I haven’t shared a porridge recipe with you in a while. I guess it’s time to quickly share a new one. After a white one, a yellow one, it’s time now for a brown one. A chocolate porridge filled with nuts and seeds. It’s the first porridge recipe I’m sharing which involves soaking your oats overnight. I’ve started doing that recently to shorten the cooking time in the morning. This way you can also use less milk when you prepare the porridge in the morning. The dry materials will already be pretty wet. This is an added bonus, which will make it possible to reduce the amount of calories you take in (water vs. milk) and that’s especially important with this bowl of goodness.
You see, this chocolate porridge is less healthy (calories wise) than the earlier recipes I’ve shared. You will need more sugar (honey), than in my other porridges to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa powder. If you find the right balance though, you will end up with a delicious breakfast. It will remind you more of a dessert than of a breakfast. A real treat, but not an unforgivable crime to make this for yourself or your loved ones once a month or so.
- big cup of oats
- 1/5L milk (whatever you prefer)
- 2 full tablespoons raw cocoa powder
- 1tbsp honey (or other sweetener)
- 1tsp carob powder
- 1tsp lucuma
- 1tsp chia-seeds
- 1tsp lin-seeds
- 1tsp hemp-seeds
- pinch of cinnamon
toppings: nuts, cocoa nibs, roasted oats, raisins, hemp-seeds
The night before you want to eat your breakfast, you need to start preparing your oats. Take a bowl, place your oats in it and fill it up generously with water. A bit like this. Cover it and leave it like that until the morning.
When you wake up, you take the lid off and rinse the oats with new water. Place them with the milk in a pan and start heating it up on a mild fire. Now slowly add the cocoa powder. Keep on stirring. Add a pinch of cinnamon. When the mix looks heated up, add the chia-seeds, lin-seeds and hemp-seeds. You add these later in the process because chia- and lin-seeds take up much of the available moist and you want to prevent that. Keep on stirring now till the mix thickens up. This doesn’t have to take long, so don’t walk away from your fire. Now start adding the honey (or other sweetener). Taste to see if it’s good enough for you. Remember that in the end you will add some lucuma which will sweeten up everything more. You can only add lucuma in the end, because lucuma loses its super power properties when it’s heated up.
If you like the taste and the consistency of the porridge, you are done. Take it off the fire and leave it to rest for a few minutes (or longer, I leave it to rest for about 45min as I am not allowed to eat right after I wake up and take my thyroid medicine). Now add the lucuma and mix everything. Serve up in a bowl, topped off with some nuts, dried fruits and seeds. Don’t over do it, this breakfast is already very heavy. Enjoy!