I woke up this morning craving oatmeal. Sort of a weird craving considering it’s going to be 120 degrees today and a hot breakfast isn’t the way to go when you’re try to stay cool! Nevertheless, that’s what I made. I created this oatmeal recipe a while ago. I was trying to think of a way to brighten up mundane ol’ oatmeal without just adding sugar. Then one day, I was making rice pudding and it hit me! Why not use the beautiful aromatics of a rice pudding to give my morning oatmeal some character? So, that’s what I did and it worked great! I will usually add rice milk and a little drizzle of agave. So, even though it heated my up a little this morning, I just cranked up the air and turned on a floor fan. Et voila! I’m nice an cool and my taste buds are satisfied!
- 2 cups water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- tsp ½ cardamom or 3 cardamom pods
- 1 cup whole oats
Add the water to a medium saucepan along with the cinnamon stick, star anise and cardamom. Bring to a boil. Note: if you are using cardamom pods, be sure to open them slightly by smashing them with a spoon, like you would to peel garlic.
Add the oatmeal and cook for 15 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon, star anise and cardamom (if you used the pods) Transfer to a serving bowl; add milk and a drizzle of agave.