Crock Pot Chai Tea Latte

Easy Crock Pot Chai Tea Latte Recipe

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.

Crock Pot Chai Tea Latte
 
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An easy Chai Tea that can be pre-made in the crock pot for a warm drink on the go.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Put water in crock pot and add herbs and spices (I really suggest using a cloth bag or reusable tea bag)
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
TIP: Put all loose spices and herbs in a reusable tea bag or cloth bag to make straining easier.

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!

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  1. This looks absolutely delicious! What a great way to warm up in the cooler weather!

  2. Thanks!   I can’t wait to make this.   Your pumpkin latte sounded so good but I don’t like coffee.   Chai tea is one of my all time favorites but I have given it up due to the sugar/milk version that you get at Starbucks.   I’m definitely going to try this one! 

  3. Could I use ground cinnamon in lieu of cinnamon sticks? And if so, how much would you suggest?

    • you can, I’d just make sure its in a bag, because cinnamon powder tends to get slimy in a crock pot for some reason

  4. I put the ingredients in my crock pot on low last night and just woke up in anticipation.  I have a curdled slew.  🙁  What went wrong?

      • Yes, I used Coconut milk.  :/  I think it was Trader Joes brand, unsweetened.  Perhaps the problem was that at the last moment I tossed in a spoonful of ‘mulling spices’ because I was a tad low on the cinnamon stick.  The mulling spices had a bit dried orange rind, perhaps the citrus curdled the coconut milk.  Also I have a new-ish crock pot which seems to cook much hotter than the old one I had for years.  My husband said it was ‘boiling’ when he got up (4:45 am) I assume it was ‘simmering’.  It was on low, and begun around 10 pm.  Does using  the new/hotter crock pots mean we always need to lessen the cooking time?  I definitely can’t leave a roast in for 8 to 12 hours any longer.  I cook two large boneless skinless Turkey breasts on low to falling apart tender in 5 hours on low in my small crock pot (5 quart, I think).    I’ll try it again during the day when I can keep an eye on it.  I was able to strain all the curdles out with a cheese cloth and I put the rest in a large jar, and it’s fine with fresh (coconut or almond) milk added and heated up.  😉

        • All I can think is the heat. If you have a newer crock pot, maybe try for just a couple of hours and see if it works better!

          • Thanks!  I’m bummed that I can’t wake up to hot chai.  🙁  Now if I want it I’ll need to just make it normal, or be forced to wait 2 hours.  I sure which the FDA or whomever is responsible for the new higher heating crock pots would have just left well enough alone.  All my recipes have to be adjusted and the whole point of a crock pot is the ability to turn it on first thing in the am or last thing at night and forget it.  Can anyone recommend a new crock pot that heats like the older ones?

    • Mine was a little curdly too. I think maybe it’s the coconut separating? But i just strained it and stirred it. It still tasted good! 

  5. This was amazing!  Thanks so much!  I used Red Raspberry Leaf tea as well and used individual packets of truvia to sweeten each cup.  Thanks for the amazing recipe!

    • Did you use 8 bags of raspberry leaf tea?

  6. Just a suggestion, but the first chai I ever had was so good that I copied out the ingredients from the packet, and one of them was Star anise.  that and the cardamom seemed to really “make” the flavor and I’d suggest adding that to your chai to keep it from being just plain ole spiced tea.  teehee.

    • Yes, you can not have a real chai tea without lots of fresh cardamom pods… and black peppercorns, too!

  7. It was a very nice idea ! Just wanna say thank you for the information you have diffused. Just continue composing this kind of post. I will be a loyal reader, thanks a lot.

  8. I cooked mine on low for six hours but didn’t strain it til it hit about the eighth hour and it turned out really bitter. Was it just too long?

    • It could be that it was too long, or depending on the head differences with crock pots, the temperature could have been slightly too high…

  9. Just a tad confused. Do you add the milk after it cooks for the hours, or do you add the milk to cook with everything else for hours? And I’m seeing different lengths of cinnamon sticks, which, I assume, would lend to different amounts of cinnamon in the finished product. What do you use? THanks!

  10. I have had a problem with slim and now I read here it, s the cinnamon! So I will try making a new batch with out cinamon and only add it before I drink it. I throught it was the cardamon I was useing in making the concentrate, I leave it in the fridge.

  11. i can’t find the stevia leaf its sold out for more than a month at mountain rose. can you recommend anywhere else to buy it?

  12. I’m assuming when you say coconut milk you mean the canned stuff? I was reading through the comments and wondering if that might be a common mistake since there is also “coconut milk” in tetra paks…

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