Prior to yesterday, I actually didn't have a Breakfast section on my Recipes page. I had quite a few breakfast-y recipes, but they were easily integrated into my Baking section or the leftover 'Other' category. Of late, though, I have had more time to devote to breakfast, a nice consequence of not yet starting work in the UK. Creations from my new NutriBullet have featured prominently in the mornings, but there have been other types of breakfast too. Suddenly, it seemed that my Recipes page really ought to have a Breakfast component. I am pleased to announce it with this recipe!
It would have been accurate to call this dish chocolate zucchini porridge (or oatmeal to Americans). Really, that is what it is. However, the dish has a decadence that goes beyond standard porridge, and it is very much like a pudding to eat. For those of us who aren't able to commit to breakfast in advance, it also has the benefit of no advance preparation time. You can get up and make this within 10 minutes. I have made it several times now, and it has been equally enjoyable on each occasion. I hope you enjoy it too!
Chocolate zucchini breakfast pudding
If you need justification for starting your day with chocolate...this is it.
Author: Bite-Sized Thoughts
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup grated zucchini (courgette) - equivalent to approximately half of a small zucchini
1/3 cup almond milk or other milk of choice
1/3 cup water (or more milk)
1 heaped tbsp cocoa
3 to 4 dates, finely chopped
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Berries or other fruit, to top
Combine the oats, zucchini, milk, water and cocoa in a saucepan. Cook uncovered over medium-high heat until just starting to boil, approximately 3 minutes.
Reduce heat to low, add the dates and vanilla, and allow the porridge to simmer uncovered for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, stirring regularly.
Top with fruit and enjoy.
Do you have a favourite porridge recipe?