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Chocolate for Breakfast: It's Healthier than You Think


I love this recipe in the morning; it gives me a great boost of energy, keeps my appetite satisfied for hours and is full of plant based protein, healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals... and it's made with chocolate!

Ingredients: 

1 Frozen banana
1.5 cups of your favorite almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup of chia seeds
1 tbsp of hemp seeds
3-5 tsp of raw cacao powder (or nibs)

optional: 

raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 avocado (makes it creamy)
1 cup frozen kale
seasonal berries
1/2 cup of raw cashew pieces

This pudding can be really basic or you can make it as fancy as you'd like by adding in some seasonal fruit, nuts, or even frozen kale. I make it pretty much every morning and tend to vary the recipe a little each time. Here are the basics: 

1. In a mason jar (or bowl) mix your chia seeds and 1 cup of almond or coconut milk. I like the mason jar because I can add a lid and shake it up, but you can use a bowl and mix with a spoon. Put it in the fridge the night before to let it soak, or a couple of hours earlier in the morning to allow the seeds to absorb the milk and turn into a pudding. 

2.  In a blender, add 1/2 cup of almond or coconut milk (or water), raw cacao, frozen banana (I usually cut it up into 4 smaller pieces to make it easier on the blender), and hemp seeds. You can also add in frozen kale leaves, cashew pieces for more texture or your favorite fruit pieces to make it fruitier. Personally, I love the taste of straight, dark chocolate, so I usually keep it pretty simple and lean heavy on the cacao. Blend until smooth.

* a note on sweetening: I find the banana adds enough sweetness, however, you can always add in a bit of raw honey or real maple syrup or even more banana. It depends on which other ingredients you add: if it's kale and cashews, I usually add honey, but if I've added fruit, it's usually sweet enough. 

3. In a bowl, add your chia pudding and chocolate mix. You can eat it immediately or put in the fridge to serve it chilled. Add cashews, berries, or cacao nibs as a garnish and voila! 

Bonne Appetit!




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