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Avocado-Topped Oats Will Power You Through The Day

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We've partnered with California Avocados to share recipes that embrace the California approach to cooking fresh and local. For Jeanette Ogden, the woman behind Shut the Kale Up, that means using her favorite ingredients in unexpected ways. The following is an interview with Ogden, as told to Food52.

It doesn’t really matter if I go to the gym or not, I’m always hungry. At breakfast time especially, I feel like my body needs real, nutritious foods to give me energy throughout the day. For that reason, I’m a huge fan of oats, whether they are savory or sweet. People say it’s hard to come up with easy, on-the-go recipes, but this is one that always works for me. They’re so easy, so fast, yet so delicious—and you can make them look beautiful.

Avocado + nut butter—an unlikely but delicious combo.
Avocado + nut butter—an unlikely but delicious combo. Photo by James Ransom

When making sweet oats, I normally cook them in cashew milk or coconut milk, sometimes with chia seeds and cinnamon stirred in, and then top them with nut butter and half an avocado—people find it super weird but I think it’s such a delicious combo. (I discovered this when I was breastfeeding and so trying to incorporate more healthy fats into my lifestyle; I’ll eat nut butter and avocado together on everything from toast to yogurt to sweet potatoes.)

I started experimenting with savory oats more recently. I remember I saw it on a menu one day and thought, ‘that’s kind of odd,’ but it totally makes sense when you eat it. I played around with savory oat combinations at home and found I like adding coconut oil and ghee for that milky, buttery taste, plus a fried egg on top. You can add in so many flavors and toppings, from roasted beets or other roasted vegetables to kimchee, fresh herbs, greens, avocado, whatever you feel like.

Photo by James Ransom

I like to get creative in the kitchen, so for me, that’s what it’s all about. Having fun, being hands-on, adding color to your plate, bringing in the family, and maybe grocery shopping with them and picking out their favorite foods, then putting it all together in a meal.

We go to our local farmers market, where the California-grown avocados are so fresh and so delicious, especially Reed avocados when they are available in the summer and early fall. I’m always looking forward to California Avocado season because they’re so damn creamy. Me and my little guy also go to a local ecology center around the corner to pick fruit and veggies from their gardens. I feel like it’s important to teach young kids that we pick food from the ground or from trees, and then to show them how it comes together in the kitchen. I know that when I ask Elliot for help making his egg, he’s more inclined to try it and eat it. He wants to learn and cooking is a great form of teaching a little guy how to eat whole foods. He’s not a huge oats fan...but he does love avocados, I will say that.

Coconut Stovetop Oats with Avocado, Chia, and Almond Butter

Coconut Stovetop Oats with Avocado, Chia, and Almond Butter

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Makes 1 bowl
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 California Avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond butter
  • Sprinkle of coconut flakes
  • Dash of cinnamon
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Savory Stovetop Oats with Avocado, Greens, and Kimchi

Savory Stovetop Oats with Avocado, Greens, and Kimchi

jeannette ogden jeannette ogden
Makes 1 bowl
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • Handful of loosely packed greens (like kale or baby spinach)
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 California Avocado, sliced
  • Hot sauce (optional)
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To bring you fresh, feel-good summer recipes, we've partnered with the California Avocado Commission in celebration of this versatile and oh-so delicious green fruit (yes, it's a fruit!). California Avocados spend over a year growing in the state's ideal climate (plenty of sunshine and cool ocean breezes). You'll know a California Avocado is ready to eat (or cook with!) when it yields to gentle pressure in the palm of your hand. Just make sure not to poke it with your fingertips—nobody wants a bruised avocado on their plate!

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