Turn your disaster into Miracles
Well, it’s not a miracle, but yes it’s so easy to fall into the trap and focus on the negative sides. We are usually more organised, but everybody can have a busy or slow moment. Some of you will relate, today was one of those days for me! The dishwasher hasn’t been on the previous night. When I turn to reach the banana, there is no banana left. I was going to make a chia jam instead when I realise that part of the blender is also in the dishwasher. Breakfast without bananas and no clean bowl to eat! I have to get the kids ready for school. F…!!
My love for porridge is like a teenage romance. I like a form of sweetener with my porridge. (Notable sugar though) I prefer to sweeten it with fruits. It’s natural and works for me which of course wasn’t going to happen today.
In a moment like this, my ‘how to survive in a crisis skill‘ kicks in. I reach for the cacao powder.
Have you ever tried chocolate porridge before? Cacao, however, is slightly bitter compared to chocolate or cocoa.
There is no rule in which chocolate to use here. Make your porridge, add in the chocolate and eat!
CACAO & COCOA
Although, I use cacao because it’s the purest form of chocolate you can consume. It’s raw and less processed than even cocoa powder or chocolate bars.
The cacao nibs that I use as garnish (see the images) are simply cacao beans that have been chopped into edible pieces much like chocolate chips without the added sugars and fats. Cacao is an excellent source of monosaturated fats, Vitamins, minerals and fibre which we al need to kick-start the day.
Cocoa in the other hand is referred to the heated form of cacao. Cocoa powder is produced similarly to cacao except cocoa undergoes a higher temperature of heat during processing. When buying cocoa, make sure to but the plain one without the added sugar.
EATING HEALTHY IS NOT DEPRIVING YOURSELF
These little choices we can make in our everyday life for a better and healthier lifestyle without compromising with tastiness. If you’ve never tried it, I urge you to try this recipe. Topped it up with your favourite fruits and seeds to boost the nutrient level. Add a dollop of coconut oil into your porridge for some extra healthy fat and see your health changing.
- 500ml Porridge Oats
- 1/2 cup of cacao powder or more if you prefer.
- 750ml Milk (I use dairy-free milk)
- 750ml Water
- Handful of Currents
- Pinch of Salt
- Pinch of Cinnamon
- Optional Drizzle with some raw honey
- Put your porridge oats in the pot along with the currents, cinnamon, milk, water and salt and cover. Leave to soak over night. Soaking the porridge helps the cooking and the digestion process.
- In the morning put the pot on the heat and stir. Stir occasionally until it starts to simmer then stir constantly until the porridge boils. Add in the cacao powder. Stir to mix. Take it off the heat and serve straight away. Make sure the currents are well mixed in when serving.
- Garnish with milled seeds and freshly chopped fruits.
- Or drizzle some raw honey