Winter, winter, go away. Come again another day.
As I spend another dreary day cooped up inside watching the snowfall, it feels more like winter than spring. Being cooped up has its advantages though. In this instance, I’ve got time on my hands to work on some crafty food projects and play around with my camera. Even though it’s snowing, the light is pretty fantastic.
My crafty food project of the month is a homemade oatmeal mix that I’m stocking up on so we’ll have easy and flavorful breakfast fare for this summers’ camping trips.
The “chai” part of this mix comes from Savory Spice’s Mt. Baker Chai Spice Seasoning—a ground version of chai spices with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, black pepper, star anise, allspice, and bay leaves. If you don’t have this on hand, you can always mix ground cardamom into a pumpkin pie spice or baking spice to get close to a chai inspired flavor.
The “latte” part of this mix comes from using coconut milk powder. Using a powdered milk in the mix makes the oatmeal a touch creamy without having to add milk later.
Throw in your favorite dried fruit and nuts (I used cherries and walnuts) and you’ve got a quick and easy premixed oatmeal that only takes 10 minutes simmering on the stovetop (or over a campfire) for a spicy, chai inspired breakfast.
Happy cooking and sipping!
Chai Latte Oatmeal Mix
By Suzanne Klein, Tea Foodie
Makes 12 to 14 cups of oatmeal mix
8 cups regular rolled oats (not quick or instant)
2 cups sugar (white, coconut, or brown)
1½ cups dried cherries
1½ cups walnut pieces
¾ cup coconut milk powder (or other milk powder or non-dairy powder, like soy)
½ cup diced crystallized ginger
¼ cup chia seeds
2 tablespoons Savory Spice’s Mt. Baker Chai Spice Seasoning*
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon kosher salt
To prepare the mix: Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer mix to Mason jars and seal. Label with ingredients and directions for preparing the oatmeal. Use within 6 months.
To prepare the oatmeal: Simmer 1 part mix in 2 parts water for 10 minutes until thick and creamy. Serve warm.
*If you don’t have a ground chai seasoning on hand, you can always mix a bit of cardamom into a pumpkin pie spice or baking spice to mimic that chai flavor.