I have a delicious and seemingly indulgent breakfast recipe to share with you all today: chocolate and pear porridge. Chocolate porridge, or oatmeal for my American friends, is such a yummy way to start the day that feels like you are getting dessert when really you are having a nutrient-packed breakfast!
Using raw cacao powder and cacao nibs in this recipe actually adds a whole load of nutrients to this dish without all of the sugar that comes with normal chocolate and chocolate chips! You only need very little for a rich, dark chocolate flavour which pairs perfectly with the pear and pistachio in this dish – so many ps!
Raw Cacao Nutrition Benefits
I know that most of us associate anything chocolate with sugar and “treat” foods, but raw cacao in its natural form is actually an incredible source of nutrients. You could technically call it a superfood, but I am not a fan of that term as all foods have lots of goodness in them! Cacao has a wealth of good stuff in it, including:
- Amazing source of polyphenols, a type of antioxidants
- Rich in iron, potassium and zinc
- An amazing source of magnesium and copper
- A good source of fibre
- The pure form has very little sugar in it!
Chocolate Pear Porridge Recipe
For this recipe you are going to want some good quality cacao powder and cacao nibs, my favourites are by the brand Naturya. I have tried quite a few other brands and raw cacao is quite a rich, bitter flavour and some brands just don’t seem to have much depth to the cacao and all you get is that bitter taste! I also recommend conference pears, they are my favourite!
To add a little extra something to this dish, you could poach the pear first. If you fancy trying that, check out my Poached Pear Porridge recipe which has all of the instructions on how to do that.
Chocolate Pear Porridge
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 1 square dark chocolate optional
- 1/2 pear
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp chopped pistachios
- Add the oats, milk and cacao to a saucepan over medium heat and cook for 3-5 minutes until it has reached your desired consistency.
- Meanwhile, slice the pear and chop the pistachios.
- If you would like them to be extra chocolatey, add the square of dark chocolate to the oats and allow to melt. Alternatively, stir through a little honey or maple syrup for sweetness.
- Serve in a bowl topped with the sliced pear, cacao nibs, chopped pistachios and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.