Sometimes you forget that the simplest dishes are the best – and that can be so true of breakfast. Waking this morning to a very frosty and chilly start I remembered one of my all-time favourites – a porridge but with a bit of a chocolate hit. Moreish enough to start the day well and nutritious enough to fuel me through until lunchtime (and maybe a bit beyond if the workload lingers).
It’s an easy combo (who wants to spend hours preparing this meal mid-week?) and is amazingly versatile.
I have made mine with ordinary skimmed milk but you can use semi-skimmed or other lower fat options or nut milks like almond or coconut (or any other type that you prefer); add chocolate protein powder instead of cocoa powder to boost the stats if you so desire; add a square of dark chocolate or protein chocolate for a silky smooth and luxurious touch; go simple with a sprinkling of nuts or go the whole hog with fruit, nuts and a drizzle of sugar-free syrup if it takes your fancy. Choices I like to have …
I made mine in the microwave but you can use a pan in the usual way then ladle into a bowl, lean back, warm your hands around the dish and remember that the 3 bears didn’t get it quite so good!
CHOCOLATE OATY PORRIDGE
200 ml/scant 1 cup milk (I used skimmed)
35 g/4 tbsp porridge oats
1 tbsp cocoa powder (or chocolate protein powder)
1 square dark unsweetened chocolate (optional)
chopped nuts, seeds or fruit to top
sugar-free syrup to drizzle (I used Sweet Freedom Choc Shot)
- Place the milk, oats, cocoa power and chocolate (if used) in a jug.
- Heat on FULL POWER in the microwave for 2 minutes (my times are based on a 900 watt model).
- Stir well and cook for a further 15-20 seconds.
- Spoon into a serving bowl and top with the chosen nuts, seeds or fruit as liked and drizzle with syrup if using.
WLS PORTION: ½
V suitable for Vegetarians
CALORIES PER PORTION (plain without toppings): 228
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