Chai tea was one of my favorite drinks in college and many days I’d grab a vanilla latte or a chai tea latte on the way to class. Now, I make superfood vanilla lattes instead since I need protein, healthy fats and nutrients (not just sugar and artificial flavors) to keep up with my busy days!
I wanted to create a healthy chai tea latte too, and while I could simply just substitute chai tea as the base of my regular superfood coffee recipe, my kids almost always ask “can I have some too,” when I make chai tea so I wanted to find a faster way to make a bigger batch. Enter the slow cooker…
Chai Tea Latte
This simple and delicious crock pot chai tea latte is great for cold winter days or an easy drink during parties. If made with herbal tea (like rooibos) or decaf tea, it is also wonderful for kids and the mix of spices is great for anyone who is sick or congested. Try this as a great break from coffee!
All of the herbs are available in bulk here for much less than store prices, and they are organic too.
Note: If you don’t want to make four or more servings for a big group (or yourself, no judgement here), you can reduce the amount and make a single serving in a saucepan in just a few minutes. Just brew the herbs in the water as a strong tea, add the milk or coconut milk until hot and sweeten to taste.
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups coconut milk (store bought or well-filtered homemade)
- 8 tea bags OR ½ cup loose leaf black tea or herbal tea. I use Raspberry Leaf.
- 1-2 tsp stevia leaf
- 8 thin slices of fresh ginger root OR ½ tsp dried ginger root (optional)
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 8-10 whole cloves or ¼-1/2 tsp clove powder
- 2 cardamon pods (optional but really good)
- 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract
- Optional: 1 Tablespoon chamomile flowers and ½ tsp dried fennel seeds
- Put water in crock pot and add herbs and spices (I really suggest using a cloth bag or reusable tea bag)
- Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours or on low for up to 6 (I've kept on low overnight). Add milk or coconut milk and stir until heated.
- Serve plain or topped with real whipped cream or the cream from a can of coconut milk. Can also be chilled and blended with ice and 2 TBSP coconut oil for an iced version!
All herbs can be bought in bulk here (much cheaper!)
What is your hot drink of choice? Ever made it in a crock pot? Share below!