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

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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. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. Kelsey M from

    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!


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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?


  9. Emma from

    Sounds great!

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. PL

    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.

    • jeanine

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

  12. Magen

    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

      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.

  13. Dina from

    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.

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