You’ll never look at oats the same way again

Spicy oats

Toasted carob steel-cut oats cooked in a lavender, ginger and orange spice infusion with bananas, apples + almond butter.

Recipe Redux’s May theme: create a “tea-inspired healthy dish”

I’m glad this idea was created
My love for oats and tea has now been united

Spices and herb combinations are limitless, oatmeal is now fancy.

Serves: 8

This made me a big batch of oatmeal to last the week. I’d recommend cutting down to 1 or 1/2 cup oats if you’d prefer less. Each cup of dry oats has four servings.



2 cup dry steel cut oats*

5-6 cup water

2-3 ripe bananas, quartered

1-2 apples, cut in segments (I used organic red delicious)

2 tbsp toasted carob powder

1-2 tsp ground cinnamon

dash of ground cloves

1 tsp vanilla (optional)

stevia or other sweetener, to taste


for the teabag: 

1 loose leaf tea bag

2 tsp dried lavender

2 tsp dried orange peels

1 tsp ground ginger



almond butter

cacao nibs

dried lavender





* I soak the dry oats the night before cooking, my preference.

1. Prepare tea bag. Place all herbs and spices in tea bag, set aside.

2. Bring water to a boil in large sauce pan

3. Add in oats, lower heat to medium-low, then add in tea bag and carob powder.

4. Add in chopped apples, vanilla (if using), and cinnamon

5. Cook oats until done (about 20-30 minutes, depends how much water you use) then turn off heat, add in stevia or preferred sweetener and stir

6. Add in bananas and let sit for 10 minutes covered (the residual heat will cook the bananas and extract the sweetness without completely disintegrating the fruit)

7. Serve..Top with cacao nibs, almond butter, hazelnuts, dried lavender, more fruit or whatever you prefer really

8. Store in air-tight container in fridge




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  1. Love the lavender idea in steel cut oats! So chewy and flavorful – yum.

  2. Oooh I haven’t tried spicing my oats with tea yet! Actually, haven’t even tried steel cut oats. I bet lavender is lovely in them!!

  3. Wow, this is impressive! I’ve never made my own tea bags but now I definitely want to try! What a tasty breakfast :)

  4. yum!! that photograph is stunning

  5. I love oats! The lavendar ginger sounds like a wonderful flavor combination.

  6. Wow this would definitely get me up in the morning knowing I had this to look forward too :) Love infusing tea into my oatmeal for extra flavor!

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  7. Hi I am an intern with Meal Makeover Moms! I love your recipe and photos!

  8. Oooh ginger + lavender together sounds divine!

  9. Lovely!!! Can’t wait to try this one!