Dark chocolate is my weakness. It’s no secret. I have to end my day with something chocolatey, whether it’s a couple of squares of Lindt 90%, a scoop of Booja Booja Hunky Punky vegan ice cream on a Friday (Friday night is Ice cream Night in the Hunter Household!), or a drizzle of choc shot and a sprinkling of chocolate drops over a bowl of yoghurt.
But every so often, I decide I want to start my day with chocolate too….after all, we should start as we mean to go on, right?
Anyway, this isn’t as unhealthy as it sounds. This balanced breakfast bowl is fantastic fuel, and I’ve used raw cacao to give it a deep chocolatey flavour. Raw cacao is also rich in magnesium, which is important for a healthy heart and enzyme function, and iron, which is essential for healthy circulation and nervous systems. Any excuse to eat more chocolate!
If you’re using it, pick your protein powder carefully. I personally hate the taste of most sweeteners, which are often found in protein supplements. I avoid artificial sweeteners like Sucralose and Maltitol like the plague because they give me the worst bloating and cramping, and have some pretty negative effects on your body too, such as stomach pain and increased sugar cravings (but do your own research!) I even hate the taste of stevia, which is a natural sweetener and is commonly found in protein powders. However, I have used Nutristrength roasted cocoa whey protein in this recipe and have successfully managed to disguise the taste of stevia whilst maintaining the chocolate flavour.
You can of course make this in the microwave, but I personally like to cook mine on the stove. This is technically another zoats (zucchini-oats) recipe but I like the alliteration in the title. I always add grated courgette to my porridge as it adds a lot of volume, fibre and nutrients, but if you want to leave it out then make sure your reduce the volume of liquid used.
This indulgent-tasting bowl goes down a treat, especially as we’re heading into Autumn and the mornings seem to be getting darker, colder and wetter. Enjoy!
40g porridge oats
150g grated courgette (1 medium courgette)
150ml nut milk of your choice, or water (I like almond milk)
1/2tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa powder), optional, depending on the strength of the flavour of your protein powder
1/2-1 small banana, mashed
A pinch of cinnamon.
1 serving of chocolate protein powder (I like to use 20g @nutristrength roasted cocoa whey or 25g That Protein Cacao plantbased Protein (the latter has a much higher cacao content than the former, so I omit the extra cacao when using this protein).
Peanut butter (I love Pip & Nut smooth) and frozen raspberries, to top, if wanted
1.) Add the porridge oats, grated courgette, nut m*lk and water to a saucepan and cook on a medium heat, stirring to mix the ingredients.
2.) Once the mixture starts to cook down and thicken, add the mashed banana, cacao and the cinnamon.
3.) Once the porridge has fully thickened, take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the protein powder, if using. (If the porridge is too hot it can sometimes cause whey protein to split and create a less pleasant grainy consistency).
4.) Top your protein porridge with peanut butter + frozen raspberries, if using.