This creamy, dairy free chai is everything you want in a warm drink. Just by calling this a chai latte I’ll probably have the recipe police coming after me. That’s because this recipe contains neither component of a latte (no steamed milk and no coffee).
Whatever you call it, this is a warm, tasty drink that’s perfect for long winter nights when you’re tired of hot cocoa. Even I, a hot cocoa lover, sometimes like to mix it up. If you’re in the mood for hot cocoa still, check out my hormone healthy hot cocoa recipe.
It’s also great for hydrating when water just doesn’t sound the best. Since it only contains herbal ginger tea, there is no caffeine and can be made for any time of the day that the craving strikes. If you are dairy free, this chai still provides all the creamy goodness of a latte without the added bloating or digestive discomfort.
But the best part of this recipe is it actually helps sneak in some protein while still satisfying that sweet tooth! Protein needs increase in pregnancy, but those early weeks of nausea can make protein the last thing you want to eat. Finding sneaky ways like this warming recipe to still sneak protein in can help fill in those gaps to meat your protein needs.
Ingredients Serves 2
3 cups purified water
2 ginger tea bags
2 scoops unflavored collagen (or 1 serving; I use Vital Proteins)
1/2 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract (for AIP make sure it’s compliant)
2 tbsp and 1 tsp maple syrup (can adjust to sweetness preference)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
dash of ground cloves
optional dash of salt
3 tbsp coconut cream or 1/4 cup coconut milk
- Boil water in a small pot on the stove on high heat. I love my affordable and nickel free, nontoxic Homi Chef pot for this job!
- When water is boiling, place tea bags in and steep for 10-15 minutes or according to box instructions.
- Remove tea bags and use a spoon to press any excess water back into pot.
- Add collagen and whisk until incorporated and there are no clumps.
- Add maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Whisk until all incorporated.
- Add coconut milk and whisk.
- Pour into mugs and enjoy!
You can pour leftovers into a glass jar, let cool, and store in fridge for 1-3 days. Just reheat over the stove.