Joy’s Dairy-Free Holiday Chai Tea Recipe
Great to sip with cookies or just to warm up on cold winter nights!
What you will need:
3 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cardamom pods, crushed
20 whole cloves
½ tsp whole black peppercorns
2 inch piece of fresh ginger
4 organic oolong tea bags
4 cups coconut milk beverage (found in the refrigerator section of your health food store)
4 Tbs brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
In a medium sized pot add cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods (lightly crushed), cloves, peppercorns, and the peeled piece of fresh ginger (sliced thinly) along with 4 cups water. Boil covered for 5 minutes stirring occasionally, and then lower to a simmer for another 10 minutes to steep and release the flavor of the spices.
Next, bring the pot back to a boil and add the 4 tea bags. Simmer for 5 more minutes and then shut off the heat. Finally add 4 cups of dairy-free coconut milk and vanilla extract. Sweeten with brown sugar, strain, and serve hot. If the chai doesn’t seem strong enough, simply simmer a bit longer.
Cinnamon: warming, good for blood circulation, joint pain, vitality
Cardamom: good for warming digestion
Cloves: good for upset stomach
Pepper: warms and calms abdominal cramps
Ginger: used for nausea and indigestion
Coconut Milk: high in medium chain fatty acids, good for the skin, brain, immune system, etc.
Oolong tea: contains antioxidants
Enjoy! And let me know how you like it.
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