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Tea Steel Cut Oats, Two Ways


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Sometimes Oreo comes out with a new flavor cookie (ahem, CINNAMON BUN) and you accidentally eat 8 of them for dinner. And when you wake up in the morning, you know you need to have a healthy breakfast. I’m speaking totally hypothetically here, but you should also know that cinnamon buns and cookies are a match made in heaven. 

Honestly, I used to be seriously anti-oatmeal. I didn’t understand why anyone would choose to eat the totally boring and bland mushy stuff. Then one day, I realized there are about a million and one things you can do to oatmeal that un-boring-afy it and I fell in love. These days, it’s one of my breakfasts of choice. Tea is generally my dessert of choice… With a cookie or two. But when I got the wild idea to combine oatmeal and tea, I knew it would be a brilliant decision. 

Lipton recently released new black and herbal tea varieties, as well as improved their green teas to refresh the tea experience. I had a tough time deciding which ones to try, but eventually went with the Orange Passionfruit Jasmine green tea, the Lemon Ginger herbal tea, and the Amazingly Grey black tea.

Lipton-Teas

When it came to my oatmeal, I decided to make steel cut oats. They need a little bit more time to cook than regular old fashioned oats, but if you are turned off by the mushiness of oatmeal, you might like the chewiness of steel cut oats a bit more. 

I made two batches of the oats… One with the Amazingly Grey tea and one with the Orange Passionfruit Jasmine. I brought my water to a boil and let the tea steep for a bit. I instantly picked up on the bold, unique aroma from the black tea and the light and fresh aroma from the green tea and knew I’d have two very different oatmeals on my hands.

After I removed the teabags, I added my oats and let them cook.

Tea-Oatmeal-Cooking

I stirred in a bit of milk, drizzled on a bit of honey and then topped each oatmeal with a super fun mix.

On the Amazingly Grey overnight oats, I stuck with simple bananas and blueberries. The tea reminds me of something that would be perfect to snuggle up with on a grey and rainy day and I felt like the bananas and blueberries were the perfect comfort food additions.

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On the Orange Passionfruit Jasmine oats, I went with a bit more unique combination of currants, cape gooseberries, and papaya. The green tea felt very tropical to me and I wanted to stick to that island theme.

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This tea steel cut oats makes me wonder why anyone would ever make oatmeal without tea again.

Tea Steel Cut Oats -- Oatmeal made with your tea of choice and topped with fruit | wearenotmartha.com

As is usually the case with tea, the flavor wasn’t overwhelming in the oats. It was very discrete, while still being present. 

Tea Steel Cut Oats -- Oatmeal made with your tea of choice and topped with fruit | wearenotmartha.com

You’re probably going to ask me about my favorite, right? (I know you so well!!). But I very honestly, can’t give you an answer. I loved them both in completely different ways. Like I mentioned before, the black tea oats felt like pure comfort food for a gloomy day. The green tea oats were meant to be enjoyed on a tropical island on a bright and sunny day. 

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Which makes me feel like there really is an oatmeal for every kind of day and every kind of mood. Had I made the steel cut oats with the Lemon Ginger herbal tea, that would definitely be my “I need some major comfort” oatmeal. 

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All of these tea flavors make me feel like I could eat three balanced meals of steel cut oats each day and be completely happy and satisfied. Think if I invented the steel cut oats diet, people would jump on board?

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And yes, if you’ve never had cape gooseberries, you need to try them. They’re kind of like fruitier tomatoes. And so vibrantly yellow/orange in color, too. Red currants are always fun and papaya is a favorite of mine. All I know is these are making me infinitely times more desperate to be laying on a beach somewhere. I’d have a tea cocktail in one hand and tea oatmeal in the other.

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Happy mornings that are also healthy? Now I can conveniently forget about all those cookies I ate last night. Right??? Pretty sure that’s how that works.

Which Lipton tea flavor would you use to flavor your oatmeal?

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Tea Steel Cut Oats, Two Ways
Cook your steel cut oats in tea for an extra infusion of flavor that will jumpstart your mornings. From earl grey black tea to tropical green tea with appropriate fruit toppings, your oatmeal will take on whatever flavor you desire.
Course: Breakfast
Author: We are not Martha
Ingredients
Amazingly Grey Tea Steel Cut Oats:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Lipton Amazingly Grey tea bags
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
Orange Passionfruit Jasmine Tea Steel Cut Oats:
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Lipton Orange Passionfruit Jasmine tea bags
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 cup cape gooseberries
  • 2 bunches red currants
  • 1/3 cup chopped papaya
Instructions
Tea Steel Cut Oats:
  1. Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan.
  2. Add tea bags to water and let steep for about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove tea bags and stir in steel cut oats. Lower heat to a simmer and let cook for about 20 minutes, until water is absorbed and oats are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in milk.
  5. Divide oats between bowls, drizzle honey over the top, and top with fruit.

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14 Responses to "Tea Steel Cut Oats, Two Ways"

  1. what a creative twist on oatmeal! i’ve made tea-infused granola before & loved it, so i could see tea oats being great too! 🙂

  2. this is SO creative! i love it! I love tea, especially in the winter. This week, I’m fending off a cold and sore throat and so tea has been an absolute essential! I’ll need to look for this Amazing Grey!

  3. Meghan says:

    I love tea, and this is a great idea!

  4. Pam says:

    Both ways look terrific!

  5. I need to try oatmeal for breakfast again! I used to love it as a kid, but haven’t accepted it into my adult life. This post comes at a perfect time, too, since I am getting so sick of eggs! I eat them daily….

  6. Ha! Oreos totally make a perfectly acceptable dinner… or breakfast! 😉 I use to hate oatmeal when I was younger, but I LOVE it now! Lovin’ these two varieties! Using the Lipton tea in here is a stroke of genius! I’ll take both bowls please! Cheers! 🙂

  7. I love Lipton tea! I would so try the lemon ginger in this oatmeal! Looks so delicious!

  8. I love Lipton tea, and actually tea infused oats? What a great idea, I am sorting this!

  9. Juliana says:

    These are so interesting and so creative of you Sues…I would never thought is cooking steel cut oatmeal in tea…
    Thanks for the inspiration…have a wonderful week 🙂

  10. What a seriously awesome variation on breakfast oats, Sues! I’ve never heard of oats cooked in tea before but they sound amazing, and I’m a huge fan of early grey tea so I am bound to love this! Yum yum! 😀

  11. What a creative idea! I love oatmeal and I love tea, but never would’ve thought to combine both. I would go crazy over the earl gray version.

  12. I’ve never heard of making oatmeal with tea, what an interesting idea! I’m going to have to give it a try! I also love the fact that Lipton now came out with all those new tea flavors!

  13. I so have to think about using tea as a flavoring more often! This is such a creative, and delish-sounding idea. xx

  14. We usually add whisky to our oats but this is something different for us to try ?

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