If you've never tried blood oranges, don't be put off by the name. They are beautiful to look at with their streaky red pigmentation, they have more of those lovely disease-fighting anti-oxidants we need to give our bodies a boost than other oranges, and they have a distinctive hint of raspberry tones, which is why I've added some in there for good measure. They are also known as Blush Oranges, which does sound a bit more elegant!
I love the combination of chocolate and orange, so I thought up this lovely breakfast using just these ingredients. Don't worry if you can't find any blood oranges or it's the wrong time of year, other oranges like navels are really good too. I've also added some almond butter to make it more substantial and it goes really well with the chocolate oats.
This is a great little breakfast if you've not got much time. They are similar to overnight oats, but who wants to wait all night long? This recipe has it covered so they will be ready in less than 10 minutes. If you're eating on the go, simply layer up the ingredients in some tupperware instead of a glass or bowl, and eat it on the hoof or when you get to work. To make it vegan head below for my Flexi Tweaks!
30g of Jumbo Oats
1 1/2 tsp of cocao powder
2 tsp of maple syrup
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Tiny pinch of sea salt (optional)
70ml of boiling water
1/2 tbsp of smooth almond butter
1 blood orange, peeled and cut into bitesize chunks
Pinch of cinnamon
60g of Greek yoghurt
40g of raspberries
Dark chocolate shavings (optional)
1. Weigh out the oats in a bowl and add the cocao powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt (if using) and boiling water to it. Give it a quick stir and cover for at least 5 minutes.
2. While your oats are swelling, prepare the orange and the raspberries.
3. When the oats are ready, uncover and give them another stir. Taste to see if you have the right balance of flavours to suit your taste. Add more maple syrup if it's too bitter.
4. Now for the fun bit - layering up. There is no right order to do this but I usually start with the oats first, then almond butter (use a heated spoon by running it under the hot tap so it comes off more easily).
5. Then add a layer of blood oranges with a sprinkling of cinnamon to set it off nicely.
6. Then spoon over a layer of yoghurt, followed by the raspberries.
7. And to finish, top with some dark chocolate shavings, (if using).
Serve immediately, or pop in the fridge and have it the following day.
Either use a plain or flavoured plant-based yoghurt, or for a more luxury version blend up 60g of coconut milk from a can and top with that. Yum!