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Recipe: Cacao and Cherry Porridge

1 MIN READ • 1st November 2019

Tart cherries are a natural source of the sleep hormone melatonin, which rises in the evening and causes us to sleep. In this recipe they are cooked into a lovely compote and served with chocolatey cacao porridge. Cacao powder is also a great source of magnesium.


65g rolled oats

250ml almond milk

1 tbsp cacao powder

½ tsp cinnamon


80g cherries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp water

1 tsp maple syrup or honey

To serve

1 tsp cacao nibs

1 tsp flaked almonds


Place the cherries, water and maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for five to 10 minutes until the compote is syrupy and the cherries are soft. Add more water if needed.
Once the compote is ready, add the oats, milk, cacao and cinnamon to another pan over medium heat and simmer for three to five minutes until thickened. Serve the porridge in a bowl, topped with the cherry compote, cacao nibs and a sprinkle of flaked almonds.

Recipe from Sealy UK.

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