Chai Tea Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples

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Chai Tea Oatmeal with Apples

Chai Tea Oatmeal with Apples

During my high school years I worked at the local pharmacy. The pharmacist was a fatherly man in his mid-sixties who loved to share advice on a variety of subjects, including what a person should eat for breakfast.

He believed everyone would benefit from a bowl of oatmeal.

Chai Tea Steel Cut Oatmeal

Chai Tea Steel Cut Oatmeal

While we don’t eat oatmeal every day, it is on the breakfast menu more often than not. My fatherly pharmacist was a smart man – a cup of oats a day is definitely a good thing.

According to World’s Healthiest Foods (one of my favorite nutrition resources), whole grain oats can help lower total cholesterol and contains beta-glucan, an immune system enhancing antioxidant.

But the biggest reason I eat oatmeal is for its fantastic – satisfy my hunger – fiber content. Not to mention blood sugar stabilizing benefits.

Chai Tea Steel Cut Oats

Chai Tea Steel Cut Oats

It’s safe to say that eating plain oatmeal every day would be just plain boring. That’s when a sip of my favorite Chai tea inspired this flavor-packed oatmeal recipe.

Instead of water, I’d use Chai tea to impart sweetness to my oats. I was sure the tea’s cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves would add a warm spiciness to my plain oats.

Chai Tea

Chai Tea

Then I thought, why stop at Chai tea? Why not add the organic apple sitting on the counter, and the chia seeds in my pantry? Then take my oatmeal over the top with Greek yogurt and local honey.

Now that’s a bowl of oatmeal!

Chai Tea Steel-Cut Oats

Chai Tea Steel-Cut Oats

If you’re interested in a nutrition comparison of the many varieties of oats (steel-cut, stone-ground, old-fashioned, quick cooking and instant) you can visit The Nutrition Diva. She always has nutrition tips to share.

According to Nutrition Diva, each variety of oats has approximately the same amount of fiber, protein, calories, and other nutrients.

That solves that dilemma. Enjoy your weekend!

Chai Tea and Apple Oatmeal
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ea Chai Tea Bags
  • 1 cup quick cooking steel cut oats
  • 1 large apple , shredded
  • 3 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup low fat milk
  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and add tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes for maximum strength.
  2. Reduce to the heat source over medium heat and add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes (or as called for on steel cut oats packaging), until oats are tender and apple is cooked.
  3. Stir in honey and milk and serve.
Calories don't include yogurt topping: 203kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 0.78g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 0.71g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.00g
Total fat: 4.49g
Calories from fat: 40
Cholesterol: 1mg
Carbohydrate, by difference: 36.73g
Total dietary fiber: 7.79g
Protein: 5.51g
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

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  1. says

    What an awesome idea! You see, I don’t really love to drink green tea, but if I used it as the base for oatmeal….that would be much tastier. I think this is awesome (I might even try it with Nick’s oatmeal and see what he says). I love it.

    • says

      I’m afraid I’m with you. I’ve yet to find a green tea I like, except for this Chai green tea. I think it’s because the Chai has such a distinctive flavor that it masks the grassy flavor I taste in plain green tea. I’m so glad you like this recipe. Have a terrific weekend. :)

    • says

      I have to agree, and these days there’s such a variety to choose from. Last week we bought a box of quinoa flakes for a change. They were fantastic.

    • says

      This was a quick cooking steel-cut oatmeal from Trader Joes. I liked it much better as it cooks far more quickly. Let me know if you give it a try. :)


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