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SCENE 1: Your alarm clock buzzes so you lazily disengage it, stretching luxuriously. “What decadent treat should I make myself for breakfast to celebrate the beginning of a new work week?” you ask yourself.
SCENE 2: Your alarm clock has been buzzing for 8 minutes straight before the first layer of fog grudgingly uncurls from your brain. You frown in incoherency as you disengage the alarm. “Ugh…Monday again! It’s cold! I’m late! What should I have for breakfast??”
This Chocolate Cranberry Almond Porridge can answer to both. Whether you enjoy cooking up a leisurely breakfast or need something on-the-go, this big bowl of warming chia porridge is a nice change from the ordinary. The key is to grind up the chia seeds for a smooth result, and a coffee grinder takes care of that in no time. If you want to be able to cook a gourmet breakfast in minutes, make baggies with the dry ingredients for the porridge, then just whisk them up with the wet ingredients in the morning, cook, and eat. Honestly, deciding which toppings to use is the most complicated part of the process. As you can see in the pictures, I solved the dilemma by going with “all of the above.”
Look for a plain vanilla version of this in my next cookbook!
So…fess up: to which camp do you belong, Scene 1 or Scene 2? Comment below and tell me!
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- 3 T. chia seeds
- 1 T. beef gelatin
- 1 T. cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. glucomannan
- ⅛ tsp. THM Pure Stevia Extract Powder
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1 c. unsweetened almond milk
- ¾ c. water
- ½ c. cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- ½ tsp. almond extract
- Grind the chia seeds to powder in a coffee grinder.
- Whisk the dry ingredients (including the chia powder) in a small saucepan. Add the wet ingredients and whisk again until smooth. Bring to a boil to thicken, then simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the cranberries are softened to your liking. (Whisk occasionally.)
- Serve with your choice of toppings!