Easy to make, delicious and nourishing for the soul. The perfect winter or cold day breakfast to give you all the energy for you to start your day.
This is one of my favorite breakfasts to eat, especially in the winter and on colder days. Oatmeal offers many health benefits because it is high in fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, plus it lowers cholesterol & blood sugar, and reduces weight & risk for heart disease. Many people find oatmeal boring, but mine has some fun surprises – it's not just any ordinary oatmeal!
Step 1: Create Rachael's Savory Spice Mix
I like to make a whole jar so that I have it ready for weeks ahead. Mix in a 8oz jar:
6 tspn organic cardamom powder
6 tspn organic cinnamon powder
3 tspn organic ginger powder
1.5 tspn organic turmeric powder
Additional spices to add if you would like:
3 tspn organic licorice powder
2 tspn of Host Defense mushroom powder (amazing benefits for your immune system and overall health - choose any powder)
Once you have put all the spices into a jar, give it a good stir, then place the lid on it and give it a good shake to mix all the spices together. Think good thoughts to infuse your spice mixture with positive energy! Tip: let the powder settle before opening it, otherwise dust will puff out of the jar.
Step 2: Now it's Time to Make Oatmeal!
It takes about 15-20 minutes to make, longer if you use steel cut oats.
Take a pot size according to how much oatmeal you will cook
Heat the pot on medium-high heat with 1 tspn ghee per serving (or use other oil: butter, coconut oil, cashew butter, etc.). Check out my blog to learn all about ghee and how to make it.
Once the ghee starts to melt lower the heat and add 1/2 to 3/4 tspn of the spice mix per serving and 1 pinch of salt per serving
Stir the ghee and spices together to toast them. This is an Ayurvedic cooking tradition, which helps the flavors release and the benefits from the spices melt into the ghee. Be careful to not burn the spices.
Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of oats per serving and stir the oats with the ghee and spices
Add about 1 cup of your choice of milk, plus some water per serving and give it all a stir (you can use any type of milk you like and if you want a real treat use coconut milk)
Add 1 tspn of chia seeds per serving of oats and stir
Bring to a boil then reduce to low heat and cook until oats are ready
Step 3: Final Touches & Enjoy 😍
Serve yourself the amount of oatmeal you want
Stir in 1 tspn tahini (or another nut butter) for added protein, plus some honey or maple syrup for some sweetness
Sprinkle on top:
Plus your other favorite nuts and seeds
Mix together and enjoy!
Ayurveda's Take on Oatmeal
According to Ayurveda, eating warm nourishing foods that have good healthy fats in the winter time keep your body nourished and your digestive system working properly. For more winter tips check out my Guide to Maintaining Balance in the Winter with Ayurveda.