Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cereal ~ Cocoa, Cinnamon & Coconut

It seems only natural that a serious chocolate addict would find a way to use it in her morning cereal. It's not only creamy and delicious, it's healthy too! 

Dark, velvety cocoa powder is stirred into simmering cereal. The result is a warm bowl of chocolaty goodness. Cocoa is high in antioxidants and flavanoids which are linked to improving health in many ways. You can feel good about eating this cereal. It'll keep you full for hours.

There's just a pinch of strong Vietnamese cinnamon which compliments the cocoa and adds a hint of spice for a Mexican Hot Cocoa flavor. But you can leave it out if you don't care for cinnamon. Coconut gives it a subtle tropical finish. 

If you've been reading this blog, you've seen lots of chocolate treats. I love it! I also love to start my day with a little stitching. The joy of blogging is sharing recipes and embroidery with you.    

A French Chair, an embroidered pillow and my favorite of Painting of A Lady
Stitching a Party Dress

Peeking out behind the roses is a finished French cross stitch pattern that I made into a pillow. It's done with orchid-colored thread on antique linen. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cereal Recipe

Some Notes:

My favorite way to eat it is with a little unsweetened shredded coconut and banana slices.

If you stir in a few chocolate chips or a piece of chocolate, as it cooks, it'll get even creamier. The longer it simmers, the darker and richer it gets.

I use my vanilla sugar in this recipe. But regular sugar, raw sugar, or even agave nectar would work. Use what you like and make it your own. The link for my natural vanilla sugar is provided in the recipe and after The Rundown. Vanilla sugar is great in coffee and baking too. The aroma is divine!

Best quality cocoa is the key to making it really chocolaty and decadent. I provide the link to my favorite in the recipe.

I also like to use either an Irish Style Oatmeal or a 5 grain cereal. The 5 grain cereal is a good vegetarian source of Omega 3's. The link to the brand I use is provided in the recipe.
Sometimes I even add more ground flaxseeds to the simmering cereal to bump up the Omega 3's.

This cereal is creamy, rich and chocolaty. It's healthy too. Cocoa Powder has been linked to reducing the risk of diabetes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. It contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. It has been shown to improve blood flow, especially in elderly people.  Cinnamon has been linked to reducing blood cholesterol, controlling blood sugar. It's also an antibacterial and an anti inflammatory. 

I hope you begin your day with this scrumptious cereal.

Serves 2

You'll Need:
  • 1 cup of Quick Cooking 5 Grain Cereal or Quick Cooking Irish Style Oatmeal. I use Old Wessex Brand
  • 1-2 tablespoon of natural vanilla sugar or regular white sugar. Use two tablespoons if you like it sweeter. 
  • coconut milk beverage or regular, low fat milk. Follow the package directions on how much milk to add to the cereal.    
  • 2 tablespoons of best quality cocoa powder. I use Penzey's Dutch Process Cocoa
  • a few dark chocolate chips or a small square of dark chocolate. (optional)
  • pinch of salt 
  • dash of vanilla extract (optional)
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon. I use Penzeys Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cinnamon  because it's the best on planet earth. 
  • Mix-ins for serving... ground flaxseeds,  slivered almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, dried cherries, dried cranberries, sliced bananas, unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate chips, raspberries, pineapple, strawberries or freeze dried berries.
The Rundown:
Place the cereal in a pot with a little water to moisten it. Add the milk according to the package directions and the chocolate chips (if using) and the rest of the ingredients, except for the mix-ins. Simmer on medium until the cereal is cooked and the cocoa has turned a dark brown, stirring the entire time. It won't look too great in the beginning. Be patient and keep stirring. It'll turn a luscious, rich chocolaty brown as the cocoa gets incorporated into the milk. The longer it simmers, the darker it gets. Serve with your favorite mix-ins. Enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. So awesome! Do you know how many calories it does have approx?