Recipe: Earl Grey Oatmeal

October 21st, 2009 - filed under: The Food » Recipes


One of my most favorite things about fall is the food! Warm and hearty and oh-so comforting, autumn is all about hot soup and crusty bread for dinner, and porridge with a steaming drink in the morning.

This recipe marries two of my greatest culinary pleasures: hot cereal and hot tea. I used Earl Grey because I was drinking a ton of it at the time, but i’d imagine all sorts of teas would work – from blacks to reds to herbal blends. You know what I always say, ‘Be creative, and have fun with it!’

Earl Grey Oatmeal For One

1 cup water
1 tea bag, Earl Grey (decaf optional) or other
1/2 cup standard stovetop (non-instant) rolled oats

Assorted toppings, like brown sugar or maple syrup, alt milk of choice, walnuts or pecans, raisins, etc.


In a small sauce pan, bring the water to boiling. Remove from heat and drop in the tea bag, allowing to steep for 5 minutes or more (you want it good and strong). Remove tea bag and bring back to a boil. add the oatmeal, reduce heat, and simmer until thickened and ready, about 3-5 minutes. Top with your favorite alt milk and sweetener (I like hazelnut milk and real maple syrup these days) and other accoutrements of choice.

Enjoy with tea and your favorite fluffy slippers!



  • Homegrown Texan

    Mmmm…I’m not a big Earl Grey fan, but I do love my tea, especially when the weather turns cooler (will it ever happen here in Phoenix? When, oh when will I make my move to Oregon happen?). I’m thinking a good breakfast tea or even a lapsang souchong would be nice. Or I might have to surprise my son with a spiced chai oatmeal rendition. Great, it’s time for bed and now I’m hungry. Mmmmmmmm.

  • J

    So going to try this! I’ve never heard of oatmeal with tea, but it’s genius, and I love everything about oatmeal – cheap, healthy, filling.

  • karmalily

    Thanks for posting this!! It was delicious. I followed your recipe exactly except I added a tiny hint of vanilla. The only think I love more than tea is being able to incorporate it into the food I eat. :)

  • Thursday’ s Child

    This sounds like a delicious idea; I can’t wait to try it!

    Just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and have to say its one of my new faves!

  • Christa

    MMmmm, I will so be trying this out soon! Why had I not thought of it before?

  • Sayward

    @ Homegrown Texan – Lapsang would be interesting, the smokiness could be great if it weren’t too overpowering. Chai sounds AMAZING. I’ll probably need to try that . . . soon.

    @ J – Oatmeal is breakfast perfection, for all the reasons you stated. Hope you like the recipe!

    @ karmalily – Vanilla – genius! And so fast, wow. Glad you liked it!

    @ Thursday’s Child – Aw thank you, and welcome!

    @ Christa – Yeah I’m surprised I hadn’t seen it before. It’s such a perfect union. =)

  • Chris

    This is a great idea! Chai as a medium seems to be quite common here, but you’re right that other teas should be experimented with.

    Like Karmalily, I love adding vanilla to my oats. I’m attempting a no sugar diet, so my oats require lots of vanilla (pure bean powder), homemade hazelnut milk (again, with vanilla!), and lots of cinnamon, too. Sayward, do you make your own milk?

    I also must say that another morning favorite of mine–when I want a raw breakfast–is chia pudding, which is just chia seeds, hazelnut milk, and spices. Love it. Fabulous texture.

    When/if you travel to Seattle, have you been to Remedy Teas on Capitol Hill?

  • Susan

    I made this for breakfast, with vanilla chai loose leaf instead of earl grey. This was so tasty!
    It tasted especially yummy with apple slices added in.

  • Sayward

    @ Chris – I don’t make my own milks yet, but that is definitely on my list of projects to try. I know it’s relatively easy and I know how it’s done, I just need to get around to *doing* it, ha! Always something that takes priority, right? Never enough hours in the day . . .

    I haven’t been to Remedy Teas but I go to Seattle a few times a year – I’ll check it out next time I’m there. Thanks!

    @ Susan – Mmm, that sounds great (I’m really going to have to try the Chai, and soon). And I love fresh fruit in my oatmeal. =)

  • Katie

    This is such an awesome idea! I tried it the other day, and now i really excited to try it with chai :) I noticed your lovely tea cup in the pictures, i have one with a K on it. By any chance did you buy it at anthropology?

  • Sayward

    @ Katie – I’m so glad you liked the recipe. =) And yup, the cup was a gift but I’m almost certain it’s from Anthropology.

  • J

    My favorite oatmeal recipe involves steel cutoats. Heat 2/3rds cup water + 1/3rd cup undiluted coconut milk; add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder. Stir at boiling until dissolved. Add 1/4th cup steel oats; boil for five minutes. Stir constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook the remaining water out. This isn’t a liquid oatmeal; it’s more solid. Serve with fresh fruit, like strawberries.

  • Sayward

    @ J – I love steel cut oats, and that recipe sounds amazing! I’ve never done cocoa in my oats, but I’ll definitely be giving it a try! =D

  • cat

    I’m about ready to start experimenting with steel cut oats in the slow cooker, and I have an awesome earl grey from TeaGschwender that I want to try this out with… I remembered seeing it this brilliant idea somewhere, and it was from you! Thanks!