November 4, 2016
This quick and easy overnight chai oatmeal is spiced with a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and black pepper like the tea.
Last Sunday our downstairs neighbor sent us an email that could only be described as awkward.
It started out with “I hope you had a good weekend,” and then there was a but.
She told us we are so noisy that we are waking her up every morning. I immediately felt defensive. How late does she sleep!? This coming from me, the early riser.
Of course, we aren’t your dream upstairs neighbors unless you also have a toddler who runs around acting like a typical almost three-year-old.
And even then, you still probably would want some peace and quiet.
Since the email we’ve been paranoid about any noise. I have realized that I shouldn’t be blaming it all on my little one.
When I hit start on my fancy (and loud) high-powered blender to make my daily smoothie, I wonder if that could be part of the reason for the complaints.
I love having a smoothie everyday, but this is a good reason to change up my routine and try something else.
Mid-morning I like to sip on a chai latte, but I decided to try it first thing in the form of oatmeal.
Before I went to bed, I made a batch of overnight chai oatmeal with almond milk.
To get that spiced flavor and scent, I used a mix of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and a pinch of black pepper.
I topped my bowl with blackberries, strawberries, chia seeds, almonds and even more cinnamon.
The oatmeal had the flavor I adore so much about my latte. It got me thinking what else could I chai. If that’s even a term!
Will I ever drop my smoothie forever? Absolutely not. In the meantime, I might find days to give our neighbors a break from the noise of the blender…if that’s part of the problem!
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup almond milk1 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus more for serving
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
Berries and nuts for serving
In a small bowl, combine the oats, almond milk and spices. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve with berries, nuts and additional cinnamon.