Dishing Up the Dirt

Chai Spiced Winter Porridge

As our chores at the farm slowly pick up breakfast is living up to its reputation as “the most important meal of the day.” We’re trying to learn from past mistakes (fueling up on coffee only) and attempting to get enough nourishment in the morning so we can avoid mid afternoon crashes.

Breakfast is definitely a challenge for me during the farm season and doesn’t excite me quite as much as dinner does. I love coming in from the fields at the end of the day, stripping out of my farm clothes, pouring a glass of wine and slowly getting into a rhythm of preparing a nourishing dinner for us. With that being said, I’m going to challenge myself to create more make-ahead breakfast so we can get out the door and into the fields fueled and energized.

This porridge was such a nice change of pace from our usual smoothies. We loved the added spice from my chai spiced pecans, and the crunch from the pomegranates is absolutely lovely. This is the kind of breakfast I fantasize about while I’m still lying in bed at night. Food like this makes early mornings a lot more enjoyable.

I hope you all love this hearty porridge as much as we do. This is definitely not a “strict” recipe. Use whatever grains you have on hand- oats, wheat bran, amaranth, etc. As always have fun in the kitchen and add as many toppings as you fancy. The combination of the warming spices and pomegranate is what makes this breakfast extra delicious. Pour a cup of coffee and dig in!

Chai Spiced Winter Porridge

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 10 minutes    Serves: 2

  • 2/3 cup oat bran (or grain of choice)
  • 2 cups water (adjust water amount to the specific grain you use)
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup chai spiced pecans 
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 ripe banana, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons hemp seeds
  • milk for topping (plant or dairy works fine)


  1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add the oat bran, cover and simmer on low until cooked. About 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the spices, almond butter, vanilla and maple syrup.
  2. Divide the porridge between bowls and top with pecans, pomegranate seeds, banana, hemp seeds and a drizzle of milk. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.


*I cook with a taste and feel method. Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Have fun in the kitchen.

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5 thoughts on “Chai Spiced Winter Porridge

  1. Francesca says:

    I love your asteriked notes – use as a guide, always have fun<3

  2. Um anything chai spiced is declious. Period. End of story.

  3. Adrian says:

    The recipe is great, but can everyone stop calling it “chai spiced”? chai literally means tea, so “chai spiced” means tea flavoured 😛

    1. Andrea says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! And exactly, this is “chai spiced” porridge (aka “tea flavored” porridge).

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