Chai Oatmeal

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Made in one pot with five ingredients, this spiced delight will become your new go-to.
chai oatmeal recipe: bowl of chai oatmeal topped with date syrup, almonds, and almond butter
Alanna Hale/Joyfull

You start every brisk morning with a piping hot chai latte. Why not double down on your favorite spiced tea by adding it to your breakfast? Meet the chai oatmeal from Radhi Devlukia-Shetty’s new cookbook, JoyFull: Cook Effortlessly, Eat Freely, Live Radiantly, which only requires four ingredients and one pot to come together.

“Oatmeal for breakfast is certainly nothing new, but it can be quite hard for your body to digest grains in the morning,” writes Devlukia-Shetty. “Digestion-stoking chai spices and rich, fatty milk make oatmeal much gentler on the body—and even more delicious.”

While this recipe is certainly simple enough to prepare in a pinch, you can also prep it the night before and stash it in the fridge for sustenance on the go. How’s that for easy?

Excerpted from JOYFULL: Cook Effortlessly, Eat Freely, Live Radiantly. Copyright @ 2024 by Radhi Devlukia-Shetty. Photography Copyright © 2024 by Alanna Hale. Reproduced by permission of Simon Element, and imprint of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.


1 cup quick-cooking oats

2 Medjool dates, chopped

1 teaspoon chai spice

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

2 cups plain, unsweetened plant-based milk, divided

Almond butter, toasted pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, rose petals and/or date syrup, for serving


1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the oats, dates, chai spice, cardamom and ¼ cup water and bring to a simmer. Cook the oatmeal until it thickens, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the milk and cook, stirring, until the oatmeal has thickened again, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 cup milk and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, 5 to 10 minutes more.

2. Divide the oatmeal between two bowls and top as desired with almond butter, pumpkin seeds, almonds, rose petals and/or date syrup.

Nutrition Facts
  • 408 calories

  • 8g fat

  • 73g carbs

  • 15g protein

  • 16g sugars

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