This is one of the most warming, delicious and comforting breakfasts I’ve had in a long time, it’s hard to believe it’s raw! I have to say this is foremost a simply wonderful Autumn breakfast and the fact it’s healthy, raw, vegan, blablabla is just an added bonus. Of course, I purposely made this a raw recipe but the results were so unexpectedly delicious that I think anyone would enjoy it. My family, who are certainly no health food freaks, tasted some and loved it too… they were shocked when I told them what was in it!
The chia seeds are the star of this recipe, when blended with a liquid, they create a very thick, gel-like consistency. The almond butter adds further bulk and texture along with a wholesome, nutty flavour. Both create a familiar porridge-style mixture. And just because it’s raw, doesn’t mean it’s cold! I think, for a lot of people, one of the most off-putting things about going on a raw diet is missing out on warm meals, especially in the Winter. But just because the food isn’t cooked, doesn’t mean it can’t be warmed up. So this porridge has been gently heated to about 40°C to make it nice and warm without destroying nutrients.
Chia seeds are by far my favourite superfood <3 I often use them to thicken smoothies or even as an egg-replacer but the great thing about them is a little goes a long way, making them a frugal superfood. For a £3 100g bag of chia seeds, equaling about 12 tbsp worth, you can make this recipe 6 times! Plus, they make this porridge so quick and easy to put together…
- 120ml (1/2 cup) almond milk
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 3 dates, roughly chopped
- 1 or 2 tbsp coconut sugar, depending on sweetness desired
- ½ tsp mixed spice
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 green apple, peeled and cored
- Chopped pecans
- Mix all the ingredients, except the chopped nuts, in a blender until thick and smooth.
- Transfer to a saucepan, stir and heat gently until warm. If you’re on a raw food diet, you can use a thermometer to ensure it doesn’t heat above 40c (110f.)
- Serve with chopped pecan nuts and grate over some fresh apple (I used leftover apple from the core.) Enjoy!