Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal

Any Happy Herbivore fans out there? It’s the only cookbook I’ve spent money on (why buy cookbooks when any recipe you could dream of is online already?), so I guess you could say I’m an avid supporter.

I had already tried a few recipes and was a proud Herbie, but then I tried the mac and cheese, and that sealed the deal. To be truthful, this isn’t a dead-ringerΒ for cow’s milk cheddar, but I’m so obsessed with it and confidently claim that it’s better. If you’re a nutritional yeast fan, you’ll likely love this cheesy sauce.


Considering I already loved the cheese sauce, I knew this oatmeal would be fantastic. And yeah, it was. Creamy, cheesy, and overflowing with giant, emerald florets.

Not vegan? You could make your own cheese sauce. Just don’t ask me how. It’s not really my forte. πŸ™‚


So, any fellow Herbies? If so, what’s your favorite recipe?

Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 serving broccoli florets
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 rounded tbsp yellow miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of paprika
  • pinch of turmeric (optional)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • pinch of salt and pepper

How to make it:

  1. Steam broccoli and set aside.
  2. Mix milk (I used soy), nutritional yeast, miso paste, and spices until smooth and creamy in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Once the sauce is smooth, add oats, and continue to simmer.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, stir in broccoli and add salt and pepper. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (fresh herbs, vegan parmesan, more nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, avocado, etc.).

Just an FYI:

(Vegan cheese sauce adapted from Happy Herbivore).

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

16 Responses to Broccoli Cheddar Oatmeal

  1. Eleanor says:

    Woah, I literally just bought a giant bag of broccoli this weekend and the thought passed my mind of whether there was an oatmeal recipe for it… Now I guess I have to make it! I have all the ingredients except for nutritional yeast. Any substitutes?

  2. Kira Graham says:

    What is yellow miso paste? is it expensive? Possible substitute?

  3. joe says:

    hi there, could you post the brand name of the yellow miso you are using and/or a picture? I’m finding hard to find yellow miso. All I find is yellow colored white miso, but I’m not sure the flavor will be cheesy. Also, Have you tried this with other types of miso (and still taste cheesy rather than soysauce-like) ?

  4. Christine says:

    I haven’t tried savory oatmeal, but when I do, this recipe or your pizza porridge will be first. They both look like ‘safe’ recipes for someone new to savory oatmeal. Meanwhile, there are lots of apple-cheddar themed recipes available on Pinterest. Did you ever try making a (vegan) apple-cheddar oatmeal? I think that would be a good bridge between sweet and savory.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I recommend the pizza porridge. πŸ™‚

      I haven’t tried this, but it sounds like a great idea. I once had a grilled cheese with green apple slices (while I was still vegetarian) and it was so good.

  5. Tiisetso 'Tee' says:

    Hey Lauren. Your creations are amazing!

    I was also a savory oatmeal doubter, but one morning I cooked mine with spring onions (scallions), garlic, white pepper and cheddar (I like strong flavours). It was delicious. Thanks for the inspiration.

    P.S. Canned beans and a bit of their liquid amplify the creamy texture of oatmeal.

  6. Christine says:

    Could you do a “Broccoli Cheddar 2.0” version of this oatmeal that doesn’t use miso paste? Broccoli cheddar is an excellent idea for savory oatmeal. I want to try this recipe, but it’s too hard to find the miso paste in stores. Maybe you could use vegan cheddar cheese instead? I also tried a vegan macaroni and cheese that used sweet potato and nutritional yeast instead of any kind of cheese. Maybe that could work for this recipe. Or, you could do a macaroni and cheese oatmeal!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      I’ve tried making mac and cheese with sweet potato and just didn’t find it as satisfying as being made with miso paste. To tell the truth, you could look up any recipe for a vegan mac and cheese and use the cheese sauce for this oatmeal. I’m really attached to my miso version, but if I come up with another way, I’ll be sure to share it.

      • Christine says:

        Update: I finally found miso paste today! I bought it with this recipe in mind, but will look up other vegan recipes that use miso paste too. I’ve been into macaroni and cheese lately, but all that dairy cheese cannot be healthy. Anyway, how much broccoli do you consider a serving? Do you use broccoli that’s frozen or already cooked?

        • Lauren Smith says:

          Yay! Definitely try making Happy Herbivore’s mac and cheese (and add soy chorizo!!!). I intentionally didn’t give a specific amount of broccoli because it depends on what you want. I would personally use a lot–like two cups’ worth πŸ˜› because I love broccoli. I use fresh broccoli and either steam it or sautee it before adding.

  7. Christine says:

    I made this for the first time tonight. It was good – different, but it did taste like broccoli cheddar soup. As usual, I made this in the microwave. I used half skim milk, half water for the liquid. One issue: I noticed that I mistakenly bought white miso paste instead of yellow miso. Do you think that would have made a difference in the overall taste? The white miso paste was brown in color – not at all white. I also used the optional turmeric, so the oatmeal was still yellow in color.

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