This Cacao Oatmeal breakfast that is loaded with cranberries, coconut, cinnamon and cashews is a sure fire way to get all the goodness and nutrition you need out of your favourite morning bowl. With winter knocking on the door I find it quite hard to feel full and satisfied without a nice warm bowl of oats to get me and the kids through.
The beauty with adding raw cacao into a breakfast mix is that the fiber in cacao powder promotes healthy digestion and can reduce the risk and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive problems.
Another health benefits of Raw cacao powder are:
- Lower Blood Pressure
Cacao powder is packed with flavonoids. These nutrients that have been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow to the brain and heart, and aid in preventing blood clots.
- Reduced Diabetes Risk
The flavonoids in cacao powder may help increase insulin sensitivity, reducing your risk of diabetes.
- Reduced Heart Disease Risk
Cacao powder contains lots of potassium. Potassium has been shown to decrease risk of heart disease by reducing lower body inflammation and stress on cells.
- Cacao powder is also an excellent source of:
Iron | Protein | Magnesium | Potassium | Fiber
*Source found on WebMD.com
The beauty of this breakfast…
We know that having your bowl of deliciously creamy oats for breakfast is a win-win but lets be honest by adding chocolate to it is a guaranteed way to make the day a success all round.
This Cacao Oatmeal breakfast is also rich, chocolatey, and naturally sweetened with honey. It’s also easy to make all in one bowl made in under 10 minutes.
As a mum I know bending the truth for ones health gives me a pass right? [#Momhack] but lets be honest if I can get my kids to think of this delicious, nutrient packed bowl of greatness then the day has already been won. no matter what dinner time tantrum rolls around 😉 So if breakfast wins are your thing then why not surprise the kids with breakfast for dinner that you know keeps their gentle tummy’s safe without all that horribles sugars that are snuck into everything for kids these day. Healthy enough for brekkie but delicious enough for dessert!
One of the best ‘old faithfuls’ you can always add into your breakfasts that add so much extra benefits is cinnamon… You would be surprised at how many health benefits are added by this little aromatic spice.
Did you know?
It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
Contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects
Its prebiotic properties may improve gut health, it also is a useful source of magnesium.
Reduces blood pressure & Blood sugar
So lets just take a moment to say a quiet “Thank you” to Cinnamon for putting in the extra effort to be tasty AND good for you. We know not all foods feel the same way [No pointing fingers… I promise Spirulina]
- In a pot under medium heat, pour milk, vanilla and water. Bring to boil.
- Pour your cacao oats seasoned with salt and cinnamon and stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes.
- When oatmeal is ready and creamy, transfer to a bowl and add cashews, coconut flakes and fruits.
- Drizzle with honey