Calcium-Packed Purple Porridge
“Oh so you’re vegan… where do you get your calcium from then if you don’t drink [cows’] milk?”
Well, the answer is a mixture of things! When it comes to vegan food and drink, you can find calcium often added to plant milks as well as in fortified tofu, oats and sesame seeds (and therefore tahini, too). A huge source of calcium that a lot of people don’t know about however is acai (‘ah-sigh-ee’) berries!
I use acai powder for a few different breakfast and smoothie recipes, including this purple porridge one. Organic acai powder has 347mg calcium per 100g (43% NRV) as well as 374μg vitamin A per 100g (47% NRV) (see reference) which is pretty incredible for a little berry!
Not only is it filled with vital vitamins and nutrients, it also tastes great too and is a gorgeous purple colour, like this porridge. So here’s the recipe! For anyone interested, the exact recipe below (excluding toppings) contains approximately 1013mg calcium. Crazy!! This may vary depending on which brand you buy each ingredient from.
Ingredients (serves two)
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 tbsp acai powder
600ml unsweetened roasted almond milk by Alpro
30g sunflower seeds
8 fresh or frozen blackberries
10 fresh or frozen raspberries
4 tbsp fresh or frozen blueberries
4 squares Ombar Coco Almond chocolate
2 tsp pumpkin seeds
2 tsp hemp seeds
1. Using a blender, blend together the blueberries, acai powder and almond milk until no whole blueberries remain and the milk is purple.
2. Add the purple milk, oats and sunflower seeds to a saucepan and heat on medium. Stir it almost continuously and add some water if necessary.
3. Remove from the heat once thickened to your desired consistency.
4. Serve the porridge in two bowls and top with your chosen toppings! This is my favourite part.
5. Enjoy straight away, or take a pretty picture, upload it to Instagram and don’t forget to tag me in your art so that I can give it a share!