Ever had chocolate courgette porridge? No, neither had I until I experimented with this little number. I’m pleased to say it worked out well and I’m going to share the recipe with you.
Creating a balanced breakfast
As we roll into a beautiful Autumn-Winter the temperature drops and we crave comforting warm food (I write this after having been for a stunning run amongst colourful Autumn leaves today).
Porridge as a warming breakfast certainly fits the bill here, but it isn’t my ideal everyday breakfast on a low sugar diet. Firstly, because without adding sweet it can taste sometimes bland. Secondly, I find it’s a little trickier to get enough protein and fat into things, which are my ‘keep me really full all morning’ companions. Thirdly, I also find porridge doesn’t lend as well to eating vegetables first thing over fruit – well, until I tried this recipe that is!
I did make a note on how full this breakfast kept me. It actually did pretty well (better than I was expecting). However, when lunch came around I found I was pretty hungry all of a sudden, and it came on quickly rather than being more gradual like it usually is (when I’ve had eggs).
Mixing up breakfast
So I mentioned chocolate courgette porridge to a friend and I got the look ‘Laura, you’ve really lost it now’. I’m starting to enjoy surprising people with these weird and wonderful combinations….
If there’s one thing I recommend to those playing with low sugar life, it’s to mix up your breakfast routine and experiment. So many people have really set ways about what they eat in the morning, having the same thing day in day out. For many it can be the most sacred meal of the day which I understand, something maybe they’ve known for years. I know when I’ve worked with individuals, there can be real push back on changing those first thing in the morning rituals. Trust me it’s fun, and slightly addictive. Have fun with this.
Sugar-free chocolate courgette porridge
Makes 2 portions (I chilled one, covered with a saucer in the fridge and ate it cold the next day)
- 2/3 cup of oats
- 1 ½ cups of milk (unsweetened almond, semi-skimmed or full fat. I used organic semi-skimmed)
- ½ grated courgette
- 1 tbls flaxseed powder
- 1 tbls cacao powder (optional – I’ve made this recipe without and it turns into a just as nice cinnamon courgette porridge)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- Put the oats & milk into a pan on a low-med heat.
- In the meantime grate the courgette and add to the pan.
- Add the flaxseed, salt, spices & cacao powder. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Continue to cook on a low-med heat stirring occasionally for about 5-7 minutes until oats are cooked and porridge is at the desired consistency
- Add toppings of choice (chia seeds, chopped nuts, seeds, raw cacao nibs).
Note: This obviously looks a lot sweeter than it tastes. Anything with a chocolate colour tends to scream sweet, so dishes like this can be a surprise for taste buds that are still accustomed to lots of sugar. This is basically a savoury porridge dish with a chocolate colour so beware – it doesn’t taste sweet. I absolutely loved it but beware if you’re whipping it up for someone who usually drowns their oats in honey.
Want even more well balanced tried and tested sugar-free recipes?
If you like this recipe and some of my others, then there’s many more coming. I’m currently cooking up a sugar-free storm right now as there’s going to be loads of fabulous recipes with meal plans as part of the soon to be launched and all improved Mentor Me Off Sugar Detox 6-week programme (buy from 21st November 2013, course starts on the 6th Jan 2014) . Make sure you’re on the priority list before the 14th November to get access to the exclusive special offers I’m going to be sending out before hand.
What do you think of savoury courgette porridge? Have I inspired you to give it a try?