Frothy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Chai tea recipe - Dr. Axe

Chai or chai tea is a popular drink in India where this delicious hot beverage is often made by boiling tea leaves with milk and adding sugar and spices. My chai tea recipe is a bit of a twist because instead of whole cow’s milk, we’re using coconut milk, instead of refined white sugar, we’re using honey or maple syrup and instead of including tea, we’re keeping this chai caffeine-free (yet ready for the addition of tea if you’d like; traditionally, chai includes black tea).

This chai tea recipe is so tasty. Rather than being filled with toxic chemicals and artificial sweeteners and flavors, this drink is loaded with chai tea benefits thanks to its antioxidants, real spices and zero refined sugars. It’s easy to make and extremely delicious. So, go on, give this hot, creamy, fragrant beverage a try.


What is Chai?

Chai tea, chai latte, chai tea latte — no matter what you call it, chai is a popular beverage these days. Tea lattes are a variation on caffè lattes. Like caffè lattes, they are typically made with steamed milk, but instead of including coffee or espresso, a tea latte is made with tea. However, this chai tea latte recipe is caffeine-free so you don’t have to worry at all about an unpleasant caffeine overdose.

Chai tea recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

So what is chai? “Chai” is the Hindi word for “tea,” which was derived from “cha,” which is the Chinese word for “tea.” So what is chai tea? It’s essentially “tea tea” that is made customarily in India, where it’s commonly called masala chai. The spices that go into chai can vary from region to region or even household to household just like garam masala. Some of the spices most commonly included in a chai include cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and black peppercorn. (1)

So wait, does chai tea have caffeine? How much caffeine does chai tea have? Chai tea only has caffeine if a caffeine-source is included in its making. Typically, it does include caffeinated black tea, but it doesn’t have to. As I said, this chai recipe is completely free of caffeine, which makes it a great choice for kids as well as adults!


Chai Tea Nutrition Facts

One serving of this chai tea recipe contains about: (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

  • 156 calories
  • 3 grams protein
  • 12 grams fat
  • 15 grams carbohydrates
  • 1 gram fiber
  • 11.2 grams sugar
  • 12 milligrams sodium
  • 1.9 milligrams iron (11 percent DV)
  • 193 milligrams potassium (5.5 percent DV)
  • 7 milligrams magnesium (2 percent DV)

The benefits of chai tea comes from its many health-boosting ingredients. For example, all of the spices are loaded with antioxidants, which are known to play an important role in the prevention of so many chronic diseases. (11)

Want to know more about chai tea benefits? Check out my previous article: Is Chai Tea Good for You? Chai Tea Benefits & Recipes.


How to Make This Chai Tea Recipe

Chai tea recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

How to make chai tea is really quick and simple. Basically, all you have to do is heat up the milk and then combine all of the ingredients in a blender. The same goes for chai lattes that include black tea. Simply steep the tea and add to the blender.

The first step in this recipe is to put the coconut milk into a small pot and warm it up over medium heat.

Chai tea recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Add the warmed coconut milk to a high-powered blender.

Chai tea recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

Add the honey or maple syrup.

Chai tea recipe step 4 - Dr. Axe

Add the date and spices to the blender.

Chai tea recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

Blend on high until well combined.

Chai tea recipe - Dr. Axe

Pour and enjoy. Your chai is complete!

Chai tea recipe - Dr. Axe


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Frothy Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Total Time: 8–10 minutes
Serves: 2–3

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 date, pitted
  • ½–1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:

  1. In a small pot, over medium heat, warm the coconut milk.
  2. Add the warmed coconut milk to a high-powered blender.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend on high until well combined.
  4. Pour and enjoy!
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12 Comments

  1. Halleli on

    I’m so excited to try this!!! I’ve loved Chai ever since I had it made fresh for me in India! And I’ve always wanted a healthy version of it! (Not the American over sweet version of it that they have at “popular chain coffee shops” that will remain nameless… ;)

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  2. Nathalie on

    Oh my God. I love all the ingredients in this recipe. Being a coffee junky, cant wait to give this a try.
    Thx for sharing. L♡ve your page!

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  3. Amber Bridge on

    I cant wait to try this. I am a huge herbal tea drinker, i haven’t had coffee since i got pregnant. Can i add another date instead of using a sweetener such as the honey or syrup? I am currently pregnant (in my 3rd trimester) and my midwife said dates are good to consume to help with labor…

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  4. Julie on

    I make a very similar latte – tumeric latte – which has a taste which grows on you. I add all the spices into either coconut or almond milk and heat up. I add some honey or maple syrup on serving. It’s my night-cap drink and helps me to get to sleep.

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  5. Dorothy Brummer on

    2 questions:

    When you say coconut milk are you talking about the cans?

    You use a lot of almond flour. I’m allergic to almonds. What can I use in place of it?

    Thank you

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  6. Mary on

    Writing this as my husband and I enjoy hot mugs of this wonderful chai! I increased the cardamom and ginger to 1/2 tsp each, added 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (it adds a depth and a warmth that will surprise you —you don’t even realize it’s pepper), and about 12 fennel seeds as many chai recipes call for fennel or star anise…and fennel is what I have on hand. I heated a 13 oz can of lite coconut milk, put that with the date and spices in the vitamix and — out came this incredible chai! It didn’t need any extra sweetener to our taste. This will be our go-to recipe from now on. Thank you, Dr. Axe!

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  7. Molly Whitman on

    If I wanted to make a larger batch of the spice mix, what would the measurements look like? And then how much would I use of that for individual use?

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