Who wants a brownie-like porridge for breakfast? Silly question right?! I know… Especially when it is super easy to make and requires only a few basic ingredients… The main ingredient on this recipe is Cacao. And you ask: “Why Cacao? Why not Cocoa?”. And I can easily tell you why:
The answer to the “Cocoa Powder Vs Cacao Powder” challenge is:
Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans whilst cocoa powder has been roasted at high-temperatures. Unfortunately, during this roasting process, cocoa loses most of its nutritional value. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods.
It lowers insulin resistance, protect your nervous system, lowers blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and it’s rich in minerals like iron, calcium and zinc. It’s usually more expensive than Cocoa but it is absolutely worth it. So basically, it’s cacao powder that that you’re after.
So back to the conversation… You like brownie? Of course you do. Brownie for breakfast it is. No judgment here… ?
This thick oatmeal requires only a few minutes and it needs to be prepared the night before and in the morning, you’ll only have to heat it up in a pan or eat it cold! Top with strawberries, bananas, or any other fruit and/or yogurt… (Some hemp seeds will also work wonders and will add crunchiness to the mixture).
And Voila! A very high protein, thick, decedent dessert for breakfast…
- ⅓ cup (45 g) gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. (14 g) cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds (for extra thickness)
- ¼ tsp sea salt (optional)
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- Hamp seeds
- Sliced banana
- Alpo yogurt
- Add all ingredients to a container and shake or stir to combine. Make sure everything is mixed in and there are no clumps.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
- The next morning eat them cold or hot by placing them in a pan and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Then just top it up with strawberries and any other toppings of your choice.