Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

September 21, 2020

This Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness during the cooler season. Believe it or not, apple + chai flavors go together so well and will surely become your newest obsession! Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this coffee-free cup of goodness every morning. 

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte. Honestly, I never thought that I would be mentioning Apple + Chai together—-but it’s true. They are SO AMAZING together, believe it or not.

Pumpkin Everything has been great, BUT Apples are even greater!

While I know that you’ve enjoyed #PumpkinWeek on Orchids + Sweet Tea previously, I’m definitely excited to be doing this again—this time with #AppleWeek

I know. Apples are the perfect addition tot he Fall/Autumn season and while I have used them a few times on the blog, I’m definitely happy to have stretched my recipe development skills this week with a few savory flavors using apples as well.

To kick things off, I wanted to share this latte with you which makes for a great coffee alternative because I chose to use Chai Tea instead. But did you know that Apple + Chai Tea actually work together nicely? Yup. Don’t believe me? Try this recipe for yourself!

Obsessed with Lattes? Try these Great Options This Season!

This Vegan Pumpkin Chai Latte is made with only a handful of ingredients and is the perfect warmth + coziness to any day. Literally whipped together in a few short minutes, this homemade latte comes fully dairy-free, vegan, + gluten-free. Enjoy this coffee-free cup of goodness every morning. 

This Vegan Chai Tea Latte with Turmeric is the epitome of a good cup of warmth and delicious chai spices, just in time for the Holidays. It’s super easy to make, requires only a handful of ingredients, a great caffeine alternative to coffee, and comforting. All vegan and gluten-free.

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Looking for delicious Apple recipes for the Fall season? Try these Mini Salted Caramel Apple ‘Pie’ Galettes! When it comes to the perfect breakfast—-this Delicious French Toast + Caramelized Apples recipe is irresistibly good.

These Mini Salted Caramel Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bites are the epitome of the best dessert treat ever! 

Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with comforting spice flavors, both inside + out and topped with a beautiful Maple frosting. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser, especially for Apple lovers. 

WHY APPLES?

Whelp, in case you weren’t aware—Apples have a few great benefits when it comes to your health. Yup. That good saying, “One Apple a day keeps the Doctor away” is a fact. Haha.

In fact, Apples actually help to improve Neurological health, helps to prevent dementia, reduces your risk for stroke, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces your risk of diabetes, helps to ward off breast cancer, and helps to fight obesity.

When it comes to daily nutrition, Apples contain all the important stuff—Vitamin C, B-Complex Vitamins, Fiber, Calcium, Potassium, and Phytonutrients (which helps to protect our bodies from free radicals).

What You’ll Love Most About This Homemade Latte.

Very easy to whip together and uses minimal main ingredients.

Ready in less than 30 minutes TOTAL—-including prep.

Warm and comforting with every sip.

Loaded with delicious Fall/Winter spices.

A great coffee alternative!

All dairy-free, vegan, + GF.

Makes for the perfect sweet treat for the entire family.

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

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Common FAQs for this Latte.

CAN YOU ADD COFFEE TO THIS IF DESIRED?

Absolutely! Feel free to add 2 shots of espresso or a 1/2 cup of strongly brewed coffee if you’d like. 

WHAT IS THE CONSISTENCY OF THIS LATTE?

This latte is so easily drinkable and not thick in texture at all. This drink is lighter and has a beautiful creamy and foaminess to it due to the cocowhip on top. SO Delicious!

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE COCOWHIP?

Definitely. For added pizzazz, feel free to added frothed milk to the top of your latte instead of CocoWhip or you can drink it without a topping. The possibilities are endless. 

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe shall we?

Easy Apple Cider: 

Add the apples, cinnamon sticks, all spice, and cloves to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cover with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top so that it doesn’t boil over. Let it simmer until the apples have softened entirely and everything becomes fragrant, about 15-20 minutes.

Once done, remove from heat and carefully scoop spoonfuls (using a large cooking spoon) of the mixture and place it into a strainer over a large bowl, squeezing the apples to remove the excess juice. Continue this until all of apple cider is strained into the bowl. Discard the apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Set aside.

Chai Tea:

In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the milk and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove the milk from heat and add tea bags and let them steep for 5-6 minutes.

Once fully steeped, remove tea bags and whisk in 1 Tbsp chai tea spice mix, 1/2 cup apple cider, vanilla, and Agave until well combined.

Combine:

To serve, pour apple-chai mixture in prepared mugs and top with CocoWhip, if preferred and sprinkle with additional chai spice mix.

Sip and enjoy!

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte

Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte 

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients

Apple Cider:

  • 4 organic Gala apples, peeled + sliced
  • 4 cups fresh water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground all spice

Chai Tea Latte:

  • 2 cups Almond milk (I use Califia Farms; You can use your own fave plant-based milk!)
  • 2-3 black tea bags 
  • 2 Tbsps Agave (See Notes!)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

Chai Tea Spice Mix:

  • 2 Tbsps ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

Easy Apple Cider: 

  • Add the apples, cinnamon sticks, all spice, and cloves to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and cover with water, leaving about an inch of space at the top so that it doesn’t boil over. Let it simmer until the apples have softened entirely and everything becomes fragrant, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from heat and carefully scoop spoonfuls (using a large cooking spoon) of the mixture and place it into a strainer over a large bowl, squeezing the apples to remove the excess juice. Continue this until all of apple cider is strained into the bowl. Discard the apples, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Set aside.

Chai Tea:

  • In a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, add the milk and bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove the milk from heat and add tea bags and let them steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Once fully steeped, remove tea bags and whisk in 1 Tbsp chai tea spice mix, 1/2 cup apple cider, vanilla, and Agave until well combined.

Combine:

  • To serve, pour apple-chai mixture in prepared mugs and top with CocoWhip, if preferred and sprinkle with additional chai spice mix.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • SWEETENER: You can always use maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a substitute for Agave. For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
  • LATTE: Best when consumed once prepared. Not recommended to be stored. 
  • APPLE CIDER: Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator, tightly covered in your pitcher for up to 5 days. Can be frozen for up to 3 months and thawed in the refrigerator.
  • FAQ: See common Q + A's about this latte in the blog post above recipe.
  • IS THERE OTHER METHODS TO MAKING THIS? Yup. While I enjoy the slow and true cooking method of using my stovetop, you can make this latte within your blender. Some high-tech blenders like the Vitamix has a heating mode which allows you to blend and warm at the same time, which is one way to do it. Of course, if you’re like me, then using your stovetop is just as easy. 
  • WHAT PLANT-BASED MILKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS RECIPE? My go-to plant-based milk is Almond milk from Califia Farms. However, you can always use your fave or one of the following: coconut milk, oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), flax milk, etc.

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