Chai Latte Oatmeal with coconut milk and raisins

During this festive week, in The Seasons series, we are featuring Maria of Meli and Cinnamon, her food blog where she records recipes through beautifully styled pictures, mostly of sweet treats. Maria’s favorite meal is breakfast, so, of course, today she shares a nutritional recipe for a festive breakfast with us.

Meli and Cinnamon is a place, where daily routines pause, and everything gets a sweetness and a spices’ aroma (preferably cinnamon). My name is Maria and I am its enthusiastic creator. Anything presented in my blog has been tried first and tasted afterwards by friends and family. I always liked quality foods and especially those that remind me of warm-heartedness. Being fond of pastries and chocolate, you will often see me cooking something sweet. On the other hand, there is the healthy side of me working with super foods and alternative diets. I always try to stay true and create a welcoming feeling to the readers, like when they enter their home kitchen.

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It’s nice to have friends to share things in common. And in my case, there is a friend of mine, with whom I share a passion for food, which of course never stops and sometimes leads to culinary irregularities.
So, on a December Sunday after work in Pagrati, we had a meal of traditional seafood paella and melted cheese with tortillas, accompanied by refreshing sangria. We then visited a busy cafe in Metaxourgio to enjoy (especially me) a Masala chai, which the waitress guaranteed to have melomakarono taste. And she was right! Τhe first sip of this unique drink travelled me back to the period of my life, that I lived in Stockholm and almost every day after class, I had a Chai Latte at my favοrite cafe.

Therefore, because this season is great for bringing childhood or other memories that make our heart and body feel warm, I decided to create a more solid variation of this beverage, that would keep all the beneficial qualities of Indian origin Chai Latte.

This drink traditionally contains a blend of black tea, spices (nutmeg, ginger, cardamom), honey or sugar and hot milk. So, how about enjoying it in your festive breakfast?

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Ingredients (for 2 servings)
2 cups of hot black tea or tea with spices (ideally)
½ cup rolled oats
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
vanilla bean
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 cup coconut milk

To Serve
½ cup sliced almonds, slightly roasted
2 tablespoons black raisins
cinnamon

Instructions
1. Prepare your tea and put a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the tea is ready transfer it into the saucepan and add oats. Stir gently and reduce heat.
2. Add your spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger) and continue to stir. Carve the vanilla bean in the middle to open and use a teaspoon to get the contents. Add to the saucepan.
3. When you are ready with your oatmeal, add your honey. Oatmeal is ready when it has absorbed the water, but it still has a soft mixture, and not “dry”. Transfer into two bowls.
4. Fill a mug with coconut milk. If you have an espresso coffee machine that makes frothed milk, you can heat it there. If not, heat it in a small pot, but be careful not to boil too much. The nice thing about this recipe is to create a milk foam that resembles chai latte.
5. When milk is ready, pour it over the oatmeal bowl. To serve, add the roasted almonds, raisins and optionally more cinnamon. Enjoy immediately!

Tips
– If you don’t have coconut milk, you may also use almond or even regular milk. I personally find that coconut milk fits the best, but it is a matter of personal taste and flavor.
– Other toppings for oatmeal might include sliced banana or sliced pears, a small amount of tahini and chocolate chips, cranberries and other depending on your taste.

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Thank you Maria for this festive breakfast recipe!

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