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
Yield 8 cups
An easy chai tea that can be pre-made in the crock pot for a warm drink on the go.
- 4 cups water
- 8 tea bags OR ½ cup loose leaf black tea or herbal tea
- 1-2 tsp stevia leaf
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 cinnamon sticks
- 8-10 whole cloves or ¼-½ tsp ground cloves
- 2 cardamon pods (optional, but really good)
- 8 thin slices fresh ginger root OR ½ tsp dried ginger root (optional)
- 1 TBSP chamomile flowers (optional)
- ½ tsp dried fennel seeds (optional)
- 4 cups coconut milk, canned store-bought or well-filtered homemade
- Put water in Crock-Pot and add tea, herbs, and spices.
- Cook on high for 2-2½ 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!
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!).
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 24.1 g
Saturated Fat 21.4 g
Sodium 19 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Sugars 0.1 g
Protein 2.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
What is your hot drink of choice? Ever made it in a Crock-Pot? Share below!