Pre-Workout Comforting, Cheesy Breakfast Oatmeal

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For a pre-workout breakfast that is savory and filling, you’ve got to try this comforting, cheesy oatmeal!

Changing seasons triggers different cravings for most people. This is body wisdom at work. As the temperatures drop, the body’s innate need for warming, filling foods rises. And for me, colder weather begets longing for more comfort as well. This creation fills all those needs and is such a simple twist on a familiar classic. We now know less sugar is best, and in my home, savory oatmeal or savory grits trumps sweet cereals. They taste best when cooked low and slow and paired with a few other faves – namely avocado, cashews and nutritional yeast. I am sure my body bows in gratitude as I slowly savor what becomes a weekly selection in autumn and winter. You can make extra and either enjoy it a few days later or freeze for those mornings when you need a grab and go breakfast. It’s okay at room temp yet best served steamy. Get breakfast going with this pre-workout meal!

Pre-Workout Comforting, Cheesy Breakfast Oatmeal


  • 2 cups organic steel cut or rolled oats, gluten-free. Or you can use quinoa or buckwheat groats
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 cups unsweetened cashew or almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast


  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup toasted, chopped cashews or sunflower seeds
  • Additional nutritional yeast, optional 
Total Time

Prep Time

10 min

  1. Measure oats, water, and sea salt in a large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 5–8 minutes. Stir oats, add ½–2/3 cup non-dairy milk and reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook over low heat for another 15 minutes or so checking every 5 minutes or so and adding additional milk as needed. Patience reaps the creamiest version of oatmeal ever.
  3. Once the oatmeal is done, stir in the nutritional yeast along with an additional splash of milk if needed.
  4. Spoon into four warm bowls and top each with avocado, nutritional yeast, and cashews or sunflower seeds.
Pre-Workout Comforting, Cheesy Breakfast Oatmeal

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