Want more recipes?

Download our recipe app and get hundreds of whole-food, plant-based recipes at your fingertips.

Download the app
  • Prep-time: / Ready In:
  • Makes 4½ cups

Give your morning routine some Southwestern flair with this bowl of savory oatmeal goodness. Hearty black beans, tender sweet potatoes, and warming spices transform traditional rolled oats into a creamy dish packed full of rich flavor and texture. Feel free to get creative with your fresh toppings (we love avocado and pico de gallo), or even spoon the oat mixture into corn tortillas as a delicious taco filler! Use certified gluten-free oats to make this recipe gluten-free. 

Tip: To cook sweet potatoes, in a medium saucepan combine cubed sweet potato and enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until just fork-tender.

Southwestern Savory Oatmeal topped with avocado and salsa in a white bowl


  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup cooked cubed sweet potato (see tip in recipe intro)
  • ¾ cup cooked or no-salt-added canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • ½ of an avocado, seeded, peeled, and sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh salsa (homemade or purchased)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime, cut into wedges
  • Fresh jalapeño chile pepper slices (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan bring vegetable broth, chili powder, and cumin to boiling. Stir in oats. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in sweet potato and black beans; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
  2. Spoon oats into bowls. Top with avocado, salsa, cilantro, lime wedges, and, if desired, jalapeño pepper slices.

Comments (0)

(5 from 2 votes)
Your Rating has been added Your Comment has been added
Add a Comment and/or Rating
Leave a Reply
Recipe Rating
Please provide a rating
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
You need to provide a comment or rating to submit

Learn how to cookplant-based meals at home


Forks Over Knives’ online cooking course will help you learn new techniques, flavors, and skills to live your very best life.

Join the course

Discover finger-lickin’good food with our app


Get inspired! Our chefs add delicious new plant-based recipes every week to keep mealtime exciting and satisfying.

Get the recipe app
about the author

Nancy Macklin

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a master of science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Nancy worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Southwestern Savory Oatmeal topped with avocado and salsa in a white bowl see more from this author
Free download

Free 5-Day Meal Plan!

Get a taste for healthy, fuss-free meal planning with this free five-day meal plan from Forks Meal Planner!

More from Forks Over Knives

Join our mailing list

Get free recipes and the latest info on living a happy, healthy plant-based lifestyle.

Copy link
Powered by Social Snap