When I started The Oatmeal Artist at the beginning of 2012, cooking was still pretty new to me. I had been cooking “clean” recipes from scratch for about a year, but my palette was still a baby. You can see that by the tame recipes I created: Chocolate Banana, Thin Mints, Blueberry Muffin, etc.
One of my favorite parts of learning to cook was my introduction to herbs. I thought I didn’t like them, but that’s because I had only had dried herbs in a jar. Once you experience the earthy, flavorful hit of a fresh herb, there’s no going back.
Since spring is the time to fall back in love with all those warm-weather fruits and veggies, here are ten recipes with herbs to celebrate our renewed access to fresh produce! YAY SPRING!
10 Herb-Tastic Oatmeal Recipes
Let’s start this list with a savory recipe. This recipe is really flexible because pumpkin blends beautifully with almost any herb. I had sage and rosemary on hand, so that’s what I used. It may seem out of season to be enjoying pumpkin, but it IS leek season, y’all!
Nothing says sunshine quite like berries. 🙂 If blackberries aren’t your thing, you could sub in any berry.
YUM. Sweet grapes + piney rosemary = heaven. I don’t think I realized how much I liked rosemary until I experienced this combo.
Ah yes, my first experiment with herbs in oatmeal. Strawberry and basil are a veteran in the world of fruit-herb combos, and this oatmeal proves it. Everything about this is YES, YES, YES.
Sure, this recipe is more of an autumn treat, but I couldn’t resist including it in this list. Personally, I eat pumpkin and sweet potato year-round. Tart cranberries are a fun way to liven up the earthiness of pumpkin and thyme.
First I made blueberry cobbler, then strawberry-rhubarb, and finally, this herbalicious plum-pineapple concoction. Guess which one was my favorite? Yep. You’re looking at it. How is anything this delicious?!
Is it sweet or is it savory? It’s somewhere in between, and it’s wonderful. Basil is ~so fetch~.
FAVORITE SAVORY RECIPE ALERT! This is technically an optional topping, but I really wanted to include cilantro on this list, and I go out of my way to buy cilantro whenever I want to make this recipe. Cilantro and soyrizo complement each other so beautifully.
This recipe tends to run under the radar on the blog, but I find it delightful. With fresh lime juice and some refreshing mint leaves, this oatmeal has the summery flavors of a mojito with the added perk of some sweet strawberries. No rum needed. 🙂