Ojas-Increasing Oatmeal Recipe

healthy oatmeal recipeOjas, according to Ayurveda, is the biological energy that is responsible for our energy, vitality, longevity, immunity, softness and glow. During the fall and winter seasons, Vata tends to increase, depleting Ojas in the body and leaving one fatigued, unmotivated, dried out and prone to sickness.  If you are suffering from feelings of depletion, this recipe is a great way to start to regain your vitality for the fall and winter to come.

Read more on “How to Increase Ojas”.

This particular Ayurvedic recipe is extremely nourishing, sustaining and perfect for these chilly mornings.  This oatmeal recipe really calms the nervous system and soothes the soul.  Besides increasing one’s energy, immunity and vitality; this nutritious recipe is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and loaded with healing properties.  This meal is high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese and copper.  It is anti-inflammatory by nature while lowering cholesterol levels, reducing your risk for heart disease, balancing blood sugar levels and reducing your risk for obesity.

Click here for a printable copy of our Ojas Oatmeal recipe!
  • Doshic effect: Vata ↓,Pitta ↓, Kapha
  • Serving: 2
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Medium sauce pan
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Measuring cups
  • 3 c water
  • 1 c steel cut oats (can be replaced or mixed with buckwheat groats)
  • 10-15 raisins
  • 2 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 dried figs, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp tahini or almond butter
  • 1 tsp ghee (can be replaced with coconut oil)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • Pinch of ginger
  • Pinch of clove
  • Honey to taste

NOTE: All of the spices mentioned can be replaced with 1.5 tsp of my Ayurvedic Breakfast Spices.


  1. Boil the water then reduce the heat to low. Add the steel cut oats, raisins, chopped dates, and chopped figs.
  1. Cook the oats, covered (leaving a slight crack to avoid overflow), for 30 minutes over low heat.
  1. Remove from heat and add the spices, coconut, tahini and ghee. Stir until everything is evenly mixed.
  1. Once the cooked oats are cooled a bit, add the honey to taste. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon if desired.
  1. Eat, enjoy and energize!
Click here for a printable copy of our Ojas Oatmeal recipe!

Although this is a nourishing healing recipe, I do not recommend this dish for anyone with increased toxins in the system.  It is best to remove the toxins before increasing Ojas or eating heavy, unctuous meals such as this.  Please read my article “Do you have Toxins in your System?” to find out if this recipe is right for you.

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  1. Goldie July 26, 2015 at 7:02 pm #

    How can I print this recipe from this page?

    • Danielle July 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm #

      Hi Goldie! Thank you so much for your interest. I have sent you a pdf copy of this recipe to your email account that you have provided. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Thank you again! Namaste, Danielle

  2. Frasier Linde May 6, 2016 at 9:30 pm #

    I thought it was an Ayurvedic no-no to combine fruits with other foods…

    • Danielle May 7, 2016 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Frasier! Thank you for your comment. I actually get asked this question often, so I am sure others out there are also wondering. Fruit is definitely meant to be eaten on its own, as it is one of the main food combining rules in Ayurveda. However, raisins and dates cooked into a meal, is considered an exception to this rule. So now you are probably left wondering why? I know I had this same question during my schooling. Unfortunately, not everything has a definitive answer. There is actually a Sanskrit word for this called “Prabhav”, meaning a special quality or action a substance possesses. Often these special actions are left unexplained. And as one of the many famous quotes from Dr. Lad, “it is so”. So this is the best answer I can provide for you.

      Of course, I have come across individuals with extremely sensitive digestion, and they felt better not adding even raisins or dates to their meals. So if for any reason, you feel like it is not beneficial for you to mix these substances in one meal, then by all means listen to your body!

      Thanks again for your inquiry!


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