Creamy Spiced Oatmeal


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


  • 1 cup milk (soy, almond, or rice milk can be substituted)

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks

  • 3 whole cloves

  • 4 allspice berries (optional)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup rolled oats, preferably organic

  • ½ cup pure maple syrup or honey (optional)

  • 2 ripe bananas (optional)

  • ½ 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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