Chocolate for breakfast? Hell yeaaaaahhhh. And not only does this recipe taste indulgent and sweet but it also has lots of nutritional benefits. Cacao is raw, unprocessed powder which is made from cold-pressing cocoa beans. It is high in antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals - free radicals damage the DNA in our body which can lead to disease and a whole host of health problems. Studies have also shown that cacao lowers insulin resistance, improves cardiovascular health and contains high levels of resveratrol (you can read more about cacao here).
It is not only the cacao in this recipe which is healthy though - oats are high in fibre and will provide you with slow-releasing energy to last you until lunchtime and a scoop of protein powder will give you an important morning protein hit which will leave you feeling satisfied for longer.
So I hope I've now convinced you to eat chocolate for breakfast (although I'm sure you didn't need convincing). Now for the best part....
Recipe (serves 1)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder (or any other flavour)
- 1 tsp cacao
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of frozen blueberries
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1 square dark chocolate
1) Add oats and water to a pan and bring to the boil before turning heat down to simmer gently, stirring occasionally.
2) Cook until oats soften and turn into porridge consistency.
3) Remove from heat and add the rest of the ingredients - stir to combine.
4) Serve chocolate porridge with fruit and a bit of dark chocolate for good measure.