Dirty Chai Oatmeal

I wish coffee shops would stop bastardizing chai.


You know what I mean. You know exactly what I mean. The standard coffee shop version of chai tea comes in powdered form and is full of sugar. It gives me absolutely no control over ingredients. With other drink selections, I can request soy milk or only one pump of flavor. With chai tea, I’m stuck with the powdered sugarfest.


Thus, I rarely order it. Instead, I try to recreate it in my oatmeal. 🙂 In case you’re not familiar with a dirty chai, it’s basically chai with a shot of espresso. This is how my friend Tiffany often ordered it, and I would always have a sip or two. Mmmmm.


Dirty Chai Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 2/3 cup strong brewed coffee (I used cold press!)
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 a ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom (I didn't have this, so I made it without)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring coffee and milk to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Mash up banana and add to the oatmeal. Stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, spices, and salt.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, nuts), do so now.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice (and/or more coffee) and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.).


About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

4 Responses to Dirty Chai Oatmeal

  1. OMG this is so yummy… I didn’t have cardamom either and added an extra shake of cinnamon. Topped with banana slices and sweetened almond milk and this was awesome!

  2. Lyndsey B says:

    This recipe is great! I’ve had this drink from Starbucks a few times, and I love it. The spicy chai flavor compliments the dark and roasty coffee flavor perfectly. It also adds a welcoming little caffeine kick to the calming tea 🙂

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