Is healthy chocolate porridge actually possible? Well, kinda. This vegan porridge recipe contains only natural sugars and is perfect for a balanced breakfast.
You can top it with anything you'd like, I top my chocolate porridge with fresh fruit and healthy seeds like chia or flax. You can also add a spoonful of nut butter to add extra protein and flavour.
This vegan breakfast recipe uses raw cacao powder which has so many health benefits. It has 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries, it's a natural anti-depressant, it contains more calcium than cow's milk and it's one of the highest plant-based sources of iron and magnesium. Raw cacao powder is naturally quite bitter so we'll be adding some maple syrup just to sweeten it up and make it super delicious. If you don't have maple syrup you can use agave syrup or honey if you're not vegan.
Are cocoa and cacao powder the same?
Cocoa and cacao powder are not the same.
Cocoa powder is what you'd normally use to make cakes or brownies, it's when cocoa beans have been roasted at a high temperature.
Cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. Raw cacao powder is much healthier than cocoa powder as it (usually) does not have any added sugar. It's also a lot more nutritional as during the roasting process to produce cocoa powder, most nutrients and enzymes are killed off.
Total Prep and Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Equipment Needed: Hob
150g of porridge oats
500ml of soy milk (or any other plant-based milk)
1.5 tbsps of raw cacao powder
1 tsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of maple syrup and more for drizzling
1. Add all the ingredients to a pan and place on the hob. Cook on a medium heat for around 5-7 minutes.
2. Continue to stir the porridge until the milk heats up. The oats should start to absorb the milk after a few minutes.
3. Keep stirring until the oats have absorbed the majority of the liquid. You don't want the porridge to become too sticky and stodgy, so as soon as the majority of the liquid has been absorbed and the oats look soft, you're ready to go.
4. Top with fresh fruit and add a drizzle of maple syrup. Serve and enjoy!
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Here at Defying Hangry, we make delicious and easy vegan recipes. All our meals contain a range of nutritious and easily accessible ingredients - to make even the busiest of mealtimes easy, healthy and quick. As well as vegan recipes, we also share a range of vegan gluten-free recipes and vegan nut-free recipes.