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Chai Spiced Oatmeal


chai spiced oatmeal // gratitude and greens // #vegan #oatmeal #chai #recipe

Last night I stared at my computer for two hours. I struggled to write something meaningful I could share, something that would resonate with people who read this blog. I wanted to write something good. I am always looking for ways to improve the blog, to better my writing and food photography. I push myself, and when I don’t meet my own standards, I am disappointed. My boyfriend’s mother, who is a writer, sat me down. She asked me questions I had never thought to ask myself: does it really matter if you publish this tomorrow? If you weren’t working on the blog right now, what would you be doing? What would you rather be doing? Is the blogging exhausting you?

I knew the answers to all these questions. No, it doesn’t really matter if I don’t publish something on the day I had intended to. These deadlines are self-imposed. The blogging is exhausting, but I find joy in what I do. I love connecting with people through food and what it means to nourish yourself. This morning Lewis and I made a grocery run at Whole Foods, where two lovely women cashed us out and bagged our groceries. We ended up on the topic of my blog, and one of the ladies wrote the name of my blog down. The three of us, I could tell, all shared a love of food. This experience reminded me why I love to blog: I want to share this love of good food with others. I want to inspire others to take charge of their lifestyles, and to make good, whole-food meals that nourish the mind, body, and soul… meals that encourage gratitude in our everyday lives.

I first made this chai spiced oatmeal last winter, but never shared it on the blog. As the days get cooler, I find myself increasingly drawn towards warming foods. Although I am a year-round oatmeal fan, there is something even more comforting about making a warm pot of oatmeal on a cold, quiet winter morning. I love chai and its warmth; the tea is spicy and aromatic, perfect for the fall and winter seasons. This chai spiced oatmeal is like a hug in a bowl, and will leave you feeling warm and cozy.
While I won’t be providing an in-depth discussion on the health benefits of chai today, I will be writing another post sometime this week on the topic. Stay posted!

Chai Spiced Oatmeal
yields two servings

INGREDIENTS

For the oatmeal:

  • 2 cups strong masala chai tea
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • maple syrup, to taste

For the garnish:

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 4 dried prunes, sliced
  • 2 star anise
  • cinnamon

chai spiced oatmeal // gratitude and greens

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour the tea and milk into a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the oats, salt, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and star anise. Reduce to a simmer.
  3. Allow the oats to simmer for 20-30 minutes, scraping the bottom and stirring every now and then.
  4. Cook until the oats are tender and slightly chewy.
  5. Add the maple syrup, and sweeten to taste.
  6. Remove the oatmeal from the eat, scoop into bowls, and garnish with chia seeds, goji berries, hazelnuts, dried prunes, and cinnamon.

Enjoy : )

The oatmeal will keep for a week in the refrigerator, if you can resist the temptation to eat it.

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen.

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more oatmeal recipes:
apple crumble oatmeal by gratitude and greens
baked pumpkin pie oatmeal by gratitude and greens
baked blueberry oatmeal by sprouted kitchen 

43 Comments

  1. Erin {Delightful E Made}
    November 3, 2014

    Wow!! This oatmeal looks spectacular! I’m someone who loves oatmeal first thing in the morning, so this is right up my alley! Will give it a try soon!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Erin! I love having oatmeal first thing in the morning, too :)

      Reply
  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    November 3, 2014

    This is a beautiful oatmeal!
    Blogging is exhausting, but the love I have for it (and food) and sharing with others is too much to ever stop!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thanks Rebecca! I love it too much to ever give it up. Just gotta power through!

      Reply
  3. Farrah
    November 3, 2014

    I love oatmeal and also chai! This recipe would be perfect for these super-cold days (I’m legitimately huddled under all my blankets in my bed right now)! <3

    Blogging can definitely be really exhausting, but my original reasoning behind starting was because I really missed writing, wanted a way to remember my experiences and of course, food makes my life. :P It helps to remind me not to stress out about it! Thanks for this post! :]

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Farrah! I have so much admiration for you and your ability to blog while working such long hours! Hope you are having a good week so far :)

      Reply
  4. Nancy
    November 3, 2014

    I know I would love this in the morning!!

    Reply
  5. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    November 3, 2014

    This oatmeal looks wonderful – perfect for the chilly mornings.
    Blogging can be hard and tiring sometimes. It is so hard when you are alone in your little world. But to get out and be reminded of why we do this is such an inspiration!

    Reply
  6. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    November 3, 2014

    I am with you on all accounts. I have these moments as well, and the. I am reminded of all the many many reasons I continue to do it, and push to improve my writing and photography. I couldn’t have said it better.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Katie. Glad we are both able to push through with these moments and continue to do what we love!

      Reply
  7. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog
    November 3, 2014

    Wow, this take on oatmeal sounds super delish…I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy oatmeal, and I love what you’ve done to it!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Phi! I love experimenting with my oatmeal :)

      Reply
  8. Trish
    November 3, 2014

    That recipes looks amazing, pinning for later. :)

    Also, I just love your blog design! The simplicity is beautiful!

    Reply
  9. Kim Beaulieu
    November 4, 2014

    I think blogging is such a time consuming, all encompassing type of job. It’s easy to lose sight of why we started. If it makes you feel any better I’ve struggled with these things a lot myself this year. It’s hard to find balance in life. If you love it that’s a huge step though. Having passion for your job is an amazing thing. So keep on keeping on.

    I love this oatmeal. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Kim! I hope you aren’t feeling too exhausted by blogging- I always feel better when I take a step back, a deep breath, and take a break from whatever I’m doing. It helps me refocus on why I love blogging. I hope you are at a comfortable balance :)

      Reply
  10. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 4, 2014

    Geeze, Gen. Who resists the urgr? NO ONE.

    I love that star anise. You talented one, you!

    Reply
  11. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    November 4, 2014

    I just recently started liking hot oatmeal, so I am always excited when I find a new recipe. Thank you!

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Glad you found your way to oatmeal! Hope you enjoy this oatmeal as much as I do :)

      Reply
  12. Kailey
    November 4, 2014

    I definitely need this for breakfast! I”m pinning this for a future breakfast idea.

    Reply
  13. ATasteOfMadness
    November 4, 2014

    I have been obsessed with oatmeal recently. This looks perfect for me!!

    Reply
  14. Emily @ Zen & Spice
    November 4, 2014

    Yum! I recently started adding chia seeds to everything and they’re so awesome.

    I definitely feel ya on the blogging exhaustion. I know what I should be doing to improve my blog, but sometimes it’s overwhelming haha and the comparison bug bits every once and a while! We just need to remember why we started in the first place and why it makes us feel good to connect to other people :)

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Chia seeds are amazing! And you are absolutely right, sometimes I just need to take a step back to clear my mind and refocus on what’s truly important :)

      Reply
  15. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    November 4, 2014

    Genevieve, I know exactly how you feel. I’ve had many moments when I stare at the computer screen not knowing what to write for the blog. I think it is important just to take a step back and reflect on why we enjoy doing this so much.

    This oatmeal looks great!

    Reply
  16. Kristen
    November 4, 2014

    This is one absolutely beautiful bowl of oatmeal! Love the chai spices!

    Reply
  17. Olivia Schwab
    November 4, 2014

    This oatmeal looks amazing! My 2 favorite things are oatmeal and anything with chai!! I’m definitely going to have to try this out! Maybe a thanksgiving morning breakfast!

    Olivia
    http://www.uniquelycollege.weebly.com

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  18. Leigha @ The Yooper Girl
    November 4, 2014

    I totally know what you mean about a whole blog schedule. I’ve gotten better about not stressing if I have a post ready or if I have the perfect story.

    This looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it! What is that anise thing? I’ve never had one of those!

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    • genevieve y
      November 4, 2014

      Thank you Leigha! Star anise or star aniseed is a spice- it’s the main ingredient in Chinese five spice and is also a spice in chai tea. It’s got a kind of warm, spicy flavour. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  19. Jenny
    November 4, 2014

    it looks delicious! Pinned.

    Reply
  20. Amy (Savory Moments)
    November 4, 2014

    Blogging can definitely be exhausting, but it’s the love of the food and the connection that keeps up all going! Your oats look delicious – a perfect breakfast for a cool morning.

    Reply
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  22. Lynn | The Road to Honey
    January 26, 2015

    What a pretty garnish you created for this bowl of oatmeal. Steel cut oats are a regular breakfast for me and chai tea is a special indulgence. I love how you merged the two into one fantastic breakfast.

    Reply
  23. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    January 26, 2015

    I just am loving everything about this chai spiced oatmeal – it looks incredible and so beautifully captured!

    Reply
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  25. Felecia
    March 18, 2015

    Do you have a Chai recipe? I need an idea of the proportions to get me started…

    Reply

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