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Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte
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Easy Warm Apple Chai Latte 

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. 
Course Drinks
Keyword apple, apple cider, apples, breakfast, chai tea, cinnamon, classic, creamy, dairy-free, drinks, easy, fall recipe, gluten-free, healthy, holidays, homemade, indulge, plant-based, recipe, spices, sweet, traditional, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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!

Notes

  • 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.