Almond Milk Chai Latte

This grab-and-go almond milk latte is SO simple and is made up of ingredients from your spice drawer - cinnamon, star anise, and cardamom.

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

4.6 from 8 reviews

Almond Milk Chai Latte

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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 1 large latte
  • 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
  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).
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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  1. Claudín

    super simple and delicious. I don’t have a microwave so I warmed my Almond mylk on the stovetop at a medium temp for about 3-5min. thank you!

  2. Dianne

    Can’t wait to try this! I went to that Starry place (you know the one), they wanted $5 for one cup of chai! Now I can make all I can drink and save that extra $5 a day!

  3. Ada

    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.

  4. Ross Granahan

    Love the recipe!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

      Ha, thanks (I think!)

  7. June Burns

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

  8. 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

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

  9. Sarah

    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?

  10. 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!

  11. Jordan from

    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.

  12. Filipa

    Can I try this with low fat cow milk?

  13. 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

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

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