Chocolate Protein Broats (Broccoli Oats)
|Chocolate Protein Broats|
So a new breakfast creation needs a new name. Introducing: BROATS.
First there was proats (protein oats), then there was zoats (zucchini oats) and now, there is BROATS (broccoli oats)! Can you tell I'm quite excited about this one?
Okay, I know it sounds a little bit weird to put broccoli in your breakfast, I totally get why you may be slightly skeptical. But that’s what people said about zoats to start with too!
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself throwing away all the valuable nutrients that come in the thick stalk of a broccoli because I simply don’t know how to use it.
I absolutely hate food waste – I always eat leftovers, very rarely stick to ‘use by’ dates and if some of my vegetables are a little squidgy, I just pop them in a soup or make a vegetable mash out of them. I think it’s the Yorkshire girl in me! My Dad is even worse - we’ve literally had arguments over the dinner table about why I won’t eat salad when it’s gone brown.. but that’s a story for another day.
Anyway, back on track. BROATS. This recipe is for chocolate protein broats in fact. And they are gooood. I shared a picture of this breakfast on my Instagram page the other day and it was met with equal parts intrigue, interest and scepticism.
I decided to share the full recipe with you guys for anyone brave enough to try it out. You can also catch my berry and broccoli porridge recipe, which is equally as delicious. However I do think the chocolatey-ness of this breakfast masks the broccoli taste the most. So if you’re a little unsure about trying it, this is a good place to start.
1 tablespoon chocolate vegan protein (I used That Protein brown rice & raw cacao protein powder)
½ broccoli stalk, peeled and grated*
½ cup oats
1 banana, mashed
1 teaspoon coconut oil
250ml almond milk
*I recommend cutting off any rough bits of the broccoli stalk that are discoloured or tough – they won’t make for a nice texture! Also cut 1/2cm off the bottom of the broccoli as this part is quite tough.
1) Melt the coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat
2) Add the grated broccoli and mashed banana and stir for 1-2 mins. You may need to add a drop of water if the banana and broccoli start to catch.
3) Add the oats, almond milk and protein powder and stir for 3-5 mins.
4) Top with your favourite additions. I love adding peanut butter, date syrup, raspberries and pumpkin seeds.
Tip: You may need to add more liquid depending on how thick you like your porridge. I usually just add a drop of water to thin the mixture out.