If you’ve read just about any of my other posts, you know I’m a huge fan of chocolate. I can have it literally any time of day, morning or night, and it will make me extremely happy. Dark chocolate is by far my favorite variety. There’s just something about the balance between the naturally bitter and sweet flavors that really does it for me.
Lately, however, I’ve been paying more attention to the chocolate I choose to consume. I look at the ingredients to see the quality of the ingredients with which it is made, and I look at the sugar content. I’ve noticed a huge difference in how I feel when I eat food with real ingredients (i.e. no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors). Minimizing my intake of added and refined sugars has also improved how I feel overall. However, I’m still a huge fan of sweet, chocolatey breakfasts. So I thought to myself, “How can I have a nutritious and satisfying breakfast that’s chalk full of chocolatey goodness?” The answer? Walnut Brownie Powerseed Oats.
This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and low in sugar. While I’m not gluten-free or vegan, I love making recipes that not only taste good, but are available to as many people as possible. I also prioritize making food that is filling, nutrient dense, and, most importantly, delicious. With a walnut milk base, and more walnuts on top, this recipe is full of rich, filling healthy fats. The best component of these healthy fats, the omega-3 fatty acids, are great for fighting inflammation and supporting cognitive function. While these fats may mean more calories, they also mean a more filling meal to keep you satiated much longer.
The raw cacao powder and 85% cacao chocolate chips provide loads of magnesium and iron, and are relatively rich in plant-based protein. They also provide the dark chocolate brownie flavor that makes this dish so delicious. The oats, chia seeds, and hemp seeds provide a good serving of fiber, and even more plant-based proteins and healthy fats. The oats and seeds also give this meal even more vitamins and minerals, such as phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin B6. The dash of cinnamon rounds out this bowl of oats with just a little extra spice and some more heart-healthy goodness.
Walnut Brownie Powerseed Oats
Makes 1 serving
- 1 cup vanilla walnut milk
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp 85% cacao chocolate chips
- Cinnamon to taste
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
- Additional hemp seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips for topping
- Add nut milk to small saucepan and bring to slow boil on medium-low heat.
- Add oats, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao powder, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and coconut sugar to heated nut milk. Mix until fully combined.
- Turn heat down to simmer. Allow oats to simmer until fully cooked and of desired thickness.
- Add to bowl and top with walnuts, hemp seeds, and additional chocolate chips (if desired).
- Enjoy immediately.
Macros (before toppings):
Calories: 463 (with coconut sugar), 448 (without coconut sugar); Fat: 30g (with or without coconut sugar); Carbohydrates: 37.75g (with coconut sugar), 33.75g (without coconut sugar); Dietary Fiber: 12.5 (with or without coconut sugar); Sugar: 7.5g (with coconut sugar), 3.5g (without coconut sugar); Protein: 17.8g (with or without coconut sugar)
*Note: for a lower fat and calorie option, use almond milk (16g fat and 182 calories in unsweetened walnut milk vs. 2.5g fat and 30 calories in unsweetened almond milk). While I personally think a high fat breakfast is the ideal, filling start to the day, this obviously is not for everyone. Make the ingredient and dietary choices that work best for you!