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!! Try this recipe for creamy banana porride with warm berries.

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!

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