Grape Rosemary Oatmeal

Ugh, you guys… I suck so much at taking care of herbs.


I bought four different herbs from the farmers’ market: basil, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary. The basil looked beautiful for nearly two weeks, and then it turned a sad yellow color. The thyme turned brittle after a few days. The tall bush of cilantro collapsed into a  yellow pile within hours. All three of them never fully recovered. I believe the basil and thyme improve a little bit every day, but the cilantro had to be removed from the pot and tossed. The only plant that still looks functional is the rosemary.


I shouldn’t be surprised. Rosemary smells like pine tree, and pine trees are sturdy enough to sustain even the worst weather in South Dakota; it only makes sense that rosemary can withstand the (apparently unbearable) conditions of my herb garden.

Sadly, of the four herbs I chose, rosemary is my least favorite. To be honest, I don’t even like it that much. I only picked it because I like to season potatoes with it sometimes. (Okay, I also like it in my gin & tonics, but…)


Thus, here is my attempt to make use of the happy rosemary plant I have. I may prefer basil and thyme, but the rosemary in this oatmeal was fantastic! (P.S. The other great quality of rosemary is that it tastes pretty decent dried, which I can’t say about most herbs.)

Grape Rosemary Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel-cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 or 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract OR lemon zest OR 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 10 (or so) red grapes, halved

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Holding a sprig of rosemary at its top, slide your fingers down it, to the bottom, to strip off the needles. Then, gather them together and chop the needles a few times to create pieces that are shorter than half a centimeter. Stir into the oatmeal.Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon extract and salt. Stir.
  3. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, stir in halved grapes.
  4. To serve, transfer to a bowl and add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings. Top with another fresh sprig of rosemary to look ~fancy~.


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.

4 Responses to Grape Rosemary Oatmeal

  1. Inge says:

    Keeping herbs in good condition is just something inhuman I think!
    As a biologist, I probably should be able to maintain them healthy, but they wither every time. It’s just not meant to be I guess…

    This oatmeal does look delicious though!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Glad I’m not the only one. I’m confused at how so many sites say herbs are “fool proof” and the best intro to gardening. Um, no. Now I’m more convinced I should never try to garden.

  2. Claudia H says:

    I can sympathize – a while ago I bought basil, oregano and thyme. All died within two weeks 🙁

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