Oatmeal is one of those classic breakfasts that has long been fueling us humans. The first groats cutting machine was invented in 1877, and Quaker Oats filed their first trademark that year.
I find oatmeal particularly satisfying on winter mornings when the temps dip into minus territory. Who else is experiencing that right now? Ugh! Although oatmeal is hearty and warming, it can get a little boring after awhile unless you spice it up a bit. I decided to literally do just that by incorporating chai tea into my bowl, and adding a few crunchy toppings.
Sweet without Added Sugar
The cinnamon and other spices in this chai oatmeal give it the illusion of sweetness without adding sugar. One of my favorites to use right now is Stash’s Spice Dragon Red Chai It’s a bit milder than some of the Chai’s with a lot of clove, and the cinnamon flavor really comes through. If you prefer more ginger with your cinnamon, another current favorite is Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice. Although it’s marketed as a holiday tea, this will get you through the winter months.
Since I’m trying a gluten-free, lactose-free, Low-FODMAP diet this month, I used almond milk with this recipe. Feel free to use whatever milk you prefer, and change up the toppings to your liking. If you are eating low-FODMAP, consult guidelines for suitable nut and coconut proportions.
Quick and Easy
I’m always in a rush in the morning, so I used gluten-free quick cooking oats. Quick oats are pressed flatter so they will cook faster.
- ½ cup quick rolled oats (gluten-free if you are avoiding gluten or low-FODMAP)
- 1 cup water
- pinch of salt
- Coconut, shredded and unsweatened *
- Chopped pecans*
- ¼ cup almond milk *
- *Limit proportions of these ingredients if low-FODMAP. Consult current recommendations.
- Place water, oats, salt, a dash or two of cinnamon, and blueberries in a microwaveable bowl and cook for about 1½ to 2 minutes or according to package directions. I stir half-way through the cooking time.
- Heat ¼ cup almond milk. Let chai tea steep for about 2 minutes.
- Drizzle the milk over the cereal
- Sprinkle the cereal with coconut and chopped pecans
Cheer to a warm and hearty breakfast!
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