If you’re looking to switch up your oatmeal, why not try some delicious tea-infused oatmeal for a subtle but delicious new flavor?
There are 2 ways to make tea-infused oatmeal:
1. Brew a cup of tea using the amount of liquid you’d use to normally cook your oats and use that liquid to cook your oatmeal
2. Infuse tea into your oats while you cook them stove top.
#1 is pretty straight forward, so I’ll elaborate on #2 here:
Find a mesh loose-leaf tea holder (you could probably use cheesecloth if you didn’t have one of these).
Get some loose-leaf tea.
Place the loose tea into your strainer (about 1-1/2 tsp worth)
Place into your stove top oats liquid. Cook over low to medium-low heat. You want to get your liquid heated but don’t boil or simmer it.
You only need to infuse the tea for 5-7 minutes (I wouldn’t go much longer or your tea may become bitter), same as you would do if you were brewing tea to drink. Try to time when you add oatmeal to the pot accordingly and add the oats whenever you’re ready (I put my oats in almost immediately).
Cook your oatmeal over easy heat without simmering or boiling. Once your tea has infused to your liking, remove the tea leaves from the pot. You can continue cooking the oats without the tea leaves if they’re not quite done.
Once your oats are thickened to your liking, simply serve in a bowl and add your favorite toppings.
I like toppings that won’t conflict or detract from the subtle tea flavor:
- sliced almonds
- hemp seeds
- and maybe some tea leaves to “eat with your eyes” (or let your guest know what to expect flavor-wise if you’re entertaining)