Chocolate in your morning oatmeal? We think so.
by Lindsay Evans
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Are we really telling you to add chocolate to your morning routine? You bet we are. But let's be clear, what we are not suggesting is downing a hershey bar for breakfast before you sprint out the door. What we are suggesting is whipping up a batch of our spiced overnight oats and then topping them with your favourite freshly chopped fruit (we're currently loving sliced banana and kiwi,) along with a tbsp of cacao nibs. Never heard of them? Cacao nibs are bits of fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cacao bean. They are a rich source of magnesium, high in fiber, bursting with antioxidants and they've been known to help improve your mood. They also have a slightly sweet but intense chocolatey taste and they're ultra-versatile. So, what else can you do with them? We like to toss them into smoothies, add them to baked goods or sprinkle them over buttercream-frosted cupcakes. But we've even been known to sprinkle them over a hearty salad or grain bowl or onto a salami pizza.
→ Want to learn more about cacao nibs? Check out our article, Cacao vs. Cocoa vs. Chocolate here!
1 cup thick cut rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
1 cup milk (almond, soy or 1%)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp demerara sugar
1 banana, sliced
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp cocao nibs or chopped bittersweet chocolate
To make oats: The night before, combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar in a clean jar or airtight container. Give it a good shake to combine all of the ingredients. Place in the fridge overnight to let flavours come together.
To assemble: In the morning, remove jar from refrigerator and stir well. Transfer to a bowl and top with sliced banana, kiwi and cacao nibs. Eat immediately or toss in your bag to bring to work.