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Hands up who remembers Chocolate Ready Brek? This recipe has been a long, long time coming and all it took was 5mins to make. Bethany goes through fazes when it comes to breakfasts, but I’m more of a creature of habit and love my granolas, Hot Porridge Jars and Ready Brek, especially in the autumn and winter months.
You see, I can eat Ready Brek as I’m not the Coeliac in the family, so I always feel a twang of guilt when I make myself a bowl with my dairy free milk. Now I don’t have to feel guilty any more because Bethany can eat Chocolate Ready Brek too and I have to say I’ve been eating the gluten free version and loving it myself. The similarity is so good.
What is Ready Brek?
Ready Brek is a breakfast instant porridge produced by Weetabix Food Company. It’s a fortified breakfast product (added vitamins and minerals) and is made from Oats.
Wholegrain Rolled Oats (60%), Wholegrain Oat Flour (38%), Calcium, Niacin, Iron, Rivoflavin (B2), Vitamin B6, Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
For allergens, see ingredients in bold. Also may contain Milk, Wheat, Barley and Rye.
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Is Ready Brek Gluten Free?
So we’ve established that Ready Brek is made from oats, however, not all oats are gluten free. Certified gluten free oats have been manufactured where no cross contamination can take place. Normal oats cannot be trusted to be gluten free.
Therefore Ready Brek is not gluten free.
NB. Some people find they cannot tolerate oats either. This is due to the body reacting to the protein Avenin in the oats (instead of the protein gluten in other cereals) To find out more about this head over to Coeliac UK.
Is Ready Brek Vegan?
Ready Brek in its original powdered from is vegan in the fact it contains no animal products. However, there is a may contain on the packaging for milk. This makes the breakfast product unsafe for those with dairy allergies and intolerances.
To make the Ready Brek into a bowl of porridge that’s vegan you need to add a dairy free milk alternative.
If you are new to baking gluten free and vegan you’re going to find this post really useful Ingredients and Simple Recipes for a Gluten Free Veganuary, the post is aimed at Veganuary but the same tips and advice apply all year round.
Can I make this Chocolate Ready Brek in bulk?
This recipe for Chocolate Ready Brek can be made in bulk. All you need to do is increase the servings in the recipe for example 10 servings would require 1kg of gluten free oats. You have the option to add the cocoa powder, sugar (to taste) and salt and have 10 servings of Chocolate Ready Brek. The alternative is to just make the oat powder and then add the cocoa and sugar each time you make a bowl.
What Dairy Free Milk can I use with this Instant Chocolate Porridge?
I’ve used soya milk and gluten free oat milk to make this chocolate porridge for Bethany and myself. The choice is really up to you. Different milk alternatives won’t make a difference to the overall texture of the Chocolate Ready Brek. it will alter the flavour though depending on the milk you choose. Thinking about it, I bet coconut milk would be rather delicious, will have to try that next time I make it.
Can I make this Chocolate Ready Brek on the Stove instead of a Microwave?
The idea for this Instant Chocolate Ready Brek is that’s it’s, well, instant! This is why I chose to make mine in the microwave. However, not everyone has or likes microwaves so you can make this on the stove/hob. It’s simply a case of combining all the ingredients in the same way as you would the bowl version, but make it in a medium saucepan on a medium heat.
How do I store Instant Ready Brek?
If you plan to make this super comfort breakfast food (or supper, if you’re like me) in bulk, then you’ll need to store it. I have Tupperware* cereal containers just for these occasions. I also use these for my gluten free flours and granolas. If kept in an airtight container this Chocolate Ready Brek will keep for 3 months if kept out of direct sunlight.
Gluten Free Breakfast Recipe Inspiration
I have a few breakfast recipes on the website to suit different dietary needs, the recipes pictured below are among my most popular. If your as big a pancake fan as we are you’d love this post Pancake Day! Enjoy a Happy Free From Shrove Tuesday.
Gluten Free Chocolate Ready Brek Recipe
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Gluten Free Chocolate Ready Brek
- 100 g gluten free oats
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 2-3 tsp granulated sugar or sweeten to your taste
- pinch of salt (optional but does elevate the flavour)
- 200 ml dairy free milk
- Measure the oats into a food processor. You could use a smoothie maker or hand blender.
- Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder and a pinch of salt.
- Blitz the oats and cocoa for 1 minute. You don't want to end up with oat dust, you want a tiny bits and oaty flour kind of look.
- Tip the oat and cocoa mix into a cereal bowl and add the milk or milk alternative, mix thoroughly to combine.
- Pop into the microwave and heat for 60-90seconds, you know your microwave, check after each 30 seconds to see how it's cooking.[For Hob Method See Notes]
- Leave the hot Chocolate Ready Brek to cool for a minute (it will continue to thicken) and then you're ready to enjoy your delicious hot porridge.
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