This spicy homemade Vegan Chai Latte is made with almond milk and sweetened naturally with maple syrup or coconut sugar. The homemade chai spice mix is full of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and other warm spices. It’s the perfect drink for chillier days.
It’s currently pouring and sipping on a hot drink is just about the dreamiest thing to do when it’s cold and rainy out there. Especially when warm spices make that drink extra warm and fuzzy. Bonus points for sipping your chai latte in front of a fire and/or wrapped in a cozy blanket.
LET’S GET TO THE VEGAN CHAI LATTE – AND THE CHAI SPICE MIX!
This recipe starts with a chai spice mix. The recipe provided makes a big batch, because who wants to have to measure out a whole bunch of spices every single time you want a chai? Instead, we make a big batch of the chai spice mix – enough for about 15 big lattes. That way, making your vegan chai latte is as easy as heat (the milk), steep (the tea), and mix (the chai spice, milk, and sweetener). You can also use this mix to add into desserts, sprinkle in your coffee, or use in place of cinnamon for snickerdoodles…swoon.
This homemade chai latte isn’t too sweet. But- it has a little kick from all the warm spices and is sure to warm you right up. I used about a tablespoon of maple syrup to sweeten, but that’s up to your taste buds.
For the chai spice mix
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups almond milk or dairy-free milk of choice
2 bags black tea
1 teaspoon of the chai spice mix
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup to taste
1. For the chai spice mix In a small bowl, whisk together all of the spices until fully incorporated. Transfer to a spice jar.
2. For the latte
In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk until scalding. Turn off the heat and add the black tea bags, let steep for about 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
Add 1 teaspoon of the chai spice mix and 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup and whisk to combine. Taste, and add more spice/maple syrup as desired. You can also transfer the mixture to a blender and blend to combine, which will add some foam, or mix with a hand frother.
Serve in one or two mugs, topped with some dairy-free whipped cream and a dusting of chai spice mix, if desired!