Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

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March 6th, 2018
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Healthy Champorado

I get super excited when I find ways to make Filipino food healthy.  Like super super excited.  This time around it’s a breakfast dish called Champorado.  Traditionally it’s made with white sticky rice, some cocoa powder, sugar and some condensed milk swirled on the top.  Imagine being a kid and being told you can eat chocolate for breakfast – with condensed milk.  You ask are you sure so many times before you take that spoon to your mouth as it could be a trick!  Read on to find out how I made healthy Champorado.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

This time around I used steal cut oats, real dark chocolate (from the Philippines no less) and sweetened it with date syrup.  I also made smaller portions, so that you can indulge a little, but not go overboard.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

Why Bonito Flakes??

I bet your wondering why I decided to add bonito flakes right???  Well traditional this sweet sweet dessert is served with some really salty fried fish on the side.  Yup… you read that right chocolate and fish.  Instead of frying up some fish, adding some bonito flakes (dried Japanese fish flakes) gives it a nice salty finish.  It’s very mild, but surprisingly complements the chocolate nicely.  You can opt to skip the bonito flakes and just go with some salt, but if you can find it a nice smoked salt would be oh so perfect.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

Oodaalolly Chocolate

The chocolate that I used to make this healthy champorado is quite special.  I happen to stumble upon these Oodaalolly bars while browsing Instagram and instantly bought them.  The beans are sourced in the Davao region of the Philippines and then ground and tempered here in the Bay Area Swiss style.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

The Oodaalolly bars have a nice smooth finish with a little bit of tang in them.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

I hope you try this recipe with the bonito flakes!  Don’t be scared new flavor combinations, you will be pleasantly surprised!  Tag me on Instagram with #rezelkealohaeats + #healthyfilipinofood if you do make it.  I would love to know what you think of it.

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes
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Healthy Champorado with Bonito Flakes

A healthy remix of a traditional Filipino dessert called Champorado using steel cut oats and date syrup.  With a touch of umami from some bonito flakes

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Filipino, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 People
Author Rezel Kealoha


  • 1/4 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 2 Cups Almond Milk
  • 100 G Dark Chocolate cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon Date Syrup
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Coco Nibs
  • 1 Tablespoon Bonito Flakes


  1. Place the oats and almond milk in a sauce pan and turn on the heat to medium. Stir until the oats have blossomed and the almond milk has reduced. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Taste the oats to get to the right texture. Steal Cut Oats will still have a little bit of a bite to it, so cook until your satisfied with the texture.

  2. Turn off the heat once you have the oats cooked to your liking and add in the chunks of chocolate to melt. Once the chocolate has melted add in the date syrup and salt.

  3. Get two glasses and evenly distribute the champorado. Top equally with the coconut milk, coco nibs and bonito flakes. Enjoy!

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