Vegan Frozen Chai Latte

It’s the season for sweet frozen drinks, and this frozen chia latte is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted– healthy or not!

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It’s bursting with the spices I love, including cinnamon and ginger, and it’s naturally sweetened with fiber-rich dates, so it won’t spike your blood sugar the way a drink from your favorite coffee chain might. Plus, it’s cheaper!

Rather than relying on almond milk for creaminess, this frozen beverage is loaded with chia seeds and hemp hearts which not only add a creamy texture but also boost the protein content. Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids we need, making them a complete source of protein, and when paired with chia seeds, this drink also packs a hefty punch of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. The combination is so unbelievably creamy, my husband couldn’t believe that I didn’t use milk!

As you may know, I’ve been on a chocolate “milkshake” kick for the past few months, but I think this spicy shake might be my new favorite. That’s saying something!

Vegan Frozen Chai Latte
Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp hearts
2 to 3 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 to 3 handfuls of ice cubes (8-12 cubes)

Directions:

Combine everything, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste the mixture and adjust the flavor to taste, if necessary. (Keep in mind that the ice will dilute the flavor slightly.) Add in the ice and blend again until a slushy-like texture is achieved. Serve immediately.

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4.9 from 16 reviews
Vegan Frozen Chai Latte
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Serves: 1
 
A frosty, naturally-sweetened drink that tastes like a chai latte!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 2 to 3 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 to 3 handfuls of ice cubes (8-12 cubes)
Instructions
  1. Combine everything, except for the ice, in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Taste the mixture and adjust the flavor to taste, if necessary. (Keep in mind that the ice will dilute the flavor slightly.)
  2. Add in the ice and blend again until a slushy-like texture is achieved. Serve immediately.

Note: If you don’t have a high-speed blender like the Vitamix, soak the first four ingredients together for at least 20 minutes before blending this shake. The soaked chia seeds and dates will break down much easier this way! 

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organs— no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

48 thoughts on “Vegan Frozen Chai Latte

  1. CL

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I got so excited when I saw this recipe, as I am 1) lactose-intolerant 2) a big fan of chai 3) living the summer heat. Can’t wait to try this recipe out with my friend!

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  2. kelly

    Chai is my favorite. I cannot wait to try this. I love that you explain all the benefits along the way too.

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  3. Dianne Piscitelli

    I love Chai Frappachinos but am lactose intolorant . Can you find a recipe for this that doesn’t use milk?

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      That’s what I was going for with this recipe– it’s very much like a frappuccino! I hope you’ll enjoy it as a dairy-free option.

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  4. Milissa

    Megan,

    I am new to your site and so far love your recipes! I love that they are simple and satisfying and that the ingredients are not only whole foods based but also the normal things I usually have on hand. Nothing weird or too hard to find. And as a mom on a budget, I very much appreciate that your recipes are pretty easy to fit into a small grocery allowance, and I like that your approach isn’t all or nothing.There’s one blogging mom out there who just comes off as pretentious and lacking mindfulness about those of us who have to consider cost! Wellness is important but so is paying the electric bill and putting shoes on my kids every couple of months, so thanks for being so realistic! I love chai lattes…the first time I had one was a few years ago on my way to work. After the first sip, I stuck it in the fridge and took it home to enjoy after dinner. It was simply too deliciously decadent to have at work! I can’t wait to try this recipe but as I just embarked on your 21- day Kickstart Challenge, I’m not sure where I might fit it in. Any suggestions?

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      Thanks for the kind words! Living in Los Angeles, my family has to keep budget in mind, too– it’s already way too expensive to live here as it is! In regards to this shake fitting into the meal plan, you could add some spinach to it and call it breakfast (maybe add an extra spoonful of hemp hearts to make it more filling) or enjoy it as a snack between lunch and dinner. Hope you enjoy it!

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      1. Milissa

        Thanks for the tip, Megan. I think I might try this today between lunch and dinner! We live in the Midwest, where the cost of living is supposedly more affordable but food is still the most expensive thing we pay for each month. After my second child was born, I came out of the work force and now stay home full time, so we had to make some adjustments in the way we were spending. Healthful eating is a top priority, so we sack rice othe niceties, like dining out. I love to cook at home, so it’s even more fun trying new recipes. Thanks for the help!

        Milissa

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  5. Cass

    Oh my gosh thus is delicious! I love your shakes, they are a fantastic alternative to fruit/veggie smoothies in the morning which I find hard on my tummy.

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  6. Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    I just made this for breakfast– and topped it with a big handful of blueberries. It is so delicious. The hemp really does add more creaminess than I thought it would– and only 1 tablespoon. This recipe is a keeper 🙂 I see a lot more of these in my summer-future.

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  7. Meg

    I love following you and trying all your new recipes! This looks so yummy and I’d love to have it for breakfast, but I don’t have the hemp hearts, could I add more chia or maybe soaked cashews? Any suggestions?

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  8. Maureen

    I am drinking this right now and it is quite good. Great for a mid-morning snack. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Jean

    Hi Megan…I love Chai anything!! Can’t wait to try this one! I noticed that you use medjool dates in several of your recipes as a sweetener. How different is it from dates I buy at the supermarket near the raisins? It doesn’t say medjool on the packaging. Can I use them?

    Thanks for everything you do!! I love your recipes!

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    1. Jean

      Sorry…follow up question…can I replace the date with another sweetener? Honey or raw maple syrup?

      Thanks!!

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      1. Megan Gilmore Post author

        Yes, I think either one would work. I’d probably start with a tablespoon and add more if needed to taste. Honey will have a stronger flavor than maple syrup, and you might also need less water without the dates.

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    2. Megan Gilmore Post author

      Yes, I think any dates will work– some are smaller than Medjool dates, so you might need to use an extra one or two if they are very small. Luckily, it’s hard to mess up a smoothie! 🙂

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  12. Mei

    Megan – YOU DID IT AGAIN!!!! Thank you! Read your email this morning and whipped up a wonderful glass. Just like your Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing, this will be a regular recipe in our home. I’m going to make a big batch of this chai latte and freeze in silicone muffin cups, pop the chai pucks in the microwave when ready for a cozy fall beverage. Thanks for your suggestion to add spinach to make it a meal. Frozen chai green smoothie.

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  13. Tara

    I usually go for chocolate as well, but I made this as a preworkout drink yesterday and it really hit the spot. I accidentally added more ginger than the recipe called for, so it had quite a kick to it. I’ll have to make it again with a tad bit less. Lol

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  14. Val

    I just made this and it was delicious!! Mine did not come out as creamy looking as your did in the picture, but it was very good! 🙂

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  15. Kristen

    I look forward to making this delicious drink! If I can make a suggestion…being that the ice cubes may dilute the flavor, freeze almond milk or coconut milk in an ice cube tray and use those cubes instead! Or perhaps use almond milk in place of water and still use ice cubes since those are always available.

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  17. April R

    Thanks for the super yummy dairy-free, caffiene-free chai drink!! Surprisingly, my two year old thought it was great too!

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  19. Ashley

    I added extra nutmeg and turmeric and it was delish!! My 6 month old literally just stole all of it from me

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  20. Amy

    Would the world (or chai) fall apart if I left out the chia seeds? Sadly, I’m allergic. What do they add to the texture? Substitute?

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  21. Jen

    Lovely! I have made before, but today I brewed some chai tea and then froze in icecube trays. Then followed the recipe exactly using the tea cubes. Amazing!! I only drink caffeine every great once in a while, and using in chai form, so this is perfect! Delicious, filling and just wonderful. Thank you!

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    1. Christine

      Let me clarify, I would not recommend adding kale and spinach. I would recommend anything Megan makes.

      Reply
  22. Meagan

    Yum! I think I will be making this a lot during the summer. I love chai and this cool drink hits the spot and is nutritionally so much healthier than a coffee stand drink.

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  23. B. Fraser

    Hello Megan,

    I’m new to your site but so far I really like I’m reading and decided to order your recipe book, can’t wait to receive it!

    I can’t wait to try your Vegan Frozen Chai Latte; although, hot Chai is my favorite drink I’m intolerant to Soy and it seems to be the only way I really enjoy my Chai Latte because it makes it so creamy!

    Do you have any “healthy” alternatives for a hot Soy Chai Latte?

    I look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your book so I can try the recipes.

    Thank you.

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  24. Drea

    I made this for breakfast today and it was delicious. The tip for me was to let it soak for 20mins. with my regular blender. Loved it. So tasty and more creamy than I though it’d be. And filling, which is just what I needed this morning. Thank you! Love your new website too.

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  25. Casie

    This was really really good…I substituted coconut butter for the hemp hearts since I didn’t have any and it was delish…thanks!

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  26. Susan Jackson

    Love this smoothie! I add Metagenics protein powders as part of my daily dietary requirements along with a Tablespoon cacao powder. I make with home made almond milk. This is a filling meal that keeps me satisfied for hours.

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