Recipe: Masala Chai-Spiced Oatmeal

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Masala chai brings the best warm spices — like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger — together in one fragrantly soothing cup. So why not carry that over to your bowl of oats? Infusing tea into oatmeal not only makes for a breakfast that’s equally as comforting as a steaming mug, but it also gives your bowl a little kick of caffeine.

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A Spicy, Eye-Opening Bowl of Oats

The beauty of masala chai isn’t simply its stimulating mix of spices, but also the bracing black tea that ties these spices together. That means for the best masala chai oatmeal, both the spices and the tea need to come into play. Steeping a couple of high-quality tea bags in the oatmeal cooking water before adding your oats allows the groats to absorb the flavor of the spices and the tannic black tea as they cook. It also means that they’ll soak up some of that caffeine, which definitely doesn’t hurt in the morning.

To finish, a splash of heavy cream mimics a good masala chai’s milkiness, while a little honey lends a touch of sweetness, almonds add crunch, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon invites you to dig right in.


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