So if you've watched my video, you'll know how much I looove chocolate! And chocolate for breakfast is pretty decadent. I experimented with chocolate oats and this recipe is pretty awesome...
This simple breakfast is highly nutritious, and will keep you satisfied for hours. I used raw cacao which is truly amazing, with almost 3x the iron content of red meat, 30% more calcium than cow’s milk and one serve gives you 20% of your daily magnesium intake.
Raw cacao also contains neurotransmitters which are associated with feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Yes – proof that chocolate makes you happy (like you didn’t know that already!)
And before I stop raving on about the health benefits of raw cacao – I have to mention the antioxidant content. Antioxidants reduce inflammation in the body.
Raw cacao has the highest antioxidant content of any food in the world. This translates into cancer and other degenerative disease prevention, and there’s emerging evidence of an anti-aging effect due to collagen boosting activity.
Yes, this is chocolate I’m talking about lovelies!
I add chia seeds for additional protein and omega 3's.
The oats (never use instant oats or those oats that come in sachets – please!) are of course a good complex carbohydrate rich in fibre (beta-glucan) which is known to lower bad cholesterol. Oats are also a great source of minerals such as manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.
They may reduce cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and colon cancer.
And the hazelnuts give you a little boost of fibre, potassium, folate and Vitamin E.
Phew! For such a simple breakfast, it is seriously good for you. And did I mention how gooooood it tastes!
⅓ cup rolled oats
1 cup non-dairy milk
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1 tblsp chia seeds
½ tsp vanilla extract
A handful of hazelnuts, chopped
Mix the oats, chia seeds, milk, vanilla extract and raw cacao powder together in a bowl and soak overnight. If you forget, you can miss the soaking part and just put this together in the morning, however soaking helps your body to absorb the nutrients more easily.
Cook the mixture as per the oats packet instructions. Usually this will involve simmering over a medium-low heat for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until they're at the consistency that you like to eat them. Soaking will reduce the cooking time considerably.
While these are simmering, put a small pan over a low heat and gently toast the hazelnuts. These really only need to be warmed through. They burn easily so please keep an eye on them.
Once the oats are cooked, pour them into a bowl and top with the hazelnuts. Prepare for deliciousness xx