Calming Homemade Cinnamon Chai Latte
As much as I love summer, I really do relish the cold weather...at least for a little while. There is just something so comforting and relaxing about curling up on the couch or in bed with a warm blanket, a cozy sweater, a good book (or new netflix series) and a big frothy chai tea latte.
While I absolutely love coffee today, tea will always be my first beverage of choice (second to water obviously). With all of my travels around the world I always love checking out local tea and spice markets, and always come home with some new varieties to add to my constantly growing tea collection.
After learning more about the quality sourcing of tea, and how various flavored teas are made, I realized that I wanted to start dabbling in making my own flavored teas with really high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients that I could feel good about.
Tea is so good for our bodies, and is filled with many antioxidants, which makes it such an amazing beverage to opt for...but it still is important to make sure that your tea is coming from good sources.
One of my favorite ways to source my tea and spices for making my own tea drinks is to check out a local health food store and see what they have to offer in the bulk food section. I also love brands like Little Red Cup, Equal Exchange, and Mountain Rose Herbs for sourcing high quality tea.
So this year after looking longingly at various specialty coffee shop menus, only to always hear that the chai latte's are "made with a pre-made mixture that contains milk and loads of sugar" I realized that I needed to learn how to make a delicious dairy-free chai latte all on my own. The end result was absolutely decadent with the perfect amount of spice and sweetness, and the perfect addition to my cozy winter nighttime routine.
Note: This latte absolutely does not have to be dairy free if you can and do consume dairy products, but for me I cannot digest milk, so dairy free it is!
calming homemade cinnamon chai latte
1/8 tsp ginger powder
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp raw local honey
2 tbs loose leaf rooibos tea or decaf black tea
1 cup water
Optional for Whipped Topping: 1 can full-fat canned coconut milk
Boil water and allow tea to steep for 2-3 minutes.
Add steeped tea to a small saucepan and add spices, almond milk, and honey.
Whisk mixture until well combined.
At this point you can pour your latte into a mug and enjoy, but for an even frothier version I recommend adding the combined latte mixture to a blender and blend on high for a few minutes.
Optional: For a whipped topping, take the thick cream from a full-fat can of coconut milk, and whip with a hand mixture, or whisk. Top latte with whipped coconut cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon, or garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.