Growing up, it was a tradition to drink black tea after large family dinners. Orange pekoe or earl grey would be served, and when I was little, my grandma would give me a teacup filled with a little bit of tea and a lot of milk – she called it “pearl tea.”
I felt so fancy and grown up with my pudgy fingers curled around a cup of pearl tea.
Now that I’m older, I don’t often drink black tea (mainly because I like to drink multiple cups!), and instead reach for herbal or oolong teas. But whenever I do drink a cup of earl grey tea, I still feel fancy and grown up.
I love the flavour of black tea, particularly earl grey tea with bold bergamot flavour. In an homage to earl grey tea, I decided to add it to oatmeal!
Earl Grey Oatmeal is special because its flavour really does taste like tea. I used this double bergamot earl grey tea, which, true to its name, really does have double the spicy, citrusy, oil of bergamot flavour. If you’re a bergamot fiend like me, definitely give it a try!
To make Earl Grey Oatmeal we are essentially doing two steps:
- brewing earl grey tea
- using the tea as the base for our oatmeal
To simplify things, we’ll brew the tea on the stovetop, in the same pot that we make the oatmeal. Then, the oatmeal is stirred into the milky tea, and while the oatmeal bubbles, it soaks up all that bergamot yumminess.
To serve, add a big splash of milk, a drizzle of honey, and plenty of juicy blackberries.
Earl Grey Oatmeal is special because its flavour really does taste like tea. I've used double bergamot earl grey tea for even more citrusy, bergamot flavour!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup milk, plus more to serve
- 2 earl grey tea bags (I used Stash Double Bergamot - see note below)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp honey, plus more to serve
- fresh blackberries, to serve
In a medium-size pot, add water and milk and bring just to a simmer. Remove pot from the heat, add tea bags, and let tea steep for 10 minutes.
Return the pot to the element, add the rolled oats, and again bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Let simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes, or until the oats begin to soften and the liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1 tablespoon honey.
Portion into two bowls and splash with milk, another drizzle of honey, and blackberries.
For extra bergamot flavour, try Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey Tea!