After discovering a love for chai lattes several years ago, I have become an almost-daily consumer. My mother taught me how to make them at home, as it’s much simpler and less expensive. There are no throw-away cups. It saves money. By making the lattes in “bulk” once or twice a week, chai at home is a much more practical solution to the daily morning Starbucks run. Through frequently consuming these chai lattes, I can supplement my vitamin and nutrient intake by using fortified Oatly oat milk (which I often combine with macadamia nut milk).
Although it is hard to believe, I beat the prices on my college campus by using this method to make a latte in the dining hall each morning. I must say it, therefore, has to be versatile and simple!
- 1 or 2 tea bags of chai (depends on how much tea you plan to make)
- 1 part boiling water: 4-5 parts hot non-dairy milk
- Start by filling the bottom of my mug, glass measuring cup, or mason jar, with water and heating it in the microwave for 1 minute (1 minute, at least, per cup of water).
- Add the tea bag(s) and let steep for a few minutes until the tea is reasonably dark.
- TIP: Paromi Chai Rooibos is the best tea I have ever had, and it has no caffeine! Perfect for getting cozy before bed. All pictures shown in this post are with Paromi chai and Oatly oat milk.
- Add milk. The amount of non-dairy milk is up to you. I add enough so the chai still is the prominent flavor, but the texture is not too watery.
- TIP: I love to make my lattes with half oat milk and half macadamia nut milk.
- Saving for later: If I have one cup of water, I will add four or five cups of oat milk.
- Single serving: 1/4 cup of water/tea, 1-2 cups of non-dairy milk.
- Microwave non-dairy milk for 30 seconds + 1 cup per minute.
- Wait to cool off a bit or drink the beautiful creation right there!