Chocolate Cardamom Overnight Oats

Looking for an energizing breakfast idea, then try these Chocolate Cardamom Overnight Oats. Cardamom is native to the Far East and has a wonderfully fragrant and exotic scent that tastes a bit spicy, citrusy, and herbal all at the same time. A little of this amazing spice goes a long way, and it can be used successfully in savory or sweet dishes. It pairs wonderfully with cinnamon and chocolate so it seemed like a great idea to use it to “spice up” the morning breakfast oats!  It is also wonderful for the digestive system as it has a decent amount of fiber content, and it provides manganese, good for your bones, and iron, good for oxygenating your body’s tissues.

Cacao is one of nature’s most potent antioxidant foods! Yea….a reason to eat chocolate!! Cacao has Vitamin C, iron ,and copper, to create healthy bones and blood, Omega 6s, and fiber to help digestion and keep you feeling full. It is also one of the number one food sources of magnesium which is a natural muscle relaxant (why women crave 1x a month at least:), crucial for bone health, and needed to build healthy, strong bones. Research has shown that the antioxidants and naturally occurring chemicals (theobromine-caffeine, serotonin-anti-depressant, endorphins-mood elevators, PEA-“love chemical”) in cacao helps neutralize free radicals, reduce effects of aging, improve cardiovascular health and circulation, lower blood pressure, regulate heartbeat, balance brain chemistry, relieve symptoms of PMS, and promote a sense of happiness and well-being so go grab some good quality dark chocolate and have a little chunk!!

Maca is one of our favorite superfood additions! It provides you a lot of energy and stamina and is a potent superfood You should start slowly with it and increase dosage over time (1 tsp and can work up to 2 tsp if wish). It is an adaptogen meaning that it can adapt to the stresses that your body is going through and can help to heal them, and maca is also good for adrenal health and helping cortisol levels(stress hormones). Maca has a wonderful caramel, sweet sort of taste and when paired with cacao, it is a marriage made in heaven!!

Hope you enjoy this energizing breakfast as much as we did!

Chocolate Cardamom Overnight Oats

Chocolate Cardamom Overnight Oats

Ingredients

    Chocolate Cardamom Overnight Oats
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups milk( used coconut milk)
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/8 + 1/16 tsp cardamom powder
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Chia Pudding
  • 1 cup milk(used coconut milk)
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

    Stir oats and other ingredients together well and let sit for several hours or overnight. Add more milk if necessary. Pour into bowl and top with berries, nuts, and granola or layer in a jar with granola on the bottom and alternating layers of oats and chia pudding. Then top with a drizzle of almond butter, chopped pecans, and a few chocolate pieces.
    Stir/whisk chia mixture well. Then stir again after 5 min to keep chia seeds from sticking together. Let sit at least 30 min to thicken.
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