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Easy Chai Latte Recipe

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This Chai Latte recipe has the sweet and spicy flavor that you love, and can be made at home in just minutes. It’s dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and makes a great healthier alternative to the kind you’d buy at a coffee shop.

healthy chai latte recipe in two white mugs

As an added bonus, it’s cheaper and has no weird preservatives or additives. I love making it at home because I get to control the amount of spice and sweetness. You can simply taste as you go!

What is a Chai Latte?

Similar to a latte made with coffee, a chai latte is typically made with a tea concentrate and steamed milk.

When I worked as a barista in college, the chai concentrate we used had enough sugar in it that it could sit on the counter for over a month without refrigeration. I wanted to figure out a healthier alternative to make at home to avoid that!

chai latte pouring into cup and topped with foam

Does Chai have caffeine?

Chai lattes that are made with black tea do have some caffeine. In this particular recipe, you can make it with or without the tea– either way it will taste great!

I personally don’t have the patience to wait for tea to brew, and then make a latte out of it, so this recipe gets its flavor from an easy combination of spices instead. If you make it without the tea, it’s a caffeine-free drink.

How to Make It

This recipe is quick and simple to make on the stove top, but if you want an extra-authentic drink that would come from a coffee house, you can use a milk frother to heat up the milk instead.

Tip: My homemade almond milk and almond milk coffee creamer both make amazing foam in a milk frother.

milk brother with a spoon full of foam

I usually just whisk the milk and spices in a saucepan over the stove, so that I don’t have to get out any extra equipment.

If you want to make this drink with tea, you’ll need to heat up the almond milk first, then use the hot milk to steep the tea bags for 3 to 5 minutes.

tea bag in a chai latte mug

Once the tea is steeped, you can remove the tea bags and continue with the recipe by adding the spices and sweetener. I recommend using a plain black tea, rather than a chai tea bag, so that the drink isn’t too spicy.

However you make it, I hope you’ll enjoy this easy and flavorful drink!

It’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth when it’s chilly outside, and I have a feeling it would be delicious served over ice for a warmer day, too.

easy chai latte in two mugs

easy chai latte in two mugs
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Easy Chai Latte Recipe

This naturally-sweetened chai latte tastes like a coffeehouse drink without the extra sugar or preservatives. You can make it with or without tea (for a caffeine-free drink) and it can be easily customized to your tastes! 
Course Drinks
Cuisine dairy free
Keyword chai latte
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 2 black tea bags (optional; I like to use Darjeeling)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon , or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)

Instructions

  • If using tea, keep in mind that this drink will have caffeine. Heat up the almond milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat, until it begins to bubble around the edges of the pan. Turn off the heat, and add the 2 tea bags to the pot of hot milk. Wait 3 to 5 minutes for the tea to steep, then remove the bags and continue with the next step.
  • If you're skipping the tea, add the plain almond milk to a sauce pan.
  • Now that the milk is in the saucepan (whether it's been brewed as tea, or not) add in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine, stirring over medium heat, until the mixture is piping hot. 
  • Adjust any seasoning to your taste and serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. You can serve them chilled over ice, or reheat on the stove again. 

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Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 340mg
Nutrition information is for 1 of 2 servings. This is automatically calculated using generic ingredients, so it’s just an estimate and not a guarantee.

Recipe Notes:

  • Because this is a quick stove top recipe, you can adjust anything you like and taste as you go. If you need to use a zero calorie sweetener, just add it to your taste instead of using maple syrup.
  • The same goes for the spices! I think Chai Lattes tend to have a lot of spice, but if you don’t care for as many, you can always start will less and just add more to taste as you go.
  • If you prefer to use another milk, go for it. I think my homemade hemp milk would work great for this recipe, too, if you need a nut-free option.
  • If you’d prefer a frozen version of this drink, be sure to try my Frozen Chai Latte smoothie. It tastes so much like a blended drink from Starbucks!

As always, if you try something different please leave a comment below so we can all benefit from your experience.

Reader Feedback: Do you have a favorite coffee house drink that needs a healthier makeover? Feel free to make any requests in the comments below!

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Wendy

This is absolutely delicious! Thank you for this recipe- these are the changes I made and I am never going back to any other chai recipe! I cut the maple syrup to 2T, steeped a double spice chai tea bag in the milk for 5 minutes after it boiled, and then blended it in my Breville mixer with 1 T of heavy whipping cream for 2-3 minutes. Absolutely delicious! I split the first batch with my hubby, and then promptly brewed a second one to put in the fridge for tomorrow. Thank you!

Katie

Delicious! Steeped some black tea in it for a caffeine boost.

Judy

Love chai latte.

Emily

I resisted ordering from Starbucks when I was out and came home to look up a cleaner recipe. This is a game changer! I drank it cold, over ice and only used 2T of maple syrup and it was perfectly sweet. Thank you!

Nathalie

This is delicious! I have it for a dessert. I use 1.5 tablespoons of maple syrup and it’s plenty sweet for me. Thank you for this recipe!

PlH

This is not chai tea.

Saman Rahimullah

It turned out really good.. my daughter was craving starbucks and i made this so I don’t have to go … she was very happy and asked for it again the next day. Thank you for sharing

Molly

This is the best chai I’ve ever tasted. I use coconut milk and decaffeinated black tea (twinings english breakfast). I make it before bed to wind down for the day.

I wonder what it would taste like if I made a huge batch of it and stored it in the fridge. Have you or has anyone else given that a try?

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