Oh, breakfast, the reason why I wake up, and the only thing that gives me strength at 7 o’clock in the morning to go on with my life. Although it may sound a bit cliche breakfast for me is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately in the last few months I have had a rather busy daily routine and thats why I don’t have much time in the morning to make breakfast and enjoy it. (Well that also may be due to the fact that every night I tend to binge watch Netflix and thats why I oversleep and have less time to get ready in the morning but complaining about my laziness is not the purpose of this blogpost). However, I was luckily able to figure out the perfect solution to my problem and that is my overnight Carob pudding. Since I make it the night before, I can feel less guilty when skipping my alarms and be less worried whether I will miss my breakfast or not.
For those of you who have no idea what carob powder is, it is basically the closest substitute to cocoa powder but its cheaper and has a sweeter and less bitter taste(if you want to learn more about its benefits scroll down to the end of the post). For a while now I’ve been having carob powder pudding almost every morning and that is why I decided that I dont wont to keep this recipe a secret anymore. Not only that it is extremely easy to make but it can be also taken on the go and when made in bigger batches and can eveb last for about 4 days in the fridge.
Ingredients: (1 portion)
1 tbsp. Chia seeds
1 tbsp. Oats
1 tsp. Carob powder
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tsp. Tahini
2 tbsp. Plant-based milk
Raw Strawberry chia jam (instruction how to make you can find below)
What to do?
1. Since this pudding is so easy to make the only step you have to do is blend all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor and voila you have yourself a dessert for breakfast. If you would like your pudding sweeter don’t hesitate to add in some honey.
2. I decided to top it off with what I call an improvised raw chia jam which basically consists of 3 strawberries, table spoon of chia seeds and a splash of milk. I blend the strawberries in a blender, add the milk and chia seeds and stir it until nicely combined. After I pour it on top the carob pudding, leave it in the fridge overnight and have it in the morning at home or while running to catch my bus. Even without the strawberry chia jam the carob pudding tastes amazing on its own.
Benefits of carob powder:
Firstly grown by the ancient Greeks Carob trees are now spread all over the world and its plants are said to be the new superfood trend. You can expect to find them in the form of gum, powder, supplements and other forms. It has a similar texture and outer look as cocoa but contains twice as much calcium, is absolutely caffeine – and fat-free, is free of a migrane-triggering compound and it has a rather different but unique taste. This makes it an excellent alternative to chocolate, especially if your body has digestive or dietary issues (such as dairy and dairy-filled products) or you want to make sweet treats with fewer calorie content. It’s very rich in numerous vitamins and minerals such as Calcium, Zink, Vitamin E and others. Carob powder is a great food additive since it has many health benefits – helps to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stimulates the immune system and is great for people who want to lose weight because its high in fiber. In other words carob powder is not only beneficial for your health but it also a great sugar-free alternative to add to your pudding, shake or even dessert!
Well, that’s all from me today! I hope you like the recipe and end up making it.