This clean chocolate oatmeal recipe elevates the usual morning porridge into a breakfast loaded not only with lots of yummy chocolaty flavor but also much needed magnesium and iron, not to mention plenty of anti-inflammatory fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. And if you are like me and don’t have all morning to prepare an elaborate breakfast, it’s good to know this breakfast recipe takes less than 10 minutes to whip together. You can even make it the night before and just reheat it on the stove with just a little almond milk.
Clean Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe Fills Nutrient Gaps
There are many nutrients that we need to consume on a daily basis in order to maintain good health, but there are seven nutrient deficiencies that are incredibly common, including iron, magnesium, iodine, vitamin A, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. If you have any of our books then you know we definitely support the use of a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/ multi-mineral, but we always encourage you to get your nutrients from food whenever possible. This is especially true with iron because taking excessive amounts of iron in supplement form can be toxic.
Thanks to the cacao powder and coconut butter, the chocolate oatmeal recipe is a super easy (and tasty!) way to get the extra iron and magnesium you may likely need from real food.
Magnesium + Iron-Rich Superfoods
- Cacao Powder. I talk about the many benefits of cacao powder in my Hormone Balancing Smoothie Recipe blog post. Not only is cacao one of the highest plant-based sources of iron and magnesium (the most deficient mineral in the Western world), raw cacao powder has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and more calcium than cow’s milk.
- Coconut Butter. Although I frequently use extra virgin coconut oil in my recipes, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that can incorporate coconut butter as a more nutrient-dense option. Because it is a “whole” fat, coconut butter has the same health-boosting properties of coconut oil and then some. Iron is one of the nutrients found in coconut butter that are not found in coconut oil. Crucial for the development of red blood cells, your body can’t get enough oxygen without adequate iron intake. Low iron intake can cause extreme fatigue and affect brain function, hair, skin, and nails too.
For those of you with food allergies and food sensitivities, it’s helpful to know this Chocolate Oatmeal Recipe meets the following dietary restrictions:
Egg Free /Bean Free / Gluten Free / Dairy Free / Soy Free/ Nut Free/ Vegetarian/ Vegan