Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nutella Oatmeal


My granddaughter thinks I'm cool. Hey, she's 13, and most days I'm sure she thinks I'm a fossil, so I will gladly accept that "COOL" title and wear it proudly! What makes me so cool in her eyes? Well, I made her a yummy breakfast. Doesn't sound very exciting or cool? What if I told you I found a way to combine two much-loved ingredients into one yummy dish and one of the ingredients tastes like dessert? Well, that's what I did. I know oatmeal doesn't sound very exciting, but I made it with Nutella, that chocolatey hazelnut spread that most of the free world is mad about. If you've never tried Nutella, you might want to make this dish your first foray into the world of Nutella. Think how cool you'll be!

1 cup quick oats (one-minute kind; if you use long-cooking oats, adjust cooking time and liquids)
1 1/2 cups water*
1/2 cup half and half* (or lower fat milk)
1/8 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
dash salt
3 Tbsp. Nutella*

*You may adjust these to suit your preferences. Some people like thinner oatmeal and some like thicker. Likewise, you may like more of a Nutella kick, or less. This is an easy recipe, so adjust to your liking.

Bring water, half and half, sugar, butter and salt to a boil. Add oats. Cook for one minute to one and a half minutes, stirring several times. Remove from heat and add Nutella; stir until well-blended. Spoon into two serving bowls. Allow to sit a minute or so to complete thickening. Serve while hot!

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