Better Your Breakfast Porridge: Try Chai-Spiced Oats with Apricots and Pistachios

Make this tasty breakfast porridge when you need a change from the usual oatmeal routine. Creamy and warming with fragrant spices, this is the perfect dish to liven up any morning.

Coconut milk adds a welcome richness to the steel-cut oats and the saffron and vanilla bean contribute an exotic twist. Sweetened by apricots and a touch of honey, this is a breakfast fit for the gods.

Golden Chai-Spiced Steel-Cut Oats with Apricot and Pistachios

Serves 2

Substitute almond milk for the coconut milk for a lighter result. If you don’t have saffron on hand, try a small pinch of turmeric to give the oats a similar golden glow.

Ingredients:

For the oats

1/2 cup steel cut oats, soaked overnight in 1 cup water

1 cup water

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Pinch saffron

Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean, pod reserved

Pinch sea salt

5 unsulfured dried apricots, thinly sliced

8 cardamom pods

4 star anise

4 cloves

4 allspice

1 cinnamon stick, broken into small pieces

Honey or maple syrup, to taste

To serve

Toasted pistachios

Coconut milk or almond milk

Cinnamon powder

Directions:

Drain oats and add them to a small pot. Add water, coconut milk, saffron, vanilla bean seeds and pod, salt and apricots.

Place cardamom, star anise, cloves and allspice into the center of a piece of cheese cloth and tie in a bundle. Add to oats and bring to a boil over high heat.

Cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes or until thick and creamy. Remove vanilla bean pod and spice bundle and sweeten to taste with honey or maple syrup.

Divide between bowls and serve with toppings.

Related Links:

Amy Chaplin is a chef and recipe developer based in New York City. She is the author of the award winning cookbook At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen. See more of Amy’s recipes at amychaplin.com.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Better Breakfasts: 8 Healthiest Breakfast Foods

Make sure you have energy to fuel your day by eating a healthy breakfast.

Smoothie of the Month: Warm Chai-Spiced Smoothie

Warm up this winter with a piping hot chai-spiced smoothie!

Apricots with Honey-Ginger Ricotta and Pistachios

These sweet-and-savory stuffed apricots make a quick healthy snack, appetizer or dessert.

Quinoa Salad with Apricots, Basil and Pistachios — Meatless Monday

If the shift to warmer temperatures outside has you craving all manner of cool, light eats inside, then look no further than a simple salad — but not just an everyday green salad.

Breakfast Polenta, Morning Couscous and Other New-School Porridge Recipes

Porridge, the frumpy-sounding breakfast dish favored by fairy tale characters and nursery rhyme creators, just got a sultry new makeover.

Apricot Glazed Lamb Chops With Pistachio and Sumac — Editor's Pick

Food Network's Senior Culinary Editor picks her favorite recipe for September.