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Toasted hazelnut and chai spiced steel cut oats

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I came across this idea by accident this last weekend while we were on vacation. We were staying at my mother-in law’s place and I was making myself some oatmeal and trying to figure out what to put in it to give it some pizzazz. What I used at the time was hazelnut coffee creamer, cinnamon, cloves with some maple syrup. It’s  my new favorite oatmeal flavor! I think I have made it 4 times in the past week!

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Toasted hazelnut and chai spiced oats

1 cup steel cut oats

3/4 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup 100% maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch allspice

pinch cloves

pinch cardamom

pinch ginger

1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon earth balance butter

 

* Toast the hazelnuts with 1 teaspoon earth balance/butter on medium for abouts 10-15 minutes until lightly toasted.

* Toast the oats with 1 tablespoon of earth balance/butter for about 10 minutes until lightly toasted then cook them in water for about 10 minutes. I let them come to a boil then took them off the burner.

* Chop the toasted hazelnuts and mix in a bowl together with the spices, vanilla and maple syrup.

* In a jar put a layer of the hazelnut mixture then a layer of the  slightly watery oats, then a layer of raisins, then another layer of the hazelnut mixture.

* Let sit over night in the refrigerator and warm in the morning and eat! I would add a little coconut milk or other nondairy milk to make it extra creamy.

* Makes 1 large or 2 small servings

*This recipe can also be seen at http://www.allergyfreealaska.com/2014/06/30/gluten-free-diy-tuesday-7-1-2014/ along with many other delicious gluten free recipes.