OR do you like it, but you’re looking for a slight change? If you fit in the latter camp, I have the recipe for you. This chai-spiced porridge tastes quite reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but the addition of cardamom gives it a distinctly different experience.
And yes, I am aware that chai literally translates to tea. But we Americans use chai to refer to a specific tea: masala chai.
Because I’m in love with persimmons right now, I included that on top to make this oatmeal extra special. You could make the porridge with or without the persimmon, or you could sub in a different fruit!
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What you'll need:
- 1/2 cup milk of choice
- 1/4 cup water (or more milk)
- 1/4 quick cook steel cut oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (or any winter squash)
- 2 tsp maple syrup (or 2 chopped dates)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp ginger
- pinch of cloves
- pinch of salt
- handful of raisins (optional)
- diced or sliced persimmon for topping (omit if desired)*
How to make it:
- Bring milk and water to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If using chopped dates, add now. If you’d also like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- After a couple minutes, stir pumpkin puree into oats. Stir occasionally.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add maple syrup (unless you're using dates), vanilla extract, spices, and salt. Stir. Add more sweetener if you think it's necessary.
- If using raisins, stir in now.
- When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, diced persimmon, and any other additional toppings (nuts, fruit, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*Persimmons can be expensive and hard to find. Any autumnal fruit would work here (apples, pears), or whatever fruit you want. Or just omit it!