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Creamy Spiced Oatmeal

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

  • servings: 4




  • 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Mad Hungry, March 2011



Reviews (3)

  • 14 Oct, 2012

    Finally got around to trying this after seeing it on the show. Surprised by how much flavor it has even though there's no brown sugar in it! Will make this again.

  • 28 Sep, 2012

    How much ground allspice would you use in place of the whole berries?

  • 21 Jul, 2012

    I love old fashioned oatmeal, but have struggled to get the liquid to oats perportions right. This recipe makes it so much easier, and it is creamy enough I don't need to add extra milk. I threw in chopped dried fruit at the end of the cooking time, and it was great!