The other day while waiting for some water to boil over the stove (because somehow I still don’t own a kettle), I started thinking about alternative ways to sweetening teas. I have never personally been one to add milk or sugar to my tea, but I understand a lot of people do. I wanted to find a way to make a sweeter, dessert-like tea to enjoy before bed, without the added sugar–because a teaspoon of sugar here, and a teaspoon of sugar there will certainly start to add up! Especially when drinking tea in copious amounts like me. :-)
This recipe is super simple, and uses common ingredients you most likely already have on hand. It’s a great way to spice up traditional orange pekoe tea. The added ingredients bring out the subtle and mild flavours of the tea, so it’s perfect for those times you want a more powerful tasting drink, without the added sugar that comes along with other beverages.
Orange Cinnamon Orange Pekoe Tea
Makes One Cup of Tea
1 orange pekoe tea bag
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
Few drops of vanilla extract
Prepare tea, and stir in orange juice, lemon juice, and vanilla. Top with orange zest and cinnamon to serve. Garnish with a slice of orange or lemon. Note: the orange zest sinks to the bottom, so don’t worry about them in your drink.
So I wish I could say I was the brilliant mastermind behind this recipe.. but sadly I’m not. I stumbled upon the original recipe from Fitness Magazine on Pinterest and fell in love with the idea of cooking oatmeal in tea. Two things I absolutely adore mixed together into gooey goodness- oh my!
I did make some super minuscule adjustments, but this recipe was pretty much perfect on its own. I used steel cut porridge oats instead of quick oats to add some extra fibre and protein, and I added a tablespoon of vanilla yogurt instead of cooking the tea in milk to add creaminess and compliment the vanilla flavours of the french vanilla chai tea I used instead of just normal chai tea. I also roasted my pecans to bring out their flavour, used fresh peaches (cause I had some super fresh ones from a local farm), and added a pinch of cinnamon, because I just love cinnamon. I highly recommend giving it a try! I certainly know I am going to be spending the next few weeks experimenting with different teas and fruit combinations :-)
French Vanilla Chai Oatmeal with Peaches and Pecans
1 French Vanilla Chai teabag
1 cup water
1 peach, sliced
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup steel cut porridge oats (or quick oats)
1. Boil water over stove and steep tea for 3-5 minutes.
2. Add oats and cook on medium/low heat for 10-12 minutes, or until tea is absorbed.
3. While the oats are cooking, roast pecans in a small pot over the stove, stirring constantly to avoid burning.
4. Pour cooked oats into a bowl, and stir in vanilla yogurt.
5. Eat a slice or two of peaches, and put the rest on top. (I found a whole peach too much for the one bowl of oatmeal ;)
6. Sprinkle with roasted pecans and cinnamon, and drizzle with maple syrup to serve and enjoy!