Chai spice baked oatmeal with pecan crumble is the ultimate warming breakfast brimming with heart-healthy fats, whole grains, and limited added sugar. Today, I’m introducing you to the love child of a warm mug of milky Chai and a pecan pie (AKA the best baked oatmeal recipe I have ever had).
Bonus: this recipe doesn’t make a massive amount (it sufficiently serves 3), therefore you don’t have to wait until your next social gathering or brunch event to make it. Instead, you should 100% make it tomorrow morning and report back on your current state of coziness, because I guarantee you will hit the apex.
Is Baked Oatmeal Healthy?
In short, YES. And because we’re relying mainly on natural sweeteners for this particular baked oatmeal, it abounds with nutritional benefits. Firstly, mashed banana and chopped Medjool dates add natural fruity, sticky sweetness to the oat mixture (plus tons of potassium), while just a tablespoon of brown sugar elevates the crumble topping. Additionally, we’re getting a hearty dose of fiber from both the fruit and whole grain rolled oats.
Furthermore, chia seeds and a mixture of pecans and walnuts add satiating heart- and brain-healthy fats. Pecans, specifically, are a top tree-nut source of antioxidants, and they contain the widest variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and E, B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium.
Allowing the nuts to toast on top of the oatmeal intensifies their flavor, and as a result, ups the decadence factor with rich notes of caramel.
What is Chai Spice Made Of?
Most chai spice mixes include a fragrant mix of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Personally, I love a chai mix that’s both cinnamon and cardamom-forward, which is why I chose to add an extra jolt of both spices. However, if you’re more of a ginger or clove enthusiast, feel free to add extra of those in addition to (or in place of) the warmer spices.
In terms of brands of chai tea, Numi Organic Golden Chai Tea is a personal favorite, closely followed by Smith Teamaker Masala Chai. But, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to infusing the milk with these warm spices and earthy undertones. Lastly, I strongly suggest topping it with a dollop of yogurt fresh out of the oven and a light drizzle of date syrup (for example, Soom Foods Silan Date Syrup), or maple syrup. I’ve also enjoyed it for a dessert warmed with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream (because, bliss).
As always, if you give this hearty baked oatmeal recipe a try, be sure to tag #dishingouthealth so I can see your beautiful creations!
Other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes:
- 1½ cups almond or oatmilk
- 2 Chai tea bags
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1 Tbsp. chia or flaxseeds
- ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- ¾ tsp. sea salt, divided
- ½ tsp. ground cardamom
- ¾ cup mixed chopped nuts (I used a mix of pecans and walnuts)
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and grease an 8-inch oven-safe skillet.
- Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add tea bags and remove from heat; let steep for 5 minutes.
- Next, combine oats, banana, dates, chia (or flax) seeds, ½ tsp of the cinnamon, ½ tsp of the salt, and cardamom in a large bowl; stir to combine. Remove tea bags from milk and pour into oat mixture; stir to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared skillet.
- Reuse the same bowl to combine nuts, brown sugar, coconut oil, and remaining ¼ tsp cinnamon and sea salt. Use your hands to mix and rub brown sugar into crevices of nuts; scatter mixture over oats. Place pan in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden.