Chocolate for Breakfast ?
Porridge is usually considered a health food, therefore we tend to avoid certain ingredients while preparing traditional oatmeal. Did you know that oats consist primarily of carbohydrates and the more processed kind (quick/instant) of oats are digested so quickly that they actually raise our blood sugar levels? Can you consider it healthy in that case? Well, oats do have a lot of healthy nutrients and if you choose well, you can make a nutritious porridge that will help you feel full for longer.
Use wholegrain oats instead of quick oats, because they’re less processed and contain lots of fiber, which extends the digestion time helping us feel full. Wholegrain oats also contain a decent amount of protein and iron. What do you think could be a great addition to a wholegrain porridge? Healthy fats. That’s why there’s nothing bad about adding some coconut milk or chocolate tahini (sesame seed paste & dark cocoa powder contain a lot of fat) to your oatmeal. The chocolate tahini I’m giving here as an example is sweetened with maple syrup, but as long as you don’t overdo it, it shouldn’t affect your blood sugar levels dramatically.
Egg In a Porridge
Yes, I did add an egg yolk to this porridge and no, it isn’t disgusting. We use eggs as custard or ice cream thickeners, that’s exactly what’s happening here. Egg yolk makes this oatmeal extra creamy and more filling, but you can easily skip the yolk and enjoy a vegan version. Use GF oats if you’re gluten intolerant.
Serves 2 | 1 cup - 250ml | 1 tablespoon - 15ml | 1 teaspoon - 5ml
- 1/4 cup of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of quick oats
- 2 teasp of chia
- 1 cup of water
- 3 tbsp of creamy coconut milk
- a generous pinch of salt
- 1 egg yolk (skip for a vegan version)
- chocolate tahini (tahini mixed with maple syrup and dark cocoa powder)
For the caramelized bananas:
- 1 larger banana
- 1 tbsp of unrefined brown sugar /or maple syrup /or coconut palm sugar
Prepare Oats & Chia
Pour hot water over the oats and chia, mix to combine and set aside for 30mins.
Cook & Dress Up
Stir in the coconut milk, salt and start cooking on medium heat. Add the yolk, stirring continuously and cook on low until you reach extra creamy consistency (5-10 minutes).
Heat a skillet, add brown sugar or other sweetener then add banana slices and cook until nicely brown and caramelized on both sides. Serve on top of the oatmeal with chocolate tahini, a drizzle of coconut milk and sesame seeds.
Or you can use peanut/almond butter with the bananas and drizzle maple syrup on top.