I'm returning to this series after a summer break. The rains have begun again here in the Pacific Northwest and I return to warm spices for comfort. I experimented with adding chai spices to oatmeal, and it's a winner! The way I made this was to simply use a cheesecloth bag of my favorite chai spices in the pot as the oatmeal cooked. Yummy results, but I can make it even better! Next time, I will first steep the chai spices in the milk (or non-dairy milk or water) for awhile before adding the oatmeal. The longer cooking time will coax out even more of the chai spice flavor.
What I liked about this oatmeal is that the chai spices added so much interest and depth, I didn't even think about adding a sweetener. In addition, it's a great way to add flavor to the oatmeal while using only water, for any of you looking to lessen your dairy.
How do you dress up your oatmeal?