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Chocolate & Cherry Oats

For those of us who love dessert for breakfast!

Serve this Chocolate & Cherry Oats breakfast to your family or friends and you are going to get asked one of two questions:

Question 1 – Is this chocolate & cherry oats really breakfast and not a dessert?

When you tell them it is indeed a breakfast, the next question will be…

Question 2 – are you sure this is healthy? It can’t be; it tastes too good to be healthy?

Then you can answer and say the following –

  • The raw cacao is rich in minerals, with magnesium being most notable for relaxation and helping with sore muscles. You can read all about magnesium here.
  • Chocolate (or raw cacao) also contains theobromine which is the compound that naturally makes us feel happier.
  • Cherries hold their own nutritionally with Vitamins A, C and K and
  • Oats are a well-established ingredient in heart-healthy eating plans. Oats are also rich in minerals, B vitamins, antioxidants and the all-important fibre (beta-glucan), which has been shown to lower and protect against LDL cholesterol.

So, yes, it is super healthy, and there’s another bonus – very easy to make. It’s also very versatile, so you can make it your own.

Let me know if you enjoyed it as much as we do.

 

Dawn

Chocolate & Cherry Oats

It's like dessert for breakfast, just healthier and more-ish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breakfast, dairyfree, easy, heart healthy, onepan
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • 1 small pot
  • 1 measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3 tsp raw cacao
  • 1 1/2 cup milk plant or animal based
  • 1/2 banana mashed

Optional Extras (see notes)

  • 40 g cherries halved and pitted, then dice half
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • mix the cacao powder in with the oats to avoid clumping.
  • over medium heat, add the oat and cacao mix, mashed bananas and milk.
  • bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for 2 - 5 minutes, depending on how thick you like your oats.
  • add diced cherries (optional), and mix in well.
  • dish up into bowls and garnish with halved cherries, hemp, nut butter and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • serve warm and enjoy.

Notes

No Banana: Can be left out but does add to the creaminess and sweetness.
No Cherries: Use your favourite fruit like bananas, strawberries or blueberries. 
No Milk: Use water; it will just be a little less creamy.
No Maple Syrup: Use honey or your favourite sweetener.
Oats are too thick: Use more milk or water to make it the consistency you prefer
Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. There might be some separation, and it will thicken. The separation will go when you mix it, and you can thin it out by adding water when heating it up.

 

If you haven’t read my blog about Chocolate – Healthy or Not? Then spoiler alert – yes, it is***, and I have 5 effortless chocolaty recipes for you to try.

(***All those stars mean terms, conditions, and fine print).

Sigh! I know; it would be so cool if this one single delicious ingredient a decisive nod.

It’s your prerogative

How you use chocolate in your diet is your choice, but it’s going feature in some way for most of us. So, to make the search for healthier chocolate recipes easier, I put together a little recipe round-up for you.

About that fine print, I mentioned

Treats need to be eaten mindfully and in moderation. While all these recipes are gluten-free, they inevitably use some form of sweetener (always natural). If you are experiencing issues with blood sugar or hormones, I urge you to partake in moderation.

Who’s on the list

The health and wellness community is diverse, and when I reached out to my colleagues for recipes, I was thrilled to get responses from all over the globe (Canada, Australia & South Africa). So whether you are near or far, you can enjoy what we each have to offer.

Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Fudge Cake 

Chocolate and fudge in the same sentence!

This gem is loaded with protein and fibre to help manage blood sugar spikes. In addition, Zucchini is a genuinely underrated fruit, and you will be surprised (and delighted) at how well it works with this recipe. Another bonus is the handy swop outs to accommodate a vegan diet – so everyone can try this one out.

Caitlin is a Certified Holistic & Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor based in St John, Canada. She is a passionate advocate of changing our relationship with food to live our best lives. To find out more about her incredible story and for more recipes, be sure to visit her site: Nourished by Caitlin Iles and follow her on social media: @nourishedbycaitlin

Website Recipe Instagram

Double Chocolate Almond Granola

https://www.mealsbytiia.com/recipes/double-chocolate-almond-granola/Tiia knocked it out of the park with this recipe.

If a chocolaty start to the day is what you are after, then her Double Chocolate Almond Granola is what you have been looking for.

Using raw cacao powder to boost the antioxidant and magnesium goodness and offer the option to add a little collagen powder. I love a recipe that manages to pack a nutritional punch and doesn’t compromise on taste. Tiia is a Culinary Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and helps her clients with meal prepping, planning and much more. For more recipes, be sure to head on over to her site: Meals by Tiia and follower her on social media: @mealsbytiia

Website Recipe Instagram

Fully Loaded GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are not only delicious but so quick and easy to prepare. So great for whipping up when guests come over or as a gift for your friends – trust me, they will thank you or have with your afternoon tea – no sharing is needed.

Sharan follows a Gluten-Free eating plan to manage her health best and does not compromise on taste. The smell alone will have you drooling.

Sharan is a certified Health and Hormone Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. Through her journey dealing with three autoimmune diseases, Sharan focuses on feeling well, living well and loving life. Follow Sharan on social media: @whysettleforordinary, or click one of the links below for more details.

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GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese

This is decadence at its best!

If you want to impress with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven – then this is the go-to recipe. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.

Shoots and Leaves are an eatery based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.

To order your box of farm-fresh veg, wholesome frozen meals for the week or meet up with friends for a delicious lunch, check out their website: Shoots & Leaves or connect with them on social media: @shoots_and_leaves_sa

Download the recipe here with all their contact details.

Website Recipe Instagram

Chocolate Truffle Cups

This is one of my personal favourite recipes to make. From my days of following a ketogenic diet and loving the texture of smooth buttery fat bombs, it was a springboard from there. Tahini with coconut syrup is also reminiscent of the old days when I would have peanut butter and syrup.

It all makes for a deep chocolaty, buttery truffle in a bed of crispy hazelnut. A mineral-rich treat is sure to satisfy the chocolate lover in you.

Recipe

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Chocolate & Cherry Oats

Chocolate & Cherry Oats

For those of us who love dessert for breakfast!

Serve this Chocolate & Cherry Oats breakfast to your family or friends and you are going to get asked one of two questions:

Question 1 – Is this chocolate & cherry oats really breakfast and not a dessert?

When you tell them it is indeed a breakfast, the next question will be…

Question 2 – are you sure this is healthy? It can’t be; it tastes too good to be healthy?

Then you can answer and say the following –

  • The raw cacao is rich in minerals, with magnesium being most notable for relaxation and helping with sore muscles. You can read all about magnesium here.
  • Chocolate (or raw cacao) also contains theobromine which is the compound that naturally makes us feel happier.
  • Cherries hold their own nutritionally with Vitamins A, C and K and
  • Oats are a well-established ingredient in heart-healthy eating plans. Oats are also rich in minerals, B vitamins, antioxidants and the all-important fibre (beta-glucan), which has been shown to lower and protect against LDL cholesterol.

So, yes, it is super healthy, and there’s another bonus – very easy to make. It’s also very versatile, so you can make it your own.

Let me know if you enjoyed it as much as we do.

 

Dawn

Chocolate & Cherry Oats

It's like dessert for breakfast, just healthier and more-ish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breakfast, dairyfree, easy, heart healthy, onepan
Servings: 2

Equipment

  • 1 small pot
  • 1 measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 3 tsp raw cacao
  • 1 1/2 cup milk plant or animal based
  • 1/2 banana mashed

Optional Extras (see notes)

  • 40 g cherries halved and pitted, then dice half
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  • mix the cacao powder in with the oats to avoid clumping.
  • over medium heat, add the oat and cacao mix, mashed bananas and milk.
  • bring to a boil, then allow to simmer for 2 - 5 minutes, depending on how thick you like your oats.
  • add diced cherries (optional), and mix in well.
  • dish up into bowls and garnish with halved cherries, hemp, nut butter and drizzle with maple syrup.
  • serve warm and enjoy.

Notes

No Banana: Can be left out but does add to the creaminess and sweetness.
No Cherries: Use your favourite fruit like bananas, strawberries or blueberries. 
No Milk: Use water; it will just be a little less creamy.
No Maple Syrup: Use honey or your favourite sweetener.
Oats are too thick: Use more milk or water to make it the consistency you prefer
Storage: Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. There might be some separation, and it will thicken. The separation will go when you mix it, and you can thin it out by adding water when heating it up.

 

If you haven’t read my blog about Chocolate – Healthy or Not? Then spoiler alert – yes, it is***, and I have 5 effortless chocolaty recipes for you to try.

(***All those stars mean terms, conditions, and fine print).

Sigh! I know; it would be so cool if this one single delicious ingredient a decisive nod.

It’s your prerogative

How you use chocolate in your diet is your choice, but it’s going feature in some way for most of us. So, to make the search for healthier chocolate recipes easier, I put together a little recipe round-up for you.

About that fine print, I mentioned

Treats need to be eaten mindfully and in moderation. While all these recipes are gluten-free, they inevitably use some form of sweetener (always natural). If you are experiencing issues with blood sugar or hormones, I urge you to partake in moderation.

Who’s on the list

The health and wellness community is diverse, and when I reached out to my colleagues for recipes, I was thrilled to get responses from all over the globe (Canada, Australia & South Africa). So whether you are near or far, you can enjoy what we each have to offer.

Grain-Free Chocolate Zucchini Fudge Cake 

Chocolate and fudge in the same sentence!

This gem is loaded with protein and fibre to help manage blood sugar spikes. In addition, Zucchini is a genuinely underrated fruit, and you will be surprised (and delighted) at how well it works with this recipe. Another bonus is the handy swop outs to accommodate a vegan diet – so everyone can try this one out.

Caitlin is a Certified Holistic & Culinary Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor based in St John, Canada. She is a passionate advocate of changing our relationship with food to live our best lives. To find out more about her incredible story and for more recipes, be sure to visit her site: Nourished by Caitlin Iles and follow her on social media: @nourishedbycaitlin

Website Recipe Instagram

Double Chocolate Almond Granola

https://www.mealsbytiia.com/recipes/double-chocolate-almond-granola/Tiia knocked it out of the park with this recipe.

If a chocolaty start to the day is what you are after, then her Double Chocolate Almond Granola is what you have been looking for.

Using raw cacao powder to boost the antioxidant and magnesium goodness and offer the option to add a little collagen powder. I love a recipe that manages to pack a nutritional punch and doesn’t compromise on taste. Tiia is a Culinary Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and helps her clients with meal prepping, planning and much more. For more recipes, be sure to head on over to her site: Meals by Tiia and follower her on social media: @mealsbytiia

Website Recipe Instagram

Fully Loaded GF Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are not only delicious but so quick and easy to prepare. So great for whipping up when guests come over or as a gift for your friends – trust me, they will thank you or have with your afternoon tea – no sharing is needed.

Sharan follows a Gluten-Free eating plan to manage her health best and does not compromise on taste. The smell alone will have you drooling.

Sharan is a certified Health and Hormone Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. Through her journey dealing with three autoimmune diseases, Sharan focuses on feeling well, living well and loving life. Follow Sharan on social media: @whysettleforordinary, or click one of the links below for more details.

Recipe Instagram Facebook

GF Dark Chocolate Torta Caprese

This is decadence at its best!

If you want to impress with an after-dinner slice of chocolaty heaven – then this is the go-to recipe. It’s like a soft pillow of chocolate.

Shoots and Leaves are an eatery based in Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa. Their food is always fresh with something new on the menu each day. Using whole local foods, their harvest table lunches are legendary and a must-try if you are in the area.

To order your box of farm-fresh veg, wholesome frozen meals for the week or meet up with friends for a delicious lunch, check out their website: Shoots & Leaves or connect with them on social media: @shoots_and_leaves_sa

Download the recipe here with all their contact details.

Website Recipe Instagram

Chocolate Truffle Cups

This is one of my personal favourite recipes to make. From my days of following a ketogenic diet and loving the texture of smooth buttery fat bombs, it was a springboard from there. Tahini with coconut syrup is also reminiscent of the old days when I would have peanut butter and syrup.

It all makes for a deep chocolaty, buttery truffle in a bed of crispy hazelnut. A mineral-rich treat is sure to satisfy the chocolate lover in you.

Recipe

Related Blogs


Chocolate & Cherry Oats