Cozy Turmeric Porridge (1 Pot!)

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Bowl of turmeric beside a pan and bowl of our Cozy Turmeric Porridge recipe

When the weather cools down, warm and cozy breakfasts get added to our menu.

This 1-pot oat and turmeric porridge is perfect for satisfying that craving.

Steel cut oats, turmeric, coconut milk and maple syrup for making our Cozy Turmeric Porridge recipe

This porridge starts with an optional step of the soaking steel cut oats overnight to help improve their digestibility (a step we highly recommend for creamier texture, quicker cook time, and easier-to-digest oats).

The oats are then drained and added to a saucepan where they’re boiled in a blend of water and coconut milk, providing the perfect amount of creaminess.

Using a wooden spoon to stir a pan of steel cut oats

Then a combination of anti-inflammatory spices are added. We like to use our Golden Milk Mix for a shortcut, but you can also add the spices — turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg (optional), and clove (optional) — individually.

Golden milk is an Indian drink with roots in Ayurveda. And turmeric is the star of the spice mix used to make it! This magical spice has been used in India for nearly 4,000 years and has gained popularity throughout the world in part due to its vast medicinal uses. (source)

Lastly, maple syrup is added for sweetness and to balance the other flavors.

Wooden spoon in a saucepan of our Turmeric Porridge recipe

We like to garnish with pomegranate arils, cashew butter, bee pollen (omit if vegan), and coconut butter to make the porridge even more satiating and colorful. Look at that hue!

Using a wooden spoon to stir a saucepan of Turmeric Porridge

We hope you LOVE this porridge! It’s:

Cozy
Warming
Easy
Delicious
Naturally sweetened
& Made with anti-inflammatory spices

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Holding a bowl of Cozy Turmeric Porridge topped with bee pollen and pomegranate seeds

Cozy Turmeric Porridge (1 Pot!)

Cozy turmeric porridge with steel cut oats, coconut milk, turmeric, and spices, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. Just 1 pot required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Spoon in a bowl of Cozy Turmeric Porridge with pomegranate arrils
4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 2 (Servings)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

OATS

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (soaked overnight in cool water, or for at least 6 hours for improved digestion // ensure gluten-free for GF eaters)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (for soaking // optional)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (for soaking // optional)
  • Water to cover

THE REST

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1/2 cup full-fat or light coconut milk (canned)
  • 1 ½ – 2 tsp Golden Milk Mix (or see notes for individual spices*)
  • 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup (to reduce sugar, sub stevia to taste)

FOR SERVING optional

  • Bee pollen (omit if vegan)
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Coconut butter
  • Cashew butter

Instructions

  • To improve digestibility and remove phytic acid from the oats, soak overnight by adding to a medium saucepan, covering with cool water by 1 inch, and adding salt and vinegar (both optional). Stir and cover. Soak at room temperature overnight or for at least 6 hours (24 hours max). Once soaked, drain and rinse.
  • Once oats are soaked and drained well, add back to medium saucepan with water and coconut milk. Bring to a low boil over high heat. Once a low boil is reached, reduce heat to a gentle simmer, cover, and cook for 15-20 minutes or until oats are tender and the liquid is almost fully absorbed. Add more coconut milk or water as needed if oats appear dry or are sticking to bottom of pan.
  • Add Golden Milk Mix (or individual spice — see notes*) and maple syrup and stir to combine. Then taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness or Golden Milk Mix or spices for more warmth / spice.
  • Serve with additional coconut milk and enjoy as is or garnish with toppings of choice, such as bee pollen, pomegranate arils, coconut butter / flakes, or cashew butter.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding more water or dairy-free milk to thin. Alternatively, store in the freezer up to 1 month. Freeze into individual serving sizes and thaw the night before or cook from frozen on the stovetop or microwave until hot, adding more water or dairy-free milk as needed.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with light coconut milk, the lesser amount of Golden Milk Mix and maple syrup, and without optional ingredients.
*If not using the Golden Milk Mix, sub 1 ¼ tsp ground turmeric, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 pinch black pepper, and (optional) 1 very small pinch each nutmeg and clove (amounts for recipe as written // adjust if altering serving size).

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 servings Calories: 425 Carbohydrates: 78.4 g Protein: 11.8 g Fat: 7.4 g Saturated Fat: 4.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 28 mg Potassium: 414 mg Fiber: 9.2 g Sugar: 12.8 g Vitamin A: 1.28 IU Vitamin C: 0.02 mg Calcium: 51.75 mg Iron: 4.64 mg

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  1. Sana J says

    FOR the record, I did not want to love this.

    I’m a proud, judgy South Indian lady, and I never got behind the whole hipster-turmeric-in-everything trend…in my house, turmeric gets put in curries, and that is it.

    But at this point, I’d trust you with my firstborn, so onward I forged.

    I got the ratios a little wrong, and ended up slightly over-turmericing this bad boy…but it is so very snuggly and delicious and cozy that it’s my new forever recipe for the winter. I was miserably walking home in the rain after a night shift, and knew just what I HAD to have.

    I had mine with banana, almond butter and chopped dates. Never. Going. Back.

  2. Ree says

    I could’ve been very suspicious about the savory spices if it wasn’t for your amazing golden milk which I’m having almost every afternoon. I can’t wait to try this!
    Just wanted to ask: would this work with overnight oats, not steel cut oats? We don’t have these where I live. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ree, yes, we think any oats would work, just cook less time for quick or rolled oats. Let us know how it goes!

  3. Kathryn C says

    This is so tasty! I eat oatmeal most mornings, but this was something completely new! It is an enticing and comforting flavor. Thank you for providing the single use Golden Milk ratio.

  4. Ashley says

    I make this at least once a week and love this combination of flavors! Even my husband loves this recipe, and he is extremely picky about his food.
    I stir in about a tablespoon of cashew butter and coconut butter at the very end and let it melt, and then top with raspberries, blueberries, banana, flaxseed and hemp seeds.

  5. Sarah says

    First of all, I would like to say thank you for the many, many meals you have inspired in my home. I have been following you for quite awhile, and am forever recommending you to my friends. This is a perfect soothing breakfast. I have been making it in large batches and letting it last a few days at a time for breakfasts….the flavors get better as time passes. I also add fresh grated turmeric and ginger in addition to the golden milk spices for extra flavor and nutrition. I’ve done it without as well, but the bite and earthiness from the fresh variety are and additional punch:)

  6. Emily says

    I’m so glad I’ve now got a porridge recipe that’s a bit more ‘savoury’ tasting! I used a teaspoon of honey instead of maple syrup. Also, a reminder to occasionally stir it so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom like mine did!

  7. Amanda Rae says

    I really enjoyed this recipe! The first time I made it the proportions were off and it had a steely taste, but I gave it another go and added both the cloves and nutmeg! It had just the right spice! I also used powdered coconut milk as that’s what I had on hand, and it was creamy goodness! Thanks Dana!

  8. Rachel says

    This was delicious. I would start with a tablespoon of maple syrup because I didn’t think it needed much sweetness. I served with extra coconut milk and chopped dates and walnuts.

  9. Ann Whitehead says

    This is delicious, as is the golden milk just before bed time. Thanks for the recipe.
    Ann from Aus.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Ann. We are so glad you enjoyed both recipes! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  10. Jenae says

    I LOVED This (even though I typically find oatmeal kind of boring and unappealing)! The first time, I made the recipe with pomegranates, as recommended… but they are wildly expensive here right now, so I made the turmeric oats topped with a tiny bit of butter, walnuts, and dates; I loved it just as much!

    I have also used the turmeric mylk mix as a nice change to my regular breakfast smoothie AND I re-vamped a vegan banana pancake recipe to be even more delicious w/ the turmeric mylk mix!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      So great! Thanks for sharing, Jenae! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  11. Sadye says

    Count me among those who thought “hm, this seems … different than my normal oatmeal” and still made it and loved it! Can’t put my finger on what makes it so compelling, but that’s okay :)

    I’m wondering if anyone else has made this as a *baked* oatmeal and if so, what adjustments they made. Yes I know I could just make a batch in advance and scoop out portions, but it’s just easier for me to divide things evenly in a square pan versus round pot.

    If no one else has and I take the plunge, I’ll report back on any success!

  12. Juliette says

    I’m always wary of using ingredients that I associate with savory flavors ( I.e turmeric and black pepper for tofu scramble, etc.) but this turned out SO DELICIOUS. I’ve made it twice in the past three weeks with heaps of leftovers because I honestly cannot get enough. I add whatever fruits / seeds / nut butters I have that day and it never disappoints. Coziest breakfast of all time :)

  13. Deb says

    Yummmmmm! This is real comfort food, can’t wait for winter to come. I added a crumble made from coconut, walnuts and maple…so good Thank you!!

  14. Juliane says

    This recipe is easy and tastes great! I have shared it with my family! Can’t wait to keep exploring Minimalist Baker recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Juliane. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  15. Dan Newton says

    I made this, but used millet instead of oats and I had craisins on-hand so subbed those for the pomegranate arils. Came out great, thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Dan. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Asha says

    Delicious and comforting! I soaked the oats overnight which made them melt in your mouth once cooked. Added chopped dates and banana to add some additional sweetness (sweet tooth here!) along with all the little add-ons I typically put in smoothies (chia, hemp, goji, flax) and devoured it in minutes. I love that you can add different things each time to bring in some variety and are still getting that necessary dose of turmeric. Thanks Dana and team!

  17. Isabelle Gosselin says

    Hello Dana,
    I made this for breakfast yesterday and I’m hooked! I love that this recipe is so healthy, so tasty, and so beautiful at the same time. I was wondering how to incorporate daily turmeric in my life and I now have the answer. This morning I made my oatmeal in an instant pot, using 2 cups oat milk and 1 cup water for 1 cup steel-cut oats, a pinch of salt, at high pressure for 4 minutes, then natural release, and it was still very creamy. Like many people, I sweetened it with a sliced banana and the pomegranate arils, and that was all I needed. A royal breakfast! A big thank you for this recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Maria, we think that would work! It just might not be quite as creamy. Let us know how it goes!

  18. Ashley says

    Hi Dana,
    This looks great. A lot of your other recipes specify when you can substitute any dairy-free milk for the one written in the recipe. Do you think it would be possible to substitute almond for coconut milk in this recipe?
    Thanks!

  19. Ashley says

    Tried this recipe this morning and it was wonderful! I actually put my steel cut oats in the pressure cooker but everything tasted so good ? Didn’t have any pomegranate to put on top (LOVE pomegranate) So I just topped with my usual banana and blueberries. Yum! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  20. Susan says

    This recipe turned my usual steel cut oats morning glop into an AMAZING bowl of deliciousness! Recently, I drank my first cup of Golden Milk at a tiny place in Hanapepe, Kaua’i (Little Fish Coffee), and have been wanting to a Golden Milk recipe ever since. Enter your recipe for Cozy Turmeric Porridge! I made mine exactly as your recipe reads, with blueberries & banana for sweetener. Thank you for the deliciousness!

  21. Daphne says

    Could this be made in the instant pot or a slow cooker, if so, could the golden milk mixture or spices be added in the beginning?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! I’d add the spices near the end so they don’t lose their potency/vibrancy, personally. But yes! Instant pot / slow cooker should work!

  22. KK says

    This looks delicious and the video is amazing! By chance, will you be offering your food videography course anytime soon? I would love to learn how to improve my photography/videography skills. Keep up the great recipes! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, KK! Unfortunately, we do not have any plans to reinstate food video/photography school at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  23. Maria says

    Do you have to use canned coconut milk? Can you use the regular aseptic or in-the-dairy-section coconut milk? And how about old-fashioned rolled oats instead of steel cut? Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think the milk swap would work! As for regular vs steel cut, just adjust cooking time. And no need to soak rolled oats!

  24. James says

    I have been eating turmeric and oatmeal for decades. I prefer a savory route and use a 1/4 tsp of turmeric and a like amount of ground cumin. Black pepper and Sea salt to taste. My secret twist is to add a slice of quality Swiss cheese when finished cooking and stirring into the oatmeal. I top it with a seeded and diced fresh tomato. If I’m looking for more protein I top it with a poached egg drizzled with EVO and garlic powder. If I’m in a hurry I use McCanns instant oatmeal. OJ is a great accompaniment.
    Swiss and turmeric are a wonderful couple and should get married and have kids or not.

  25. Ginger Henderson says

    What if all I have is quick cooking steel cut oats? Should I just omit the soaking?
    Thanks! Can’t wait to make these.

  26. Aimée says

    Looks delicious! May I ask what the ACV does in the recipe? Is it just for flavour or does it have an added benefit in the soaking?
    Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      According to some experts, adding apple cider vinegar when soaking helps break down phytates, which improves digestibility.

  27. Amy says

    Made it this morning! Such a beautiful breakfast. and delicious, obviously. I used rolled oats so different texture I’m sure, but still awesome.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Amy. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo