I first saw this technique used by the illustrious Chocolate Covered Katie in her Sugar Cookie Oatmeal recipe. While I was unable to find the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea she mentions in the post (maybe this Christmas…) I figured well can’t you do that with pretty much any other kind of tea? The answer is YES, and it is a super easy way to flavour oatmeal when you have plain oats but don’t feel like improvising.
It can be done with any kind of special flavor tea. As you can tell from the photo, I USED to use Bigelow’s Vanilla Caramel, but a lovely reader informed me that this tea is actually not vegan! Ew. But it’s ok – you can use any other flavor tea that’s good.
Personally, I find this technique works the best with quick oats, and I prefer to make it in the microwave. If you don’t have a microwave (I’m looking at you, mom), you can also do it on the stove.
The bolder the kind of tea you use, the better. It’ll still work if you use a tea with a subtle flavor, like earl grey or french vanilla, but it’s much better with something like Cinnamon tea.
Oat Tea Meal
Makes one serving
- 1/2 cup porridge / quick oats
- 1 cup water (or more if you like watery oatmeal)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-2 teabags of special flavour tea, like cinnamon
- sweetener to taste (I use stevia, usually 2-3 TBSP of Stevia in the Raw)
- dried fruit, chopped apples, chocolate chips, or whatever else you want to mix in (optional! as you can see from the above picture, I didn’t have anything to add in).
- optional: almond (or other non-dairy milk)
In the microwave: Put the dry oats and add-ins in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Pour the water in and put the teabag(s) in the water and let them steep for a little bit. Put the bowl in the microwave (with the teabags) and microwave for 1-2 minutes, until thickened. When you remove the teabags, squeeze them into the bowl of oatmeal to get all the flavor out. Add sweetener to taste, and you can also add almond milk.
On the stove: Put the water, salt, and teabag into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-low heat. Add the oats and dried fruit (if using) and cook until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Once the water is absorbed, remove the teabags and squeeze with a teabag squeezer (or fork/spoon) to get all the flavor out. Add sweetener to taste.
Vegan Link of the Day: my vegan cooking fun board on Pinterest! Have a look around for some awesome recipes, including some from other mofo-ers.