Coconut Milk Chai Tea Latte

IMG_1491I love chai tea lattes.  Since milk and I are incompatible, until recently they were just a happy memory.  But many non-Starbucks coffee houses now offer milk alternatives like almond milk.  So for those occasions when I wanted a treat, I could get an almond milk chai latte.  However I am not a fan of processed almond milk because it contains Carrageenan.  The manufacturers say its a food additive naturally extracted from seaweed, used as a stablilizer and approved for use by the FDA.  Well we all know that if the FDA says its safe, that must be true (just like everything you read on the internet…).

Although I think homemade almond milk is terrific, and easy to make with a little advance prep, I would much rather get the wonderful benefits of coconut milk.  So far I have found one coffee house in my neighborhood that offers coconut milk.  However, they dilute it with regular milk!  I asked (nicely of course!) why that made sense since people looking for alternatives are usually trying to avoid milk, but they didn’t have a good answer for me.

The other issue with chai tea lattes at a coffeehouse is that the concentrates usually contain a lot of sugar.  I love Rishi teas and their Organic Masala Chai concentrate is made with organic dried cane syrup, but it’s a whopping 19g of sugar per 1/2 cup serving.  And since I don’t eat a lot of sugar it actually tastes too sweet to me.

IMG_1486How hard could it be to make it myself at home?  Not very!   I did a search for coconut milk chai tea latte and found an easy recipe.  I don’t have an immersion blender but I bought an inexpensive milk frother and a stainless steel milk frothing pitcher.  I wanted a really good quality non-caffeinated chai blend and found Firefly Chai at Mountain Rose Herbs (where they have lots of wonderful organic teas).

Once all my ingredients arrived, this latte was super easy to make and tasted rich and creamy.

  • 1 chai tea bag or loose leaf of choice (I used a tablespoon of Firefly Chai)
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • honey, maple syrup or sweetner of choice (I used a drop of stevia)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  1. Pour the boiling water over the tea (I used my keurig and a steeping tea pot) and let it steep 5 minutes.
  2. While the tea is steeping, heat the coconut milk in a sauce pan until it starts to simmer.
  3. Pour the coconut milk into the frothing pitcher (or a glass measuring cup or mason jar) and froth (this is pretty fun).
  4. Pour the tea into your favorite mug (mine with the L was a gift from my goddaughter), sweeten to taste.
  5. Gently pour the frothed coconut milk over the tea.  Garnish with cinnamon if you like.

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Settle back and enjoy while you write your gratitude list for the day!

I am grateful each day for wellness, happiness and the opportunity to share with you.