I know this might seem like the wrong time of year for a jar of raw masala oatmeal. It's October. It is time for chili, stews, roasted root vegetables and warm oatmeal. But regardless of the month, it was 77 degrees in Chicago today. Eating this on my porch this morning felt so right. This recipe is somewhat of a collaberation. I got the idea of eating my oats uncooked from my Grammy who sprinkles them on her cereal in the morning. I started making cereal with just oats, putting it in a container and taking it to work. I noticed that when the oats set in almond or rice milk, my breakfast would take on a whole new awesome texture. When I jazzed it up with dried fruit and nuts it became pretty decadent. Recently my friend and fellow yoga teacher Katie mentioned that she was putting Masala Chai spices in her raw oats (apparently eating oats raw happens outside of my family), and my friend and co-worker Karla who also is hip to the raw oats told me she puts chia seeds in hers. So what follows is a medley of all of our oat efforts, and it is awesome. Super filling, you could probably just eat half the jar and save the rest for the next morning.
In a glass jar (this is where saving and reusing your glass nut butter jars comes in handy) combine:
~1 cup of rolled oats
~1tbs chia seeds
~1/2 tsp Garam Masala (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, black pepper, coriander)
~extra cinnamon to taste
~scant handful of raisins
~scant handful of almonds or other nuts
~large pinch of unsweetened coconut flakes
Place the lid on your jar. Roll and shake to combine spices evenly.
~After your oats and spices are all mixed up add enough milk to cover your oats, and stir in some raw organic honey.
Place in the fridge covered overnight, give it another good stir, and top with bananas: YUM!