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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.