I know, you thought courgette (zucchini) oats and beetroot oats were pushing it, but Rachel at Healthy and Psyched raised the bar considerably: she challenged me to try cauliflower oats and I am pleased to say I not only rose to that challenge, I reached the bar and leapt over it!
I know it’s weird, but if you change your perspective a little and see oats in the same way as, say, rice which you have either savoury (risotto) or sweet (rice pudding), or even a mixture of both – we put raisins or dried apricots in some rice meals – then it’s not quite so odd.
Look at the photo, it’s sweet and fruity and has peanut butter too – I love cauliflower with peanut butter (we put it in a casserole with cauliflower and cashews) – and peanut butter goes well with banana too.
You can use whatever berries you want, Rachel used blueberries, I thought raspberries would go well but there was half a pomegranate to use up, so in it went. You could add cacao, if liked.
Cauliflower is a good source of B Vitamins, Magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C; peanut butter and oats also have B Vitamins and protein and more magnesium in the oats – necessary for healthy muscles, preventing cramps, keeping you calm – and the nut milks are equally nutritious as well as sweet and creamy. Pomegranate is a nutritional superfood, with plenty of phytochemicals that help reduce blood pressure. The whole bowl is filled with dietary fibre.
Here goes for the first attempt: All ingredients are organic (except pomegranate), vegan and gluten-free.
1/2 Cup Oats
3/4 Cup Boiling Water
1/4 Small Cauliflower, grated
1/2 large Banana
1 Medjool Date, chopped
1/4 Pomegranate or Berries
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
A few Slices of Banana to Serve
Soak the oats in the boiling water in a saucepan for a few minutes while you prepare the cauli and get everything else ready.
Add the grated cauli, the banana, the chopped date and the milk
This bit is important:
Cook for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, to ensure the cauli is cooked.
(If you’d like it extra smooth, you could blend it with a stick blender)
Pour into a bowl either on top of frozen berries of your choice, or just add fresh berries, peanut butter and slices of banana for the topping in whatever fashion your creative juices dictate.
It really works! Go on, who’s going to be first to give it a go? If it makes it easier, adding the cauliflower gives you 1 of your 5 a day veg and it is soooo filling – this bowl filled me up until mid-afternoon. It’s far more than I would normally eat that early in the day.
I said to my husband that there was enough for two, but he didn’t take me up on it, he suddenly remembered he had a bike to fix!
Copyright: Chris McGowan