5 Protein ‘Zoats’ Recipes for Winter

First we had ‘corguetti’ and now the humble corguette has taken the fitness world by storm for the second time, with ‘zoats’. For those of you who don’t spend quite so much time looking at people’s breakfast photos on Instagram, Zoats are the latest trend of grating zuchinni, or corguette to us in England, into your oats. As weird as it sounds to shred vegetables into your sweet breakfast, zoats add texture, thickness and volume to your breakfast as well as giving you the nutrition benefits of those extra greens. Just mix it into your breakfast with a scoop of Neat Nutrition protein powder and you’ve got a real winter breakfast superstar - delicious, nutritious and filling. We’ve created 5 protein zoats recipes sure to satisfy every breakfast craving you might have: Goldilocks doesn’t know what she’s been missing! 

 Chocolate Zoats

Double Chocolate Chunk

We like to think there is no such thing as too much chocolate, and this indulgent breakfast bowl tastes too good to be good for you. Is there any better start to the day than having dessert for breakfast? 

How to: Combine 1 cup milk of choice, 45-50g oats, ½ a grated corguette, 1 tbsp. cacao powder and a handful of dark chocolate chunks in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add in 1 scoop of chocolate whey and microwave again for 30-60 seconds. Top with extra chocolate to melt into your oats or sprinkle with cacao nibs and berries.


Banana Nut Zoats

Banana Nut

The combination of sweet banana and warming cinnamon will transform your breakfast into the perfect bowl of winter comfort. It has all the flavours of a delicious slice of banana bread with less of the indulgence, making it the perfect way to refuel your muscles after a tough workout or to get you through a long day at work.

Method: Combine 1 cup milk of choice, 1 banana, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 45-50g oats, ½ grated corguette and ½ tsp. cinnamon in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in vegan vanilla protein and a splash more milk if you wish and microwave for another 30 – 60 seconds. Sprinkle with cinnamon before tucking in.

Very Berry

Very Berry

Get in those micronutrients early and start your day the healthy way with this very berry bowl of oats. Packed full of corguette and berries with a satisfying portion of protein too, this is one breakfast that will certainly keep that rumbling stomach at bay.

How to: Combine 1 cup milk of choice, 3/4 cup frozen berries, 45-50g oats, 1/2 a grated corguette in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in 1 scoop of vanilla protein, with a splash of extra milk if desired and microwave again for 30-60 seconds.


Carrot Cake Zoats

Carrot Cake

Okay, so we know this might not technically be ‘zoats’ but these carrot cake oats still give you thickness, volume and a portion of your 5 a day whilst tasting like the classic dessert.

How to: Combine 1 cup milk of choice, 45-50g oats, ½ grated carrot, ½ tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Add in 1 scoop of vanilla whey and microwave again for about 30-60 seconds. Stir in a handful of raisins, walnuts and sprinkle cinnamon on top for the final touch.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Zoats

Chocolate Peanut Butter

Who says you can’t eat your favourite foods for breakfast? For the days when you just want to eat chocolate and peanut butter, blogger Katie Morgan has designed this protein zoats recipe to help you kill those cravings whilst staying on track.

How to: Combine 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup milk of choice and ½ grated corguette in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Stir and then blast for another 2 minutes until creamy, fluffy and cooked. In a small mug/bowl whip up 1 scoop Neat Nutrition chocolate whey protein, ½ cup of greek yoghurt and 1 tbsp peanut butter to make a tastetastic topping and blob on top of the zoats. Sprinkle with berries, nuts and cinnamon. Bam! Quick, easy and beautiful!


This blog was written by Kathryn Armitage. Kathryn: the creator of lifestyle blog, A Healthy Wanderlust. Covering everything from culture and society to health and travel, check out her blog for a lot of seriously good food, opinionated rants and plans for world adventures. You can also find Kathryn on Instagram and Twitter.