I love a good oatmeal recipe. I have been making my Peppermint Mocha Oats on repeat. However, when multiple people in the family want these in the morning, the process can be a bit inefficient. So I decided to take the recipe, modify it a bit and make up a large batch by baking it in a baking dish. The result was killer. We actually like it better. It’s almost more brownie/breakfast cake-like this way.
Cake or brownies for breakfast? Sounds great to me!
The perfect make-ahead breakfast that is warm, comforting, delicious, nutritious, and a treat that everyone will enjoy.
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 TBS vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
4 TBS sugar free sweetener or Maple Syrup
1-2 12 ounce microwavable bags of cauliflower rice, cooked (I have used 1 bag and 2 bags)
100 grams rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
20 grams sugar free chocolate pudding powder mix
4 TBS cocoa powder
6 TBS liquid egg whites
2-4 TBS brown sugar (for sprinkling over the top before baking)
Combine all ingredients (except the brown sugar) in a large bowl.
Pour into prepared 9×13 baking pan (prepare by spraying with nonstick spray).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (when pulling the pan cold from the refrigerator, I put the pan in the oven at the beginning and allow to warm with the oven just to be safe). Right before putting the pan in the oven, sprinkle brown sugar over the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. If making ahead for the week – it’s ok for it to be a little gooey in the center. It will come together when stored in the refrigerator. Also, when reheating in the microwave it will cook further.
Can be eaten immediately or can be stored for breakfasts for the week.
Reheat in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes.
Serve with a dash of almond milk, nut butter, berries, and/or other toppings of choice.
Per Serving: 176 Calories; 26.6 g Carbohydrates; 3.8 g Fat; 9 g Protein.
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Peppermint mocha – YUM. How I love the peppermint mocha this time of year. Eat seasonally, right?🤣There is something about the cold weather and Christmas lights coming out that just inspires everything to be peppermint mocha (IMHO).
I was making myself a batch of oats the other day, and had a craving for chocolate oats. As I was mixing them up I was inspired to add some peppermint and chocolate to the batch. Yum. Such an amazing variation to the usual oats.
Now I have added a few things to the normal bowl of oatmeal that you might be reticent to try or with which to get on board. However, if you are looking for volume, a more filling bowl, more brownie-like oatmeal, I highly suggest you give these options a try.
For starters, cauliflower rice. I learned this tip from Emily. I have posted a cauliflower rice oatmeal recipe before. Why add cauliflower rice? It adds a ton of volume for minimal macros. Also, when cooked well, it is similar in texture to oats – so it is like eating twice the amount of oatmeal without the added carbs and calories.
The second ingredient is liquid egg whites. When added to a bowl of oats – it gives a creamy, cake-like, brownie-like, or baked oatmeal likeness.
In order to make all of this come together in all this deliciousness, it’s important to follow the directions in the recipe step by step.
The third and fourth elements that take the recipe next level is Peppermint Extract (and you can use Peppermint Stevia as well) and Chocolate Pudding mix.
Let me just start by saying – Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. Ok!? Seriously just give me a chance to explain. 😁
Adding cauliflower rice to your regular bowl of oatmeal? Why in the world would one want to do such a thing? Well – have you ever eaten a serving of oats and been disappointed at the teeny amount? Oats cook down and a regular serving of oats does not give you a whole lot of volume. Add some cauliflower rice to the mix and suddenly you have a huge bowl, and it’s going to be so much more filling and satisfying. #alwayshungry
The inspiration for the original cauliflower oats came from https://emyogifit.com/. Emily is a genius when it comes to macro friendly recipes that are satisfying and filling as well! She speaks my language. 🥰
A high volume, nourishing, and satisfying bowl of comfort
This recipe makes four large sized servings. I like to cook this over the weekend or at the beginning of the week. It takes a total of 20 minutes, and then I have four bowls ready for the week.
2 12 ounce bags of frozen cauliflower rice (you can also use 10 ounce)
120 grams rolled oats (I used Quaker brand)
80 grams canned pumpkin puree
2 tsp butter extract
200 grams liquid egg whites
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
stevia or SF sweetener to taste (I used 4 droppers of liquid stevia)
4 TBS Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Bun Spread
Microwave the cauliflower rice according to the bags directions. I microwaved each bag six minutes each.
Transfer the rice to a large pot, add the oats and plenty of water to cover the oat/rice mixture. Have some water next to you. You might need to add more water as the two cook down. It can get thick.
Cook the cauliflower rice and oats for a solid 5 minutes until you feel like the oats are nice and soft.
While still cooking (you may want to turn down the temp on your stove a touch) WHISK (whisking is very important here) add the egg whites and WHISK CONTINUOUSLY for 1-2 minutes. The volume will increase exponentially and the mixture will get nice and creamy. It’s important to whisk the entire time so to avoid the egg whites from lumping .
Remove the pot from heat. I allow it to cool right in the pot or will transfer to a bowl.
Add the spices, butter extract and stevia.
Transfer to four containers of equal amounts.
Add a TBS of Cinnamon Bun Spread to each bowl.
When rewarming and eating later you can add toppings, extra spices, and syrups to your taste.
Per Serving: 294 calories; 39.8g carbohydrates; 7.9g fat; 15.4g protein
This base recipe of cauliflower rice, oats and egg whites can be modified and changed to your preferences and nutritional needs. I have made this with peanut butter, powdered peanut butter, cocoa, banana, and many other variations. It depends on what I have around, what kind of mood I am in, and what flavor I want. It is SUPER flexible and adaptable to you.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. Tell me your changes and variations for further inspiration. 😊
Now go enjoy your self a huge bowl of warm oats on this chilly fall day. 🍁🍂