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    Skip the queues at your local coffee shop and whip up a chai latte at home instead. Simple to make with just three ingredients, it’s easy to be your own barista!

    Chai Latte in two glass cups

    A warming, lightly spiced chai latte is one of my go to drinks at my local Starbucks, but not anymore, because I discovered how easy it is to make at home!

    This homemade chai tea latte is wonderfully warming and creamy, it’s perfect for a midday pick-me-up.

    For more hot drinks, be sure to try my Lemon Ginger Tea and Dalgona Coffee.

    Why you will love this recipe

    • Easy and quick: It’s super quick and easy to make a chai latte at home. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up a couple of brews. It’s the perfect balance of spicy and sweet.
    • Easy to make plant-based: Simply use vegan-friendly milk and sweetener to make this tea dairy-free.
    • Budget-friendly: You only need 3 main ingredients to make this hot drink, and it’s way cheaper than your daily trip to the coffee shop!
    Homemade chai tea latte in glass cups

    Ingredients for chai latte

    • Chai tea bags: I used TAZO organic Chai tea bags which include organic black tea, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, star anise, and organic cloves.
    • Milk: You can use any milk you like to make this hot drink. Whole milk will give it a creamier flavor, or you can use plant-based milk like almond milk.
    • Sweetener (optional): I prefer to use a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey. You can use granulated sugar if that’s what you have.

    If you want to make a dirty chai tea latte (also called espresso chai or java chai) you can add a shot of espresso. This is a cross between a regular latte and a chai tea latte.

    ingredients for chai latte

    How to make a chai latte

    • Place a tea bag in each cup and pour ¾ cup hot water into each cup. Let steep for 5 minutes and then remove tea bags.
    • In a medium pot over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Turn off heat and reserve ½ cup of milk.
    • Pour ½ cup warm milk into each cup, adjusting amounts according to preference. Sweeten with maple syrup or sweetener of choice, and stir chai latte.
    • Pour reserved milk in a tall glass, tilt the glass, and froth with milk frother moving it up and down.
    • Top off each mug with milk foam and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and cardamom.
    • Serve hot or over ice.
    how to make chai tea latte - process shots

    What is chai?

    Chai is a spice mix that has its origins in South Asia. There are lots of different blends of chai, the most common chai tea mixes will contain cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and cloves. It’s slightly sweet and so warming in flavor.

    Chai tea has about 40 mg of caffeine if you use a 4 oz bag of black tea.

    Chai tea health benefits

    Chai tea latte is not only delicious and warming but it also has many health benefits.

    • Good for digestion
    • Heart health
    • Diabetes
    • Gut health
    • Antioxidant-rich
    • Anti-inflammatory
    Chai tea latte made at home served in cups

    What’s the best non-dairy milk to use?

    It’s easy to make this chai latte recipe vegan and keto by using plant-based milk, but not all of them will get as nice and frothy. Coconut or oat milk froth up the best, and you can buy barista blends that froth even more. Almond or soy milk will work just fine though if that’s what you have.

    Don’t have a milk frother?

    You can still enjoy this healthy chai tea latte if you don’t have a milk frother, it’s still easy to get that frothy topping without one.

    • Whisk it: This takes a bit of arm power, but whisk it vigorously by hand to froth it up. This method works best with 2% dairy or coconut milk.
    • Blend it: Use an immersion blender to froth up your milk. It’s easier on your arms and works pretty nicely.
    • Shake! Put your milk into a sealable mason jar and shake until it’s just right.
    close up of tazo chai tea latte in a cup

    Recipe Notes and Tips for chai latte

    • This recipe makes enough for two homemade chai lattes. It is easily halved and doubled.
    • The chai drink should be enjoyed as soon as it is made.

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    Chai Latte

    Skip the queues at your local coffee shop and whip up a chai latte at home instead. Simple to make with just three ingredients, it's easy to be your own barista!
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 2 drinks
    Calories 193kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1.5 cups hot water
    • 2 black tea bags, (I used TAZO organic Chai tea bags)
    • 1.5 cups milk, divided
    • 3 Tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Place a tea bag in each cup and pour ¾ cup hot water to each cup. Let steep for 5 minutes and then remove tea bags.
    • In a medium pot over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Turn off heat and reserve ½ cup of milk.
    • Pour ½ cup warm milk to each cup, adjusting amounts according to preference. Sweeten with maple syrup or sweetener of choice, and stir chai latte.
    • Pour reserved milk in a tall glass, tilt glass and froth with milk frother moving it up and down.
    • Top off each mug with milk foam and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and cardamom.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • This recipe makes enough for two chai lattes. It is easily halved and doubled.
    • The drinks should be enjoyed as soon as they are made.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 309mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 245mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy chai latte recipe, homemade chai latte, how to make a chai latte
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