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Sweet Breakfast Bowl with a Chia & Almond Base

Sweet breakfast bowl - A tasty love story

I just arrived home after a few days in Copenhagen – and after running around unpacking and repacking my suitcase with a different dress robe, I have about 12 hours before we leave for more exotic surroundings. I absolutely love being on the move, travelling and giving the everyday are bit of a shake-up. But whenever these wonderful occasions and periods of busy life occur my meals and eating pattern sometimes get a bit shaken-up as well, and unfortunately not always in a good way. Flight meals, early hours where you crave breakfast two times in a day, too little sleep and tempting treats on your busy way. So as you might have guessed, between packing and trying bikinis out, I managed to mix up a portion of this power porridge to bring for our very early flight tomorrow.

Sweet breakfast bowl - A tasty love story

Those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I am a huge fan of breakfast and that it to me (I know this is a very individual preference) is an absolutely important meal of my day. It kinda sets the mode for how I will be eating for the rest of the day, what I am gonna crave, how hungry I’ll be and if I will be making the right choices. This is why it is so damn important to have those easy to-go breakfast option that are both healthy, practical and that can be made within a heartbeat. This chia & almond porridge is a wonderful option. It can be made in advance, it keeps fresh and delicious in the fridge for days – and if your are going on a vacation you can even bring the dry ingredients with you E.g. in a glass and just mix in your preferred liquid and you have a lovely breakfast base within a few hours.
But this breakfast, snack, dessert (Oh yes you can call it whatever you want) is not only a travel or to-go meal. It is just as well a beautiful and very versatile dish that you can style and flavour in whatever directions you want. You could try making it with coconut milk, add your favourite homemade compote, add spices, roasted nuts, seasonal fruit and best of all make it look so damn pretty by arranging all of your tasty choices around the edge of the bow and serve it to yourself or someone you love.

Sweet breakfast bowl - A tasty love story

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Sweet breakfast bowl with a chia & almond porridge base
Makes 2 portions

Many recipes for chia porridge has chia seeds as the only thickening agent. I think this makes the texture of the porridge a little slimy and too wobbly to my preference. So whenever I make chia porridge I add ground flax and chopped nuts to give a more grainy and crunchy texture. But you can of course switch flax with more chia if you do not mind the texture.

Chia & almond porridge
400 ml almond milk – or any milk of your choice
3 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed (or sub with 2 additional Tbsp of chia)
A generous handful almonds or hazelnuts, chopped
1/2 tsp ground vanilla


Fruit – mango, avocado, orange, banana, pomegranate, kiwi, apple etc.
Berries – fresh or frozen
Nut butter  – E.g almond butter or the classic peanut butter
Dried fruit – dates, abricots, cranberries, figs
Jam  / Compote eg. this sugar free berry version with chia
Extra crunch
– nuts & seeds, roasted coconut, cocoa nibs, bee pollen, fresh mint leaves

Prepare the porridge the night before. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, cover and place in the fridge. Give it a stir or two before bedtime and let in soak all night.
In the morning you divide your porridge into two bowls. Dress the porridge with the topping your prefer. I try to use at least a thing from each category to make it as delicious and tasty as possible.
The porridge keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge, and is hereby the perfect to-go breakfast or snack meal.

Sweet breakfast bowl - A tasty love story

Comments (22)

  • Absolutely love Chia Seeds, they are so versatile and nutritious, I don’t know what people did before they took over the European market ;) Love the colours in the pictures, it looks absoloutley delicious and mouthwatering!!! What I love on my chia pudding is a crunchy contrast which I create through a “caramelised’ desiccated coconut topping.

    Hope you have a great holiday ,

    Mirjam x

    • Thank you Mirjam. Oh yes those new super seeds are an amazing discovery! I’m gonna try caramelised coconut as topping, sounds totally scrumptious!

  • Beautiful photos of a delicious dish!

  • I’m so intrigued by this porridge recipe and eager to try it — because when I saw the word “porridge” I expected it to be hot and also to contain some sort of grain — but it has neither! If it is delicious cold, then it might be a perfect alternative to oatmeal in the summertime where I live (in the southern U.S.) As always, your photos are beautiful, but the other intriguing thing to me in the photo of the superfoods was the inclusion of avocado as a breakfast topping. My husband and I love avocado and are always looking for ways to add it to dishes. But even though it is technically a fruit, in the U.S. it is treated more as a vegetable and would not normally be combined with berries or mango, etc. — definitely never on top of cereal! I feel certain it would be delicious, however, so thank you for the new idea — we hope to try it on this porridge sometime soon! P.S. I love your blog and first found it when I went looking for black bean chocolate cake recipes and found your wonderful rendition, which has become a family favorite.

    • Hi Karen.
      What a wonderful comment, thank you for that! I too love avocado, and I love getting to eat ‘vegetables’ as it is also treated as here in Denmark for breakfast. I always add avocado in smoothies and omelettes as well :) Hope you and your family will like this breakfast, I too think it is a lovely summer breakfast alternative, and I think I will e having quite a lot of it this coming season :)
      All the best to you and your family!

  • Love this idea! What a wonderful way to start the day!

  • I totally agree with you – I love breakfast and definitely think that it sets the mood for the rest of the day – if I have a healthy breakfast packed full of healthy fats and some protein I know im in for a great day (at least energy-level and mood-wise ;) I will have to give your breakfast bowl a go, it sounds delicious and looks absolutely beautiful!

    • So lovely to hear that it is not just me who is food-mood dependent :) Hope you are gonna like this breakfast then, it has definitely become one of my new favourites!

  • Awesome idea! I have to try this…

  • Stunning pictures! This looks just lovely!

    • Thank you so much, we all love a pretty start to the day, right :)

  • Obsessed! Avocado is a nice touch :)

  • Made this last night and ate this morning- I wasn’t super impressed, there is not much flavor to it so it definitely needs a bunch of toppings. I topped with bananas, raspberries, blueberries, cocoa nibs, and goji berries and just wasn’t that into it. I think your suggestion was probably right, of including at least one from each of the topping categories (Fruit, Berries, Nut butter, Dried fruit, Jam / Compote, Extra crunch); at minimum fresh fruit and some sort of nut butter or compote. That being said, it was very filling and felt like a solid meal.
    I think I’ll probably stick with your Coconut Porridge recipe instead — which btw I’m OBSESSED with. So good.

    • Hi Emma.
      I hear you, chia porridge is definitely not for everyone and can become a bit boring and have a weird texture, I and have personally been trying many different kinds myself and have settled on this with a great variety of toppings. Glad that you do have another great alternative and cool that you tried this recipe :)

  • What a lovely idea! I 100% agree with you about the importance of breakfast. If I don’t get a hearty, filling breakfast, I end up craving sugar and fat all day, and feeling totally off balance. I’ve never been one who can just eat a granola bar on the run, so I am a huge fan of quick, healthy breakfasts that fill me up, like pancakes, breakfast stews, etc. This looks like it will be a great addition to my usual breakfast rotation! And easy enough to bring to work. Filling and nutritious. Can’t wait to try, Thank you!

  • This look absolutely fantastic! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  • Can this be served hot?

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