chai spiced oatmeal

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so, last friday i started a 6 week sugar cleanse. no sugar, no white starches, no natural-but still sugary-type stuff(maple syrup, agave, etc). i decided to cut out all fruits the first week just to really clean out the insides. i also decided this would be a good time to give gluten free a whirl. i don’t really consume too much gluten as it is & the more i read about it, the less i really want to consume it.

when i started telling friends i was going to start a sugar cleanse, several said i’d probably get headaches. for real? from not eating sugar? wow. i looked into it online & apparently it’s a major addiction with physical withdrawal symptoms. thankfully, i don’t have too much sugar in my normal everyday diet, so all has been easy so far. my only issue has been breakfast.

i’ve gotten in the habit of having oatmeal of some sort every morning. i’ll go back & forth between steel cut & old fashioned. it’s easy enough to find gluten free if you’re that concerned about the cross contamination. i always adorn it with hemp hearts(yum! omegas, protein & fiber), cinnamon, nuts of some sort…and fruit. i love apple-raisin, pear-clove, blueberry-ginger, banana-vanilla-nutmeg, peach-raspberry(refrigerator oats summertime favorite!), strawberries & almond butter and of course anything with coconut!

the first few days without fruit were ok but then i realized that 7 days was a long time for oats with just cinnamon, hemp hearts & almonds or walnuts. i miss my fruit! i decided i had to spice it up…and what better way than to make chai spiced oatmeal? at first i thought i’d just use some chai tea…not some run of the mill chai teabags,  i’d have to get the good stuff. like my friend marty’s amazing chai mookie. but i wouldn’t dream of wasting mookie on a test run! also, i’m not so sure i want my oatmeal to be caffeinated(but maybe i do…?!) so i figured starting with just the spice part might be a better idea. so, here’s what i came up with & it turned out to be real tasty! i think next time i’ll make a big batch of this spiced almond milk mixture to keep in the fridge for a few days.

chai spiced oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk*
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled & sliced thin
8 cloves
5 black peppercorns
8 green cardamon pods
  • bring almond milk, water and spices just to a boil and simmer on low for 5 minutes, do not overheat!
  • remove from heat & let sit, covered for 20-30 minutes. this can be done the night before to save time in the morning.
  • strain the mixture to remove all the spices.
  • return the liquid to the pan, add oatmeal and simmer until desired consistency.
  • top with hemp hearts, raw almonds & extra cinnamon.
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*if you prefer steel cut oats, increase liquid by 1/2-3/4 cup.
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