The Secret to Making a Gut-Healthy Savory Oatmeal for Breakfast

miso oats
Photo: Jodi Moreno
Total Time

15 minutes

more with less book
Photo: Jodi Moreno

Oatmeal is a breakfast staple for many, but it can often be loaded with sneaky sugar. One way to instantly make it healthier: opt for a savory version. That’s exactly what Jodi Moreno, author of the new book More With Less, was going for when she created this recipe for miso oats with scallions and sesame oil.

The gut-healthy miso gets cooked right in with the oats, imparting a subtle umami flavor. “It really makes the oats come alive,” says Moreno. “Oats are one of my favorite breakfasts, and I’m often looking for easy ways to switch up the preparation.” Topping it with sesame oil, scallions, and microgreens completes the savory flavor profile. “You could also add other toppings such as walnuts, chopped spinach, or even a poached egg,” notes Moreno.

Scroll down for the recipe to try it at home.

Miso Oats with Scallions and Sesame Oil

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  • Prep Time
    5 minutes
  • Cook Time
    10 minutes
  • Servings



  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the ghee. Add the oats, and toast until lightly browned, about two minutes.

  2. In a small bowl, dilute the miso with one tablespoon of water. Add the miso to the oats. Add three cups water (be careful, it may splatter); stir.

  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for about five minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired porridge/oatmeal consistency is reached.

  4. Remove from heat and divide between two bowls. Add the scallions, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and microgreens or sprouts, if using, plus any other topping you like.

Recipe Notes

From More with Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple by Jodi Moreno © 2018 by Jodi Moreno. Reprinted in arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc. For more healthy breakfast ideas, check out these superfood recipes and this beauty-boosting breakfast from Candice Kumai.

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