As I’ve said before, I go through breakfast phases, and at the moment it’s this one. ‘Zoats’ (zucchini-oats) are not a particularly new concept, but they are a great one. It’s an absolutely ingenious way of getting extra veggies into your diet by grating courgette/zucchini into them and it also means that you get a greater volume using fewer oats, so your porridge will be lower in carbohydrates.
Whilst you may have seen my recipe for The Greenest Porridge which calls for zoats in savoury form, this recipe is different in that it’s a sweet one. I promise that you can’t taste the grated zucchini/courgette as I have disguised it with plenty of delicious flavours, so you won’t even know you’re sneaking some extra greens into your diet. You also can’t taste the egg (although you can use protein powder instead) – this just gives the porridge a lovely creamy texture and a big protein boost to help stabilise blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full.
Note: You could try adding some mashed banana or a dash of maple syrup if you find it needs sweetening.
30g porridge oats
1 courgette, grated (about 100g)
1 egg, beaten, or 1 scoop protein powder, mixed with 50ml water to make a runny paste instead. (Making a paste first stops you from getting all those nasty grainy lumps and makes it extra creamy)
1tsp ground cinnamon
150ml almond milk
For the Instant Berry Compote:
2 handfuls berries of your choice (I’ve used blueberries and raspberries, and sometimes redcurrants and blackcurrants)
Other Topping Suggestions:
1tbsp your favourite
nut butter (I used Meridian Peanut Butter)
If you’re feeling like a treat, add some cheeky raw chocolate (I like OMBAR)
1.) Add the oats, courgette, water and almond milk to a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed, stirring every so often (about 5 minutes).
2.) Meanwhile, start making the berry compote. Add the berries to a separate saucepan with 3tbsp water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for a few minutes until the berries start to release their juices and soften.
3.) Stir in the protein paste or the egg into the pan – quickly if using the egg – you don’t want scrambled egg! Continue to cook for a further few minutes until it reaches a creamy consistency.
4.) Stir through the cinnamon and pour into a bowl. Top with the berry compote and peanut butter or other toppings, if using.