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Vanilla Chai Latte

Vanilla Chai Latte

  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 12-oz


The balance of spices in chai mixed with the creamy sweetness of the vanilla creates an irresistible flavor combination that you'll want to savor. Whether you're struggling through a cold winter morning or just looking for a different way to treat yourself, Vanilla Chai Latte is sure to hit the spot.



3 c. whole milk
2 T. cardamom pods
1 T. whole allspice
1 T. whole cloves
5-6 whole star anise
3-4 2” cinnamon sticks
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 t. real vanilla extract
2-3 T. honey (adjust to suit personal preference)
3 black tea bags, preferably organic 

Optional Garnish: Ground cinnamon and/or whole star anise


  1. Pour milk into a large skillet set over slightly less than medium heat.

    Tip: Set temperature between medium and medium-low. The milk should get very warm, but not scald.

  2. Place the cardamom pods, allspice, and cloves in a plastic bag and place on a cutting board. Gently pound on the spices with a meat mallet or rolling pin just until they crack. (They should remain mostly whole, but opened up a bit).

  3. Add the cracked spices, star anise, cinnamon sticks, ginger, vanilla extract, and honey to the skillet and stir to combine. Simmer until the milk is very warm and fragrant, approximately 5-6 minutes, then add the tea bags to brew for another 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and discard the tea bags, squeezing first to release as much flavor as possible. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, reserving the liquid. Discard the solids and divide two-thirds of the remaining liquid between individual serving mugs and set aside.

  5. Pour the remaining mixture into a blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until a nice foam develops.

    Tip: Make sure the blender cap is properly vented to prevent the hot liquid from exploding.

  6. Divide the liquid from the blender among the serving mugs and top off each with a big spoonful of foam. Sprinkle with some ground cinnamon and garnish with a star anise, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy! 



If you're looking to mix it up, feel free to experiment with whatever milk strikes your fancy! You've got options like regular cow's milk, a blend of cream and liquid gold (also known as whole), or use one of the growing number of plant-based alternatives out there. Just bear in mind that trying something different might alter the flavour - so be willing to make adjustments along the way if needed.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
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