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Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal makes a warm and filling breakfast that is a healthy and flavorful way to start your day.

Top-down photo of a white bowl filled with Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks, a spoon, and a chai tea bag sit next to the bowl.If you follow my blog very closely, you may think that this entire blog is on oatmeal. Maybe you are just thinking that I seriously need an intervention. Bear with me, I have one more for you…Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal.

I do love the stuff, but another reason that I am such a fan of oatmeal is because it is probably the single best way for me to watch my weight. How can a food that fills you up still allow you to lose or maintain weight? In my case, it fills me up and keeps me satisfied. If I start my day with a serving size of cold cereal, in many cases that is 2/3 to 3/4 of a cup, I am hungry within 2 hours and looking for a snack. Who wouldn’t be? Also, there isn’t any added sugar hiding in oatmeal. Not hidden meaning you control the way you eat it.

Top-down photo of a white bowl filled with Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal. Cinnamon sticks and a chai tea bag sit next to the bowl.
I’ve recently seen recipes that are flavored with tea bags. What an amazing idea! Flavor without calories. One of my favorite tea is Chai. Especially during the colder months. The spices are warm and just like a big ole hug in my book. Oatmeal is kind of like that for me too. The combination of the two is a pretty big hug! I recently came across a similar recipe in the “Cuisine at home” magazine. This recipe uses banana. I like a fresh banana or banana bread, but don’t put it in my oatmeal or my smoothie. People say your can’t taste it. Phooey, I can too. I used unsweetened applesauce instead and adjusted the spices a little more to my liking.

One more benefit of this recipe is that it is cooked in the crockpot. Can you imagine waking up in the morning to the smell of warm spices? It makes you want to put on those bunny slippers and head for the breakfast table! I stored the remaining oatmeal in the pyrex measuring cup used in the recipe, and just covered it with plastic wrap. Each morning I just spoon a serving into a bowl, added a bit of almond milk, and warmed it in the microwave.

Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal

Author: Hostess At Heart
Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal makes a warm and filling breakfast that is a healthy and flavorful way to start your day.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword: Chai-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal
Servings: 6


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves and ginger
  • 1 bag Grey tea
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract


  • Combine all of the ingredients except the vanilla into a 4 cup pyrex measuring cup.
  • Press tea bag into liquid.
  • Place measuring cup inside a 6 to 8-quart slow cooker. Add water to the slow cooker to come halfway up the side of the measuring cup.
  • Cover slow cooker and cook oats on low setting, 7 to 8 hours.
  • Discard tea bag and stir in vanilla.
  • Refrigerate unused servings in a covered container.


Serving: 6gCalories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 410mgPotassium: 82mgFiber: 3gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 143IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 10th of April 2023

To much sugar, to many carbs. Not the best.

Julie Menghini

Monday 10th of April 2023

Thank you for your feedback Henry.

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Wednesday 28th of January 2015

Lol! Julie when I opened up this post in my email, the first thought that came to me was, "wow, Julie really does like oatmeal"! This combination of ingredients sounds really delicious--cozy and warming. I have not yet joined the oats-in-a-crockpot team, but this technique is intriguing. Sounds like you cook it in a water bath! This is totally unexpected and I'm glad I read that through because I would have put it right into the slow cooker and cooked it to a crisp!

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Thursday 29th of January 2015

Glad to see you survived the wedding! Congratulations! This recipe comes out very dense, but I mixed a bit of almond milk with it and was good to go. I don't use my crock pot much but it came in handy for this recipe.


Monday 26th of January 2015

There is something so soothing about the gentle sweetness of oats. This bowl must be such a heatwarming treat - lovely!

Julie is HostessAtHeart

Monday 26th of January 2015

Is is so nicely sweetened and delicious. Thank you for stopping by!


Friday 23rd of January 2015

Omygosh this sounds AMAZING Julie! Definitely going to try this one! :D

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