Maca Oatmeal with Cacao Nibs and Manuka Honey Seed Shards is an easy, but eye-catching breakfast filled with nourishing superfoods.
I love breakfast. Particularly breakfasts when you can slow down and have a few minutes to yourself to think about your day and enjoy a small meal. Admittedly, with two small children those stolen morning moments are few and far between. But when I get to enjoy them, it puts me in a great mood for the day.
This maca oatmeal is packed with superfoods and a great way to have a slow breakfast. Maca is a Peruvian root that is full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Plus, it gives you a great energy boost, so it’s perfect at breakfast. I’ve added cacao nibs, which are broken pieces of cacao bean and are full of anti-oxidants, iron and zinc.
The maca powder adds a malty, butterscotchy, mapley flavour to the porridge and the cacao nibs add texture. I’ve sweetened it with Manuka Honey and added warming spices of cinnamon and ginger.
The star of this breakfast is undoubtedly the Manuka Honey seed shards that adorn the porridge. They look eye-catching but are really easy to make and only take a few minutes. Sure, you could just sprinkle them on top, but I never miss an opportunity to festoon my breakfast with something special.
Rowse Honey have launched a range of Manuka Honey (honey that is exclusively produced by bees that feed on the Manuka tree in New Zealand and has higher levels of antibacterial activity).
- For the manuka honey seed shards
- 4 tbsp mixed seeds (I used chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower)
- 2 tbsp manuka honey
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- For the maca cacao oatmeal
- 350ml (1 ½ cups) milk (nut, cows whatever you prefer)
- 80g (1 cup) porridge oats
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp manuka honey
- 2 tsp maca powder
- 2 tsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- For the seed shards
- Prepare a baking tray lined with baking parchment and set aside.
- In a frying pan over a medium heat, combine the seeds and honey and heat until thick and bubbling. Allow to cook for 2 minutes to reduce slightly. Pour the mixture onto the prepared tray and use a spatula to carefully spread it into a thin layer. Work quickly as it will solidify quickly. Place in the fridge to firm up while making the oatmeal.
- For the maca oatmeal
- Combine the milk, oats, ginger and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat, stirring, over a low heat for 5-8 minutes or until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey, maca, cacao nibs and vanilla.
- To serve
- Pour the porridge into bowls.
- Cut the chilled seed mixture into shards and peel from the baking paper. Top the oatmeal with the seed shards and serve immediately.
Note that the seed shards won’t stay firm for long, so store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. They’re sweet and crunchy and full of healthy seeds. Use whatever seeds you have to hand, or substitute chopped nuts.
Manuka honey is antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. It’s pretty amazing stuff and we’ve been using it at home for ages to help with illness. It’s antibacterial properties are useful to heal wounds, infections and burns, and is also used to heal acne and eczema. Internally, it is considered to promote wellbeing, help allergies, reduce sore throats and tonsillitis and aid digestion. My kids love getting a spoonful to help with sore throats!
But not all Manuka Honey is the same. The numbers, 5+. 10+, 15+ etc… is the NPA grading that is used to measure the antibacterial activity. The higher the number, the more antibacterial and higher quality the honey. To ensure all Rowse Manuka Honey is 100% authentic, it’s tested twice; once at source in New Zealand and again on arrival in the UK. This ensures that the NPA level stated on the label is matched by the level in the jar.
Looking for more ways use use Manuka Honey? Try these!
Breakfast Pinwheel Wraps with Manuka Honey
Superfood Porridge with Manuka Honey and Blueberry Compote
Manuka Honey Glazed Plums with Overnight Oats
Disclosure: This recipe post was sponsored by Rowse Honey. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that make it possible for me to mess up my kitchen and write Veggie Desserts – Healthy Food and Lifestyle.