Porridge is one of my absolute favourite ways to start my morning. And today magic has happened when my porridge met this galaxy vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate. Let me introduce you to my vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge! It’s melty, creamy, chocolaty and just delicious.
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I can’t express how much I love having porridge in the morning. That’s one of the reasons I love winter because I get to eat nice and warm porridge for breakfast. Winter is my favourite season but like everyone else, I don’t particularly do well with cold weather.
I wake up, stretch my body in the bed, walk to my bathroom to splash my face with cold water and brush my teeth. So cold inside my flat when I wake up in the morning.
And then the best part of my morning comes. I boil some water in the kettle, make myself a hot coffee and yes, make myself a nice, comforting porridge. It is so relaxing and even therapeutic to make porridge in my little sauce pan while listening to slow and relaxing music with the sound of fire place in the back ground. Ah, I wish I had a fire place in my flat!
Ever sine it got cold in Tokyo this has been one of my morning routines. Having nice porridge is just so good. And today, I am presenting to you one of the best porridge I’ve made so far – vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge!
The name of it itself makes my mouth watering. And it is absolutely as delicious as it sounds. I was so excited when my boyfriend got me these Galaxy vegan chocolates all the way from Scotland. I just missed the UK chocolates so much! Galaxy is one of my favourite chocolates in the UK, They didn’t have any vegan versions back when I lived in London but now they have amazing range of vegan chocolates. How fantastic is this!
I used to make porridge with just water as it was the way I learned from my host mother when I first arrived in London. I had never made sweet porridge before so it was very interesting to have sweet toppings like fruits and nuts as usually porridge is salty in Japan.
And I discovered something more about porridge later. It was this one day in the nearest Pret from my old work place that I fancied having a cup of porridge on my lunch break. I wasn’t vegan or vegetarian that time and I got my first porridge made with milk. And I was blown away! It tasted so delicious I didn’t realise milk could make that much difference.
After that I started cooking my porridge with all sorts of milks – soy, almond, oat, etc. And my favourite was soy milk so ever since the main milk I use to cook my porridge with has been soy milk. I love almond milk as well, it gives delicious nutty flavour to my porridge and it tastes so good!
How to make vegan porridge
Like I said above, I started cooking y porridge with just water but you can use pretty much any plant-based milk you like! My favourites are:
- Soy milk – the main plant milk I cook my porridge with most time. Soy milk is probably the creamiest plant milk out there and I love that creaminess soy milk gives to my porridge.
- Almond milk – I love almond milk. The nutty flavour almond milk has goes very nicely with some toppings like chocolates and maple syrup.
- Oat milk – oat milk makes my porridge so flavourful and extra oaty which I also love in my porridge. Oat milk is relatively easy to make at home so I make my own oat milk and use it for my porridge sometimes.
- Rice milk – rice milk has very mild flavour and gives the similar creaminess to soy milk to my porridge. This is one of the milks I occasionally use to make my porridge.
Other plant-based milks you can use to make your vegan porridge are hemp milk, quinoa milk, hazelnut milk(I imagine this goes very good with this vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge recipe!), cashew milk, macadamia milk, etc.
It is quite mind blowing to know that there are so many plant milk choices nowadays!
What sweetener do you use to make vegan porridge?
Many people’s favourite sweetener to drizzle on porridge is honey. But for those who don’t consume honey, my favourite sweetener to drizzle on porridge is maple syrup.
Maple syrup has been the queen of liquid sweetener I love that I drizzle on pretty much anything since I was a kid! I love the flavour of it, I used to pour it like heavy rain on my pancakes until it’s practically soaked wet when I was a kid. It sounds too much but I loved it!
Maple syrup is delicious on porridge too. I finish topping my porridge with drizzling some maple syrup every time. Other sweeteners you can use to sweeten your porridge is:
- Agave syrup – agave has very subtle flavour and sweetness. Like maple syrup there are range of colours like light agave or amber agave. I recommend agave syrup if you like subtle sweetness in your porridge.
- Date syrup – if you like rich flavour in your porridge, date syrup is best for your porridge. Date syrup is made from dates. As you can imagine it has rich date flavour and I love using date syrup time to time in my porridge.
- Sugar – simply sprinkling a Table spoon of sugar is as delicious as drizzling some syrup. I recommend you to use unrefined sugar, such as coconut sugar, date sugar, brown sugar or monk fruits sugar.
What toppings do you use for vegan porridge?
As long as your toppings are vegan, you can use pretty much anything as your toppings! I love to include at least one fruit, usually end up having 2-3 kinds of fruits and other toppings that go together are some nuts and seeds, nut butters, cacao nibs, goji berries, mulberries, vegan chocolate, vegan yogurt or cream, etc.
For this caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge, my toppings were some fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, almond butter, galaxy vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate, pumpkin seeds and some puffed grains.
Can I make this vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge gluten-free?
Yes! Simply use your favourite gluten-free porridge oats instead of regular porridge oats. I like to use chunky old fashioned rolled oats for some nice texture and Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free old fashioned oats is perfect for those who are gluten-free. The Galaxy vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate is also gluten-free.
Also pay attention to the package if you are using oat milk to make sure it is certified gluten-free too. Other plant milks like soy and nut milks should always be gluten-free but see the label always to see if there is any other additives in it that are not gluten-free!
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You will LOVE this vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge because it is:
– creamy and delicious
– gluten-free option
Vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate porridge
What you need:
- 1/2 cup(45g) rolled oats
- 1/2 cup(110ml) soy milk
- ~ 1/4 cup(~50ml) water (optional to thin)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup + more for drizzling
- 2-3 squares of Galaxy vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate + more for topping
- 3-4 strawberries
- 8 – 10 frozen bueberries
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds
- Sprinkle of puffed grains
- Pour the oats and soy milk in a small sauce pan. Cook on the medium heat and bring to boil, stirring gently with a large wooden spoon consistently.
- Turn the heat down to low and add the maple syrup and 2-3 squares of the Galaxy vegan caramelised hazelnut chocolate. Cook further for 4-6mins. If you like it thinner add the water little by little for the consistency you like.
- Serve in a bowl and top with the strawberries, frozen blueberries, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, puffed grains, maple syrup and more squares of the Galaxy chocolate. Enjoy!
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