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Bowl of steel cut oats with steamed kale and mushrooms, topped with avocado slices.

Savory Steel Cut Oats with Kale and Mushrooms

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  • Author: Gigi & Sersie
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Savory steel-cut oats are a great way to mix up your morning oatmeal routine. This delicious and healthy vegan breakfast bowl is high in fiber and protein and packed with flavor. 


Units Scale
  • 2/3 cup steel cut oats (use gluten-free, if gluten intolerant)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (I used shiitake, but cremini or white button will work too)
  • 4 cups kale, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos


  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes for heat
  • Salt to taste


To prepare the oats, you'll want to use a little more water than you would when making a sweet oatmeal bowl. This is because you want more moisture to absorb the nutritional yeast and turmeric while maintaining a nice creamy consistency.

After you get the oats going, you can start preparing the veggies by dry sautéing the onion in a large, non-stick skillet. Let those cook for a bit before adding the mushrooms. While the mushrooms are cooking, the onions will caramelize, giving the finished meal a deeper flavor.

After the mushrooms and onions are cooked, add the chopped kale and cover for a minute or two for the kale to wilt and turn a bright, vibrant green. Stir in the coconut aminos and remove from heat. Finishing the veggies off with coconut aminos adds a little sweet, salty umami goodness.

When the steel-cut oats are done cooking, stir in the nutritional yeast, turmeric, and black pepper. If your oats lose their creaminess after you do this, don't worry. Just add about 1/4 cup of water and stir well.

Dish up steel-cut oats and veggies into two large bowls. Top with a squirt of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds, and a few slices of avocado. For additional heat, sprinkle a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Salt to taste and enjoy!



  1. Knife
  2. Cutting board
  3. Measuring cup
  4. Measuring spoon
  5. Medium pot (to make steel-cut oats)
  6. Saute pan 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American