Since I started this ketogenic lifestyle back in October, I’ve been challenged with cultural issues. I’m an American-born Filipina, and our family loves RICE. If anyone has read anything about ketogenics, rice does not fit the bill. It’s straight-up carbs. Yeah it’s gluten-free and all, but it’s still high carb. 1 cup of steamed white rice has 45g total carbs and only 1.2g of fiber. Dang - not keto friendly at all. It ends up converted into sugar and stored as belly fat. Boohoo.
Childhood memories of champorrado...
Then, we have our childhood favorite breakfast at Auntie Baby’s house on a chilly Saturday morning in San Francisco after a Friday night sleepover with my cousins. The smell of sweet sticky rice porridge as it’s stirred lovingly in a pot on the stove with swirls of chocolate Nestle Quick... Dude, never even crossed my mind that this could be made into a keto-friendly dish. Until I read about “noatmeal.” What in the hell is that?
Well, I read this guy’s blog about using chia seeds and flax meal to create a warm morning breakfast “noatmeal” minus the inflammatory carbs like oats and sugar. I tried a version of his recipe with chia and almond flour and voila! It was DELICIOUS! Plus some extra high-fat-low-carb toppings like ghee and stevia (and even a spoonful of unsweetened whipped cream). This soon became a quick grab and go “noatmeal” to take to work when I break my fast around 11am. Plus my daughter likes it too! Until she realizes the powerful “movement” of all the fiber in the chia. It might be wise to split this into 2 servings for the kids.
Not your Auntie’s champorrado...
No disrespect to Auntie Baby. I love that sweet sticky chocolate porridge (yes, I would lick my bowl... and the pot she used to cook it if no one was looking). But unfortunately, if I ate that everyday I would be as big as a campervan, with diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension on the way. 30g carbs, 2g fiber and 19g sugar. Ugh! So I was truly inspired to create a healthier version but keep the same concept of a warm and soothing chocolate porridge for those chilly winter mornings.
So here’s what I did. I reached up into my cupboard and found some chia seeds, coconut flour, and erythritol. I found some unsweetened coconut beverage from Trader Joe’s for the “milk.” Then added even more nutrients: Keto Creamer to pack a healthy energy punch from the MCT oils, grass-fed butter and collagen, plus Greens Chocolate for a mocha-like sweetness and a balancing superfood blast. Stir altogether in a small pot over medium heat and there we have a healthy version of a childhood favorite. Toppings are optional, but in this picture, I shaved 100% cacao on top and sprinkled an extra spoonful of erythritol.
*Disclaimer: 100% cacao is seriously bitter if unsweetened, kinda like chewing on melted coffee grounds. Bleh.
So I hope you try this recipe and love it like I do. Tell Auntie Baby I’ll still eat her champorrado - just because I love it when she cooks for me. Love you Aunt B!
Ingredients: (1 adult serving, two servings for the littles)
3T chia seeds
1T coconut flour
1 cup unsweetened coconut beverage (or any low carb milk of your choice)
*Use less liquid if you prefer a thicker consistency.
1/2 scoop Keto Creamer
1 scoop Greens Chocolate
*Optional High-fat-low-carb toppings
Combine all ingredients except for the toppings in a small pot over medium heat, stirring frequently. It will congeal quickly! Once the chia seeds have plumped up and thickened, remove from heat, serve in a small bowl and add toppings.
Combine all ingredients except for the toppings in a microwaveable container with a lid. Cool in the fridge overnight. When ready to serve, pop in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or until your desired temp. You can eat it cold on the go too. Feel free to loosen it up with a little more liquid as needed.
Shaved cacao, erythritol, stevia, ghee (clarified butter), grass-fed butter, chopped nuts, low-carb chocolate chips, unsweetened whipped cream, coconut flakes, blueberries, extra sprinkle of Keto Creamer, and more if you’re so inspired!
Nutrition facts (without toppings): 19
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