Chocolate Raspberry Zoats



This week I've been working from home every day, which I have to say has been a little lonely at times. I've been making the effort to visit different cafes and work spaces in South London, which has been nice, but I've still felt a little alone. To get over this, I've been making lots of evening plans with friends and going to yoga classes, which has been really nice.

One benefit of working from home is that I have a lot more time now to do the things I want to do, like see my friends, do my workouts, and sit in the park to eat my lunch (which has been great with the recent sunshine!). 

Now onto the recipe. In all honesty, I've tried zoats before and didn't really like the texture of the grated courgette with the oats. But I have so many courgettes just sat in my fridge at the moment, that I thought I may as well use them in my breakfast! And I'm really glad I did, because these chocolate and raspberry zoats turned out so well.

What are zoats?

Zoats are basically oats with courgette (zucchini) added to them. The idea is that you use less oats in exchange for more courgette.

Why zoats?

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I eat A LOT of oats. I love them, but they can be quite heavy and stodgy. Adding courgette to your oats not only means that you're sneaking an extra portion of greens into your day, but it makes the oats less carby and calorific - great if you're trying to cut down on your calorie intake. (which I'm not, but y'know, it all helps).

Ingredients

1/2 banana
handful raspberries
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 cup chunky steel cut oats
1/2 cup grated courgette
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup water

Toppings: Choose anything you like! My favourites with this are raspberries, sliced banana, cacao nibs, almond butter, mixed seeds and crushed almonds.


Method

1) Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat, and add the banana and raspberries. Mash with a wooden spoon and stir until soft.
2) Add the grated courgette and stir for a minute.
3) Add the oats, coconut milk, water and cacao powder, and continue to stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. You may need to add a little more coconut milk.
4) Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite topping.
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