This is a mini post. The reason is that I had a last minute work thing which ruined my plans for a nice quiet blogging evening. I got home just before 10pm, cold and starving hungry. I then spent half an hour picking meat off the chicken legs I’d made in the slow cooker, and prepping the bones for overnight stock. Dinner was a boring plate of plain chicken and curried yogurt sauce, which sounds exotic but is basically yogurt with curry powder and dried coriander leaves! As you by now know, Mondays are protein only days (Dukan Diet rules) so today has left a lot to be desired in the culinary department. You should have seen me dodging the canape trays swirling round earlier!
Right now all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with my fleece blanket, watch Modern Family, and dream about the yummy breakfast I’m going to make myself tomorrow morning. If this was a normal night I’d be having it for dessert. It’s that good. Creamy, chocolaty gooeyness that is actually good for you! Unbelievable. I got the idea from a fellow foodie over at Licking The Plate Again, who commented on my Applesauce with Pears post that her mum used to put cocoa in her porridge when she was little as a treat. Genius, is all I can say…
Choco Porridge with Honey and Banana
Serves 1 (if I’m the one eating it)
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup milk
2 squares (20g) dark chocolate
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1/2 banana, sliced
extra splash of milk, optional
1. In a small saucepan mix the milk and oats. Warm mixture over medium heat and when it starts heating up add the chocolate.
2. When the chocolate is nearly all melted, add the cinammon and continue cooking over low heat, stirring continuously.
3. When the porridge has absorbed the milk and thickened to your liking, and the oats are soft, transfer to a bowl.
4. Top with the sliced banana and honey, and add another splash of milk if the porridge has thickened a lot.
Note: After trying a chocolate and cinammon ice cream this summer, I have decided these two ingredients were meant for each other. Give them a go!
Other porridge or oatmeal breakfast ideas from around the blogosphere:
A Hot Breakfast: 10 Nourishing Oatmeal & Porridge Recipes to Warm Winter Mornings from The Kitchn
Quinoa Coma by With a Side of Sneakers (this I like to combine with regular porridge. It’s really good!)