Chocolate for breakfast. Healthy? Oh yes! Against the stereotype chocolate may have in the health world, if you remove the sugar, additives, dairy and don’t process the cocoa you have left cacao – all the richness of chocolate with only benefits! Cacao is one of my favourite superfoods, it’s one of the worlds richest sources of immune-boosting antioxidants and also contains a wealth of the happy-making hormone, serotonin. When this combines with the sweetness from the banana, the creamy plant-based milk and the oats you have what can only be described as a gooey chocolate brownie mix but is in fact a really nutritious breakfast. Because of the oats which contain Low GI carbohydrates and a wealth of fibre, keeping your blood sugar levels steady, this breakfast will keep you energised and sustained all morning. You can also boost this breakfast with a handful of goji berries, which is another amazing antioxidant-packed superfood. I also love to add a tablespoon of almond butter, for a protein boost. The almond butter I almost always add, as adding protein to your meal helps to slow it’s release in your body, further balancing blood sugar. Also depending on the milk you use, the sweetness may differ, I normally use my homemade almond milk as it has a wonderful sweetness already from the dates, but if your buying yours from the store brown rice milk would be my go-to, as it has a delicious natural sweetness. If your milk is a little to bitter with the mix of the cacao add one tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup or raw honey!
1 cup oats
2.5- 3 cups brown rice milk/ almond milk
2 tbsp cacao
A handful of goji berries
1 tsp Organic Burst’s Maca Powder (http://www.organicburst.com)
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2-1 tbsp maple syrup
Start by mashing the bananas. Add to a saucepan with 2.5 cups of dairy-free milk, oats and cacao. Keep stirring. When it starts to bubble, reduce the heat, add in the maca powder and goji berries. If using also add the almond butter, baobab and syrup. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, adding half a cup more milk if needed.
Pour into two bowls and serve with any fresh berries you like!