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Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk

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(4.75 out of 5 stars) 4 reviews
Cinnamon Oatmeal with Almonds & Milk Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Soothes-throat, Diaphoretic, Builds-stamina
Effect: Sattvic, Prana, Ojas, Alkalizing
Meal: Breakfast
Recommended for: Autumn-Winter
Type: Grains
Style: Ayurvedic
Contains: Gluten, Non-Vegan, Lactose
Occasion: On-the-mend
Preparation: Boiled

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Warm, rustic, and nourishing, this creamy oatmeal sticks to your ribs. This warming winter breakfast will feel comforting in your tummy, while satiating your appetite all the way to lunchtime.

Easy to Digest

Oats are an ideal breakfast grain because it is easier to digest than wheat or corn. Milk is heavy for digestion. Two powerful herbs, cinnamon and cardamom, are combined with the milk to make it lighter and less mucus forming. We chose almonds to supply proteins because they are also sattvic, helping to create a spiritual state of mind.

Cereal & Milk

Most Americans who eat their morning cereal with cold milk would be shocked to discover that milk with grains is generally a bad food combination. The milk curdles almost instantly in the stomach forming a greasy, indigestible coating over the cereal grains. When cooked together, however, the mixture becomes homogeneous and more digestible.

An ancient Ayurvedic text called 'Ashtanga Hrdayam' recommends hot cereals with milk. Hot cereals with milk 'oleate' the body, making it soft and supple. A mixture of fats and carbohydrates, hot cereals with milk sweeten the blood, making it more dense. Sweet blood helps coat dry membranes with mucus, lubricating the nasal passages, lungs, and digestive tract including the colon.

Robust & Replenished

In the winter, thin, deficient Vata people have trouble keeping warm. Their naturally high metabolism burns off any stored energy. To replenish, Vata people should select a digestible breakfast that 'sticks to the ribs.' In Ayurveda, recipes that stick to the ribs build ojas, which is well-formed, well-nourished tissue.

Proteins are an important part of the alchemy in Oatmeal with Milk and Almonds. They build stamina and ojas. Vata people should start every day with adequate proteins.
Weights & measures


2 tbspAlmondsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/4 tspCardamomVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/4 tspCinnamonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1 tspGheeVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1 tspMaple SyrupVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1 cMilkVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/3 cOats / OatmealVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating


1. Soak the almonds overnight and peel them in the morning. Blend in a coffee grinder with oatmeal.

2. Place oatmeal mix and all ingredients from the list above in a pot. Use double or triple the quantity of milk depending upon level of dryness in the body. If you have difficulty digesting milk substitute almond milk instead.

3. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Lower heat to a simmer and cook until soft. Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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I have tried the recipe and it is really nice in the morning. I made it with honey instead of maple syrup. It is this ok? I have read that honey becames toxic if put it in hot food. Thanks in advance.

- Laura, Las palmas de gran canaria, 01-24-11 (Reply)
Is stevia ok to use as a sweetener for Vata?
- Rebekah Pitts, Lutz, FL, 02-25-12 (Reply)
Is there a vegan substitute for Ghee?
- Sandra, Newport beach, CA, 04-21-12 (Reply)
To Sandra, Newport beach, CA - Just in case you have not found an answer to your question: I use coconut butter in my oatmeal. You may try it :)
- Zuzana S. Kaplanova, Flint, MI, 06-30-12 (Reply)
I soak the oatmeal and add the peeled almonds when I am about to eat together with the just boiled milk (from a farm ) with cardamon and cinnamon (winter). The reason I separate the cooking is because I think the milk does not need to cook for 25/30 minutes but the soaked overnight oats do and peeled almonds are healthier raw . Coconut butter is a great addition as are go ji berries (cook them with oats so they are better digested) and mulberries (add at the final 5 minutes) . Simpler is better when your digestion is not that strong though . I have a problem with all the milk substitutes out there ... but they are better than the cow's milk we buy at the health food stores . Take care you all Dalia
- Dalia, Houston, TX, 07-08-12 (Reply)
Hi I Love this recipe!!! I also cook oatmeal( flour oatmeal) with ghee, almond milk, cinamon, anis and fennel seeds, agave syrup, chopped prunes, and sometimes I add sesame seeds! it is delish!! But probably to much for Vata???? Thanks for these amazing recipes! Greetings from Germany Isa
- Isabela, 08-27-12 (Reply)
I love this recipe and make it most mornings. It fills me up until lunch and is one of my new go to comfort foods.
- Jill, Livermore, ME, 02-06-13 (Reply)
I have oatmeal every morning, with honey, raisins, goji mixed seeds love it. shaz. wales.
- shaz, 05-30-13 (Reply)
What kind of oats should I use? Probably not quick oats, huh?
- julie, Montrose, CO, 08-31-13 (Reply)
Click on the ingredient if you wish to know more specifications. Clicking on oats reveal: Steel cut oats give the best flavor but take over 40 minutes to cook. Rolled oats are a nice compromise but stay away from instant oats. I find they lack prana and taste like paper, making me suspicious that the vitamins have degraded.
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 09-02-13 (Reply)
I look forward to this recipe each winter morning. I know that "worry thoughts" affect my whole body and of course my digestion. I am currently taking a Scheussler Nerve Tonic tissue salts remedy which is helping. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Robyn Queensland, Australia
- Robyn, 07-23-14 (Reply)
I'll try it tomorrow morning! I'll change a bit the recipie by eating almonds in thé side, not mixed in the recipie. Just boil whole oats, ghee, milk, cinnamon, Mapple syrop, and cardamom. The soaked and peeled almonds, I'll eat them as a side or maybe put them whole in thé oat meal. It is just that I don't want to mix almonds and oats with a mixer for now, just to be simpler. I look complicated for me now, but maybe try the real recipie some day later.
- Stéphanie, 02-04-15 (Reply)

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