Carrot Cake "Proats"

Carrot cake for breakfast? Why not?

The idea of mixing carrots in with oatmeal may seem a bit off-putting at first, but the other day I made carrot cake for one of my friends birthdays and had some leftover ingredients. I gave up gluten for lent, and am trying to stay away from processed sugar, so I didn't really get to join in on the fun :( I am always looking for new recipes and I wanted to turn this amazing dessert into something I could enjoy!

If you haven't heard of "Proats", you are seriously missing out. I'm the kind of person who will get obsessed with a recipe for a month or two and then not be able to eat it for awhile after. But oatmeal is one of the special foods I can eat every day.

I'm sure that you are wondering what the hell proats are by now. Well, the mashup "proats" stands for protein oatmeal, and it is the perfect way to start off the day :) Side note: you can also enjoy this recipe sans the protein powder if you aren't a fan of protein powder. I suggest eating another form of protein like eggs with your oatmeal in the morning if you leave the protein powder out.

I am a person who likes to experiment, so I have tried a couple diets - it is insane how many different diets are out there! But the last diet I tried was Tim Ferris' slow carb diet. I am a big fan of his podcast, and I was intrigued by the science behind the diet, so I gave it a go for a month. I chose a month because the slogan for the diet was how to lose 20 lbs in fat in 30 days...without doing any exercise. 

After a month, I hadn't lost any fat and was just hungry all of the time. It wasn't the diets fault though, I know I wasn't getting enough calories. On a slow carb diet, you have to eat a TON of protein, veggies, and in this case, legumes to sustain your body. It was hard for me to hit my calories without adding any kind of carb, so I ended up not eating enough.

This might seem counter-intuitive to some people who have held to the belief that straight calorie reduction will get you to your weight loss goals. The truth is that if you aren't getting the minimum amount of nutrients you need, your body actually ends up storing fat because it goes into "starvation mode". 

Although the diet as is didn't totally work for me, I have adopted some of the guidelines to fit my lifestyle and dietary preferences.  Once I added oatmeal with protein back into my morning routine I started seeing changes in my body. So, in the end, everybody's bodies work differently and there is no one size fits all regimen. 

That's enough for now, so let's get to the recipe!

Carrot Cake "Proats"

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats or 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 - 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 large carrot shredded* see notes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pecans
  • 2 tbsp golden raisins
  • Optional: maple syrup 

Directions:

  • Cook the oats according to directions* see notes
  • Once the oats are cooked, mix in the applesauce, shredded carrots*, cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk
  • Microwave for 30 seconds
  • Mix in the protein powder*
  • Top with the rest of the ingredients
  • Enjoy 

Notes: 

  • Make sure you cook the oats in water before adding the almond milk
  • Make sure to shred the carrots on the second largest holes on a cheese grater - I can't imagine that the packaged pre-shredded carrots would taste very good
  • Make sure to mix the protein powder in after microwaving for the second time - protein powder can get a weird texture when microwaved
  • If it isn't sweet enough you can add 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below :)