I know, I said that I don’t like sweet breakfasts much. And it’s true. Most of the mornings you could spot me stuffing my face with eggs and vegetables (or simply just some leftovers). But sometimes I need a little taste switch. And a little break from the proteins. And that’s when a nice bowl of warm porridge comes in handy (it’s also great to make ahead and have on busy mornings). But as you’re probably guessing now, it’s a bit different than the porridge as we know it. There are no oats or any other grains. No sugar. No dairy either. There even might be one very unexpected ingredient. Yet it still has the same effect. So if you are looking for a breakfast inspiration which won’t mess with your eating style, you are in the right place. Read about the Chocolate Cashew Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb) bellow.
Even though it might not look like it at a first sight, this Chocolate Cashew Porridge is a perfect sugar free brekky. There is no refined sugar included. There is actually no sugar at all. Which means that the porridge by itself is not really sweet. But have you ever noticed how sweet cashews are? It’s amazing how the taste changes once you ditch all the processed foods out of your life. How we then appreciate the real flavour of the whole foods.
Anyway, there is one sweet thing included in the recipe and that’s the fruit garnish on the top. But it depends only on you which fruit you’ll go for (if any). If you like to keep your carbohydrates really low, all the kind of berries go with the porridge very well and still make it tasting pretty sweet. On the other hand, if you want to make your porridge a bit sweeter and fruit is not enough for you, you can use any sweetener of your choice of course. For example mix in banana or honey for the Paleo version and erythritol for the Low Carb porridge. But I personally find it unnecessary.
And what is the unexpected ingredient I was talking about? Well, whether you follow Paleo or Low Carb style of eating (or simply want to eat a bit healthier), you would know that vegetables should be a staple of every meal. But how to implement vegetables to a sweet breakfast? I doubt that you’d like to garnish your porridge with baby spinach. But what if I told you that you can simply add a veggie to the porridge at the beginning? Make it one of the main ingredients? Because there is always a way how to add veggies to your meal. And in case of the Chocolate Cashew Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb) it’s a grated zucchini as one of the main ingredients. It’s not only thickening the porridge, but also delivering a nice creamy texture. What do you think, would you give it a try?
- 1 cup cashews (soaked)
- 800 ml water
- 1 zucchini, peeled and finely grated (it should make 2 cups)
- 2 tsp good quality vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup golden flaxseed meal
- ⅔ cocoa powder
- Sweetener of choice (I haven't used any, but you can use honey for example)
- Fruit, seeds, nuts etc. for garnish
- Place the cashews in a glass jar and pour in 2 cups of water. Let the cashews soak for at least 4 hours. Then strain the water out, place the cashews in a blender and pour in 800ml of fresh water. Blend the cashews with water until you'll get a milk like consistency (with small chunks of the nuts).
- Pour the cashew milk into a small pot and place over medium heat. Bring the cashew milk to a simmer and add the grated zucchini. Simmer together for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 5 minutes stir in the vanilla extract, cocoa powder and flaxseed meal and cook everything for 5 more minutes, stirring thoroughly. The porridge should thicken up at this time. If you find it too thick, you can add a little bit of water.
- Serve with your favourite fruits, nuts or seeds.