I’ve been posting my Unicorn Breakfast Bowl on my Instagram for months now, and after being asked multiple times to share the recipe, I am finally putting it down here for you for easy, anytime reference!
This is a super fun, easy breakfast to make that you can vary in lots of ways.
My keys for this are to include nutrients I want in the morning, namely protein and carbs – because I’m usually planning to do a workout at some point in the morning.
Adding protein powder to your oatmeal might seem weird, and until I learned this technique I was also at a loss. The key is to blend your protein powder into your oatmeal, usually with a little liquid (I use almond milk – you could use coconut milk or another milk) and part of a banana.
If you’re not a fan of bananas not to worry! I’ve also blended in strawberries, and it was just as amazing.
Be open to trying stuff out and don’t worry if I don’t list out every possible option you want to try – experimentation is your friend! Quite frankly, it seems like that’s how I come up with all of my best recipes; either I’m out of something or limited by something I can’t (or won’t) eat and it just makes me innovate – you can, too!
Here is the baseline recipe for the Unicorn Breakfast Bowl, very much inspired by my trip to Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, where I had something similar many mornings in a beautiful cafe that Coach Chelsea and I visited before work.
Ingredients (for one serving):
- 1/2 cup overnight oatmeal (yes, you can re-heat it first - here is my basic overnight oatmeal recipe and steps)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (your choice of brand/kind - also try chocolate or berry protein powders to vary it up, it's awesome)
- 1/4 cup almond milk (or other milk)
- 3/4 banana (if you don't like banana you can either leave this out or just use another fruit, like 3-5 strawberries)
- BLEND everything in your blender until smooth (I use a Blendtec blender).
Depending on your blender and the thickness of your oats, you may choose to add a bit more liquid. The consistency I go for is usually thick but smooth, not clumpy. You don't want your protein powder sticking to the corners of the blender so if that's happening just use your spatula to scrape it a bit for an even blend, adding a little more liquid as needed.
- Use a spatula to get it into a bowl.
- Take the other 1/4 of your banana and slice it up to top your bowl. I usually add other toppings at this point as well, like a teaspoon of chia seeds and some sliced strawberries. Other toppings I love include chopped nuts, unsweetened coconut flakes, any kind of berries, and/or dried fruit.
Notes: I don't add any additional sweetener to this since I like to keep my daily intake of sugar to a minimum, and this Unicorn Bowl has plenty of fruit sugar. If you're needing a little something more, heat up about a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter and drizzle it on top. Nuts work great as toppings, too. Feel free to increase the portion size of the oatmeal; I usually start at this amount because of adding the other ingredients.
I don't count macros or calories, so you won't find that information in my recipes: I focus on and teach a sustainable way of eating that does not rely on tracking numbers. Rather, I put the spotlight on the daily intake of a balance of the important nutrients.
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Have fun experimenting with this, and Happy Breakfast! Leave me a comment below to let me know if you're going to try this - and share a pic if you do!