Cocoa Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

When I was young, I loved the cereal aisle. I begged my mom for tasty breakfast treats like Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops and the creme de la creme- Cocoa Puffs! Alas, my mom was perfectly intractable on the matter and those sweet chocolaty morsels never made it into our grocery cart -no matter how desperately I wanted to “go coo-koo” for them.

6 year old me just thought my mom was a grumpy woman with no sense of fun. I now realize she was doing me a huge favour and not a disservice. All of those highly refined sugary treat cereals can wreak havoc on your body, brain and blood sugar.

Today, my search for perfect chocolaty breakfast cereal has culminated in this nutritious and delicious alternative.

Re-live your childhood with this vegan and gluten free chocolaty treat cereal.

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Photos courtesy of Miaou Photography

Photos courtesy of Miaou Photography

Cocoa Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat groats, soaked overnight
  • 2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I've used coconut and almond, both were great!)
  • 2 tbls good quality dark cocoa powder
  • 2 tbls maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • your favourite toppings

Method

  1. Rinse buckwheat groats well, place in a medium glass bowl and cover with water, make sure there is an inch or two of water above the groats. Soak overnight, out of direct light. In the morning, drain and rinse soaked buckwheat and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt over high heat. Whisk vigorously until well combined. Add buckwheat groats and bring to a soft boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  3. While the porridge is cooking, prepare your favourite toppings.
  4. Top with berries, banana, pear, figs, nuts or seeds and swirl of nut butter.... the world is your oyster! Enjoy! 

* My fave combo is almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, strawberries and banana slices, but hey, you do you babe!

* Makes 4 servings and keeps well in the fridge for 3-5 days, which makes this is a perfect meal prep recipe!