coconut carrot cake oatmeal
This recipe is dedicated to everyone and anyone who says vegan food is for rabbits.
You are very mistaken.
While there may be broccoli in my smoothie, lettuce with my bananas, and carrots in my oats, I am no bunny.
Sure, I may have an overbite, be slightly short in stature, possess big ears and strong legs, and like to frolic and bounce around green pastures, I am no bunny.
This recipe may surprise you in that it turns a seemingly simple oatmeal dish into something quite extravagant - something you would not probably see a bunny munching. So you see, point proven: I am not a rabbit.
Not only does this recipe ensure you get a dose of fruit for breakfast, but also veg! This striking bowl of comforting oats is packed with protein, fibre, healthy fats and a dollop of sweetness. It's thick, decadent and textured, but you will leave without that heavy feeling.
What makes it so good?
Carrots - you can tick off healthy hair, youthful skin and sparkling eyes to your to-do list thanks to this bright, crunchy power-food.
Dates - the phrase "dynamite comes in small packages" is really apt for this energiser bunny of a fruit.
Raisins - what was once a plump, juicy grape, this little brown wrinkle now has heaps of iron and B vitamins, meaning your red blood cells are going to be on fleek.
Almond milk - with 1 cup giving you a third of your daily calcium intake, you can say peace out home-cow.
and Ginger - this incredible medicinal, aromatic, pungent and spicy plant has been used for hundreds of years to help alleviate nausea, inflammation and indigestion. Bring on the ancient wisdom.
½ cup almond milk
½ cup coconut cream
½ cup water
½ cup oats
1 cup carrots, grated
1 ripe, spotty banana
2 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp ginger
A pinch of nutmeg
1. Place your oats in a small bowl and cover with water (about 1 cup) and set aside. Allow the oats to soften and soak in the water.
2. Grate your carrots with a grater or food processor.
3. Mash your banana with a fork.
4. In a small pot, bring the water and almond milk to the boil.
5. Add the oats and bring the stove down to a low heat, allowing the oats to simmer for about 3 minutes.
6. Add the banana, carrots, raisins and spices, and stir for another 3 - 5 minutes.
7. Add in the coconut cream and stir frequently for another 5 - 10 minutes or so until it has thickened up nicely.
8. Top with all your favourite toppings.
9. Chow immediately*. So warm <3
* Feel free to store the oatmeal in the fridge for a few hours or overnight and eat it cold. The consistency becomes like a jelly mixed with custard. Imagine creme brulee dressed up a freshly-mixed concrete. Just how I like it.