This Savory Avocado Oatmeal with Egg is the ultimate healthy breakfast! It’s loaded with nutrients, protein, healthy fats, and fiber that our body uses as fuel throughout the day. Plus, it’s great for a busy morning because it’s quick and easy to make!
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Why you’ll love this recipe
I’m a big fan of savory breakfast. I 100% prefer eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns to French toast and cinnamon rolls. That’s why this savory oatmeal with avocado and egg is a winner of a recipe!
This savory oatmeal recipe has delicious southwest inspiration. The avocado, lime, and queso give it heavy guacamole vibes. Combine that with the oatmeal and eggs and you end up with the perfect combination of breakfast flavors!
Having oatmeal and avocado for breakfast may seem like a big undertaking. But it's quick and super easy to make! You can have the whole dish ready in just 10 minutes. So if you need a quick meal that's loaded with flavor this recipe is for you!
Ingredients and Substitutions
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted. See the recipe card for quantities.
Oatmeal: We use quick rolled oats. We often have oatmeal as a quick breakfast option, so we prefer quick oatmeal that can be microwaved.
Substitutions: You can use any type of oatmeal you like! This includes instant, steel-cut oats, and more.
Avocado: This recipe calls for one small avocado.
Substitutions: Half of a large avocado can also be used if you want a good ratio of avocado to oatmeal. If you prefer more avocado then use a full large one!
Egg: Breakfast just feels right when eggs are on the menu. We cook our eggs sunny side up for this oatmeal. However, you can make them however you like, whether it's a poached egg, fried egg, or hard boiled!
Substitutions: Since this is savory oatmeal you can substitute for a wide variety of protein such as bacon, chicken sausage, chorizo, and more! You can also leave out the egg to make this vegetarian.
Queso: Although the avocado adds a great creamy consistency to this oatmeal, queso adds additional creaminess and thickness.
Substitutions: You can get creative and try different types of cheese. I just recommend making sure the cheese is melted.
Red Onion: Red onions go well with avocado flavors, think guacamole!
Substitutions: White or yellow onions can be used.
Lime: The juice from limes adds a subtle tangy flavor. It also helps to keep the avocado from turning brown.
Substitutions: Sorry, no substitution for this.
Seasoning: We just keep it simple by using a pinch of salt and pepper in our savory oatmeal.
Substitutions: You can get creative with seasoning for this meal. Some seasonings that work well in this bowl include cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
recipe testing notes
Throughout our testing of this oatmeal, we learned what worked and didn't work. Here are the key takeaways!
- Mashing the avocado first made a huge difference in the texture of the oatmeal. If you just slice the avocado and put it on top of the oatmeal you'll need to break it apart with your fork while you eat. In our opinion, the mashed avocado mixed into the oatmeal is the way to go!
- Protein testing: We've had this oatmeal with a few different proteins, including bacon, sausage, and chorizo. In our opinion, the bacon and chorizo add a bit too much fat to the oatmeal. Avocado already has healthy fat in it so you don't really need any more. Sausage is great in this oatmeal, but we prefer egg because the flavor doesn't overpower the other ingredients.
how to make this - step by step
Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for the full oatmeal with avocado recipe!
Step one: Prepare toppings
Finely chop the red onion. Then, scoop avocado into a bowl and mash with the back of a fork. Add lime juice and seasonings to the avocado and mix.
Step two: Make the oatmeal
Make oatmeal according to the directions on the container. We prefer to cook ours in the microwave for 90 seconds.
Step three: Fry the egg
We like our egg sunny-side-up for this savory oatmeal. To cook an egg sunnyside up, crack your egg into a hot skillet on low heat. Cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes until the whites of the egg are fully cooked. Then, remove with a spatula.
Step four: Assemble
Top the oatmeal with the egg, onion, and avocado mixture. Drizzle with queso (heat up the queso if needed). Then, mix it all together and enjoy!
watch how to make this - step by step
expert tips for a joy-filled experience
Making the perfect egg: To help make perfect-looking sunnyside-up eggs, crack the egg into a small bowl first. Then, slowly pour the egg from the bowl onto the frying pan.
This will give you more control over how the egg spreads out onto the pan and where the yolk lands within the egg white. We like to try to have the yolk smack dab in the middle of the egg white!
The type of oats doesn't matter: We use rolled oats, but you can use steel cut, instant, or any other. Oats are all the same, they are just processed differently. Just be sure to note the cooking time differences per the packaging.
Yes, you can make this the night before as savory overnight oats and heat it up in the morning. Just be sure to store it in the fridge in an airtight container. Then, microwave it for 45 seconds to reheat.
It’s highly recommended to only use ripe avocado in this oatmeal. That’s because a ripe avocado will mash down and mix well with the oatmeal to create a creamy texture. An unripe avocado is much harder and won’t become very creamy.
Yes, you can use milk instead of water to cook oatmeal. We love this savory recipe with almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, and cow's milk to add some extra creaminess and flavor!
Steel cut oats and rolled oats both start out as oat groats. Steel cut oats are the least processed, are coarser, less chewy, and take a little longer to cook. Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats are oats that have gone through a steaming and flattening process.
If you have special dietary restrictions, here are some substitution ideas to keep this pasta salad safe for everyone!
- Gluten-free: To ensure this oatmeal is gluten-free just make sure your oats are certified gluten-free.
- Dairy Free: Simply leave out the queso to make this dairy-free and cook the egg in oil rather than butter.
- Vegan: To make this vegan, follow the above instructions for dairy-free but also leave out the egg. You could also swap the egg for an egg substitute like Just Egg or soy chorizo for protein.
Avocado Oatmeal Topping Ideas
- Nutrient-Packed Avocado Oatmeal: Add your favorite protein powder and chia seeds to your next bowl of oatmeal. This will give you a breakfast loaded with protein and fiber. Did you know there are 6 grams of fiber in only one tablespoon of chia seeds? Yep, that's a lot!
- Chocolate Oatmeal with Avocado: Did you know creamy avocado tastes great with a hint of sweetness? If you want a sweet avocado oatmeal then try it with maple syrup, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips.
- Chunky Monkey Avocado Oatmeal: Bananas and oatmeal are a match made in heaven. Add sliced bananas, nut butter, and chopped walnuts to your avocado oatmeal for a filling and tasty breakfast!
We only recommend saving this oatmeal in the fridge and not the freezer. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. To reheat, simply microwave for one minute and enjoy!
Note: Avocado turns brown as it's exposed to the air. However, lime juice helps to slow this process down. To help the avocado not turn brown, you can add more lime juice to the oatmeal or store it with slices of lime.
Let's learn about oats! Did you know oats are primarily used as livestock feed? Just 5% of the oats harvested around the world are eaten by humans.
Also, oatmeal is low in saturated fats. Therefore, there are studies that show eating oatmeal can help reduce the risk of heart disease. So let's increase the percent of oats that humans eat and all make a bowl of oatmeal! (source)
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Savory Avocado Oatmeal with Egg
- ½ cup oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1 avocado small or medium
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- ¼ cup red onion
- 2 tablespoon queso
- 1 egg
- ⅛ teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
- Finely chop the red onion. Then, scoop avocado into a bowl and mash with the back of a fork. Add lime juice and seasonings to avocado and mix.
- Make oatmeal according to the directions on the container. We prefer to cook ours in the microwave for 90 seconds.
- We like our egg sunny-side-up for this savory oatmeal. To cook an egg sunnyside up, crack your egg into a hot skillet on low heat. Cover and let cook for 2-3 minutes until the whites of the egg is fully cooked. Then, remove with a spatula.
- Top the oatmeal with the egg, onion, and avocado mixture. Drizzle with queso (heat up the queso if needed). Then, mix it all together and enjoy!