I have found a new breakfast sensation (at least in my world). That sensation takes two different recipes that sounded interesting and created a coffee chocolate chia pudding that fills me up and provides great health benefits. There are a few other ingredients, but my wonderful alliteration didn’t allow me to list them in that sentence.
The base of this recipe is oatgurt. What is oatgurt, you ask? It is a recipe from a fabulous cookbook my wife bought called Traditional Meals for the Frugal Family. The recipe is simple. You put two cups of oatmeal in a glass mason jar. Then add 1 3/4 cups of water and one tablespoon of a cultured starter like kombucha or kefir. I use my kombucha and add more than a tablespoon. Mix the contents of the jar and cover with a cloth for 1-2 days to ferment. This provides a similar culture to that of yogurt – hence the name oatgurt.
Once the oatgurt has fermented enough, I took a coffee chocolate chia pudding recipe I found online somewhere and adapted it to fit a bigger size. I start by brewing a cup of coffee and soaking three dates in the coffee while it cools. That goes in the food processor with the fermented oats and add in a bunch of other nutritious ingredients. I don’t measure a lot of these, but I can give you approximates. Here are the supplementary ingredients:
1/4-1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp ground flax
1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup collagen powder
1/2 cup hemp protein (vanilla is also good)
2 droppers of vanilla stevia
Once processed, it is a thick chocolatey mixture. I put that in a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of chia . A plate on the top keeps the moisture in as it is placed in the refrigerator. This recipe makes enough for me to have breakfast for the entire school week. I have not been able to have my normal snack break this school year and this recipe (with the power of chia) has kept me full all morning long.
Not only am I full all morning, but I am getting great nutrients as well. Turmeric helps with inflammation. Cinnamon regulates blood sugar. Flax helps you poop. The oatgurt is also good for your gut. Take this nutritious pudding and top it with cut up fruit for a great start to your day – speaking from experience.