Updated: Mar 30, 2020
As a naturopath, I am always looking for ways to incorporate veggies into my meals without sacrificing taste or texture of the classic versions. My theory is, if you can enjoy the classics with the added benefit of gut loving vegetable fibres and nutrients then why not.
This breakfast is no exception and contains a sneaky half a cup of zucchini per serve! It was created to benefit fussy kids and those with health issues (like many of my patients) that benefit from following a high fibre, gluten free diet. Zucchini is one my most favourite vegetables because it is so versatile.
You can enjoy it raw or cooked as a stand alone vegetable, but also within muffins, breads and desserts 'hidden' or incorporated due to its flexible texture and subtle flavour.
This recipe is not as sweet as you would think (being chocolate and all), but it's not savoury either. Cacao is naturally quite bitter so this recipe can be mildly bitter if there is no sweetener (such as maple, rice malt syrup or dates) used in the porridge base or as a topping. I didn't use a sweetener in the porridge and found berries to be enough - everyone is different though, so use your tastes buds to judge.
If you love this recipe try this Carrot Cake Porridge recipe!
1/2 cup gluten free porridge mix (equal parts of two or more of quinoa flakes, millet flakes, buckwheat flakes, amaranth flakes)
1 cup grated zucchini
1 1/2 cup preferred porridge liquid (water, almond milk etc), or more if necessary
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 heaped tsp raw cacao
Optional: 1-2 tsp rice malt syrup or maple syrup to sweeten
Your choice of topping: fruit, nuts, seeds, yoghurt, kefir etc (i've chosen mixed nuts, raspberries and coconuts flakes)
Add porridge mix, zucchini, cinnamon, cacao and porridge liquid to a small to medium sized saucepan. Optional: If you want a sweeter porridge, add some rice malt syrup or maple syrup to taste.
On a low heat simmer until cooked or desired consistency has been reached (approximately 5 minutes). You may need to add more liquid depending on personal preference.
Once cooked it is ready to be served and topped with your favourite toppings of choice.