Creamy steel cut oats cooked overnight in a delicious mix of apples, cinnamon, vanilla and chai spice. This delicious breakfast is easy to prepare and can only be described as the ultimate bowl of nutritious comfort food.
Imagine eating a warm slice of freshly baked apple pie with a mug of creamy chai tea on the side. If that sounds as heavenly to you as it does to me, these oats are your calling! I love these oats for SO many reasons. Their heavenly creaminess, warming spice, slightly nutty texture and perfect dose of sweetness.
I’ve always preferred the texture of steel cut oats to old fashioned/rolled oats, but I rarely have time to prepare them on busy weekday mornings. The beauty of this recipe is that it makes four servings which can easily be reheated days later without altering the integrity of the oats themselves. They taste just as creamy and delicious 1, 2 or even 3 days later reheated in the microwave. Total weekday saviors!
I simply portion mine out into 3 or 4 tupperware containers and add an extra splash of almond milk before reheating them for breakfast. You could even freeze leftovers if you’re doing major meal prep and preparing more than one batch. To achieve the ultimate level of creaminess, I added unsweetened apple sauce and vanilla almond milk to the mix. There’s also one whole chopped apple in there that softens up so beautifully to acquire almost the same texture as the oats themselves. Pure maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon round out the flavor profile to provide a rich, warming spice and extra touch of sweetness.
But we’re not finished there. We go one tinnyyy step further and infuse our oats with chai tea (aka the king of all teas!). If you’ve never tried chai tea, it’s a fragrant black tea with robust flavors of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. This combination of spices is truly some kind of wonderful and brings these oats to a whole new level. I’m seriously kicking myself for not infusing my oats with tea sooner. Mr. Earl Grey is next on my list. And we can’t forget the toppings! I added some vanilla Greek yogurt (to mimic cool whip), vanilla almond butter (see a trend here?), crushed walnuts, hemp seeds and a dash of cinnamon. You can also adjust the sweetness to your liking once the oats are cooked. On a level of 1-10 (with 10 being cloyingly sweet), I’d rate these oats at a 5. If you like your oats to replicate the sweetness of maple and brown sugar instant oats, feel free to add an extra drizzle of maple syrup or your sweetener or choice!
So if you like the idea of a nutritious breakfast being ready and waiting for you first thing in the morning when you roll out of bed, you need these. You also need these if you love apple pie, chai tea lattes, and bowls of creamy delicious things in general. If the latter is true, let’s be friends.
It’s the exact way I want to eat oats forever.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 bag of chai tea (I used Tazo Tea brand)
- 2 cups of water
- 2½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 whole apple, cored and finely chopped - I used an ambrosia apple, but anything works
- ⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Spray the bottom and sides of your slow cooker with non-stick spray or add liner for ease of cleaning.
- Bring two cups of water to a boil. Pour water over chai tea bag either in a large mug or bowl. Let tea steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bag.
- Add tea-infused water and remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 8-9 hours (overnight).
- Spoon into a bowl and add optional toppings: nuts, hemp seeds, almond butter, cinnamon. Store leftovers in airtight containers refrigerated for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Leftovers are freezer-friendly