By Lauren Denos: 12/18/2015 (Nutrition)

Chai Tea

The spice must flow! I love this tea. Even my anti health food friends loved this tea. Making your own chai is great since you have so much control over it. Once you have the idea down you can play around with the amount and what you are putting in it. Sometimes I will double the amount of spices in the tea for something really strong. Sometimes I will bump up the ginger for a different flavor. Really you can do anything you want with this once you know the general recipe for it. For this tea I use the licorice as the sweetening agent but you can always trade out the licorice for stevia or honey or even use licorice and stevia, your choice. The licorice adds a different type of sweetness since it does not hit you right away but builds. You can always brew a large container of this for parties or just so you can drink it throughout the week. If you would like an iced version then let the tea cool completely and blend with the coconut milk and about 6 ice cubes. Play around and see what you come up with for your own unique chai tea.


Ingredients


  • 30 Cardamom seeds

  • 16 Whole cloves

  • 8 Allspice

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 – 6'' Cinnamon sticks or a couple Tbsp of cinnamon pieces

  • 1 tsp Ginger

  • 2 Tbsp Licorice root

  • 1 Tbsp Orange peel

  • 1-2 Tbsp of tea of your choice, black, roobois, oolong etc or you can leave the tea out

  • 1/3 Cup coconut milk


Steps


  1. Put your cardamom, cloves and allspice in a coffee grinder. Pulse just a few times to break all of the spices up just a bit.

  2. Place all the spices except the cinnamon sticks in a tea ball or reusable tea bag. If you are using cinnamon pieces instead of cinnamon sticks then put them in the tea bag.

  3. If you are using cinnamon sticks, break them in half and put them straight into the cup.

  4. Pour 1 cup of boiling water in the cup. Let sit for at least 10 minutes. Sometimes I will let a cup sit overnight with the tea bag and cinnamon and then heat it up the next day, the cinnamon really soaks in then.

  5. Take the tea bag and the cinnamon sticks out, reheat if needed and then add in the coconut milk. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon if you want a pretty presentation.



Calories in a cup are 184 if you are using full fat coconut milk. You can always use less or lighter milk if you would like this to be leaner.





 

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