You Should Make Oatmeal in Your Morning Cup of Tea
A bowl of hot oatmeal is a good start to the day and can keep you feeling full for hours, but there’s no denying that oats are vulnerable to blandness. Brown sugar and cinnamon can solve this problem for a couple of days, but repeating the same flavors can get boring. To overcome oatmeal monotony, take a look at your tea collection.
I was thinking about my love of tea spices when it struck me how delicious they can be in oatmeal. The combination of the calming properties of tea and oatmeal would be a huge winter morning win, as long as it doesn’t get too complicated. (If there’s one thing that doesn’t fit into my morning, it’s complications.)
Oat flavors usually come in two forms: ultra-fine powders (like ground cinnamon or ginger) or liquid concentrates like vanilla extract. In this case, instead of painstakingly grinding dry spices into an ultra-fine powder, or adding some store-bought tea blend that contains who knows what’s inside, a humble tea bag has everything you need to deliver just the right amount of flavor. A good brew of oatmeal in water does the trick. The results are not only amazing, but completely uncomplicated.
Basically, you just boil oatmeal in a cup of tea. To do this, brew strong tea. I did this with eight ounces of water and one tea bag in a small teapot, but you could make tea as usual with a teapot and a mug. After the tea has brewed, usually after five minutes, remove and discard the tea bag. Add tea to a small teapot if it isn’t already there. Add old-fashioned oats according to package size, about half a cup, and cook the oats over medium-low heat until thickened and the tea absorbed, about five minutes. Drizzle with a tablespoon of honey and enjoy.
While I love the powerful flavor of tea, this oatmeal can be made with any tea flavor you like. Earl grey, green tea, herbal tea or fruit tea will add their signature notes to spruce up your morning oatmeal. In addition, tea does not contain sugar, so you can control how sweet it is. Keep in mind that if you drink caffeinated black or green tea, your breakfast will indeed contain caffeine. If you want to plan ahead or reduce waste, try this with an overnight oatmeal using leftover tea or tea that you have overcooked.