The warmer and brighter Spring days have inspired me to create and experiment with new porridge flavours. Though the current weather has gotten everyone to fuel their mornings with overnight oats or smoothie bowls, I choose to stick to my usual bowl of porridge.
With Easter just gone and chocolate eggs officially absent from the supermarket shelves (just), I still yearn for some chocolate in my life. I am not a fan of sweet things or chocolate desserts really, but chocolate porridge brings back childhood memories. Champorado is a sweet and sticky rice porridge served in Filipino households for breakfast or mid-morning and afternoon as a pick-me up. With some added dry fish (yes, fish), it is a nostalgic dish for many Filipinos.
I will not be experimenting with dried fish soon as my housemates may kick me out, however, weird and wonderful chocolate combinations have been well and truly investigated in my kitchen. Recently, I have made some chocolate + rosemary chia oat porridge, a flavour explored previously by Heston in his chocolate box for Waitrose, released a few Christmases back.
I am a veteran when it comes to adding herbs to my porridge and trying it out in non-savoury dishes. The combination of the fragrant dried rosemary and chocolate is heavenly, giving the oats a wonderful flavour, without being too strong. You may associate it with your spring lamb, but this herb will soon become a regular in my porridge, along with cinnamon and turmeric.
Chocolate + rosemary chia oat porridge
Makes 1 bowl
1/2 cup whole-rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened; can use raw cacao too but a little less)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp dried rosemary
1. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and leave for 10 minutes for the oats and chia seeds to soak.
2. Place under medium heat for 10 minutes or until your desired consistency is reached.
3. Top with your favourite fruit/seeds/nuts and enjoy!
I personally enjoy banana, walnuts and tahini with this combination – works perfectly!
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