If you're in need of a chocolate fix with some added nutritional value, look no further than this delicious chocolate orange porridge recipe from Dr Hazel Wallace, founder of The Food Medic. It's packed with fibre and relatively low in sugar compared to your average chocolatey breakfast. And it takes just five minutes to make.
40 g of porridge oats
250 ml of milk (or water)
2 tsp of cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup/honey
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Juice of 1/2 orange
To serve: 1 square of dark chocolate, grated
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Add more milk for a runnier porridge.
- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle grated chocolate on top.
- Serve immediately!
Oats are a great food to start your day with. Full of fibre that slows down the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, they are also a rich source of magnesium.
The orange juice adds a delicous zesty flavour and a source of vitamin C. You could increase the nutritional value of the recipe by adding some orange segments to your bowl.
Cocoa powder will give your oatmeal a rich flavour without the added sugar of hot chocolate. Cocoa also contains the minerals iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. There's also some evidence that the 'biologically active' ingredients in cocoa can actively benefit your blood pressure and improve heart health. All too often the cocoa is lumped in with lots of sugar and fat, which rather defeats the object, so it's not an excuse to binge on a whole packet of chocolate biscuits.
Honey and maple syrup add sweetness and flavour. But bear in mind: many people mistake these items as 'healthier' alternatives to sugar; however, your body can't actually tell the difference. As far as your body is concerned, sugar is sugar!
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