Lets Get Cozy With My Homemade Caffeine Free Herbal Chai Latte

Chai Latte 01 Lets Get Cozy With My Homemade Caffeine Free Herbal Chai LattePhotographer Marni Wasserman

One of my favourite warming drinks this time of year is a Masala Chai Tea Latte. Not just any chai latte but my own home brew. Since I am not a fan of tea bags – as staples and strings make things so complicated and messy, and I can’t tolerate black tea (the caffeine gets to me) –this leaves me to create my own original herbal blend.

I’d like to consider myself an alchemist at times like these, playing in my kitchen coming up with different concoctions that I can infuse in some hot water and know it will always taste great! This holds truth especially when it comes to my favourite Chai blend! For starters, I use Nourish Tea’s Rooibos instead of black ceylon tea which is commonly used in most chai tea’s.  Red tea (rooibos) is from Africa – it is super high in antioxidants and caffeine free! I then put in delicious warming spices that make up the taste that is uniquely chai (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, anise peppercorns, fennel…).

Making this brew is actually really simple, especially if you have all of these spices on hand – which I typically do. Not only do I love making my own Indian spiced recipes with a selection of these spices– but they are also useful for everyday nourishment and balance. They are warming, sweet, and aid with digestion. To make the tea complete I finish it off by pouring in a non-dairy based milk, either rice or almond milk with a touch of sweetness from either honey, coconut nectar or maple syrup.

Chai Latte 02 Lets Get Cozy With My Homemade Caffeine Free Herbal Chai Latte

Once it’s done I pour this liquid goodness into the biggest mug I can find in my cupboard, sit with a big blanket – all warm and cozy and sip it slowly – ideally in front of a fire (sadly this is not always the case). Unfortunately one cup is never enough, so I make sure to make enough for at least 2 or 3 servings!

I bet you can’t wait to find out my secret chai latte recipe (I guess it won’t be a secret any more!)

Traditional Chai tea is heated over an open fire – I don’t make mine on an open fire– unless a gas stove counts? However it still tastes amazing…so find out for yourself!

For the Cozy Chai Latte

1 cup pure water

1 cup rice, or almond milk

1 cinnamon stick

4 pieces of cloves

1/3 inch fresh ginger root, sliced

3 pieces whole peppercorns

1/3 tsp whole fennel seeds or anise

½ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp whole cardamom seeds

2 tsp. rooibos tea

1 tsp of either Honey, Maple Syrup or coconut nectar to sweeten.

1. Simmer all spices in 1 cup of pure water in a covered pot for 30 minutes.
1. Add the “milk” and bring to a soft boil.
1. Reduce the heat and simmer for additional 5 minutes.
1. Remove from heat, cool slightly to comfortable drinking temperature and strain through a small mesh sieve and serve in a Bodum Glass Cup or mug with your sweetener of choice.

  • http://twitter.com/natureinsider Nadia

    The chai latte sounds really good.
    I’m not used in adding milk to my chai, but will definitely give it a try :)

  • Marni

    Almond Milk is the best and creamiest option – as traditional chai uses “real whole milk” that is not an option for me and love using almond milk! Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes?

  • Rawfood Rawguru

    There is little else as comforting and delicious as home made chai during this time of year!! I love the way it makes the house smell too and the aromatherapy lasts all day!

  • http://twitter.com/natureinsider Nadia

    I was used to the usual russian tea – no milk & no sugar, so adding milk to my cup of tea was never an option.

    Still, I love this one! I’m drinking it right now and it’s delicious! Although I changed it a little bit, because I don’t have all the ingredients and added some others :)

    P.S. and the house smells amazing!

  • Elizabeth

    That sounds wonderful. I am excited to make a batch!
    Peace & Raw Health,

  • diann

    How may cups can you actually get out of this before you have to compost it? I would think at least 3.

  • diann

    How may cups can you actually get out of this before you have to compost it? I would think at least 3.

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