Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal

Avocado & Kale Savory Oat Bowls are the perfect way to start your day. Hearty oatmeal is topped with avocado, lemony kale salad, hummus and aleppo pepper for a protein-packed breakfast.

Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. Hearty oatmeal is topped with avocado, garlicky kale, hummus and aleppo pepper for a protein-packed breakfast.

I teamed up with the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network and Hogdson Mill to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Breakfast has never been my thing. Usually it’s a cup of coffee and I call it good until lunchtime. I think it’s because I prefer savory dishes and I tend associate breakfast with things like pancakes, granola and smoothie bowls. But, at a recent charcuterie workshop put on by my friend Lena of Lena’s Kitchen Blog, I had the opportunity to talk with a fellow attendee, health coach Jennifer Joffe, and she said that eating breakfast is absolutely vital. She said that most of her obese clients come in to her eating way too few calories. Getting your body the calories it needs is the key to putting your health on the right track and losing weight.

So, I went back home and started brainstorming all the ways that I could make breakfast more delicious for my taste buds.

I’d read in a recent magazine, I think it was Food + Wine, where they interview *famous* people and ask what they eat for breakfast, about one moviestar who eats sauteed kale with red pepper flakes, garlic and egg whites every morning for breakfast. And, you know what? That sounded fantastic to me. I even dogeared the page just so I could remember to start making that in the mornings.

And then, I came across the concept of making a savory oatmeal bowl for breakfast, which intrigued me even more – Almost like eating a bowl of risotto for breakfast. Through my Google research, I came across a genius idea that Jeanette at Jeanette’s Healthy Living had to add some hummus into the mix. 

And then… I decided it would be perfect to combine the two – Savory oats topped with garlicky sauteed kale, hummus, fragrant & spicy aleppo pepper and a perfectly poached egg. 

This Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal has all the yummy things going on:

  • Hearty steel cut oats
  • Kale – Quick sauteed with garlic and dressed with a bit of lemon
  • Fresh avocado – Sliced thin
  • A poached egg, with runny yolk – Perfect for stirring into the oatmeal and making them extra creamy
  • Hummus – To give the bowls a hint of nuttiness
  • Aleppo pepper – Sprinkled over the top to add that hint of spice

To start, get those oats cooking. I’m using steel cut oats from one of my favorite producers –  Hodgson Mill.  The majority of people don’t get enough fiber in their diets, but it’s vital for digestive and heart health. Get a jumpstart with the fiber in these steel cut oats. It helps you feel fuller longer- guaranteeing no stomach growling before lunchtime rolls around. As an added bonus, the fiber found in oats is linked to decreases in blood pressure and bad cholesterol, as well as improvements in weight management, blood sugar management, and digestive health. My friend Jennifer would surely approve.

The second step is to cook those eggs. I do have to say that as a non-breakfast cook, I was a bit intimidated to make the eggs for this Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal. I can count the number of times I’ve made eggs (of the non-scrambled variety) on one hand. But I just so happened to have these OXO Egg Poachers on hand from a food blogging conference that I attended last year and they made the process so easy. Cooking them for just under 3 minutes resulted in that perfect runny yolk.

And finally, we need to prepare the kale. I like to quick saute it in a bit of olive oil with some garlic and then give it a spritz of lemon juice at the end to brighten things up.

Then comes the fun part – Assembly.

I like to add a big dollop of hummus, that massaged kale salad, some sliced avocado sprinkled with aleppo pepper and the poached egg. Hello beautiful. I could definitely add this Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal into my regular breakfast rotation.

Avocado & Kale Savory Oat Bowls

Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 439 kcal

Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day. Hearty oatmeal is topped with avocado, garlicky kale, hummus and aleppo pepper for a protein-packed breakfast.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Hodgson Mill steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups kale thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1/2 avocado thinly sliced
  • 4 Tablespoons hummus
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Aleppo pepper for topping

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring water to a boil. Add oats and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until desired consistency.
  2. As the oats are finishing, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a large, wide pot. Add in the garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the chopped kale and stir to coat with the garlic. Add in 1/4 cup of water, cover, and let kale cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

    Once done, remove kale from heat and toss kale with lemon juice and a pinch of salt. 

  3. Bring a second pot of water to a boil. With a spoon, stir the water in a circular motion to create a tornado effect. Crack in the two eggs and cook for 2 ½ - 3 minutes. (Or use an egg poacher.) Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the pot.
  4. Top cooked oatmeal with kale, egg, avocado, hummus, salt and aleppo pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Avocado & Kale Savory Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 527mg 22%
Potassium 903mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 1g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 207%
Vitamin C 169.6%
Calcium 23.1%
Iron 28.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Avocado & Kale Savory Oat Bowls are the perfect way to start your day. Hearty oatmeal is topped with avocado, lemony kale salad, hummus and aleppo pepper for a protein-packed breakfast.

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8 comments

  1. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    Breakfast food is my favorite, but I also usually have coffee first and then food comes later in the day. I need to be better about getting those calories in early instead of saving them all for brunch time! This looks like a delicious healthy way to start the day!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so with you on this Marlynn! I need to make an effort to eat in the morning instead of just existing on coffee alone.

      Reply

  2. Jenni

    I really enjoy savory breakfasts. I’ve never really put much thought into making a savory oatmeal, but have seen it becoming more and more popular so I may just have to try it. Your recipe looks delish!

    PS. I love your recipe layout/nutrition facts!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Jenni! I’ve been trying to be better about putting nutritional labels on my recipes. It’s definitely handy information to have!

      Reply

  3. Rachel Lloyd

    I love protein-packed breakfasts! I try to get a majority of my protein in that meal- this is a perfect addition! Healthy, tasty and protein filled 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Good for you for getting in your protein in the AM Rachel! I need to be much better about doing that!

      Reply

  4. Jenni LeBaron

    I’ve never made savory oats, but I love oats so this sounds like a fun dish to try. How hearty and warm!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Jenni – It’s definitely a detour from normal oatmeal recipes, but I like the change!

      Reply

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