Creamy Spiced Oatmeal

Packed with flavor and nutrition, this busy-morning staple is ready in minutes.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011


  • 1 cup milk (soy, almond, or rice milk can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 4 allspice berries (optional)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup rolled oats, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 2 ripe bananas (optional)
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and water with the spices and bay leaf over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and steep for 2 minutes. Add the oats and cook, stirring occasionally, until the oats are tender, between 5 and 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from the heat and cover for a minute. Discard the bay leaf and whole spices. Portion into bowls and drizzle with maple syrup, then top with the bananas and almonds, if desired. Serve immediately.


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