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CHOCOLATE "RISOTTO" (grain-free)

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If you’re a chocoholic like me — and especially if you love chocolate for brekkie — this is one you really gotta try. 

The base for my “risotto” is cauliflower.  Don’t let this scare you off — it has an amazing texture and flavour and a couple of my taste-testers actually thought it was rice!  It also happens to be dairy-free, grain-free, low-carb, and packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, protein, adaptogens, and even pre and probiotics!

Cauliflower is one of my favourite veggies.  It’s incredibly versatile and rich in vitamins & minerals, fibre, and disease-fighting glucosinolates, phenols and other powerful phytochemicals.  Cruciferous vegetables — a family that includes cauli as well as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussel sprouts — have been getting a lot of attention of late.  Studies suggest that these nutritional powerhouses may have a role in preventing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even certain cancers.

In this recipe, I have also used tiger nuts (optional).  Tiger nuts are not actually nuts but starchy tubers.  They have a slightly sweet, earthy, nutty flavour and are incredibly rich in resistant starch, making them a great prebiotic (read more about pre & probiotics and gut health here).  Unlike other starchy vegetables, tiger nuts are also a good source of healthy fats.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 cups riced cauliflower

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 2 Tbsp ground tiger nuts (optional, omit for keto/low-carb)

  • 1 can (1.5 cups) organic full-fat coconut milk

  • 1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk (I like to use my Almond Cow to make homemade plant-based milk)

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder

  • 2 Tbsp almond butter (omit for nut-free)

  • 2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (above) or Nuzest Clean Lean natural, vanilla or chocolate protein powder (below)

  • 1 Tbsp gelatinized maca powder (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds (gluten-free if needed)

  • Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or maple syrup, adjusted to taste

  • optional toppings: raw cacao nibs, toasted unsweetened coconut chips, fruit, granola, or toppings of choice

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, mix together cauliflower, chia seeds, and ground tiger nuts if using.

  2. Put both milks, cacao, almond butter, collagen or protein powder, maca, cinnamon, and sea salt into blender container. Blend well.

  3. Pour wet ingredients into the pot, stir to combine, and place over medium-high heat.

  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until desired texture and consistency reached.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in hemp seeds and sweetener to taste.

  6. Serve with toppings as desired and enjoy!

Chocolate "Risotto" can be stored in the fridge for 4 to 5 days and served cold or reheated before eating.

Chocolate “Risotto” without tiger nuts, topped with grain-free low-carb muesli, diced dark chocolate, Cara Cara orange, and strawberries.

Chocolate “Risotto” without tiger nuts, topped with grain-free low-carb muesli, diced dark chocolate, Cara Cara orange, and strawberries.

This recipe was first published on February 16, 2018. It was updated July 7, 2019.