Can you cook cauliflower in oatmeal?
The answer is yes. And let me tell you, it’s a game changer!
I can sense you’re a bit sceptical, but let me convince you why I love it and why you should put cauliflower in your oatmeal.
5 reasons to try cauliflower oats
1.It count’s as one portion of vegetables!! Cauliflower oats are great to make if you know you’ll struggle to eat enough vegetables throughout the day (for example if you were going out for a meal).
2. It’s good for your health. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and contains vitamin B-6, potassium and magnesium. It could contribute to collagen production, blood pressure regulation, bone health, and the functioning of your metabolism and immune system.
3.Cauliflower will increase the volume of your only 25cals extra per bowl! So this is perfect if you love a big breakfast.
4.You can create a really interesting crunchier texture to your oats, which makes things more interesting. My dad said it reminded him or risotto, and it reminds me of rice pudding. You’ll have to let me know if you agree if you make it.
5.You can shock your friends by telling them that you made a cauliflower oatmeal recipe! And then encourage them to try it as well.
I decided to try cauli-oats as a take on zoats (i.e. grated zucchini in oatmeal). But I just had a quick google and there are all sorts of weird and wonderful cauliflower oatmeal recipes out there. Some with no oats (shoutout to my fellow health blogger Heidi hearts – recipe here), some with protein powder, eggs, coconut… you name it really. So if this exact recipe doesn’t quite fit your dietary requirements I’m sure you will be able to find a version that does.
2.5 of your 5-a-day
Blueberry Surprise Cauliflower Oatmeal
- ¼ (80-100g) cauliflower
- ½ large banana
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup rice milk
- ½ – 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup frozen blueberries*
- 1 heaped tbsp carob or cacao powder + 2 tbsp water (or 1 tbsp of any nut butter )
- Fresh blueberries (optional)
- Put the oats and ½ cup boiling water into a medium size pan.
- Leave the oats to soak while you grate the cauliflower.
- Add the cauliflower, banana and oats to the pan and heat them on medium until it starts to bubble.
- Turn the heat down and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. DO NOT be tempted to stop cooking before 10 minutes because you will be able to taste the cauliflower. It needs to be properly cooked.
- Add the frozen blueberries to the bowl, then transfer the oats on top, followed by the toppings.
*You don’t have to use frozen but they are cheaper and I like the way they thaw out under the hot cauliflower oats.
DID YOU KNOW
I have another cauliflower oatmeal recipe up my sleeve that uses a different technique: Creamy strawberry surprise oatmeal. But you’ll have to wait until next week for the recipe … unless you ask me very nicely.
And remember to tag me @healthyandpsyched and #healthyandpsyched if you make any of my recipes. I love to see how you’ve got on.
And there’s the #healthybreakfastparty hashtag as well.