how do you like your oats?
Oatmeal is not what you assume one would crave in the hot summer. With an almost empty fridge and pantry, but a strangely grand quantity of dates and a variety of nuts, I knew it was time to get cooking. The only oats I had left were found at the very bottom of a container of steel cut oats. I always have enjoyed the nuttiness of steel cut oats over rolled oats. It may be due to the fact that I tend to under cook them, but nevertheless, I find them tremendously tasty al-dente.
The nuts of choice this a.m. were hazelnuts. Truthfully, when I think of these nuts, my mind goes to Nutella or hazelnut praline chocolates…two of my culinary favorites. I had an amazing experience of living in an old castle in the Netherlands for a semester abroad and I ate Nutella on toast with Hagelslag sprinkles many mornings. This was my staple go-to meal and it was wonderful to see miniature boxes of sprinkles found on each table everywhere I stayed in Amsterdam as well.
Returning back to the oatmeal, it was simply oats cooked on the stove top with an even mixture of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and water. Then I sliced two dates and chopped a few hazelnuts and drizzled it all with agave nectar. This was a winning combo and is definitely worth trying. What are some of your favorite oatmeal concoctions? Oh, and can you believe it is August? I can’t…