2 Tricks you ‘Oat’ to Know for a Filling Breakfast

Ever have those days when you wake up starving and feel like you want to eat the whole kitchen?

When that happens I use one of these two tricks to double the volume of my oats without adding loads of extra calories. I don’t believe in calorie counting but I try to keep to sensible portions of complex carbs and these tricks help me to do that.

Trick No.1: Mashed banana

Add a mashed up banana while cooking your oats. The banana gives the oats a fluffier, creamier texture and adds a nice sweetness. This trick only works if you cook your oats. And if you microwave them be sure to watch that they don’t boil over!!

Trick No.2: Grated veggies.

Grated veggies such as courgette (zucchini), carrot or beetroot bulk out the volume of your oats. You’ll be happy to have a seemingly never-ending bowl of oats; it’s psychologically satisfying and fills you up. This works when cooking (for example matcha zoats, chocolate zoats) or when having them cold (carrot cake overnight oats).

For a bonus make this super gooey chocolate porridge, which has banana AND beetroot.

I love both of these tricks because they help you get to a portion of fruit or vegetables and it’s nice to have a change from your usual routine.


Basic recipe


  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup of milk (e.g. almond milk, rice milk)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds or chia seeds
  • 1 mashed banana
    AND/ OR
    1/2-1 grated vegetable*


  1. Add all the ingredients to a pan and heat until it reaches your desired consistency.

Easy peasy!

*use a whole one if it’s quite small or you just love veggies!