Most foods give off a smell, especially when they’re warm. Sometimes the smell is a bit repugnant (case in point: sophisticated cheese.) Oftentimes it is beckoning, tempting. And occasionally, it is absolutely irresistible!
That last was the case for the delicious, quick blueberry hazelnut chocolate chip oatmeal I made this morning. As I boiled the water with the oats, cinnamon, and guilt-free Truvia natural sweetener (I used their baking blend variety which contains some sugar but is lower in sugars and calories than refined sugar), a lovely smell began wafting towards my nose. And when I mixed in luscious fresh blueberries, crunchy hazelnuts, and a swirl of melted chocolate chips, I knew I was on to something. This oatmeal smelled so delicious it was almost a shame to eat it all up!
But eat it I did, knowing that this was not only a tasty breakfast but also a healthy one. With a good portion of fiber and some vital nutrients from the blueberries, as well as a lower sugar content than instant oatmeal due to the Truvia, this makes a great carb portion of a balanced breakfast, possibly to be combined with some eggs, nut butter on fruit, or yogurt for protein. I might also suggest adding some more spices, like nutmeg or ginger, so it is even more aromatic.
Blueberry Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- 1 tbs Truvia baking blend
- small dash cinnamon
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup fresh, washed blueberries
- 1 tbs chopped hazelnuts
- 10-15 semisweet chocolate chips
Pour oats, Truvia, and cinnamon into a pot on stove. Mix. Add water. Heat to medium and cook for about a minute or until oats are bubbling and water is absorbed.
Pour oatmeal into serving bowl. Mix in blueberries, hazelnuts, and chocolate chips.
Let cool a minute and enjoy warm. But first, just take in that magical smell… mmmm!
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