from the ginger, cinnamon and cardamom,boosting the immune system and warming up when cold, the tea also boosts energy levels and metabolism too. With benefits like these, I couldn't wait to make some chai tea and it really did surpass my expectations being warming, spicy and most importantly delicious. It is definitely something I will make again and again over the winter months.
1 and a half cups of almond milk (or any non dairy or nut milk preferred)
2 Tbsp loose black tea or two teabags of regular tea
10 cardamom pods
Half a tsp of black peppercorns
1 Level tsp of freshly ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 to 3 pieces of fresh stem ginger
2 star anise
2 drops of vanilla extract (vanilla bean pod and pure vanilla can also be used)
1 Tbsp of healthy sweetener of choice, (I used coconut nectar but raw honey can be used if part of your diet or any low GI sweetener like xylitol, maple syrup, date molasses to name a few)
Grind all of the dry ingredients including the ginger excluding the star anise
Add the milk to a saucepan and simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the ground mix of spices to the saucepan of milk
Add the star anise and sweetener of choice
Simmer the mixture for another 3 to 5 minutes
Remove the saucepan from the heat source and set aside
Add the vanilla to the tea and stir thoroughly
Strain the tea into a teacup or mug to remove the herbs and spices
Bottoms up! and enjoy your very own homemade chai tea.
~ E xx