Creamy Chai Oatmeal with Zucchini and Sweet Potato

I woke up this morning starving. Rolled over in bed, pulled on my wooly sweater and realised I'd given away the loaf of bread I made yesterday.  

Damn me and my perpetual kindness.
Ha ha.

Backup plan? Oatmeal.
I turned on this.

 And then this. 

With rolled oats and milk, leftover chai tea, shredded raw zucchini and sweet potato and lotsa maple syrup, I created oatmeal.

5 minutes later - its short life was over.

And now? I'm going to finish this recipe and curl up in my sleeping bag on the couch and read this - a seriously fantastic adventure novel that's incredibly readable. And free.

Happy Saturday!
Amanda xx

Creamy Chai Oatmeal with Zucchini 
and Sweet Potato
serves 1-2

The veggies in here cook down into the oatmeal, leaving only hints of green and orange within your bowl. Zucchini and sweet potato are excellent companions of chai flavourings (think - cake, or scones) and are more than just added nutrition here - I think they actually enhance the flavour. Give it a go.

The time
5 minutes

The ingredients
2/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup milk (or substitute your favourite cookable non-dairy milk)
2/3 cup leftover (or freshly brewed) chai tea
1/4 cup finely shredded raw zucchini
2 Tbs finely shredded raw sweet potato
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 pinch sea salt

maple syrup and milk, to serve

*Try to use organic if you can!

The process
Put the oats, milk, tea, zucchini everything into a pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and (stirring pretty regularly) cook till the oats are soft and the liquid is mostly absorbed. Serve with cold milk and a hearty drizzle of maple syrup. Share if you like. (I didn't.)

The cost
I always save my extra brewed chai (and other) teas in jars in the fridge for occasions like this. Tea's a great flavour enhancer in baking, and who wants to waste the good stuff? 

This organic oatmeal costs ~$1 a serve. With a free book? You've made money.


  1. yum. i am sitting by the open door, freezing. the sun was coming in but now there is only draft. i can't bring myself to close it so instead i keep adding woollens to keep warm. chai oatmeal would do the trick.

  2. Thanks Sarah for that beautiful image! Maybe you had some hot oatmeal delivered to your chair by the door? :)

  3. Well, Amanda, I never would have considered putting those ingredients together. I would LOVE to use them to make muffins or a cake. But I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions for how to make an oaty zucchini/sweet potato/chai cake?

  4. Awesome!
    Very wonderful of you and look at what we get to try ; )

  5. Lauren - well ... I'll have to come up with something for you, shall I?

    And awildflowergirl, thank you thank you for that little affirmation :)

  6. I've never in my life heard of Busby Marou, but that's the best version of Girls Just Want to Have Fun I've ever heard. So glad you helped me discover this band! Are they very popular in Australia?

  7. @Cheryl They're indie, so popular in the 'cool' circles ... explaining why you like them so much :)

    But I follow Triple JJJ's Like a Version series to find these new artists. And awesome renditions of fave songs!

  8. @phyllis grant Thank you, Phyllis! Check out the other Like a Version albums ... one of my faves is vol. 1! You can't go past an indie acoustic version of 'Milkshake' :)


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