One of my favorite treats of Fall is a warm latte on a crisp day.
Years ago, when I had first moved to the city, I frequented places like Starbucks and Argo Tea. I thought I was being ‘healthy’ grabbing a nice hot chai tea latte on the go. Back then, I had no idea how much sugar is added to most of the “pre-sweetened” powders coffee shops use! It’s true for a lot of coffee shop favorites, including Matcha green tea powders and hot cocoa. Often, they’re loaded with as many as 20 grams of sugar per serving – I was riding on a sugar high, and didn’t know it.
Today, I still have chai tea lattes on the go – but in a healthier way. I created my own go-to recipe template that I use at home. After making my own morning drink, I throw it in a Thermos to keep warm all day. Not only does it saves me the sugar rush (and inevitable crash), but it also saves my wallet. After all, daily coffee shop drinks aren’t cheap.
- 2 organic Chai Spice black tea bags
- ¼ cup water
- ¾ cup organic unsweetened nut milk of your choosing
- Cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
- Organic liquid stevia or raw honey (optional)*
- In a small pot, heat water on stove until boiling.
- Place tea bags into a mug. Pour boiling water over tea bags and cover mug with a cup, letting tea bags steep 3-5 minutes.
- While tea is steeping, return pot to stovetop. Pour nut milk into pot and warm on low heat. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or sweetener if desired.
- Remove tea bags. Pour nutmilk into mug and stir before serving.
- *Using sweetener is always a matter of personal preference, but you'll likely find you don't need to use it in this recipe. The spices of chai tea, plus the cinnamon nutmeg, make this already naturally sweet. Try it without sweetener first - you can always add it in if you wish!