Good Morning Cacao Porridge

Good Morning Cacao Porridge

When it’s a cold Sunday morning like it was today, I crave something hot, sweet and satisfying. Whatever you imagine under these words, what I really mean is related to food of course! You can easily get all three things in this delicious Cacao porridge, without adding heaps of sugar or overloading on the fruit.

After fasting overnight while sleeping, I’m usually very hungry around 9 am in the morning. And a porridge is such a good choice for a breakfast! It ticks all the boxes, specifically that it is warm and liquid. This is what our bodies most need in the morning to kick-start our metabolism in the right way. Plus it tends to keep us fuller for longer, compared to other breakfast cereals or your morning smoothies and juices for the matter. What more could you want?

The sweet deal

But how are we going to achieve the sweetness? Think back to my other porridge recipe with sauteed beetroot veg mix. That is one part of it. Today’s stewed veg, is again gonna give us the sweet taste we want and need. Plus we’re gonna mix it up with some Warm Chocolatey Sauce, that’s right! Well for start, we are going to be using raw cacao powder (not cocoa) and other goodies to make it Choco tasty, to satisfy our taste buds. The cacao is going to bring extra richness in flavor and with a bit of rice syrup and almond butter, the sweetness as well. You’re excited? I know I am!

Goodness of Cacao

For starters, it’s nutritional profile is full of powerful antioxidants. The ones in cacao are certain phytochemicals and flavonoids, which help us fight the free radicals and reduce premature aging. That is just one benefit out of many though! These helpful flavonoids can also boost our mood and improve cognitive function. Other health benefits include lowering blood pressure, protecting ourĀ  heart, and regulating insulin levels. This is good news for diabetics, and other people who suffer with blood sugar imbalance.

Cacao is also good source of minerals like iron, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium. In fact, it’s likely to be one of the richest food sources of magnesium. Please be aware though, that all these benefits we mentioned relate to studies made on raw Cacao beans and not Cocoa. In simple terms, the difference is that Cocoa has been processed and heated to a certain temperature level to make it more sweet. Cacao has a bitter taste like a very dark chocolate. And that’s why we love it!

Good Morning Porridge

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • For the porridge:
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp G/F porridge flakes
  • 1 tbsp sunflower and chia seeds
  • boiled water
  • almond milk
  • lemon juice
  • optional: 1 tsp inulin powder
  • For the side vegetables:
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil for frying
  • salt
  • 1/4 onion
  • larger chunk of butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 small cabbage leaf
  • ume plum vinegar
  • for the chocolatey sauce:
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • boiled water
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa & lucuma/maca powder
  • 1-2 tbsp rice syrup
  • ume plum vinegar
  • lemon juice
  • for decoration:
  • toasted almond flakes/pumpkin seeds
  • cinnamon
  • 1tsp bee pollen
  • fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. First wash and strain your almond flakes and pumpkin seeds.
  2. Pat dry and add into a pan to dry toast on a low heat.
  3. Toast until the almonds start to get some color and you hear the seeds popping.
  4. Take off the heat and set aside.
  5. Now chop the onion and cabbage into small thin strips. Squash can be cut into matchstick shapes.
  6. Heat up the coconut oil on a medium frying pan. Pop in the onion and squash.
  7. Fry for few mins till the veg starts to get golden. Then pour in some boiled water to stew for about 5 mins.
  8. Add in the cabbage and let stew for a little longer.
  9. Meanwhile start cooking the porridge.
  10. Find a thick bottomed pan to put your porridge flakes and seeds in.
  11. Add boiling water and salt and turn the heat up.
  12. When it starts to bubble, turn the heat down and stir to absorb most of the liquid.
  13. Now we can start adding the almond milk.
  14. Cook the porridge for about 6-8 mins.
  15. When done, season with few drops of lemon juice and cover.
  16. Assemble the sauce by mixing all its ingredients till a creamy/liquid consistency is reached.
  17. Serve the porridge with the sauce poured over and the veg on a side.
  18. Decorate with toasted nuts/seeds and sprinkle with cinnamon and bee pollen.
  19. Top with teared leaves of fresh parsley for some vitamin boost!
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Nutrition

Calories

1205 cal

Fat

81 g

Carbs

105 g

Protein

34 g
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