Spiced Vanilla Chai Oatmeal: Be swept away on a culinary adventure to India, as you dive into a creamy bowl of wholesome oatmeal perfectly flavored with a blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla. This warming oatmeal tastes like your favorite chai latte. Gluten-free and Vegan Options.
Do you ever have a flash back to memories from your past?
For me it has always been smells that transport me vividly back into time. Every time I drink chai tea, I immediately remember my first experience with it. My friend and I met at a coffee shop while we were at college and she ordered a Chai Latte. I spun my head around at her so fast–Why aren’t you getting your normal Caramel Chocolate Latte?! I was shocked and confused. We were both obsessed with our decadent chocolatey treat.
Turns out, she had a new love. Chai Latte.
And after one sip of my friend’s beverage, I quickly regretted my order and was wishing I was indulging in my her latte. The Chai Latte was full of warming sweet and spicy flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and vanilla. It was creamy and rich and perfectly sweet. I was hooked. And so began my love affair with Chai Lattes.
And if you have hung out around her any length of time, you know, I have a SERIOUS love affair with recipes made with oats.
Combining Chai Latte with my morning oatmeal, at first seemed odd, but oh man, this creamy vanilla chai oatmeal has quickly become a staple at my house.
Spiced Vanilla Chai Oatmeal
I totally hit a home run with this easy breakfast recipe. All the sweet and spicy, rich and warmth of one of my favorite lattes in the form of one of my ultimate breakfasts–oatmeal.
Homemade Vanilla Chai Oatmeal is a flavorful way to start the day and feels a little like an exotic escape to India.
Notes on Chai Oatmeal Made with Homemade Chai Seasoning:
- I like to make a large batch of homemade chai seasoning to have on hand to add to my tea or my oatmeal. I will even make a homemade Chai Lattes by adding 1 teaspoon homemade chai seasoning to 1 cup freshly brewed black tea and frothing milk for an easy DIY Latte.
- You can use any milk you like in this Chai Oatmeal recipe. I love to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the extra vanilla flavoring, but coconut milk, cow’s milk and soy milk all work.
- Be sure to use decaffeinated black tea if serving to your children for breakfast, or keep the caffiene to get your morning fix all from your bowl of oatmeal.
- If you would like to use Chia tea bags in place of black tea bags, I recommend still adding 1/2 to 1 teaspoon homemade chai seasoning to your oatmeal for optimal chai flavor.
- To keep this healthy oatmeal recipe gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
- If like your Chai spicy, add in a dash of ground black pepper to this oatmeal.
Spiced Vanilla Chai Oatmeal
Be swept away on a culinary adventure to India, as you dive into a creamy bowl of wholesome oatmeal perfectly flavored with a blend of black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla. T Gluten-free and Vegan Options.
For the Spiced Vanilla Chai Oatmeal
- 2 black tea bags
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons chai seasoning
- 2 cups old fashoned oats
- 2 teaspoons ground flax seed optional
- 3 cups milk of your choice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Homemade Chai Seasoning
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon all spice
For the Chai Seasoning
Mix all the spices together and store in air-tight container for up to 3 months.
For the Chai Oatmeal
In a medium saucepan, bring water, milk, chai seasoning and tea bags to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds so milk does not scold.
Discard tea bags and stir in oats. Cook until thick, about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract and serve.
- Use any milk you like.
- In place of a black tea bag you can use a chai flavored tea. I would still add in 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chai seasoning for flavor.
- If you don't want to make chai seasoning to have on hand, use 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cardamon, and all spice and a pinch of cloves.
- To keep this gluten-free, be sure to use gluten free oats.
- Nutrition facts are based on using almond milk.