Miso Oatmeal with Kale and Avocado

Savoury oatmeal is one of my favourite things to eat for a healthy breakfast.  This recipe for miso oatmeal with kale and avocado is the perfect way to start your day!

Miso Breakfast Oats - a quick and comforting breakfast of miso flavour oats with kale and avocado #breakfast #oatmeal #miso #easy #healthy #vegan #vegetarian

Miso Breakfast Oats - a quick and comforting breakfast of miso flavour oats with kale and avocado #breakfast #oatmeal #miso #easy #healthy #vegan #vegetarian
Miso Breakfast Oats - a quick and comforting breakfast of miso flavour oats with kale and avocado #breakfast #oatmeal #miso #easy #healthy #vegan #vegetarian

We love savoury steel cut oats for breakfast (check out our recipes for Soft Boiled Egg and Asparagus on Oats and Savoury Steel Cut Oats with Chimichurri if you haven’t already), and this miso oatmeal is my new favourite go-to breakfast lately.

These oats are quick and easy when cooked in the instant pot, and full of warm, comforting umami flavour.

Miso for breakfast

If you love the flavour of miso soup, miso breakfast oats are the perfect way to add some savoury oat goodness to your mornings. Just set your oats to cook in your Instant Pot, and when they are done, stir in the seasonings and kale and you are ready to eat.

We love using fresh kale for our morning savoury oats, but the frozen kale in this recipe makes preparation more convenient for busy mornings, and who doesn’t want an easier way to eat a healthy breakfast?

Did you know that miso soup is served as part of a traditional Japanese breakfast??? Miso paste, being a fermented food, is full of probiotics and promotes a healthy gut environment and aids in digestion and that’s some great benefits to add to your first meal of the day.


  • steel cut oats
  • unsweetened almond milk ( or nut milk of your choice)
  • miso paste
  • frozen chopped kale
  • nutritional yeast
  • tamari
  • tahini
  • avocado
  • green onion


  • Instant Pot (If you do not have one, you can use this stovetop method for cooking steel cut oats)

How to Make Miso Breakfast Oats

  1. Place the oats, along with the water and almond milk in your instant pot and press the ‘porridge’ button. This should set the cooking timer to 8 minutes. When the oats have finished cooking, leave the Instant Pot to naturally release some pressure for about 6 minutes before manually relieving the pressure.
  2. Set your instant pot to saute and add the miso and nutritional yeast. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes to heat up the frozen kale.
  3. Divide the oats between two bowls, and top with the chopped avocado and green onions


This recipe for miso oatmeal is suitable for the following diets:

  • vegan, vegetarian and plant based
  • gluten free and dairy free

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Miso Breakfast Oats

Instant pot miso flavoured steel cut oats with kale and avocado
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Fusion
Keyword miso, steel cut oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 414kcal
Author Courtney


  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats uncooked
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale
  • 1 tbsp miso paste
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 avocado diced
  • 2 green onions sliced


  • place the steel cut oats, water and almond milk in your instant pot and cook for 8 minutes.  When the oats have finished cooking, allow the pressure to automatically release for 6 minutes, then manually release.
  • set your instant pot to saute, and stir in the frozen kale, miso paste, tahini, tamari and nutritional yeast.  Cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes to heat up the frozen kale.
  • Divide the oats between 2 bowls and top with avocado and green onions

11 thoughts on “Miso Oatmeal with Kale and Avocado”

  • I have never heard of this savory breakfast oats thing, but I feel like I’ve been missing out on so much my whole life! This sounds so insanely good I just want to run home and make it right now! I will definitely check back in to let you know how it goes when I try this out.

    • Savoury oats were love at first bite in our house! We haven’t looked back either! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  • I love savoury oats, but I have never had a miso version before. Adding this to my list of breakfasts to try.

    • Hi Vidya!

      I use yellow miso most often, but you can use whichever miso you like really. If you are not very familiar with miso, red is the most intense and flavourful, yellow is a medium intensity and suitable for most recipes that call for miso, and white is the mildest in terms of flavour.

      Hope that helps!

  • I loved this. Nice change of pace from my typical fruity oatmeal. I used fresh kale that I had lying around, omitted the tahini and toppings, and reduced nutritional yeast to 3 T. I added some lonely green beans that were in my freezer.

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