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Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe (Dairy Free)
It is a warm and spicy combination with black tea, its chai!
There is no need to go to the coffee shop when you can make a low carb homemade chai concentrate to have on hand anytime the craving strikes.
Have a Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte with a lot less sugar than the pre-made ones!
This homemade version is so simple you will wonder why you have not made it sooner!
Just think, when you want a healthy chai tea latte, you can just pull out your own chai concentrate to make your perfect drink in a flash instead of standing in line at one of your local coffee houses.
You may even live in the country, like me, so a visit to a local coffee shop isn’t an option.
Although the grocery store may stock a Starbucks chai concentrate, it has way to much sugar to even be healthy.
Making your own at home ensures you can control the amount of sugar used and if you want a stronger chai flavor or not.
Having the choice on the sugar content for your delicious drinks is my favorite way to make sure I do not consume a lot of sugar even if it is a low carb sweetener.
Having a tasty drink like this Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte on hand will help you achieve your weight loss goals as it has fewer calories and contains 0 grams of sugar versus any of the grande starbucks chai tea lattes you may be tempted to pick up!
I will show you how easy it is to make a homemade chai tea concentrate at home with just a few simple ingredients!
This iced version is perfect during the warmer months where you want a cold drink on a warm day instead of a hot one!
What is chai tea and where did it come from?
The word chai is the Hindi word for “tea,” which is derived from “cha,” the Chinese word for tea.
Chai can also be referred to as Masala Chai or Spiced Chai since “chai tea” translates to “tea tea.”
The term for chai is a mixture of whole spices or “masala”, steeped into a hot tea beverage creating the spiced tea we all know.
The beginning of chai dates back more than 5,000 years ago in the Assam region of India.
Legend says an Indian king combined a medley of warm spices and turned them into a drink for medicinal purposes.
This new concoction was created to be used in “Ayurveda,” which was a health practice that specialized in the use of spices and herbs.
Common chai spices, such as whole cloves, ginger, and black peppercorns promote digestion and improve circulation, among other health benefits.
Chai became a popular drink and the medicinal blend spread across different parts of India, with each region adding its own interpretation to the recipe such as using different teas and also the addition of hot milk and sweeteners.
Why you will love this chai latte recipe!
- It’s an easy recipe that you can whip up in an afternoon then have on hand to make a cup of chai whenever you want!
- It is the perfect balance of spices that help improve digestion and improve circulation.
- It meets the needs of a low carb lifestyle by not increasing your blood sugar because you control the sweeteness.
- It is also very economical as the price you spend on a box of tea bags is far less than purchasing the concentrate off of the grocery store shelves.
What you will need the following ingredients to make this Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe
- TAZO CHAI tea bags
- Keto Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- A quart jar with a lid
- Large bowl or pot for steeping tea
- Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Milk or milk of choice
Let’s make a Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe!
First you will need to get out a large pot that will hold your black tea concentrate.
Boil up 4 cups of water in your large pot.
Once it comes to a boil remove from the heat and put your TAZO chai tea bags into the hot water.
Let them steep for 8-10 minutes until the water is very dark.
Do not steep them for much longer or it may become bitter tasting.
Now remove the tea bags and use a wooden spoon to press them against the side of the pot to squeeze out as much of the tea as possible.
Add in the keto brown sugar, or monkfruit sweetener to the boiling hot tea.
You can try different keto sweeteners too!
Just check out my post here where I break down all of the keto sweeteners available and where they come from.
Whisk it up well so the sweetener dissolves.
You can of course leave it unsweetened if you want so you can customize your sweetness when you make your cup of chai.
Let it cool for at least 10 minutes on the counter at room temperature before pouring into a lidded quart jar.
Now put it into the fridge overnight like you would a cold brew coffee.
If you do not have a large quart jar, any airtight container you can pour from will work.
I love these pour spout lids that fit any mason jar.
Now that the concentrate is cooled, it is time to make a homemade chai latte!
In a quart jar fill it 1/3 of the way with ice cubes.
Add in half of your cooled chai concentrate and half of your milk of choice.
That is all!
Go enjoy your Low Carb Iced Tea Latte!
If you want to enjoy it warm, just add half concentrate and half milk in a saucepan and heat.
What if I want to make my own chai tea versus purchasing the tea bags?
Then I have you covered!
If I run out of my TAZO chai tea bags then I make my own.
It is very simple to make if you have the whole spices on hand to combine this blend of spices with some black tea bags.
Loose tea will work in this instance as well because we will be boiling all of the whole spices together then straining.
You will need:
- 1 tsp Whole Cardamom Seeds or crushed cardamom pods
- 2- Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 tsp Dried Ginger Root, cut
- 2 tsp Whole Cloves
- 1 tsp Whole Allspice
- 1/2 tsp Black Peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
- 1/2 tsp Whole Anise Seeds (from the star anise)
- 1 tbsp Loose Black Tea (or 8 bags)
You will add all of the loose spices and tea to a saucepan with 4 cups water.
Bring it to a boil then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
After the simmer time is up, strain the concentrate and store in a quart jar as described in the recipe above.
Proceed to making your iced latte or hot latte by pouring in half concentrate and half milk.
Here are some tips and ideas on how to customize this recipe
- Add a shot of espresso to your cup of iced chai latte to make it a dirty chai latte! This adds an interesting twist and a depth of smoky flavor. Instead of shots of espresso, you can always use a 1/2 cup of brewed coffee.
- If you do not want to use unsweetened almond milk as your milk you could use any of the following plant-based milk: Oat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk. Any dairy milk would work too like raw cow’s milk, whole milk or skim milk.
- If you are trying to stay away from artificial sweeteners, you can sweeten your chai recipes with one of the natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.
- If you are a diverse tea drinker, you can of course substitute the black tea for your own favorite tea. Maybe try a herbal tea for a caffiene free chai.
Low Carb Iced Chai Tea Latte Recipe (Dairy Free)
- 8 bags TAZO Chai Tea
- 3 tbsp keto brown sugar
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups boiling water
- First you will need to get out a large pot that will hold your black tea concentrate.
- Boil up 4 cups of water in your large pot.
- Once it comes to a boil remove from the heat and put your TAZO chai tea bags into the hot water.
- Let them steep for 8-10 minutes until the water is very dark.
- Do not steep them for much longer or it may become bitter tasting.
- Now remove the tea bags and use a wooden spoon to press them against the side of the pot to squeeze out as much of the tea as possible.
- Add in the keto brown sugar, or monkfruit sweetener to the boiling hot tea.
- Whisk it up well so the sweetener dissolves.
- You can of course leave it unsweetened if you want so you can customize your sweetness when you make your cup of chai.
- Let it cool for at least 10 minutes on the counter at room temperature before pouring into a lidded quart jar and putting in the fridge overnight like you would a cold brew coffee.
- If you do not have a large quart jar, any airtight container you can pour from will work.
- Now that the concentrate is cooled, it is time to make a homemade chai latte!
- In a quart jar fill it 1/3 of the way with ice cubes.
- Add in half of your cooled chai concentrate and half of your milk of choice.
- That is all!
- Go enjoy your Low Carb Iced Tea Latte!
- If you want to enjoy it warm, just add half concentrate and half milk in a saucepan and heat.
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