Unlock the ultimate warming and hearty breakfast with this CHAI SPICE Baked Oatmeal. Topped with a crunchy, pecan crumble. GLUTEN-FREE, low sugar, and homemade.
Everyone’s obsessed with a chai tea latte. Now imagine a Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal.
It’s everything you could want in a breakfast: bursting with flavor, sweet, hardy, and filling.
Sometimes I don’t have time in the morning to make breakfast. On days like these, I like having something quick and simple on hand.
It’s the perfect meal prep – having a batch or two in the freezer for a busy week is a lifesaver.
Are Baked Oats Good for You?
In summary, oats are one of the healthiest grains on the planet.
In particular, their nutrient composition is quite balanced – carbs, fiber, high quality protein, and essential amino acids.
Learn more about the health benefits of oats here.
Additionally, I love baked oats because they completely change the texture of the oatmeal without added oils. The consistency ends up being like a chewy bar.
What Seasonings are Good for Oatmeal?
Unquestionably, oatmeal is one of the most versatile breakfasts.
Specifically, if you’ve been on TikTok, you know that there are thousands of recipe variations.
In any event, my favorite spices are:
Cardamom- Is a spice with health benefits aiding in anti-inflammatory, digestion, and more. You can read more about it here.
Turmeric– Turmeric contains antioxidants and may also aide in fighting diseases. This article shares many benefits of this super spice!
A pinch of salt
In any case, experiment with what you have in your pantry and see what you like!
However, this recipe gives a special feature to the delicious spices already naturally within chai tea.
Can you put Oatmeal in the oven?
In the long run, how many times have you put your oatmeal in the microwave only to result in an oatmeal volcano? Markedly, too many times.
For this reason, baking oatmeal is my new favorite thing. By and large, all you need to do is mix the ingredients and toss them into a baking dish.
Additionally, I find baking the oats allows for deeper flavors, slow roasted fruit, and crispy nuts. Seriously…a flavor explosion!
In summary, baking emphasizes the flavor of whatever you add to your oatmeal.
How can I add protein to oatmeal naturally?
Unquestionably, it’s important to get in enough protein for breakfast – it’s part of what keeps you fuller longer, with sustained energy.
First thing to remember, is that oats, nuts, and likely the milk you use to make the oats already have protein.
However, you can also add:
- Protein powder or collagen peptides within the baked oats
- Greek yogurt on the side
- Chia seed or hemp hearts on top
- Any additionally nuts and seeds
In general, all are great options to fortify your breakfast!
Ingredients for Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal
Unquestionably, the ingredients for this Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal are hearty and will keep you full for hours:
Chai tea bags
Pecans, roughly chopped
Apple sauce, unsweetened
Flax seeds, ground
Vegan butter or coconut oil
How to Make Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal
Begin, by preheating your oven to 350 F.
Step 1: steep the chai
Then, in a small pot bring the milk to a boil and turn off the heat.
Afterward, add the tea bags and let them steep for 5 – 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients with the Wet Ingredients
Then, in a big bowl, mix the oats, pecans, ground flax, cinnamon, and cardamon for the baked oats.
Following, add the spiced milk, apple sauce, and maple syrup and stir well.
Afterward, pour into a greased or lined 8×8 baking dish.
Step 3: Assemble Your Crumble
First, in a small bowl, mix the pecans or walnuts, cinnamon, salt, and coconut sugar. Then, spread the pecan crumble across on top of the oat bake.
Step 4: Bake
Finally, bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the middle is set.
How to Serve Chai Spice Oatmeal Bake
Certainly, this Chai Spice Oatmeal Bake tastes heavenly on its own.
However, it tastes even better with any of the following:
Yogurt: Always my favorite to make it a complete breakfast with the extra protein!
Ice cream: I mean.. It can’t get better than turning breakfast into a dessert or vice versa. Vanilla ice cream on this Chai spiced oats never fails.
Nut butter: If you know me, peanut butter, almond butter, sun butter, just about any nuts and seed butter makes all things taste Be(U)tter.
Your favorite latte or chai tea
Let me know how you enjoy this delicious breakfast!
How to store Chai Spice Baked Oatmeal
Particularly, this recipe is best left on the kitchen counter only for a day. Then, it’s best to store it in the fridge for 5-6 days.
And YES, you CAN freeze them!
In this case, freeze them in individual squares. This will give you the perfect serving sizes for breakfast. I would recommend eating them within 2-3 months for freshness purposes.
Simply reheat them for 30 seconds, or until your desired temperature in your microwave.
What other breakfast recipes would you like to see? Leave a comment below.
OTHER DELICIOUS Breakfast RECIPES:
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 chai tea bags*
- 1 2/3 cup rolled oats**
- 1/4 cup pecans (roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)***
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/4 cup walnut *
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp vegan butter or coconut oil
- Preheat your oven to 350 F
- In a small pot bring your milk to boil and immediately turn off the heat.
- Add the tea bags and let them steep for 10 - 15 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients.
- In a big bowl, mix the oats, pecans, ground flax, cinnamon, and cardamon for the baked oats.
- Add the spiced milk, apple sauce, and maple syrup and stir well.
- In a small bowl, mix the pecans or walnuts, cinnamon, salt, and coconut sugar.
- Spread the pecan crumble across on top of the oat bake.
- Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until the middle is set.
*you can use 2 -3 tea bags. Some brands have a stronger taste, some are milder. I like the Tazo brand decaf chai
**I love using gluten-free rolled oats/old fashioned oats
***you can also make your own here. You can also use a cinnamon apple sauce to give it an extra spice