Have you ever had a golden chai latte? No, I don’t mean have you had a chai latte and I don’t mean have you tried golden milk. A golden chai latte is a magical combination of these two delicious hot beverages in one delicious cup. Read on and I’ll show you how to make a version of golden chai latte that is one of the healthiest beverages you will ever have.
I can’t remember when I enjoyed my first chai latte. But once I tried it once, I was hooked. As my palate continued to change however, the sugar content in most store bought chai lattes became too much to enjoy.
On occasion, I can still get a good restaurant bought chai latte that’s not too sweet, but it’s become harder and harder to find. Later on, I found out about golden milk and the allure of the sunshine yellow turmeric and it’s anti-inflammatory benefits were equally hard to resist.
But, why choose between golden milk and chai latte when you can enjoy the health benefits of both in one cup?
History of Chai Tea
Chai tea started in India and goes back thousands of years. Traditionally, chai spice mix was used as part of Ayurvedic medicine. Those diverse array of spices are paired together not just for their flavor but for their powerful health benefits. In chai tea latte these black tea is used along with hot milk as a smooth vehicle for those aromatic spices.
History of Golden Milk
No surprises here…golden milk is another powerful beverage that got it’s start in India. Made with one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices on the planet (I’m looking at you turmeric), it’s no wonder why golden milk is noted for immune boosting benefits and used in everything from coughs, aches and pains.
Modifications for Golden Chai Latte
While chai latte and golden milk may have been made with cow’s milk initially, you can use dairy free options. I really like the creaminess of macadamia nut milk. Adding coconut milk is not necessary, but I find that it adds a nice balance along with thicker consistency, which is really nice.
When it comes to the spices in this recipe, the more whole the spice, the more robust and powerful your golden chai latte will be. Depending on where you live, whole ginger, black peppercorns (milled in recipe), cloves and cinnamon sticks should be easy to find. Finding whole cardamom and turmeric may be a little more challenging.
Don’t drive yourself crazy though. You can even grate fresh ginger ahead of time and store it in the freezer for easy access. I’ve even done this after making ginger beer before and it makes things really simple.
As far as sweeteners go you can swap the maple syrup for honey or agave. If you’ll be using honey, make sure you use wild honey to keep this recipe as health promoting as possible.
Tip: To finish this recipe off, you can use a handheld foamer for a special touch.
Ingredients and Select Health Benefits of Golden Chai Latte
- black tea (antioxidant properties, may reduce risk of cancer)
- coconut milk (non-dairy source of healthy fats)
- macadamia nut milk (non dairy source of creaminess, vitamins and minerals)
- ground turmeric (powerful anti-inflammatory agent)
- ground cinnamon (reduces heart disease risk, reduces blood sugar, too many other benefits to list)
- whole clove (pain relief, rich in antioxidants, supports a healthy liver)
- fresh ground ginger (wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits)
- ground cardamom (may prevent chronic diseases, antibacterial effects)
- maple syrup (packed with nutrients like zinc, magnesium, calcium and riboflavin)
- real vanilla extract (soothing, calming and can help reduce sugar intake)
- ground black pepper (aids in the absorption of turmeric, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits)
Golden Chai Latte
This delicious recipe for golden chai latte is also one of the healthiest drinks around.
- 1 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
- 2 black tea bags (tags removed)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 whole clove
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
- * garnish- cinnamon sticks
- To medium pot add milk, tea bags, maple syrup, turmeric, cinnamon, whole clove, grated ginger, black pepper and vanilla
- Place on medium heat and whisk intermittently, being careful not to walk away from the pot so it doesn't boil over or burn.
- Cook for 10 minutes (stirring slowly) allowing chai tea to thicken slightly.
- Strain the tea into your favorite bug, making sure to remove the clove and tea bags.
- Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
- Serve hot.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 325Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 23mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 16gProtein 3g
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