There are some recipes that I come up with completely on my own. Others, I turn to inspiration from the Internet, my favorite cookbooks, places like that. But there are a handful of recipes that Andrew inspires, based on his love of buffalo sauce, peanut butter, and in this case, chai tea.
I was working on a recipe for amped-up overnight oats, and nothing was photographing well. The recipe tasted decent, but it really wasn't as bold as I wanted to make it. Andrew suggested making a chai tea flavor, and after testing out to see how the plant milk would taste after steeping the tea bag in, I knew it would be a success.
The key here is to use your hands to get the most flavor out of the tea (I'll explain in the recipe). But on the real, this recipe is so great because it can be for your weekly meal prep, or to spice up (literally) any brunch you serve to friends and family. Not to mention the little caffeine kick you get from the chai. Winner winner, chai breakfast or whatever. Let's get to making it.
Apple Chai Overnight Oats Parfait
Prep time: 10 minutes | Wait time: 5+ hours | Servings: 1
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or gluten-free rolled oats
- 1/2 cup plant milk
- 1 spiced chai tea bag
- 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds
- 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced
- Bring milk to a light boil over medium heat. Once boil is reached, turn off heat and drop in tea bag. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes, until milk cools. Before removing the tea bag, squeeze out any leftover liquid from it (this is the best way to get an intense chai flavor).
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together milk, seeds, 2 tbsp maple syrup. Let it sit for 1 minute before adding the oats. Stir oats in mixture and place bowl to the side.
- Stir diced apple, sugar and 1 tbsp maple syrup in a skillet and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, until sugar is melted. Remove from heat.
- In a mason jar or glass, alternate between oats and apple mixture every 2-3 tbsp. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 5 hours.