Makes 2 servings

"Rolled oats simmered in sweet, spice-infused milk make an exquisite breakfast cereal,"Katzen notes. Oat bran not only boosts the fiber, it also makes the oatmeal creamy and thick.

How to Make It

Combine the milk, salt, and spices in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly; add the honey, vanilla (if desired), oats, and bran (if desired), and stir until combined. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the oatmeal is thick and creamy. Serve hot with additional honey to taste.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

brighteyes8's Review

February 08, 2014
The spices are a little harsh and the salt is a little high. If I were to do this again, I'd use 1-2 green cardamom pods split down the side to let the liquid in and a cinnamon stick or two to infuse cinnamon and cardmom without beating you over the head with it. I'd also reduce salt to 1/8t. Otherwise, interesting and different!

TripleTreat's Review

January 16, 2012
This turned out more curry-like than chai-like and was an unappetizing yellow color. Next time I'll substitute ginger and cloves for the coriander and tumeric. I like to use steel-cut oats and the short-cut cooking method. For 2 servings, bring 2 cups water (you could use milk but I like to add that when I'm eating it) to boiling, add the salt, spices, honey, and vanilla. Add 1/2 cup steel-cut oats and bran (I added 2T Fiber One cereal in place of the oat bran). Boil, stirring, for 1 minute. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, boil, stirring, until desired consistency.

a275rcr's Review

May 11, 2011
I love the spices in this oatmeal. It is good for you and tastes delicious.

patissierkate's Review

October 18, 2010
What a great way to start the morning! I loved the combination of spices. I ate it on a Sunday morning while watching a movie and it was so cozy and warm. I used vanilla soy milk because it was all I had on hand, so I omitted the vanilla extract, but next time I think I'll add the extract just to give it sweetness. The spices can get overpowering very fast so add carefully; the smell will tell you how you're doing.

LisaMK's Review

May 12, 2009
This oatmeal was really spectacular! Very flavorful, creamy, and delicious. I'm guessing by the 20-25 minute cook time for the oats they meant steel-cut instead of regular oats (mine cooked up in about 6 minutes) which I will definitely try next time. I topped it with some yogurt (for the protein) and it was a breakfast I will enjoy again and again!