filling and delicious πŸ˜‹

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 11:22 pm

      Thank you very much:) they were very yummy indeed xox

  28. kittyp0p October 18, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Perfect πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ thanks for sharing!

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      Ahh thank you so much:) you are welcome <3

    • whatismaria October 18, 2017 / 11:24 pm

      I hope you like them if you give them a go! And thank you very much, I will check out your post now:) <3

    • whatismaria October 19, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      Thank you Jenny! Colourful food is always my favourite πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ I am really glad you like them and my photos 😊❀️

    • whatismaria October 21, 2017 / 5:44 am

      This means so much to me! Healthy eating really is amazing 😊 Thank you very much and I am glad you like this ❀️

  29. ughmango October 21, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    I am always sucker for new vegan recipes and ohmygod that chocolate oatmeal sounds so delicious! I have to make it as soon as possible!! xx

    • whatismaria October 25, 2017 / 5:45 am

      Thanks so much girl! You should definitely give it a go ❀️

  30. govegoblog October 24, 2017 / 11:45 am

    This looks good! And the photos are fab! We will have to try this at GoVego. We are all about the healthy lifestyle

    • whatismaria October 25, 2017 / 5:48 am

      I am very glad you like the post and my photos πŸ™‚ thank you for your comment!

  31. fromdreamtoplan October 24, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    Hi Maria! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! Looking forward to following you πŸ™‚

    Lisa |

    • whatismaria October 25, 2017 / 5:50 am

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for checking out my blog and for your lovely comment, as I love yours as well and that means a lot to me πŸ™‚ I’m currently studying for a horrendous exam but once that is over I will be back with new content! Xox

      • fromdreamtoplan October 25, 2017 / 8:55 am

        My pleasure! Oh good luck with your exam!! πŸ™‚

  32. itsnaly October 25, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Looks delicious 😍

  33. govegoblog October 27, 2017 / 9:15 am

    YUM!! Some delicious looking easy breakfast ideas here! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:10 am

      Ahh I am so glad you like them! And you are always welcome<3

  34. LisaDay October 27, 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I do tire of oatmeal, but one that tastes like chocolate pudding – maybe not. Thank you.

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thank you Eloise! I am so glad you like my photography xox

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Omg thank you so much for the nomination! I will be checking out your post asap πŸ™‚

  35. Teti November 2, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    Hi Maria, your recipes look so yummy and healthy at the same time!

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Thank you so much! I am glad to hear you think so πŸ™‚

  36. Katya November 2, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I love my oatmeal mixed with a variety of fruits. I meant a variety of a lot of fruits in one bowl. Good luck with the new job honey, wish you all the best.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • whatismaria November 3, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Yes I love mixing my oatmeal with fruit too – it always adds such a wonderful flavour πŸ™‚ and thank you! It’s going very well so far

  37. N November 12, 2017 / 8:23 am

    I love your post, You are such an amazing food photographer!

    • whatismaria November 12, 2017 / 7:33 pm

      That means so much to me! Thank you ❀️

  38. Kim November 12, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Looks amazing!

  39. dancing for donuts November 13, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    omg YUM!! i’m so with you – colder weather just makes me want to trade in my summer smoothies and curl up with a warm bowl of oats ! i’ve never thought to add spirulina to them, but that’s genius. thanks for the recipes & ideas!!

  40. Garance November 26, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Second comment in a row (I promise I’m not crazy) but omg I’m so so glad I found your blog!! This is just what I was looking for! Keep up the great work xo

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