Homemade Chai Tea Latte

Chai tea lattes. One of my absolute favorite coffee shop drinks. I get them all the time at coffee shops while my friends drink coffee. This stuff is addicting and a pricey addiction to have. I recently visited a friend in Scranton and we visited this coffee shop called Adezzo. It was a bit chilly that day so I thought I’d order a warm latte. I ordered the chai latte with oat milk. It was amazing! The first sip always reminds me of fall and gets me excited for sweaters, cooler weather, boots, holiday movies, etc. I thought, I need to recreate this recipe once I get home.

So here we have it.

The key to optimal frothiness is using Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. This stuff is amazing. It maintains healthy skin, hair, nails, and joints. It also aides in healthy digestion as well. I’ve been taking this stuff for almost 2 years now and have really noticed a difference it makes for my body.

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Let’s get to the recipe!

Watch full recipe video here!

 

Ingredients:

Chai Tea Concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 pure black tea bags (I use Twinings  English Breakfast Tea)

Chai Tea Latte

  • 1/2 cup chai tea concentrate
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or other plant based milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 servings Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

Chai Tea Concentrate

  1. Place all ingredients into a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once it boils, turn off heat, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Strain through a nut milk bag or very finely meshed strainer and save remaining liquid into a jar.
  4. Save for up to 2 weeks.

Chai Tea Latte

  1. Add chai tea concentrate to a high speed blender. I prefer a Vitamix.
  2. Add almond milk, maple syrup, and collagen to the tea.
  3. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Notes:

  • This latte can be made iced or hot.
  • If making iced latte, just pour mixture over ice.
  • If making a hot latte, be sure to heat up the the tea and milk in the microwave or stovetop before placing into the blender.
  • Collagen is not necessary but your latte won’t be at optimal frothiness.
  • Enjoy!

Chai tea latte up close


Bulletproof Matcha Latte

New to matcha or wanting to hop on the recent trend? This finely ground tea powder is full of antioxidants and naturally boosts your overall health and enhances energy. I enjoy drinking this latte almost every day. I’ll tell you every ingredient I use and break it down as to why I use it and the health benefits of each.

  • Matcha green tea powder: I use Matchaful or Ippodo Tea Ceremonial Grade Brands however you can also use the culinary grade. The culinary grade is not necessarily lower quality, but it just has a different purpose and usually cheaper. I choose to use the highest grade because it has a naturally sweet flavor and a smoother texture to it versus any other grade. Plus, the bright green color of a ceremonial grade indicates that it has higher concentrations of antioxidants and nutrients in the tea powder.

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  • Coconut butter: Matcha is high in Vitamin A (aka a fat soluble vitamin) and to completely absorb this vitamin, you need to be consuming a fat source with it. Coconut butter is high in healthy fats that can easily absorb fat soluble vitamins found in matcha. It also keeps this latte so smooth and creamy! I use Artisana Organics brand shown below.

coconut Butter

 

 

  • Collagen Peptides: This stuff is amazing. It keeps your hair fuller and softer, nails looking stronger and longer, and skin looking glowing and youthful. It also restores gut health by aiding in healthy digestion. On top of all that, it adds froth to your latte! I use Vital Proteins or Further Food collagen interchangeably. Vital Proteins brand shown below.

 

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  • Brain Octane Oil: This highly concentrated oil found in coconut oil enhances energy moods and clears brain fog. It’s a quick long lasting energy source that leaves you feeling ready to start your day. (Note: This is different than MCT oil.)

brain octane oil.jpg

 

  • Cinnamon: Gives you a little more sweetness without adding any sugar, controls blood sugar levels, and even has anti-inflammatroy properties.

 

Here’s the recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 serving of collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tablespoon brain octane oil OR coconut oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon (I like a lot of cinnamon so I usually overdo it but start off with 1/4 tsp if you’re unsure)

 

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to a high speed blender. I prefer a Vitamix.
  3. Once water is almost at a boil, remove from heat and add to the blender.
  4. Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes or until frothy.
  5. Serve into your favorite mug and enjoy!

 

Matcha latte final