In winter I love a bowl of warming porridge (hello comfort food!) and there are loads of ways to add extra nutrients and flavour. I’ve been experimenting with different porridge variations and coming up with new recipes to make really delicious nourishing breakfasts. This Cacao and Maca Porridge recipe is so easy, and with all the added benefits it’s a great meal to start the day with!
Maca is one of the famous ‘superfood’ elites, and with good reason too! The Peruvian root powder is rich in vitamins thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and Vitamin B6, and also contains calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron.
Cacao has been an important food known for its invigorating properties for generations in Aztec society as well as in Mexican, Central and South American cultures. Cacao is one of the richest sources of antioxidants found in nature, containing nutrients iron, potassium, zinc, copper and magnesium. It’s hard to believe something so tasty can be so good for you!
Even before we add these nutrient dense ingredients, the oats in porridge provide a great dose of nutrients themselves. Oats are a complex carbohydrate meaning their energy is slowly released throughout the day, keeping you full until lunchtime. These little power grains also contain thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and are a great source of fiber.
1 cup Organic Oats
1 tbsp Maca Powder
2 ½ tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
3 cups Almond Milk (or alternative plant milk)
1 Conference Pear
METHOD – Serves 2
Put oats, cacao, maca and cinnamon in a saucepan along with 2 ½ cups of almond milk. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the consistency of the mixture and add the rest of the almond milk if necessary.
Top with half a sliced pear and small dollop of almond butter
Stir in grated orange zest and top with some orange segments
Add chopped banana with a spoonful of peanut butter
Top with apple slices and pumpkin seeds
Add Raspberries/Blueberries and cacao nibs
I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe as much as I do! It’s so easy and delicious, a great start to the day 🙂 With all these serving suggestions, you can see there are loads of ways to boost the nutrient density of this meal. Get creative and power up your poridge!