By: The Working Girl’s Kitchen

Chocolate for breakfast? Yes, please! This dish may not look that appetizing, but the flavor is delicious and it’s extremely filling and nutrition-packed. You can make the recipe the night before. Just heat it up in the morning and add your favorite fruit. I also stirred in chia seeds to add more nutrition to the dish, but it is super healthy even without this addition.

Raw cocoa powder: Chocolate can be unhealthy and calorie dense when sugars and other additives are added. Raw cocoa powder, however, is highly nutritious and can provide multiple health benefits.

Benefits of raw cocoa powder:

·         2 tbsp of cocoa contains: 3.6 grams of fiber (14% of the daily value), 2 grams of protein, 8% of the daily value of iron and 14% of the daily value of magnesium

·         It provides antidepressant benefits

·         It contains approximately 43.6 mg of flavonoids per grams. Flavonoids are a part of a powerful group of antioxidants. Hot cocoa contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea.

·         Consuming raw cocoa powder may help to fight cancer, heart disease and aging through its antioxidant boosting effect.

Ingredients:

·         1 cup uncooked quinoa

·         1 cup of water

·         1 cup of milk (almond milk, soy milk)

·         1 banana, mashed

·         1.5 tbs honey

·         1.5 tbs raw cocoa powder

·         2 tsps vanilla extract

·         Sliced almonds

Directions:

1.       Cook quinoa as directed with water and milk.

2.       Mash the banana in a bowl. Add the cooked quinoa and all other ingredients to the bowl. Mix well. You can add more milk, honey, cocoa and/or vanilla extract until you achieve a flavor and consistency you are satisfied with. Top with fresh sliced strawberries, sliced banana, mint leaves etc.