Tonight Ben and I are staying at my friend’s house in the city. We’re making salmon and greens and I am super excited because I just love a mid-week date. Thursday morning I’m attending a workshop on encouraging a non-dietitian approach to weight management, which should be really great. That’s what I’m all about. And then we’re meeting friends for dinner. Good things.
Initially we were going to get into the city super early today to work from Ben’s office, but after a dinner of steak with a mustard olive spread my friend gifted and an episode of Parks and Recreation, decided to hand out at home first thing. This meant a lovely, lingering morning, which I spent doing yoga videos and writing these words because I could not not share…
Firstly, Adriene is my yoga guru. I adore her and think she is tops, and although I don’t really know her I kind of feel like we’re best friends. Her videos make me move, which I’ve come to learn is essential if I want to feel awesome. Which I do. They also make me breathe and smile and laugh and twist and I, yeah, I just really love them.
Secondly, these cacao oats were bonkers good – so satisfying and outrageously rich in both flavour and nutrients. Food that ignites my happy hormones and nourishes my body is my favourite, and if you don’t have raw cacao in your pantry I urge you to go get some because it does just that. This is why I love pana chocolate. The raw nature of it means more nutrients and a “musky” flavour, as Ben described last night while I was prepping breakfast. He freakin loves the stuff. Ben then proceeded to inquire as to why we need magnesium. AH! The sweetness. He makes my heart melt.
So here we are, friends, on this fine Wednesday morning. A bowl of cacao overnight oats and a full heart. Namaste.
Cacao Overnight Oats
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds*
3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Yoghurt
2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup (or to taste)
2 tablespoons Raw Cacao (mine were very, very full, HEAPING tablespoons)
1 tablespoon Maca Powder ***
Optional: a drop of pure vanilla extract (I didn’t do this as I am out, but it would be lovely)
To serve: berries, toasted nuts and seeds and coconut flakes.
1. Combine the oats, chia seeds, milk, yoghurt, maple syrup, cacao and maca powder in a container and stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Put the lid on the container and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
2. Serve for breakfast with berries toasted nuts and seeds and coconut flakes.
* optional but encouraged. If not using, add just a touch less milk.
** I used Greek Yoghurt here, which was tart so I added more maple syrup.
*** very optional