Serves 2 | Vegan, gluten free
(inspired by Sarah Britton’s “My New Roots” Cookbook)

Prepare in the evening for a special treat in the morning. This is a good one if you know that you will not have lots of time for breakfast. It takes just a few minutes to assemble all the ingredients in a bowl or jar. Put it into the fridge over night and enjoy in the morning with raw chocolate nips and fresh fruit added. The original recipes asks for cherries. I used pomegrantes, black-, and blueberries. Be creative and use whatever fruit you love. Make sure ingredients are seasonal and organic.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup (65g) gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup (250ml) nut milk (I used home-made almond milk, hemp or cashew milk work well too)
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons raw cacao nibs
Berries, cherries, or any fruit you love (use organic, seasonal, and local)

  1. Place oats, nut milk, lemon juice, and chia seeds togehter in a jar or bowl. Mix the ingredients well. Make sure chia seeds are well folded into the mixture. Cover and refigerate over night.
  2. Remove oats from the fridge in the morning. Fold in the cacao powder, and maple syrup. I made mine without the cacao powder. It was super fabulous too. Add more milk to achieve the consistency you like. If you want the oats slightly warmer let them stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  3. To make it look pretty take 2 glasses and layer the oat-chia mixture with the fruits and cacao nibs.
  4. Enjoy & feel the energy!

Oats are super nutritious. Not only do they contain an ample amount of vitamins, minerals, they are also high in fiber. Whole oats are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols (a specific antioxidant compounds that give plants some of their color, flavor, and healing qualities). Oats may help control blood pressure and blood sugar, lower cholsterol (because of their high fiber content), and help with weight management.

Berries not only make your breakfast look pretty, they also up the nutrient content due to their antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The deep blue color in Blueberries for example is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. These phytonutrients aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage, which means they are super important when it comes to disease prevention.

Strawberries are high in phenols, another important phytonutrient. Phenols are responsible for protecting you from disease and promoting good health. Strawberries may reduce macular degeneration of the eyes, and are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper.

Blackberries are powerful antioxidants as well. They are high in chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds like vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid.  In addition they contain ample amounts of  pectin, a soluble fiber that may help lower cholesterol and prevent cancer.

You might ask yourself how cacao fits in all that? Raw, organic cacao is rich in antioxidants (much higher than blueberries) and flavanols (they keep you young and healthy!). Cacao is the hightest source of plant-based iron (7.3mg per 100g!), has got more calcium than milk (160mg per 100g vs 125mg per 100ml of milk), and is full of magnesium. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy making sure that your brain is able to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.

And as we all know Cacao makes us happy! That’s because it is a source of bliss chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine.  They are associated with feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.

Today’s breakfast is a natural, healthy, delicious way to get your happy buzz on. Enjoy!

In vibrant health,
Gaby
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