Chinese five-spice is generally composed of cinnamon, cloves, star anise, fennel seed, and either Sichuan peppercorns (savory) or ginger (sweeter). Cinnamon is a warming spice, and in Ayurvedic medicine is considered especially effective for strengthening and enhancing circulation. Ginger is an invigorating spice, particularly useful for assisting in proper digestion. Traditionally this mixture is used as a rub for meats and poultry, and in certain sauces; but it lends itself to a variety of inventive uses, from spicing the topping of a fruit crumble to sprinkling on a caramel flan to adding intrigue to a cheese omelet. Here, it brings an exotic touch to Irish oatmeal, elevating it from simple morning fuel to elegant breakfast.
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Maple & Spice Irish Oatmeal with Fruit
- Bring water to boil in small saucepan. Add oatmeal and five spice, stir well, and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 3–5 minutes, stirring often, until creamy but not set.
- Combine banana, raspberries, and syrup in small bowl. Stir into cooked oatmeal. Divide between two bowls and serve.
- Calories 240
- Carbohydrate Content 49 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 3 g
- Fiber Content 6 g
- Protein Content 5 g
- Saturated Fat Content 0 g
- Sodium Content 75 mg
- Sugar Content 14 g