I can’t believe I used to the the girl who hated oatmeal.  Well, sometimes I liked it when we were all out of cereal and by “oatmeal”, I mean the artificially flavored instant stuff from the paper packets.  When I started looking for breakfast options to kick my boxed cereal habit, I considered oatmeal with a large dose of skepticism.  I have a couple recipes for baked oatmeal that see a lot of action around here, but lots of you wonderful readers suggested I try steel cut oats and I haven’t looked back since.  Steel cut oats are so different than the tough, tasteless stuff I used to know as oatmeal.  I make it in large batches and eat it throughout the week.  I mix in apples and raisins, peanut butter and banana, or sometimes just a handful of dried cranberries.

One morning a few weeks ago, we were out of peanut butter so I scrounged around in the pantry until I surfaced with a jar of Nutella.  That seemed like a pretty good idea so I swirled in a dollop with a handful of strawberries.  Oh.my.word.  People, this is like dessert oatmeal.  Oatmeal I could actually eat for dessert and be decently satisfied.  That’s kind of a big deal.  This may not seem all that revolutionary to you but in our house, it’s caused a bit of a stir and I thought it was worth sharing.  Thankfully a little bit of Nutella goes a long way so you don’t need to feel guilty about enjoying this for breakfast or dessert.  I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure raspberries would be equally wonderful.  Happy breakfast!


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar

For serving:

  • 4-6 tbsp. chocolate hazelnut spread
  • Fresh sliced strawberries


  • 01

    Combine the water and milk in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Meanwhile, melt the butter in a 10- or 12-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add the oats and toast, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • 02

    Stir the toasted oats into the simmering liquid.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the mixture is very thick, about 20 minutes.  Stir in the salt and brown sugar.  Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy, about 10 minutes more.  Remove from the heat and let stand 10 minutes before serving.*

  • 03

    Portion the oatmeal into serving bowls.  Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of chocolate hazelnut spread and swirl gently into the oatmeal with a knife or a spoon.  Garnish each serving with a handful of sliced strawberries.  Serve immediately.

  • 04

    *The oatmeal can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated for later meals.  I reheat each serving in the microwave in short intervals, adding in splashes of milk until the texture is sufficiently creamy and not at all dry.

  • I now know what’s on the breakfast docket this week. We’ve been enjoying the regular baked fruit oatmeal for a while now, but this seems like a treat that everyone will love!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Mmm another awesome oat recipe to add to my box! Love it Annie!

  • Branny

    Ha, I regularly eat oatmeal as dessert: oatmeal with PB + chocolate chips is a favorite!

  • I’m surprised you didn’t make your own Nutella! Looks yummy :)

  • jabmorris

    I like oatmeal. Nutella must make it over the top. What a great recipe to start the day!

  • Emilie

    I love steel cut oats and used to be an oatmeal hater too! This combo looks awesome.

  • Virginie

    This looks so delicious !

  • Francesca

    I eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning during the work week. The day/night before I mash 1 banana in a bowl, add 1/3 – 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tbsp. brown sugar and mix very well. Then I add 1 cup of milk and again mix very well. I then add about 1 tbsp. of peanut butter (no need to mix b/c it’ll melt in the microwave). Pop the bowl in the fridge overnight and in the morning it’s ready to eat. I heat mine up for 1 minute 45 seconds and then add some honey. Amazing! I got my inspiration from this website: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/04/08/easy-vegan-overnight-oats/. By the way your nutella strawberry oats sound delish! Too bad I don’t have any nutella at home.

  • Gwen

    This looks delicious. If you like oatmeal, have you checked out the blog The Oatmeal Artist? She makes a lot of delicious concoctions, often only using fruit to sweeten the oatmeal.

  • This looks so good, and I’m going to have to try your method of cooking the oats. I like the toasting beforehand. Looks like another great recipe!

  • kelsey fairbanks

    Oh my! this looks amazing. Why I haven’t thought of nutella on my oatmeal is beyond me. I hate oatmeal, but like you… figure it’s probably the best thing for breakfast next to the cake I made last night. thanks for the recipe!

  • JensFavoriteCookies

    I’ve tried to love oatmeal, I really have, but I just can’t do it. My family loves it, though, especially when I dress it up with fresh berries! I’m sure they would love this version!

  • Sara Pierce

    I’m going to the store to get this right now. And it’s raining. That’s how delicious this looks.

  • annieseats

    It’s on the list, but I still had a jar in the pantry :)

  • annieseats

    I know you do :)

  • Rebecca

    This may have just changed my breakfast life. I’m not sure I can wait 3 weeks until I eat breakfast at home to make this!

  • Susananderson1223

    It was too funny…nothing appealed to me for breakfast this morning, so I thought I’d look on your blog because you’ve posted some amazing breakfasts, the steel-cut oats with the apples and maple syrup for intance. And up popped an amazing new idea for steel-cut oats, and also the information that you can cook a big batch and successfully re-heat it as the week goes on. I will definitely be doing this. Your recipes have added so much joy to my life. Thanks for being you.

  • The hungry housewife

    Yep.. Steele cut oats are the bomb. I make this same oatmeal but I use bananas!!! Delish

  • Angela

    Wow! This looks so good. I’ve been trying to figure out something new for breakfast and I think this is IT! I will be having this tomorrow morning. Can’t wait! Thanks for sharing.

  • ohh, this sounds amazing! i`m not much of an oatmeal fan, but maybe i`ll like this! Especially since it has nutella and strawberries in it!

  • OOOh, yum! Thanks for this; I’m getting pretty tired of my oatmeal+apples+cinnamon daily mix!

  • Lauren Ochoa

    This looks marvelous. One of the ways I love to enjoy steel cut oats is with a good-sized spoonful of canned pumpkin purée and a little handful of mini dark chocolate chips. Definitely dessert-worthy! Gives me something to roll out of bed at 5:30 in the morning on workdays for!

  • Kim Handzo

    I never ate oatmeal either until one day I wanted to bake some oatmeal cookies for my boyfriend (now husband-to-be) and had to use up the rest of my oatmeal! Now I have it every morning, but I never considered putting Nutella in it, brilliant! Thank you!


  • Oh. My. Gosh. I could form a very bad habit by having repeatedly having Nutella for breakfast, but I see this as a perfect special occasion breakfast! Or just because it’s Saturday. :) LOVE it!

  • annieseats

    Aw, thank you.

  • Kelly Jones

    I apparently need to jump on this Nutella-is-awesome bandwagon because it just sounds gross to me. Everyone seems to like it though. I’ve never tried it because it looks like chocolate and I DO NOT like chocolate in mass quantities. I do LOVE peanut butter, though, so we’ll have to see. :) Looks delicious regardless!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    I love oatmeal and I love Nutella! Believe it or not I have never tried steel cut oats but I think I need to make this…

  • I love eating oatmeal raw!

  • If peanut butter works, I wonder how my almond butter would taste. Only one way to find out.

    Keep writing…

  • Galexicupcakes

    Hi Annie,
    I took your advise and went home and made this recipe for breakfast to eat this morning. I used coconut milk instead of regular milk but everything else stayed the same. I had both raspberries and strawberries so I added both. I liked it better with the SB then the RB but it was great with the nutella. I’ll try a bowl tomorrow with SB and PB..Jackie

  • Your pictures are beautiful !

  • This looks amazing – thanks for sharing! It seems simple but I’d never thought to try it!

  • When I saw this picture I thought, Oh yeah, this is definitely not breakfast! Oh lord, this looks good!

  • Tricia

    My favorite way to eat oatmeal in the hot spring & summer months is refrigerator oatmeal. Just combine 1/2 oats, 1/2 yogurt, & 1/2 cup milk and put it in the fridge overnight (you can use whatever oats, yogurt, and milk you prefer). In the morning the oats will have absorbed some of the liquid making them softer and the whole mixture thicker. Just add your favorite mix-ins and enjoy!

  • Laura

    I came across this yesterday while looking for a chocolate cake recipe. I knew immediately that I would have to make it this morning. I did and it was SO good!!! I couldn’t resist having a second helping. I never tried steel cut oats before but I definitely will again!

  • Silverlily

    I made this today, and it was so very toothsome. I had never made my own oatmeal before – I didn’t realise it was so easy! I think I’ll celebrate this milestone by having another bowl.

  • Mfar068

    I’ve been eating this everyday this week and currently have some oatmeal cooking on the stove. It is so good and I never knew nutella would make oatmeal taste so much good. I know many people talk bad about nutella’s nutritional value but one table spoon at the start of the day won’t hurt! You got all day to burn that! Lol

  • Tomnheidi

    Okay… honestly, I have been eating quick oats all my life and thought they were great. I had never had steel cut oatmeal before. Tried it this morning and oh….my…..gosh! Where have those been all my life! I am converted! It has such a nice bite to it… like quinoa (which I learned recently how to correctly pronounce and I was WAY off) Thanks for the new recipe. My breakfast will never be the same! I am thinking about putting on some dulce de leche sometime… just for fun! :)

  • annieseats

    Right?! So glad you’re a convert now too. I can’t believe it took me so long to find out about them!

  • Macaroni and cheesecake

    I’m not an oatmeal fan, but you have convinced me to try steel cut oats. This sounds wonderful!

  • Rjh4774

    Thank you for shearing this I so look forward to trying this I am a diabetic with a love for theHazelnut cocoa soft dreamy wonder I love you I never thought of this what about blue berrys steel cut I have got to try it

  • Sweetsugarbelle

    I’ve been waiting to catch up with what you’ve been cooking until I had time to sit and savor. This did not disappoint! My kids would love it. They’re big fans of oatmeal with a scoop of almond butter and raw honey. We call it honey but oatmeal. I’ll tell them this is chocolate covered strawberry oatmeal and they’ll go tO town!!!

  • Marie

    Oh my goodness, this is soo good! We just made the switch to steel cut oats & this recipe was awesome! I didn’t have strawberries, so we used peanut butter and bananas but this is THE BEST recipe we’ve found; taste like dessert! ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Valerie Ott

    Thanks for this! I made my own version and admittedly, it’s probably not as good but it may be quicker.