When it’s a bit chilly outside, I love love love to indulge in this masala chai tea latte recipe! I especially love to make a coconut chai latte (or two). These are my guilty pleasure at the moment with HUGE slice of cake yum. Making these lattes with coconut milk and coconut cream gives this recipe a wonderful nuttiness and indulgent thickness. However, if you aren’t a fan of coconut, you can easily switch to any milk and cream of choice!
This tea is seriously heavenly with the addition of thick coconut cream and the distinct flavour of sweet maple syrup together with the masala chai spices. It’s best to make a double batch as it’s a real challenge to have just one.
If you love the aromatic spicy flavours of chai tea, you may also love this masala chai pumpkin spice latte recipe made with tea a a great alternative to coffee. I also think this recipe is better than starbucks. A bold statement I know, give it a go and let me know what you think!
Masala chai adds for much flavour and flare to so many recipes. Read more: ways to use chai tea in recipes.
What Does Chai Tea do for Your Body?
Chai is a super healthy tea made from lots of wonderful herbs and spices that can do lots for your body. The ingredients in chai varies but almost always contains black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns. All of the ingredients work together for a super soothing cup of tea. Black tea contains theaflavins and thearubigins, known as the polyphenols which are the wonderful health boosting antioxidants. Cinnamon has anti inflammatory and anti microbial properties. Cardamom is known to help with hiccups due to it’s anti spasmodic properties. Cloves have been used for centuries to aid in the relief of tooth ache. Ginger is a well known herbal remedy for tummy troubles. And finally, pepper helps the body release hydrochloric acid to help break down foods.
Read more: Is Tea Good for Reducing Anxiety
What’s Wrong With Saying Chai Tea?
The words ‘masala chai’ mean ‘spice tea’. When we refer to masala chai as ’chai tea’ we are actually saying ‘tea tea’ and that’s just plain wrong!
Read more: Health Benefits of Drinking Masala Chai
What Does Chai go Well With?
Enjoying a cup of chai latte goes perfectly well with a slice of cake or something sweet. Plus chai is hands down my favourite tea to bake with. Chai adds the most beautiful bold aromatic flavours to sweet treats and cakes.
If you love lattes and cake as much as I do, try pairing this coconut chai latte with one of these cakes:
How to Make a Tea Infused Cake - with black tea, pecans and sultanas
How to Make a Chai Carrot Cake - with chai tea and a zesty orange icing
Read more: How to Make Tea Lattes - hot or iced
Is Chai Tea Made With Milk or Water?
Chai tea can be made with milk or water, it is all down to personal preference. I like to infuse loose leaf tea directly in sweetened milk to create extra indulgent creaminess. Its best to add slightly more tea than you would when infusing in water to ensure that the flavours come through. I’m using 3 heaped teaspoons of chai to 2 cups of coconut milk plus coconut cream and maple syrup.
Read more: The best milk alternative for tea
How to Make my Chai Tea Latte with Coconut From Scratch
Making a chai latte from scratch is so simple to do with just a few ingredients. I’m using loose leaf masala chai to make mine, however, feel free to use masala chai tea bags. Swap 1 heaped teaspoon to 1 tea bag.
Heat the coconut milk, add the coconut cream, maple syrup and stir until everything is well combined. Turn off the heat and add the tea to infuse. Pop the lid on to lock in all those tea oils. Once ready, pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove the leaves. Using a frother, add some lovely latte like bubbles and enjoy. Alternatively, use a milk steamer.
TIP: If you prefer a stronger brew, add more tea and not more time. Adding more tea will give a more intense flavour without any bitterness that extra time may give.
INGREDIENTS (Serves 2)
3 heaped teaspoons of masala chai (or 3 tea bags)
2 cups of coconut milk - from a carton
4 tablespoons of coconut cream - from a can
2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
Coconut whipped cream/whipped cream to Serve - optional
Dusting of cacao powder & cinnamon - optional
Firstly, pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan and heat through.
Turn off the heat, add the masala chai and pop the lid on to lock in all of those masala chai aromas.
Allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes before removing the leaves using a fine mesh tea strainer.
Place the saucepan back on the heat and add the maple syrup and coconut cream.
Keep stirring until all of the ingredients are well combined.
Next, add some latte-like-bubbles using a milk frother, but be careful not to splash yourself with the hot tea!
Pour into cups or mugs and add a spoonful of vegan whipped cream and dusting of cacao powder and cinnamon if you desire extra naughtiness.
Vegan Coconut Chai Latte
- 3 Heaped Teaspoons of Masala Chai (or 3 Tea Bags)
- 2 Cups of Coconut Milk - From a Carton
- 4 Tablespoons of Coconut Cream - From a Can
- 3 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
- Vegan Whipped Cream to Serve - Optional
- Dusting of Cacao Powder & Cinnamon - Optional
- Firstly, pour the coconut milk into a small saucepan and heat through.
- Turn off the heat, add the masala chai and pop the lid on to lock in all of those masala chai aromas.
- Allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes before removing the leaves using a fine mesh tea strainer.
- Place the saucepan back on the heat and add the maple syrup and coconut cream.
- Keep stirring until all of the ingredients are well combined.
- Next, add some latte-like-bubbles using a milk frother, but be careful not to splash yourself with the hot tea!
- Pour into cups or mugs and add a spoonful of vegan whipped cream and dusting of cacao powder and cinnamon if you desire extra naughtiness. Enjoy :)
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