Oatmeal Champorado

What a blessed day it is to wake up feeling all refreshed and ready to face the day. One of the important things of my day is to eat breakfast with my babies. I’m going to introduce my go-to breakfast — oatmeal. It’s quick, easy, and convenient. I usually prepare it with cranberries, the way my son likes it. Another way is to add chocolate (tsokolate) reminiscent of my childhood years in the Philippines. You hear that right — chocolate! Champorado is Filipino for chocolate rice porridge made with tablea. Tablea are chocolate disks made from pure cacao and are popular in making hot chocolate drinks in the Philippines. I love that authentic Filipino chocolate taste. *** I found tablea here but I would recommend visiting your local Asian market.

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Cocoa Benefits. I used to wonder about the difference between cacao and cocoa and a quick search brought me to One Green Planet:

Cacao powder contains more fiber and calories than cocoa powder since more of the nutrients from the whole bean are still intact. Cacao is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural carbohydrates, and protein that make it an excellent source of nutrients.

Just a little warning, I “eyeball” my cooking a lot instead of follow a recipe step-by-step, so feel free to tweak this recipe according to your liking. 😀 Let’s get cooking!

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Oatmeal Champorado

   

Ingredients

  • 1 c oatmeal
  • 1 pc tablea
  • 4 c water
  • 1 tsp. raw brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c coconut milk (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a small pot. Add the oats and stir until it\'s cooked, soft and fluffy.
  2. Add the tablea and the sugar (if using) and salt. Stir until the tablea melts and dissolves.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with milk.
  4. Serve with a side of ripe mango, or any of your favorite fruit. In the Philippines, some people eat it with dried fish.

Happy eating,

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