If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I have quite the addiction to cappuccinos and coffee. Every weekend after my long run I look forward to going out for my caffeine fix. You might say it’s what gets me through those long runs. On days where I don’t treat myself to a cappuccino I’ve found a way that I can still get my espresso fix and a healthy breakfast, and that’s with a big bowl of this Dirty Chai Oatmeal!
So many things come to mind when you hear dirty chai. Is there dirt in it? Did it do something naughty? Why would I want to drink this dirty chai? Well if you are unfamiliar with what a dirty chai is let me clear things up. A dirty chai is simply a shot of espresso mixed with chai tea. Often times steamed milk is added to the drink to make it nice and creamy. The flavor is simply delicious. The spices of the chai vary by region, but often include cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and star anise. It a wonderful warm spice combination that was perfect for adding to some hot oatmeal.
This Dirty Chai Oatmeal is perfect for people in a hurry. Now you don’t have to take the time to drink your coffee while you are eating your breakfast. Nope, just take that cup of coffee and dump it in the oatmeal in place of half of the milk. Maybe I should have called this Double Duty Dirty Chai Oatmeal…maybe not. Speaking of the milk, I made mine using unsweetened vanilla almond milk so this oatmeal also happens to be vegan. Not a fan of almond milk? Use whatever milk you do like!
So I have to tell you about the super cute spoons in the photos. Don’t you just LOVE them! My friend Justine over at Cooking and Beer gave them to me and I can’t get over their cuteness! They bring a little smile to my face every morning when I drink my coffee or make this oatmeal. Justine often joins me for a caffeine fix at one of the many amazing coffee shops in Denver, it’s slightly embarrassing to say how many shots of espresso are consumed during our coffee dates…4-8 shots too much?
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