I’ve probably said this somewhere before, but oatmeal is an amazing vessel for putting all kinds of nourishing ingredients into our kiddos.
I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate oatmeal? It feels like a treat, tastes like dessert, and packs a ton of nutrition to power our littles through their busy mornings (and us too mamas, of course).
You’ll find the usual suspects here: hemp hearts, chia seeds, collagen — but the game changing thing about this recipe is that its base is a mixture of oats and cauliflower. That’s right … C-A-U-L-I-F-L-O-W-E-R! You’d never know it either. It cooks down and becomes soft and creamy just like the oats do. Pure magic.
This is one of those recipes I kind of nailed the first time. My son had four servings when I first created this recipe, so I knew I was onto something. He helped me make it too. I don’t hide the fact that there are veggies in his bowl of porridge. He helps chop it and pour it in and we talk about why it’s there. It’s important for him to know that he is eating cauliflower for breakfast and hey — it tastes good! This is a great recipe to make with kids. I put the saucepan on the counter and my toddler (almost three) dumps all the ingredients in (that I’ve pre-measured). He loves to use the big wooden spoon to mix it all up.
Chocolate Power Porridge
Who knew having a bowl of chocolatey oats could be so satisfying and nourishing all at once? And with the inclusion of cauliflower, you're well on your way to getting the daily recommended amount of veggies ... and it's only breakfast!
- 2/3 cup rolled oats, gluten-free if that’s important to you
- 2/3 cup riced cauliflower*
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 3 tbs. hemp seeds
- 3 tbs. cacao
- 2 tbs. chia seeds
- pinch sea salt
- 2 scoops collagen peptides (I use Vital Proteins), optional
- 1 15oz. can lite coconut milk (or 1 1/2 cups of your favorite milk)
- 1/2 cup water + possibly more to thin to desired consistency
- 2-3 tbs. pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract TOPPINGS: Goji berries, banana, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, rawnola, bee pollen, cacao nibs, coconut whipped cream, nut/seed butter, and almost anything else you can imagine!
- In a medium saucepan, combine oats, cauliflower, 1/4 cup goji berries, hemp seeds, cacao, chia seeds, sea salt, collagen, coconut milk, and water. Stir to incorporate and heat over medium.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower has softened. Reduce the heat a bit if necessary to keep from sticking.
- Once oats are creamy and cauliflower is soft, add maple syrup and vanilla. Add a little more water now to thin if you like.
- Portion into bowls and add whatever toppings you like.
*It’s much more affordable to rice a head of cauliflower rather than buying it prepared that way. It only takes a minute to pulse a few florets in the food processor or chopper. A box grater works pretty well too.