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If you love cake, and would love to be able to eat cake for breakfast (or indeed any time of the day) then this recipe is definitely for you!

I have a sweet tooth – it’s true, and I know controlling that sweet tooth can sometimes be hard, but it doesn’t have to be when you can enjoy food as good as this and know that is packed full of healthy ingredients.

This recipe for Carrot Cake Oats is a delicious take on traditional carrot cake – so if you love those traditional flavours, then you will love this warming breakfast option. Not only do the oats provide plenty of health benefits on their own such as satiety, fibre and also have cholesterol lowering properties (which you can read more about here) but there is also two serves of vegetables in this porridge as well as omega 3 fats from the chia seeds. And the topping choices? Endless!

I had this for dinner the other night, as I honestly could not be bothered cooking the fish that I had planned to have for myself (the other half got asked out for dinner last minute). Sometimes you just don’t feel like following the plan, or convention. And that’s ok – especially as I felt I was still doing pretty well on the vege front. It was also very filling – in fact I didn’t quite finish my portion, and that never happens! It also kept me going all night when I usually want something sweet after dinner. Winning all round in my book!

What you will need for one serve

⅓ cup rolled oats
1 large carrot
½ – 1 cup of milk of choice
1 tsp chia seeds
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp mixed spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Additional water as needed
Dash of maple syrup/ honey brown sugar
Toppings as needed – blueberries, almonds, extra cinnamon, plain yoghurt, pumpkin seeds, coconut etc

What you need to do

Grate your carrot and add to a small pot over a medium heat with the oats, milk, chia seeds, spices and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine everything and bring it to a slow boil ensuring the bottom is not burning. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the porridge cook for 5-7 minutes depending on your preferred consistency. Add some extra water or milk if you need to thin the mixture. Add a little sweetness with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if you feel as if you need it. Pour the porridge into a bowl and top with fruit, nuts and yoghurt. Enjoy your porridge any time of the day!

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