Vegan Oat Sausage Crumbles

This is one of my favorite staples and I keep some in the freezer all the time for last minute pizzas. The spices give it a traditional Italian sausage flavor. The oats give it a chewy texture and the spices even turn the oats the color of sausage. It’s at home on a pizza or sprinkled over biscuits and gravy.
Course staple, vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan crumbles, Vegan Oat Sausage Crumbles, vegan sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 171kcal
Author Kathy Hester


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or more, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon regular


  • Preheat oven to 350 and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a saucepan, add water and oats, bringing to a boil before lowering the heat. Cook covered or 10 minutes. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Uncover the oats and cook for an additional 5 minutes while stirring to release some of the moisture. Remove from the oats from heat and add the spice mixture, mixing well.
  • Spoon the oat mixture onto the parchment paper and try to distribute it as evenly as possible. Use a second piece of parchment paper to cover the mixture, flattening it as much as possible. Then remove the top piece of parchment.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, and then remove the pan from the oven. Cut lines into the sausage with a spatula. You aren’t trying to move it; this just make more room for the steam to escape.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Then scrape and break the sausage into pieces.
  • Bake for another 5 minutes until it is easily crumbled. Use as a pizza topping or freeze for another time!


gluten-free, soy-free, oil-free


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.5mg