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Caffeine-Free Vegan Chai Latte Recipe

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An image of spice-and-rooibos-based Red Chai from ESP Tea Emporium.

For a caffeine-free chai latte, use a caffeine-free, rooibos-based chai in lieu of the usual black tea chais.

Lindsey Goodwin
Most chai lattes are made with milk and black tea. This vegan, caffeine-free version of a chai latte replaces the milk with coconut milk and the black tea with naturally caffeine-free rooibos.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup pure coconut milk (preferably fresh from a coconut)
  • (Optional) a few drops of pure vanilla extract or 1/4 vanilla pod, with seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons rooibos chai blend, such as the "tea" blend (technically a tisane) in this rooibos chai recipe
  • Agave nectar or palm sugar, to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water and coconut milk to a rolling boil.
  2. As the mixture is coming to a boil, add the vanilla extract or vanilla pod (if desired).
  3. Stir in the rooibos chai, then reduce the heat to medium or medium-low.
  4. Simmer the mixture for five to seven minutes, stirring occasionally and moderating the heat level as needed.
  5. Strain the mixture into a teapot.
  6. Sweeten to taste.
  7. (Optional) Add extra sweetener and pour over crushed ice. (Chilling beverages makes them taste less sweet, so adding a little extra agave nectar or palm sugar will ensure that the cold chai is sweetened to your taste.)
  8. (Optional) Froth the mixture with an espresso machine's steam wand or with a handheld frothing utensil.
  9. Serve in two to three cups and enjoy.

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