Steel Cut Oats with Nutella and Strawberries
Valentine’s Day is over, which means you can go on with the rest of your year without showing your affection for someone. Kidding. In all seriousness, I think Valentine’s Day serves as a good reminder to tell the people we love that we love them, not just on that day but every chance we get. People show love in different ways, and it will come as no surprise to you that I show love through food. Whether someone is grieving or celebrating, I can always find an appropriate food to give, which is a good thing since I can’t always find the right words to say. I’m not eloquent, but I try to make up for it with delicious food.
If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, this oatmeal would be a perfect way to surprise someone with breakfast in bed. Not into that sort of thing? Then you should totally make it for yourself, because you deserve to be pampered too. I know oatmeal can seem kind of bland, but this is not just any oatmeal. This is Nutella oatmeal, people! It could basically double as a dessert, but you can get away with eating it for breakfast. Revolutionary? Probably not. Pretty freaking exciting? Most definitely. My love for oatmeal grew when I made baked oatmeal, and now I have another reason to love it. This recipe is highly adaptable – make it with your favorite nut butter and bananas, cooked apples and cinnamon, maple syrup and blueberries – and can be made ahead of time and reheated as needed. Gone are the days of boring oatmeal. Welcome to better breakfasting.
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- YIELD: 4-6 servings
For the oats:
3 cups water
1 cup low-fat milk
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup steel-cut oats
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4-6 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
Fresh sliced strawberries
Combine the water and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10- or 12-inch skillet set over medium heat. Add the oats and toast, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes or until golden and fragrant.
Stir the oats into the simmering liquid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer gently until the oat mixture has thickened significantly, about 20 minutes. Stir in the salt and brown sugar and continue cooking for about 10 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy. Remove from heat and allow to sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Portion the oatmeal into serving bowls and top with 1 tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread and swirl gently into the oats using a spoon or knife. Top with a handful of strawberries and serve immediately.