Cozy Up to Fall with Homemade Coconut Milk Chai Tea

Cozy Up to Fall with Homemade Coconut Milk Chai Tea

teaThis is one of my favorite drinks of all time. Seriously. It’s spicy, warm, and soothing all at the same time. Perfect for a relaxing Sunday morning when all you want to do is sit around and read. Bring it out on the porch and enjoy the crisp fall air and let this chai warm you right up.

I love coconut milk in my chai because it adds another layer of flavor that’s missing with regular milk. Plus, it makes it a great option for those who are dairy free. Sweeten it up with a bit of raw honey and it’s to die for.

When I make chai, I use a mortar and pestle to grind my spices but you can also put them in a plastic baggie and smash them with whatever hard object you happen to have in your kitchen. You want to start with whole spices vs. ground as the flavor is much better and you want to be able to take the spices out once you’ve boiled them in the water.

Makes 1 large mug of chai

Ingredients:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 green cardamon pods
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 allspice
  • 2 triangles pulled off a star anise (i.e. don’t use the whole star anise as it will be too strong)
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • water
  • loose or bagged black tea (if using tea bags, use 1 tea bag)
  • raw honey to taste

Directions:

  1. Crush spices except cinnamon stick with mortar and pestle or in plastic baggie. Make sure you’ve cracked all the cardamon pods open.
  2.  Add coconut milk and about 1/2 cup filtered water to small pot. If you don’t think this will be enough liquid to fill your mug, you can add a little extra water.
  3. Add crushed spices to the pot, along with the cinnamon stick.
  4. Set on high until it starts to boil, then put on low. (Keep an eye on it, as coconut milk sometimes likes to boil over the top of the pot!)
  5. Continue to simmer on low for about 10 minutes.
  6. Turn off the heat and add tea bag or loose tea (what you would use to make one cup of tea). Steep for 3 minutes.
  7. Strain mixture into mug, taking out the loose tea and spices.
  8. Add raw honey to taste.

Enjoy!

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