Coconut & Honey Chai Tea Latte
Anyone who knows me on a personal level understands my complete and utter addiction to caffeine. While I would love to tell you that 9 months without coffee has been all rainbows and unicorns, I am 100% certain that my hubby would have a very different scarier story to tell.
I have tried the good old coffee detox and turned to herbal teas instead (all the while counting down to my first LARGE double double of the year). *Come on kid, it is time to evacuate! This mommy needs a real coffee*
Needless to say, the last few months have opened up a whole new world in the beverage department. Hot cocoas, smoothies; tea lattes – you name it!
Ahhh a piping hot tea latte; seems like a little bit of a contradiction wouldn’t you say? Is it a latte? Or maybe a tea? Neither? Both? Can you truly label it a latte when there’s literally no coffee bean in sight? Either way, I have found them to be comfort in a cup.
The warmth of the chai aroma pairs perfectly with the tropical infusion from the coconut milk. You can’t ask for more on a dreary winter morning.
The crowning glory of a tea latte is its foam cap. When you are working without dairy products, it is certainly not as easy to recreate, since hot coconut milk doesn’t really whisk up too well by hand. But with a little help from a milk frother (or blender) you can have an extravagant dairy free beverage.
There is just something so decadent about sipping on a foam-finished beverage that it’s mysteriously one of life’s little lavishes.
For a stunning presentation, I sprinkled my tea lattes with a dash of cinnamon and toasted coconut.
- 1 Cup Hot Water
- 2-3 Chai Tea Bags
- 1 Cup Coconut Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Unpasteurized Honey
- ½ Vanilla Bean
- Bring the water and vanilla bean to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and toss tea bags into the hot water. Steep for 3 minutes.
- While the tea is steeping, add the coconut milk and honey to a small saucepan on the stovetop. Whisk together and heat until the coconut milk is steaming (DO NOT BOIL). Remove the warmed milk from heat.
- Once the tea has brewed, remove and discard the tea bags and vanilla bean.
- Divide the tea evenly between two cups.
- Pour the warmed coconut milk into a 12 oz frothing pitcher. Use a handheld milk frother and froth until the coconut milk has increased in volume and has plenty of bubbles on top.
- Divide the frothed coconut milk between the two cups.
- Garnish with a drizzle of honey, ground cinnamon or toasted coconut.