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.
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.