When its cold and blustery outside and the winter seems to drag on, I like to make oatmeal. We enjoy our oats. When I’m in a hurry, I make oatmeal on the stovetop, but on a lazy weekend, I like to bake the steel cut variety until they’re tender and creamy.
I absolutely love this version with pumpkin in the fall. In the winter though, my husband loves to drink chai lattes. The cinnamon, cardamom and ginger of chai tea are perfect flavors for the winter months. We also happen to love dark chocolate. Chocolate chai lattes. Dollop these with a few raspberries and you’re set.
Baked Chai Steel Cut Oats with Chocolate
For the oats:
1 ½ Tbsp butter
1 cup steel cut oats
¼ cup dark brown sugar
2 ½ cups milk
1 ¼ cup chai tea latte concentrate* (I used Tazo)
dark chocolate pieces (or chocolate chips)
In a small dutch oven or pot with a lid, melt the butter over high heat. Add the oats and stir until they’re slightly toasted. Turn off the burner and add the brown sugar, milk, and chai latte concentrate. Throw in a cinnamon stick and bake at 375ºF until the oats are tender and creamy, about 35 minutes.
* Chai tea concentrate has been increasingly easy to find, at Target and at my regular grocery store.
** Some of this milk could easily be substituted with water (up to half). Almond milk works well in this recipe. I’m sure other milk substitutes would work equally as nice.