Chai Latte recipe: My cold-weather comfort

Have you been to Caribou and tried a Chai Latte? If you have, you’ll understand why I don’t mind paying the $5.00 they ask for it. Starbuck’s version of Chai Latte is very watery tasting, so I don’t get them there.
But $5 would be expensive, everyday, and Caribou doesn’t have drive-through. So, it’s tough to get one when you’ve got kids in the car. So, I came up with my own healthy, low-fat version, and it’s very, very yummy and warm. And all the calcium helps you in the fight against osteroporosis.
What you’ll need:
Organic Black Chai Tea Bags(You can buy caffeine free if you want). Available in all grocery stores.
1-2 teaspoons honey or splenda or sugar
2 tablespoon of whipping cream (or half and half). Whipping cream is more fun — and you only need 1 tablespoon.
Low-fat milk (or soy milk is fine)
Cinnamon and or fresh nutmeg (Fresh nutmeg tastes incredible. Buy Whole Nutmeg,(Available in the spice aisle beside the jar of grated nutmeg.) Store in the freezer, and grate what you need.
Boiling water

1. Put the teabag in your mug, add honey.
2. Pour just enough boiling water to cover the tea bag — no more.
3. Cover and steep.
4. Warm milk in a double boiler, or in the microwave. Add cinnamon and grated nutmeg.
5. Pour into mug — leave a little room for your cream.
6. Cover mug, and continue to let it steep with the milk.
7. Whip whipping cream — 1 tablespoon gives you two tablespoons, once you’ve whipped some air in it. See, it’s half the calories! I use this to whip the cream, Cuisinart SmartStick Imersion Hand Blender
8. Scoop the whipped cream into your mug, and sprinkle with cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg. If using half and half, just pour a little bit into your cup.
9. There you are.

If you’re throwing caution to the wind, as far as calories go, add one of these Leonidas Belgian Chocolates, to the bottom of the mug, just before you add the boiling water. Yumm. (It’s just one little piece!)

I love tea, and here are some places where you can get to know some more tea lovers, and learn more about tea. (No particular order.)
No Tea Bags (careful, if you’re at work — there’s music)
Morning Tea Blog
Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea
Steph’s Cup of Tea
Save the World With Tea
Tea Nerd
Insani-TEA Blog
Tea Obsession
Teas Etc.
Tea Swap

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6 comments to “Chai Latte recipe: My cold-weather comfort”
  1. Wow this recipe sounds delicious.
    I just went out and bought the ingredients. Can’t wait to whip it up and save myself $5.

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  4. Just a quick note.. nutmeg doesn’t need to be stored in the freezer. If kept in its whole state (i.e. not ground until needed) it stays fresh for years (even half ground.. just don’t grind it all up ahead of time). I know this because I grew up in the Caribbean where we use nutmeg quite a lot;)

    Hope this is useful!

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