Skip the Starbucks: This Latte Will See You Through

So, your New Year resolutions include hitting the gym and skipping the sweets. I totally get it. You’re onto a happier, healthier you, and that includes cutting out excess sugar and artificial sweeteners, which really haven’t done us any favors. One of your resolutions may be skipping the daily artisan-made coffee or specialty drink in an effort to cut back on your sugar intake and save some precious pennies. But it doesn’t seem altogether fair to have to give up our lattes, does it?

The good news is, you don’t have to. 

I’ve recently become obsessed with chai tea, a type of tea I previously avoided like the plague. I was of the *controversial* opinion that chai tea tasted like potpourri (or what I imagine it would taste like, anyway) and refused to give it a chance. Then I had a chai tea latte, and my viewpoint totally changed. I had recently stopped off at a local coffee shop for a dose of caffeine while out running errands and decided to give their daily special a try: chai tea lattes. Okay, so what can go wrong? I try it, hate it, and never drink it again. No big deal, right?

Well, it turned out to be ridiculously delicious, and I could quickly see myself becoming addicted to this new beverage. But, there’s a catch: the latte was loaded with sweet syrups, full-fat cream, and whip cream. I mean, come on. How’s a gal supposed to drink these regularly without breaking her #healthgoals and resolutions? 

Fortunately, I’ve found a way to recreate that delicious chai tea latte at home with simple ingredients that cut back on sugar and fat, as well as the dairy. The recipe I’ve shared below is a vegan spin on the chai tea latte I recently tried (and am still dreaming of) and is an awesome alternative to sugar-laden chai tea drinks. It’s simple to make, uses just four ingredients, and ditches the artificial sugars. Neat, right? It’s also delicious, sweet, spicy, and perfect for all seasons. 

What You’ll Need

~1 packet/bag of chai tea (your preferred brand or type) 

~1 tbsp of organic agave nectar 

~2-3 tbsps of unsweetened, plain almond milk (or milk substitute of your choice)

~1 tsp of pure, organic vanilla extract 

~Cocktail shaker

~Ice cubes 

Let’s Prep

~Bring about 1 cup (or 1 1/2 cups) of water to a boil using a kettle or pot & stovetop 

~Once boiled, pour your water into a mug or glass with your bag of chai tea and let it steep for at least 10 minutes (this will help impart as much flavor from the tea as possible) 

~After steeping, remove the bag and let the tea cool completely – you can put the cup into the fridge or freezer for about 15-20 minutes to speed the cooling process 

Make the Latte 

~Add 3-4 ice cubes to your cocktail shaker 

~Pour your cold tea, almond milk, agave nectar, and vanilla extract into the cocktail shaker and shake it vigorously for about 30 seconds or so, ensuring all of the ingredients are well incorporated 

~In a separate glass, add a few more ice cubes and pour the latte into your glass  

~Drink and enjoy! 

You can also use this recipe to make a warm latte if you prefer your chai tea lattes hot! Simply mix the ingredients in with the stepped chai tea while it’s still hot and stir until all ingredients are well combined. This recipe makes a delicious latte both hot and cold. 

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Jacalyn Beales
Written by Jacalyn Beales
Jacalyn is a Canadian freelance writer and content creator with a focus on environmental conservation and sustainable living. When she's not busy crafting beautiful content, you can find her hitting the trails and exploring the great outdoors. You can follow Jacalyn's adventures on Instagram @jacalynbeales.