Welcome to the Breakfast with Jon series. If you don’t know me, I lost over 220 pounds with a holistic mind-body weight loss approach that I call The Gabriel Method. In this series I will introduce you to breakfasts that change your body on a cellular and hormonal level. No more mid-morning junk food cravings! You’ll feel less hunger, while you keep your blood sugar stable and nourish your body.

Since we shared our apple cinnamon chia pancake recipe, we’ve gotten lots of request for more recipes with chia bran. In this one, we use chia bran to make a super tasty and nutritious porridge. Chia bran is great because it’s gluten free and extremely low GI (glycemic index).

Chia bran isn't ground chia seeds. It's what’s left over after the oil has been extracted from the seed, and is composed mainly of fiber and protein, all of which contribute to the fact that it makes a great grain substitute.

There are lots of different ways you can make porridge with chia bran, but this is one of my favorites. The combination of the smooth texture of the chia bran and tahini, with the crunch of the cacao nibs, chia seeds, and desiccated coconut makes it a beautiful taste experience. And, of course, it's loaded with antioxidants, omega 3’s fiber and protein, so it’s great for you!

Coconut Chocolate Chia Porridge (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw)

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Serves: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp raw unsweetened cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 3 Tbsp chia bran
  • 2 Tbsp chia seed
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cacao
  • 1-2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
  • ½ cup blueberries, or your favorite berry
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon healthy salt (like Celtic salt or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Mix tahini, cacao nibs, desiccated coconut, chia bran, chia seed, cacao, salt cinnamon and 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar with 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk. Stir ingredients until you get a think and creamy consistency. Add more almond milk if it’s too thick.

Add more coconut palm sugar if you require more sweetness. Serve in a bowl and top with berries and sesame seeds or your favorite toppings. Other great toppings include nuts, and coconut yogurt.

Optional: warm the almond milk first on those cold autumn mornings.


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