Overnight, Chai Spiced Steel-Cut Oats

Flipping through a copy of Vegetarian Times, this recipe caught my eye because I am a huge fan of breakfast and I love the flavors of chai. I filed it away for a day when I knew I wouldn’t have time to cook breakfast, but would need some serious energy.

This uncooked version of steel-cut oats not only turned out to be exactly what I needed, but also only took a couple of minutes the day before to assemble.  I now make this every few weeks when I know I’m going to have an early morning.


  • 1 c steel-cut oats
  • 2 c almond milk (or other milk alternative)
  • 2 Tbs. chia seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 Tbs. crystallized ginger, optional
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup, optional











Stir oatmeal and serve cold (would probably be good warmed as well). The topping options here are endless: fresh fruit, a sprinkle of cinnamon, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, a couple chocolate chips… Goodness, this list is making me hungry!

Adapted from the January/February 2012 issue of “Vegetarian Times”, p.10


6 Responses to “Overnight, Chai Spiced Steel-Cut Oats”

  1. I’m making this tonight! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Made this a few days ago and it was delicious! I used a mixture of flax & sesame seeds in replace of the chia seeds (not sure where to find them). Added pecans, walnuts, and craisins the morning of & thought it tasted great. Thanks for another easy, delicious recipe 🙂

    • I’m glad it turned out well with the substitutions. If you can’t find chia seeds in the bulk or natural sections at your grocery store, try vitamin stores in your area such as gnc. You can also order them online at a number of places including amazon. Make sure that if you use flax seed, you are grinding it up first so that your body can digest it.

  3. Where did you pick up that little jar? Looks like the perfect container for this. I think this will be the perfect breakfast after an early morning boot camp!


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