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Recipe for Chai Spiced Polenta Warm Breakfast Cereal

Oatmeal Alternative: Chai Spiced Polenta

Sometimes warm oatmeal seems too heavy and mundane when it comes to a Spring weekend breakfast or brunch. I like to mix it up and make some polenta and adding spices used in chai tea make it seems extra special – not to mention tasty.

Polenta is cornmeal (I've heard it called "Italian grits"); it is a low fat food and full of potassium. Plus a half cup contains 5 grams of fiber, as well as 5 grams of protein. Cardamom, is one of my favorite spices and I like any excuse to use it. It is good for digestion and might just help spice up your sex life too, due to its aphrodisiac qualities, although they have yet to be proven.

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Chai Spiced Polenta

Chai Spiced Polenta

Chai Spiced Polenta


  1. 4 cup low fat milk
  2. 3 tablespoons amber agave nectar (or 1/4 cup honey)
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoons ground cardamom
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  7. 3/4 cup polenta


  1. Bring milk, honey, spices salt to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid burning the milk.
  2. Pour polenta slowly into milk, while whisking the liquid briskly.
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Serve warm. I like to top it with mango or strawberries or both.

Serves 4

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kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Okay, I've now made this (found cardamom on the cheap by getting it in the bulk food section) several times. It is TO DIE FOR!!! I add a vanilla bean to the milk and let start to simmer before adding in the other spices. I also use just a tad less ginger. If you haven't made this yet - you need to! :drool:
Food Food 9 years
That recipe sounds pretty good, but the photo is amazing!!! if it tastes as good as it looks, I'm in!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Well I was going to make this but cardamom is pretty spendy. Anyone have a substitute idea? Could I just omit it?
nancita nancita 9 years
That looks delicious! I never thought of eating polenta for breakfast but it sounds like a great idea, but you had me at "chai spiced."
pinkmermaid23 pinkmermaid23 9 years
awesome! I was just thinking about something new to try for breakfast!
michlny michlny 9 years
interesting. is polenta as healthy as steel cut oats?
renaimarie renaimarie 9 years
This sounds AMAZING
elle86 elle86 9 years
looks yummy....
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sounds good!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never had it...
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
That sounds amazing! I'm going to have to try it!
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
hmm...not sure about this one but i will add it to the drawer..
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Sounds really yummy. I will add that if you don't want lumpy polenta, stir it constantly or you will definitely get lumps! I remember eating grits as a kid and having them with salt and pepper and a little butter on them.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
So sorry that I forgot to mention how much polenta :) 3/4 cup polenta and it is in the recipe now. You can find polenta in the Italian section of your grocery store or in bulk bins as well. Sometimes it is kept with dry goods like flour. Just had some leftovers for breakfast - just add a little extra milk and heat up microwave.
Kellyim Kellyim 9 years
This sounds amazing. Please tell us how much polenta to use. Thanks!
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 9 years
how much polenta goes into it? also, where can we buy polenta?
kia kia 9 years
Mmmmm, this sounds good. Breakfast polenta makes sense.
littlegirllost littlegirllost 9 years
Sounds interesting, but how much polenta do we use it in? Haha.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
fit, that sounds delish :)
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