Chai Latte at Home: Better Than at the Café

     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!
Ingredients:
  • 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
Method:
  1. 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).
  2. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep for a few minutes until the tea is reasonably dark.
    1. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. TIP: I love to make my lattes with half oat milk and half macadamia nut milk.
    2. Saving for later: If I have one cup of water, I will add four or five cups of oat milk.
    3. Single serving: 1/4 cup of water/tea, 1-2 cups of non-dairy milk.Processed with VSCO with u3 preset
  4. Microwave non-dairy milk for 30 seconds + 1 cup per minute.
  5. Wait to cool off a bit or drink the beautiful creation right there!
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