I was really excited to hear that it’s breakfast week this week!
So that got me thinking (after a hard weekend of studying) what could be better than CHOCOLATE for BREAKFAST?
If you are a chocoholic too who is trying to eat more healthily then you are going to LOVE this. It’s full of superfood’s that are so nourishing for your body… and even though the word ‘chocolate’ has got a bad rap, there is really nothing sinful about this breakfast at all.
The oats are a fantastic source of fibre and slow releasing carbs, the raw cacao powder is sugar free (containing only 0.4g per 100g), and because its ‘raw’ it retains all of its essential antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. The polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine. These anthocyanins (found in deep red coloured fruits) and catechins (found in green tea) protect our cells from premature oxidation or destruction and can keep us looking and feeling younger and healthier for longer.
Cacao also boosts serotonin in the brain which is the feel good hormone, so it’s great if you’re feeling a bit low to boost the mood.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not for one minute urging you to go out and buy a big bar of Cadbury’s dairy milk here (which is full of sugar, fat, GMO soya, and overly processed cocoa that is stripped of all it’s wonderful health properties).
I do however urge you to invest in some raw organic cacao powder so that you can jazz up your porridge in the mornings and make it super sassy with a chocolatey twist, you can also use it in baking cakes and making healthy hot chocolates.
Cacao is also a wonderful source of magnesium, which is essential in so many biochemical processes within the body. Many people are often deficient in magnesium because the soil is no longer of the same quality. Also high stress levels lead to magnesium being leached out from the body. Magnesium is involved in energy production, digestion and much more. There have also been numerous studies done on magnesium in preventing headaches and migraines too.
Anyway lets get to the nitty gritty…here is the recipe. I hope you all love this as much as I do.
(I ate this for pudding the other night because it really is that good)
1 cup gluten free jumbo oats
1.5 cups almond milk
2 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder
1 dessert spoon milled flaxseeds
1 dessert spoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 handful frozen raspberries
How to make
Heat the oats on a moderate heat for around 8-10minutes until the oats are softened – if you are not using jumbo oats then reduce this time by half. At the end, stir in the cacao powder, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
Top with frozen or fresh raspberries and enjoy!
May your day be filled with all of the things that make you happy, such as delicious breakfasts, and chocolate.