Almond Milk Chai Latte

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

For years, I had a very routine “breakfast” that I would pick up on my way to work: a double tall soy latte at 110 degrees. (I know, I was one of those coffee-orderers). These days, I’ve swapped my beverage breakfast for a real one, my expensive coffee for tea, and my soy milk for almond milk.

Although I now work from home, I still love to get a quick start in the morning. Which is why I’m so excited about this recipe – this latte is SO simple and is made up of ingredients from my spice drawer which makes me wonder how I ever got into the $5-a-day coffee habit to begin with.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

If you’ve read this blog for long, you know that Almond Breeze is my go-to almond milk. (We’ve been drinking it for years, long before we were taking pictures of it). This year we’re partnering with them on a series of “Grab & Go” posts. I know so many of you are always looking for recipes to take to work so each month we’re going to feature a simple no-fuss recipe for those of you on the, well, go.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

Obviously, you could just buy chai tea in a package, but I think there’s a special flavor that comes from using the whole spices. Plus, this way you can customize your beverage to use your favorites. I used a mix of cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and a knob of fresh ginger. (All spices that are somewhat large because I didn’t want to have to strain it). Let it steep with a plain black tea packet, steaming hot almond milk and there you have it – a simple yet sort of fancy desk drink.

Almond Milk Chai Latte / @loveandlemons

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Almond Milk Chai Latte
 
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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 1 large latte
Ingredients
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 dried cardamom pods
  • 11oz. container of Orignal Almond Breeze
  • optional: ½ inch knob of fresh ginger
  • optional: sweetener (maple, honey, stevia, etc) to taste
Instructions
  1. Place 1 black tea bag and a few whole spices into a mug.
  2. In a separate mug, heat the almond milk in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Pour steaming almond milk into spiced-tea mug and steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag and let the spices steep for 5 more minutes. (The longer they steep, the more flavorful your drink will be). Taste and add sweetener if you like. Scoop out the spices (or just drink around them).
Notes
note: whole peppercorns are a nice addition, if you’re steeping and straining your tea. If you don’t want to strain anything, skip em.

another note: skip the honey if you are vegan

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50 comments

  1. Dina from oliveoilandlemons.com on said:

    You have such a gorgeous blog. I love the lightness of the images. The recipe for chai latte is so appealing, both in the visuals and the flavour profile, I think I’ll try it. Thank you for posting.

  2. Beautiful morning ritual drink idea! Sounds like the perfect way to start my morning!

  3. Magen on said:

    Are you able to store the used spices and reuse them? If so, how do you store them and for how long? Love this idea!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I wouldn’t from day to day (they’re kind of all soggy once you’re done), but I’ve left them in throughout the day as I refilled my cup. Also, be sure to get yours in the bulk spice section where they’re really affordable.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Sonja, thanks! (& welcome!). See reply above…

  4. PL on said:

    Yum! I have always wanted to make this, and now I have the recipe! Thank you. I have guests coming over from the UK- I think they will enjoy it as their morning cuppa.

  5. I have a suggestion. You can dry roast the spices for some 30 seconds to 1 minute without making them black and then grind them to a fine powder. You can use only 1/2 – 1 tsp of that powder for one cup of tea. It will give a more strong flavor and you will also use less of your spices. It is very popular in India and we call it Masala Chai i.e. Spiced tea. 🙂

  6. Emma from emmatimmerman.blogspot.nl on said:

    Sounds great!

  7. Leslie Rossi from alifewellconsumed.com on said:

    Wow! This is so simple! Chai tea lattes are my go to order at any café. But if I can make these at home and use my almond milk, that makes life so much easier 🙂

    I’m guessing coconut milk would be ok to use too?

    Leslie
    http://www.alifewellconsumed.com

  8. I make this on cold winter mornings, though my cup never looks as beautiful as yours! Sometimes I add a few cloves in for some extra spice, but I’ve never tried peppercorn. Definitely will give that a go!Thank you! Have a great day!

  9. This looks wonderful! I’ve yet to make a chai latte with almond milk, and can’t wait to try your version! 🙂

  10. Kelsey M from wwwalittlerosemaryandtime.com on said:

    Yum- I LOVE chai lattes but can’t stand tea-bag style ones- no flavor! Whenever I want some I always need to go out to get it. Thanks for sharing this simple, straightforward recipe!

    -Kelsey

  11. You’re photo’s are really gorgeous. I love looking at them. The whole feel is clean and elegant.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thank you!

  12. I love the little boxes of Almond Breeze! I like to keep them at the office so I can make my own chai tea latte in the afternoon 🙂 I can’t wait to try this one!

  13. I’m currently trying to make the switch from coffee in the morning to tea only – this definitely sounds like a good way to do it, plus, I love that it is dairy-free! As always, beautiful, beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Juju Sprinkles from jujusprinkles.com on said:

    This recipe makes me smile. Star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and almonds are all my favorite ingredients!! And the way your photographed the ingredients is so elegant. Love your style =)

    Juju Sprinkles
    http://www.jujusprinkles.com

  15. What a FAB recipe. Not only did a pin it, but I printed it so I could place that baby on my kitchen counter. This is tooooooooooooooo easy. I especially love cardamom to boot.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Ha, well I tried to make it as simple as possible 🙂 Hope you like!

  16. Filipa on said:

    Can I try this with low fat cow milk?

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  21. Jordan from bontoncafememphis.com on said:

    These look gorgeous and tasty! I have a friend who’s crazy about chai lattes – I definitely will have to try this out with her next time we’re together.

  22. Chai Latter is my favorite every day drink. With spices and almond milk, it sure will taste crazy good. Somehow, chai is made to infuse with spices. always work best. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Sarah on said:

    Now that the weather is getting warmer, do you think I could make this recipe in a larger quantity and refrigerate it for an iced latte?

  25. Anna-Rosa from my-lifeboxblog.com on said:

    I’ve been following your blog for almost two years now and I’ve always been fascinated by both your cooking and photography skills. I love how neat and clean everything looks. Not to mention delicious. But one week ago I decided to go dairy-free. And now I realize that your recipes are so helpful and imaginative. I mean I’ve literally been eating “Love and Lemons” this past week and I already feel amazing. And it is so easy to navigate, search for non-dairy or vegan recipes. I love it! I thought I should let you know 🙂 And I’m writing this comment while drinking this lovely latte.. Thanks a lot 🙂

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Aw, I’m so glad! Thanks for letting me know – this totally made my day :). Let me know which recipes were your favorite!

  26. June Burns on said:

    I neeeeeed to try this. Soon. I love chai, and I love almond milk, so I assume that this would be absolutely amazing 🙂

  27. Leo Sigh from leosigh.com on said:

    Even if you were the worst writer in the world (which you’re not 🙂 I’d still spend hours on your blog because your photos are just GORGEOUS. Love these.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Ha, thanks (I think!)

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  29. Gorgeous set of photos. One of my favorite things to do each morning, is curl up around a warm cup of chai, before the hustle & bustle of the day starts. Can’t wait to try this version!

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  31. Ross Granahan on said:

    Love the recipe!

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  35. Ada on said:

    I love the smell of chai spices but didn’t like the dairy versions I’ve had. I made a version today using this recipe as inspiration, my son and I both loved it. I can’t wait to experiment with different milk and spices.

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