Oatmeal is one of the healthiest breakfasts you can eat, and we usually like to keep our toppings pretty simple. But once in a while, why not make it just a little indulgent? Adding rich espresso and cocoa powder – and perhaps a few nuts and chocolate chips on top – combines our morning bowl of oatmeal with our favorite winter drink, the mocha.
The espresso and cocoa powder give the oatmeal lots of rich flavor, and a few chocolate chips on top just puts it over the top. And because we like a little something crunchy with our oatmeal – indulgent or not – we added a few chopped nuts. Almonds worked well, but just about any nut would be good.
Check out Emma's tips on How to Cook Perfect Steel Cut Oats. In fact, we've followed her recipe below, with a few sweet add-ins.
Mocha Crunch Oatmeal
3 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons instant espresso
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar or agave nectar
Toppings (optional): chocolate chips, chopped nuts, cream or milk
Bring water to a boil. Stir in oats, salt, espresso and cocoa powder. Bring back to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until the oats reach your desired consistency.
Remove from heat and stir in the sweetener. Transfer to bowls and add toppings.
(Images: Joanna Miller)