This may seem totally self-indulgent and just a reason to eat chocolate at breakfast, but to be honest, it’s the perfect time of the day for chocolate—or rather, its source, raw cacao. The caffeine in cacao gives you a natural high, and having caffeine at this time of day won’t disrupt your sleep patterns. It helps to boost your energy for the day ahead, so jump right into this porridge knowing your chocolate cravings will be satisfied and your circadian rhythm healthily maintained.
Heaped 1 cup rolled oats
Pinch of sea salt
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Scant 2 cups oat milk or nondairy milk of your choice, plus more if needed
2 Tbsp maple syrup or date syrup (optional)
Roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped
Cacao nibs (optional)
Combine all ingredients for porridge in small saucepan. Place over low-medium heat and stir to combine. Slowly bring porridge to a steady simmer while stirring occasionally.
Once oats are cooked and tender, remove from heat and add a little more nondairy milk if desired.
Divide porridge between 2 breakfast bowls and serve with dollop of almond butter and sprinkling of chopped roasted hazelnuts. Top with cacao nibs for an extra caffeine hit, if desired.