I have a thing for chai, and this spiced coconut chai tea certainly hits the spot! My mum has been making and selling her own tea blends for many years, and I’ve gotten used to having great tea around the house.
Having worked for her for three years in her naturopathic clinic, I was drinking, making, selling and serving tea almost every day. I loved the smells that I would get from mixing different herbs and spices.
One thing that I never experimented with myself was making a spicy, rich, black tea based chai. She crafts the most delicious dandelion chai as well as a turmeric chai (I normally really don’t like turmeric chai when I have it out, but hers is pretty darn amazing). So, I set out on a mission to make a chai tea that would be bold, flavourful, with a bit of spice and also healthy.
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Which milks can be used in this recipe?
I liked the idea of using coconut milk in it as it gives it some extra depth. You can, of course, use any milk you like. Cashew, oat or even hemp milk would be lovely as well. I personally like coconut milk because it’s creamy, yet mild enough to be disguised underneath the flavours of the spices.
One thing to keep in mind is that after a few minutes of the chai being served, the milk will split in the chai. This happens with the milk that I have used. However…I have learned a new method that if you pour in a tablespoon of cold water, so that the liquid isn’t boiling anymore, and pour the milk in slowly, it won’t split! A nice little trick.
The only milk that I know that will hold it’s own regardless of how it’s used (and that is rubbish-free) is Bonsoy. This is the only soy milk that we use in the house. Michael loves it nice and frothy in his coffee in the morning. Totally up to you what you want to use.
Where to buy spices at a good price
I like to buy all my dried herbs and spices at the local bulk food store. They work out way cheaper than buying in the supermarket or health food stores in small packets or glass jars. This is just one great way to reduce your waste. Take your own jar and get just as much as you need!
The other alternative is your local Indian grocer. They will have larger bags of spices at a good price.
I have another great recipe for a chai tea, which is just not as creamy as this one. Try out my Cinnamon & Vanilla Chai Tea that is silky smooth.
A healthier alternative to the store-bought powders and syrups
Unlike the chai blends that you’ll find on the supermarket shelves and the syrups that they’ll serve you at your local cafe, this coconut chai tea is a much healthier alternative. Not only does it taste better, but it isn’t filled with sugar, fillers, numbers, and preservatives.
Not only that, most of them aren’t even vegan.
The thing that I like most about making this chai is that I can easily see it become a ritual in my home. First thing in the morning, make a fresh batch of chai to get the day started. Takes longer to make than just an instant drink, but I think it’s well worth it!
Even if it’s something that you do only on the weekend, enjoy the process of this deliciousness.