Want to know a secret? I hate eggs. Hate may not even be a strong enough word. Maybe “despise” would be more fitting. I just can’t stomach an egg no matter which you cook it. Poached, fried, hard boiled or scrambled. All bad in my opinion.
OK. Wait. Correction. I can think of one example where I find eggs to be tolerable. When they are hidden in a quiche with copious amounts of cheese, cream, bacon and flakey pastry crust. But that’s it.
People are usually pretty shocked when they discover my extreme distaste for eggs. Because it’s one of those foods that most people really like. So go ahead and judge me. I’m used to it by now. But at least know that I try to like them. I wish I liked eggs. I taste them periodically to see if my taste buds have changed. But sadly, they haven’t.
Where am I going with all this? I swear I have a point!!
OK, here it is. When you don’t eat eggs, breakfast time can get boring real quick. I rely on oatmeal a lot during the colder months. But plain oatmeal is – to state the obvious – PLAIN. So I’m always looking for ways to jazz up my oatmeal. And what better way to do that than with coffee, chocolate and Nutella! Good morning to me! This Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal is so good, it’s even worthy of weekend breakfast status.
I start by cooking the oatmeal in my usual way. While I’m doing this I add in some instant expresso powder, cocoa powder and brown sugar. When the oatmeal is finished, I swirl in a big dollop of Nutella. Then I top everything off with some chopped nuts, because in my opinion oatmeal requires a bit of a crunch. While I haven’t written this in the recipe below, some sliced banana is also very welcomed here.
The recipe below starts with 1 cup of uncooked oats. You can use whatever kind of oatmeal you want for this: old-fashion, steel cut or even quick cooking oats. The amount of liquid (milk or water) and the time it takes to cook the oatmeal will vary depending on which type you use and the final consistency and texture you prefer for your oatmeal. Just make it how you normally would (or follow the package instructions), adding in the other ingredients as listed below.
I’m a person that usually needs to be forced to eat breakfast. Why anyone would want to put food in their mouth before 10am is a total mystery to me. But this Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal actually makes me want to get up and eat breakfast!
Recipe inspired from The Kitchn