Do you know what the recommended serving size of oats is? 1/2 cup. Yup thats right a measly 1/2 cup of oats to fill you up for the day!! Well here is the thing, it is packed full of fibre. In particular soluble fibre. As the fibre slowly digests in your body, it releases a steady stream of energy - and the added bonus of helping keep those cholesterol levels at bay. But seriously 1/2 cup?? Haha. Definitely doesn't fill me up after a workout, or keep me really full until lunch.
Thats why I had to find another way to bulk it up. My favourite solution - Add in veggies!!! Zucchini and Carrot work a charm as they can be grated up finely.
Carrot oats has to be my favourite, add in a few spices and your basically eating carrot cake for breakfast! Ok enough chat... Here is the recipe you all came for!!
ps. you might not I use a combination of milk and water.... this is just personal preference and reduces the calories. But feel free to use all milk or even all water! Still creates a delicious creamy bowl of oats!
Carrot Cake Oats (serves 1)
1/2 cup oats
1tbsp buckwheat (optional)
1 tsp chia (optional)
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tbsp honey (optional)
Combine oats, buckwheat, chia and carrot in a small saucepan. Then stir through milk and water. Place on low heat over the stove and bring the boil. Then reduce to a simmer and add in remaining spices and honey (or other sweetener). Allow oats to simmer for 5 to 10mins until liquid is absorbed and a nice creamy oat mixture remains. Keep a careful eye as oats tend to stick!! Serve in a bowl topped with your favourite toppings... See some of mine below:
- Yoghurt, crushed walnuts and figs
- Strawberries, tahini and honey
- Frozen blueberries, bee pollen and flaked almonds