Spiced Oatmeal

My Ayurvedic Kitchen | Breakfast | Spiced Oatmeal

Some mornings I crave a warm, sweet-ish breakfast and oatmeal usually hits the spot. I grew up cooking my oatmeal in milk, so when I moved to the United States and saw that everyone cooked their oatmeal with water and in the microwave… it just seemed blasphemous! Cooking oatmeal in milk allows the grain to absorb the milk, making it soft and mushy and easier to digest. The dairy element also helps to keep me full until lunchtime. 

I often make spiced oatmeal for my kids - although they don’t like cardamom or nutmeg, I just add cinnamon for a warming touch. They love oatmeal so much that I send it as a school lunch, and I think oatmeal is more nourishing than a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s quick and easy to throw together in the morning, and it fuels them through the afternoon.

You can certainly opt out of the spices that don’t appeal to you, or play around with the quantities to find the version that works best for you. I do encourage you to try all of them first and see how the flavors come together in this super simple breakfast meal. This is especially a great breakfast in the Fall and Winter seasons, as it will warm up your insides and keep your agni (digestive fire) working optimally through the cold months.


Spiced Oatmeal


  • 1 cup organic quick oatmeal
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom (powdered)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp natural vanilla essence
  • 2 tsp ghee
  • Maple syrup or coconut sugar to sweeten (as per your taste)


  1. Put all ingredients in a pot and allow to come to a simmer on medium-low heat.
  2. Cook until the oatmeal is very soft, stirring occasionally. If the oatmeal dries up before the desired doneness, add a little more water and continue cooking.
  3. Serve warm.
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Ayurvedic lesson

  • Dairy and sugar are aggravating to Kapha so they must be eaten sparingly to keep in balance.

  • Ghee stimulates agni (digestive fire) and can be beneficial to Kapha in small quantities.


Use less milk and more water to cook the oatmeal (1 cup milk and 1 ½ cups water). Use 1 tsp ghee and skip the sugar, or just drizzle a touch of maple syrup before eating.