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Warming Winter Chai Tea Oatmeal

Infused with the flavorful spices of chai tea, this fast and easy breakfast will warm you up for sure on a cold winter morning. Prepared in an insulated travel mug, it can be ready when you are to “walk out the door with you” for a warm breakfast on the go.

Makes 1 serving

1 cup brewed chai tea
½ cup regular rolled oats or GF rolled oats
Pinch of salt
¼ of a medium apple, chopped into small chunks, optional

In a small pot, over high heat, bring brewed tea to a boil. Stir in oats, salt and apples if using. Immediately remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. For a creamier texture, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve as desired with your choice of sweeteners, such as sucanat or honey, and a little splash of milk. Top with other fresh fruit or nuts for a really hearty “stick to your ribs” breakfast.

This recipe can easily be made for more servings – the ratio for liquid to oats is always 2:1 – twice the liquid as oats – example 2 cups of liquid to 1 cup of oats.

A combination of any liquid, tea, water, milk can be used together or alone.


While traveling this summer, I discovered making oatmeal in my room while I dressed using a travel mug and the hotel coffee maker to heat the water. It was an easy healthy travel meal.

To prepare in a travel mug: Place oats, salt and apples in mug. Pour the boiling chai tea over the oats and give a quick stir. Place the lid on the mug. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Top with sweetener, milk or other toppings as desired.

To brew the tea:

Measure 2 tsp of loose tea into a teapot or cup. Pour boiling water over the top. Cover and let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Tea can be made ahead and reheated when ready to use.

Many of you may know that our Rooibos Chai Tea by Adagio is one of my favorite teas. I have it nearly every winter morning as a latte. I made more than I needed one morning so decided to use the rest to make a bowl of oatmeal later. It was delicious. And the IngenuiTea self-straining tea pot is the perfect tool for the job. Check them out – 16 oz size item #08910 and the 32 oz size item # 08911

Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai Tea – 2 oz item # 08925 and 1 lb item # 09149

The Pumpkin Spice Tea would be equally delicious.

Adagio Pumpkin Spice Tea – 2 oz item # 08913 and 1 lb item # 09146