Chocolate Pudding Breakfast

I want chocolate.  I want chocolate, was my first thought when I walked in to the kitchen this morning.  I had already prepared some overnight oats.  Last night before bed I put 1/3 of a cup of oats, 1 cup of almond milk and 1 tbsp of chia seeds in a jug and left them soaking overnight.  This morning I tipped the overnight oats in to my blender, along with a frozen banana and a tbsp of Carley’s raw chocolate with hemp seeds.  It still wasn’t chocolatey enough so I added 1 level tbsp cocoa powder.  I served it in a glass with 1 tbsp coconut on top.

It was thick and soft and smooth.  The coconut sat on top, adding a chewy sweetness to each bite as I slowly ate this glass of deliciousness with a spoon.  How can something full of natural ingredients taste so amazingly good?  It tasted just like a chocolate ice cream pudding.  I could eat this every day.  So could Harvey who couldn’t believe his luck, being allowed a “pudding” for breakfast.

It looks decadent and sinful but all it contains is unsweetened almond milk, oats, chia seeds, a banana, raw chocolate and hemp seed spread, cocoa powder with coconut on top.  This is almost the same ingredients as a recent post called Brilliant Banana Breakfast.  The only difference is that previously I had time to layer it so it looked better but this was really quick and to be honest, it tasted the same.

It was a blustery day so tennis was more challenging than normal.  I couldn’t make my normal group but had been invited to join a different group of players so I did.  It was great fun and with a lot less chatting than my usual Tuesday drills, I ran around a lot more and was really hungry by lunch time.

A blog I really enjoy called Kath Eats had made a lentil and kale soup last night and I was inspired to do the same today.  The chicken carcass from Sunday was in the fridge so I made a stock with it.  I put the bones in a saucepan with a chopped up carrot, a quartered onion, salt and some peppercorns.  Covered it in water, brought it to the boil and left it simmering for about an hour to an hour and a half.  I strained the bones and was left with a litre of golden stock which I used to make the soup with.

Lentil and Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 litre of stock
  • 1 cup of red lentils (about 180 g)
  • 100 g curly kale, chopped
  • ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, finely grated (optional)

Method

  1. Heat the stock in a saucepan.
  2. Add the lentils and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the kale and paprika and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Season according to taste.
  5. Pour in to a serving bowl and serve with a spoonful of Greek yogurt and parmesan cheese.

As you can see, this soup was so easy to make it hardly classifies as cooking.  In a simple soup like this I think having a good stock is important.  It tasted wonderful and the yogurt and Parmesan really enhanced it.  The soup tasted warming, comforting and nourishing.  The cold tangy yogurt was a lovely contrast to the smoky paprika and the cheese was, well, cheesey and gorgeous.

Yummy!  More please.

Supper was a quick and easy stir fry: spring onions, chestnut mushrooms, spinach and mange tout, fried in sesame oil with some oyster sauce, served with prawns and brown rice.  Unremarkable but it did the job.  I had mine with hot pepper sauce – hence the orange sauce.

I wish I had a chocolate pudding for afters.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Chocolate Pudding Breakfast

  1. Laura Stavro says:

    When I did your breakfast that you had this morning yesterday, I was thinking the exact same thing when I made it into a smoothie/pudding instead. So much less work and the taste…yum.

    The cold and wet rain/freezing rain and your post just inspired me to go and make myself some hot chocolate with the almond milk for my snack this afternoon. 🙂 Yay to healthy chocolate.

    Your soup looks devine as well and I will definitely try this.

    Good for you being back on track with the healthy eating. Sleep well knowing you did your best to make your body a happy body today.

  2. Sarah says:

    Check out that photography! and the descriptions! I don’t even like kale, but I shall be making this tomorrow, as I’m now convinced it’ll be gorgeous!!! xxx

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