Chai Oatmeal

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Chai Oatmeal is a lightly spiced with the exotic spices of Chai tea ~ it’s guaranteed to warm up the chilliest of mornings!

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Here’s a simple little recipe for the best oatmeal I’ve had in ages…just in time for the latest nor’easter! It all started the other morning when we woke up and arbitrarily decided that we needed to treat ourselves to breakfast out. I’m glad we did because we found a great little place in our new neighborhood, the kind with rambling rooms, comfy couches, and good strong coffee. Best of all I discovered a fabulous new idea…Chai Oatmeal.


The chai spices add a richness to the oatmeal without overpowering it ~

and I liked the idea so much I went straight home and recreated it. The restaurant uses chai powder to flavor the oats, but there are several different ways to do it at home… with or without black tea, using whole or ground spices. They’re are all good, and they will give you slightly different results. One way is to make your oatmeal using your favorite chai tea in place of water. Just steep the tea in the required amount of water, and then make your oatmeal as usual. I went a bit further and steeped whole spices like cardamom pods, fennel seeds, star anise, cloves, black peppercorns, and cinnamon, along with black tea. Then I strained it and made my oatmeal,   A third way is just to use regular ground Chai tea spices as a flavoring, —  ground cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, etc. add an exotic edge to an otherwise bland breakfast.

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Chai Oatmeal

Author Sue Moran


  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seeds
  • 6 green cardamom pods lightly crushed (don't lose the seeds!)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bag black tea
  • 1 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

for serving

  • sliced banana
  • brown sugar
  • walnuts
  • almond milk


  • Put the water and all the spices in a pot on the stove and heat just to a simmer. Turn off the heat and add the tea bag. Let it steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the water, and then put it back into the pot. Add the oats and bring back to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the oats are done. Add the brown sugar and vanilla and serve hot with almond milk, bananas, more brown sugar, and walnuts.
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Stay warm!

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    April 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    This was tonight’s dinner! Perfect for a stormy eve. I used steel cut oats. Delicious and filled with the aroma and taste of warming spices.

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    April 1, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I just started exploring your blog and love it! Chai has been so popular recently. I know I can definitely find these ingredients around Hong Kong…I think it might be worth scouring the city to find the spice shops! This is definitely a great idea to show off to friends for breakfast.

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      April 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I envy you, you, I bet you will find fabulous spice shops, the oatmeal might prove to be the elusive ingredient!

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    Deanna @ DB and Jelly
    March 29, 2014 at 6:32 am

    This looks amazing! My usual breakfast is oatmeal with chai tea, so this recipe the perfect all in one!

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      March 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Thanks Deanna!

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    March 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    i’m just not a fan of oatmeal but i’d make this just to enjoy the aroma. 🙂

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    March 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    My husband is a huge of combination of oatmeal and bananas! He loves it for the dinner. Love the add of chai spices.

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    March 27, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I love this recipe! My husband eats oatmeal every morning and I can’t wait to try this on him!

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    March 27, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I love love LOVE putting cardamom in my oatmeal! I bet yours was fantastic with all of the different spices in there too.

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    March 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    As someone who struggle with oatmeal–I know how heart healthy it is, so I do eat it–this recipe sounds like a wonderful change of pace! I will definitely be giving it a go soon!

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      March 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      I struggle with it too, Cindy, I take one bite and feel instantly full. But not with this version!

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    March 27, 2014 at 9:34 am

    A great idea! I love porridge and chai.



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    March 26, 2014 at 10:47 am

    This sounds wonderful! I love chai and oatmeal (though I prefer mine in granola or in baked oatmeal) and this sounds like a great easy combination.

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      March 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

      I’m definitely going to make this as a granola, too. I make so much granola I need to keep changing it up to keep from getting bored.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

    It’s rainy today and this oatmeal looks so cozy!

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      March 27, 2014 at 7:24 am

      I’m so into spring type recipes lately I almost didn’t post this, but it’s even cool and rainy here in Florida!!

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