Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

Oats, man. They might be on my top ten list of things to bring if I’m ever planning on being trapped on a deserted island. How would I cook them on an island? Well, uh, gosh… I’d like to think I’m pretty resourceful, and if I’m hangry enough, I’m sure I’d find a way. But making oats at home is too easy, and it’s my go-to comfort food in the late evening or when I’m riding the struggle bus early in the morning and need something to look forward to before my feet hit the cold floor.

Lately I’ve been adding variety to my morning (or night!) oats with just a touch of decadence. This chocolate hazelnut oatmeal tops the charts, and it’s super easy to make, thanks to the International Delight creamer that I always have stocked in my refrigerator.

chocolate hazelnut oats

hazelnut oatmeal

ingredients

  • 3/4-1 cup of oats (depending on how thick you prefer your oatmeal)
  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats (you may use steel cut as well)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of International Delight hazelnut flavored creamer
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 Tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

method

  • Cook oats on the stove in the water. You may add the creamer now, or drizzle it over the cooked oats once they’re in the bowl. It’s a matter of preference.
  • Chop the hazelnuts while the oats are cooking.
  • Top oats with 1/2 tablespoon of creamer (unless you added it while cooking), and arrange chocolate chips on the top of the hot oats. They melt, and you can swirl them to look pretty, and also to spread out the chocolate love. Finish off with a sprinkle of chopped hazelnuts.

chocolate hazelnut oatmeal

How yummy does this look? I love the bursts of chocolate from the melted chips, and the warm hazelnut flavored oats really does the soul good. Not to mention the body. About an hour after I ate this bowl, I ran five miles! So there ya have it, folks. Indulgent in a not-so-naughty way. And I won’t tell Santa, but I’m sure you’ve been naughty enough this holiday season. (Christmas cookie exchanges, man!)

Adding a little flavored creamer to your oatmeal is a great way to mix up an old breakfast favorite. If you get excited about new seasonal flavors (like peppermint mocha and pumpkin pie spice), sign up for International Delight’s newsletter to be the first to hear about new releases and coupon offers. You’ll also find some inventive (and delicious!) ways to use flavored creamers on International Delight’s Pinterest and Facebook page, so be sure to give them a follow!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Glamping in Wine Country

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

They say that your thirties are the best years of your life… which may have something to do with why I saved a trip to wine country until I hit my thirties. Because, oh my goodness. This trip definitely wins the spot of #1 vacation I have ever had. Perhaps it was the combination of the wine, the scenery, the California weather, and the great company of friends, but I’m certain that it wouldn’t have been as fabulous if it weren’t for our amazing glamping accommodations!

For the second leg of this Ohio gal’s very first trip to California, I stayed at a fabulous ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley. (Check out the first leg of the trip at this mid century cabin in Big Bear Lake!) The grounds are lush, immaculately maintained, and furnished with a group of bell tents that make even those who are camping-shy eager to brave the elements in luxury. (Uh, brave the elements…. I mean, look at these tents— you certainly don’t need to be brave, but that’s the whole point of glamping, right?) It was such a thrill for me, and just wait until you see some more of the grounds! It was such a nice experience, I’d like to go back soon with Phil.

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

The family-owned ranch has a couple of public spaces available to guests, including a large pool, hot tub, massage hut, massage hut, cozy living area, and public hall. The staff was always available, and as friendly as can be. Meals are served in the dining hall (no cooking over a fire— unless you want to!), as well as snacks throughout the day. Wine, refreshments, and other treats were available for for purchase in the dining hall. Let me just say I was never wanting for more wine. :)

Meals were optional, and because my friends and I ventured into the downtown Sonoma area during the afternoon and evening, we only enjoyed breakfast at the meal hall, which included a large spread with lots of delicious and healthy options, even options for those with dietary restrictions. But we did take advantage of the fresh coffee available throughout the day.

A highlight of my visit was playing games around the campfire at night, where we met other guests and enjoyed our wine and treat purchases from earlier that day. Hanging out with my friends in the tents was a lot of fun too. Never wanted that night to end!

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

This was the first trip I packed everything I needed into a carry-on. It was really nice not worrying about luggage getting lost, or taking time at the baggage claim area at the airport. I decided to buy this new suitcase so I could travel in style, and it’s a decision I certainly do not regret. Look how cute it is! Fits right in with the stylish tents, eh?

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

While we didn’t visit any vineyards, we did visit some of the restaurants and wine shops in the town square of Sonoma, which is such a charming area— and I don’t think that’s just the wine talking. I really can’t wait to return and do it all over again!

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Glamping in Sonoma Valley, California

Thanks to Glamping Hub and the hospitable staff at the ranch for hosting me and my friends! I truly cannot recommend this spot enough. Book your own trip in the Sonoma bell tents at the Glamping Hub website right here.

WHAT I WORE | Denim on Stripes

Ohio Fashion Blogger

Last month my mom bought a new dress, and my dad said, “That looks like something Amanda would wear.” My dad, the robotics engineer who will wear any ol’ thing that’s long enough to reach his elbows and tuck into his grease-stained jeans, surprised us all with the remark. My first thought was, let me see this dress so I can reject or deny his claim, but then I thought, wait a sec… my dad knows my personal style?” Which made me feel all warm and fuzzy that he pays attention to me to that extent, but also surprised me that he was actually able to discern what constitutes my personal style. I feel like I’m barely there myself!

My twenties was such a journey of defining who I am, not to mention what my personal style is, and now finally in my thirties, I feel like I’ve settled into a nice groove, style-wise. But man, I guess I’ve really got my style on lock if Dad can even pick out a dress for me! Stripes and neutrals? Denim and Suede? Sixties and Seventies? Check, check, check! The only problem is, now that Dad’s got me figured out, I keep feeling this urge to shake things up a bit. Be unpredictable. But being predictable is too easy and feels pretty good, actually. Maybe I’ll just get a new tattoo! (Kidding, Dad!) (Mom, I have no new tattoo plans. Please take a deep breath.) (Love you guys!)

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

denim pinafore dress: ASOS / shoes: Maguba / top: similar

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