Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal

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  • Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal
Posted on March 25, 2014

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

Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal

Serves 1-2

Mocha-Nutella Oatmeal


  • 1 cup dry, uncooked oatmeal (any kind will work)
  • Milk or water
  • 1/4 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1/4 cup mixed nuts, chopped (I like almonds, cashews and hazelnuts)


  1. Cook the oatmeal in milk or water as you normally would (or follow the package instructions for cooking). While the oatmeal is cooking, stir in the instant espresso powder, cocoa powder, brown sugar and salt. Once cooked, remove from the heat and stir in the Nutella. Transfer to a serving bowl(s) and top with the mixed nuts. Enjoy immediately!


  • Ohhhh I love jazzed up oatmeal! There’s so many options but I love the way you’ve mixed yours up with Nutella and espresso! I get it with your eggy aversion. It’s okay. And having oat meal for breakfast is so hearty and warming! What’s not to love!? Thank you for this creative, fun recipe, Liz!


    • Thanks, Traci. And thanks for not judging me about my egg-aversion! 🙂

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