...I GET FAMILIES COOKING HEALTHY FOOD FROM SCRATCH...

Did I just say chocolate for breakfast?

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Chocolate, probably one of the worlds most loved food. Unfortunately modern styles of food processing, food technology and the science behind finding that magic 'Bliss Point' chocolate has become one of the worlds unhealthiest food. The problem with highly processed food is that although they may start in some sort of natural form [like a cacao bean] all the goodness, nutritional content are destroyed due to the cooking process and high heat.

Anyhow - enough of the boring stuff - how can we add this superfood 'cacao' to our diet without depleting it's nutritional benefit?
Cacao is a powerful antioxidant and can improve blood flow, support a healthy heart, stimulates the nervous system and increases energy.

It is also important to make sure when you are buying your raw cacao powder - make sure you are buying the best quality possible. Look for organic, unprocessed & raw. Cacao powder is DIFFERENT to cocoa powder. Cocoa powder has been processed and put under heat, which also diminishes the nutritional value. Best place to purchase cacao powder is your fave health food or bulk wholefood store.

When you come to ake this recipe, you will have the choice to add in your personal preference when it comes to the milk component. For me personally I like to use COCO-QUENCH. I love the flavour it offers, the nutritional profile and it is kind on my gut. You can buy coco quench from Coles, found in the long life milk section. Find out more about it here.

Now, lets move over to the recipe! Over the winter months, I do tend to sway away from colder food and try to consume my superfoods through breakfast. This is how I came up with this recipe. It is a common recipe, and I would eat this most weekday mornings - just because it is so delish!!

Enjoy the recipe, share with me your thoughts and reviews of the recipe.

Pear & walnut choc porridge
Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 pear, skin left on
1 date, pitted
40 grams walnuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
15 grams cacao powder - add less or more depending on personal chocolate intensity
25 grams chia seeds
10 grams flaked quinoa
300 - 320 grams milk of your choice [depending on preferred thickness of porridge] - I use coco quench [coconut/rice milk variety, very yummy!! details in blog post above]
1 cup frozen berries of your choice

THERMOMIX INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Add pear, date and wlanuts to bowl - chop speed 6/3 seconds
2. Add cinnamon, cacao, chia seeds, flaked quinoa and milk - cook 9 minutes / 90 degrees / Speed 2
3. Once cooked top with frozen berries - I love blueberries & raspberries!

Non-Thermomix instructions - whilst I have never had to worry about cooking this without a thermie, I would say it is pretty self explanatory. I would grate the pear, chop the date & walnuts - add this to a pot, add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cook on a stove top [stirring continoulsy) on medium heat for 8 - 10 minutes or until porridge has thickened.


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