You will all know that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day (to make, eat and photograph!). I’ve written about my fondness for slow mornings and satisfying breakfasts on my Açaí Bowl recipe post, so if you’re a fellow morning- & breakfast-lover do have a read.
But today I will save the breakfast musings and share with you one of my new favourites to make on these chilly winter mornings here in Australia. Many of you reading will in fact be experiencing summer in your parts of the world, but if you’re anything like me and love oatmeal, warmer temperatures need not rule out oatmeal for breakfast — even if that means eating it in front of the air-con.
If you’re a fan of anything laced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves you will rejoice in this Chai-spiced Oatmeal. A bowl of this oatmeal is my cure for when I’m feeling cold and finding it hard to get going in the morning. I love being warmed up from the inside. Yes, temperature-wise this breakfast is hot, but the addition of ground cinnamon and ginger and whole cloves gives this oatmeal another level of warmth and liveliness.
It’s also important to mention the nutritional benefits of this breakfast, in that it is high in fibre, low GI and low in sugar — which are all important in getting the best start to the day. The spices in this oatmeal also have the benefit of containing antioxidants and phytochemicals that help support our immune systems. On top of that, this recipe is vegan and gluten-free friendly (granted the oats are gluten-free).
I hope you enjoy!
Makes one serving.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup soy milk (or other plant-based milk of choice)
1/2 cup water
1/2 mashed banana (keep other half for the topping)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch ground nutmeg
4-5 whole cloves
1/2 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
In a small saucepan add all of the oatmeal ingredients and bring to the boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring often until your mixture is thick, creamy and aromatic. Remove and discard the whole cloves. Transfer the oatmeal to a bowl and add the toppings. If you like, add a dash of extra milk on top before tucking in.