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I picked up some ground turmeric because I need it for several upcoming recipes. All of these recipes will be savoury (risotto and stew, to name a few), but I figured I should try turmeric in something sweet, like my oatmeal!

If you’ve never used turmeric before, it’s similar to ginger but with a deeper, slightly bitter and less spicy flavour. Turmeric is usually sold dried and ground but sometimes you can find it fresh. Fresh turmeric looks like a knobby root, similar to fresh ginger but more orange in colour.

Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African cuisines all use turmeric for its vibrant colour and distinct flavour. It’s used in curries, imparting that intense golden colour (that we curry-lovers know so well) to the dish.

A little turmeric goes a long way. Try a 1/2 teaspoon in your oats along with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a pinch or two of ground ginger. This trio of spices works well for a warming breakfast, perfect for chilly winter days!

Top your turmeric oatmeal with fresh persimmon, sliced banana, fresh or frozen berries, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and even dark chocolate. I thought persimmon would be my favourite topping for turmeric oats but after my bowl this morning, dark chocolate wins!

Have you used turmeric before? What are your favourite recipes?

Turmeric oatmeal
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Creamy, colourful, and a hint of spice. This warming bowl of oats is perfect for winter!

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 person
Author: Lisa Lansing
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy milk (I use unsweetened but sweetened works too.)
  • 1 cup oats, whole or pieces (81 grams)
  • 1 ripe banana, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  1. Add everything to a saucepan and heat on medium-high heat. Mash banana slices into the oats as you stir occasionally. Once it starts to simmer, turn down the heat slightly and keep stirring until the oatmeal thickens. Continue cooking until the oatmeal is nice and thick. It should only take around 3-5 minutes once it starts to simmer. Turn off the heat and stir for 1-2 minutes so it thickens a bit more.

  2. Remove from the heat, pour into a bowl, top with your favourite fruit and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • I like using soy milk in this recipe because it makes the oatmeal creamier. You can use water instead of soy milk if you don't have any available, or try using another non-dairy milk.
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