homemade healthy chai tea latte slow cooker recipe
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Chai Tea Latte Recipe

This spicy sweet (and all-natural) chai tea concentrate is easy to make on the stovetop, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot. Just add milk for a creamy latte!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Katie Wells


  • 6 cups water
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 8 tea bags or 1/2 cup loose black tea or herbal tea
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 TBSP maple syrup or honey optional
  • milk of choice up to 6 cups or to taste


  • Pour the water in a large saucepan, Crock-Pot, or Instant Pot.
  • Use the flat side of a large knife to crack open the cardamom pods and slice the ginger into thin slices.
  • Add the cardamom pods and seeds, ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and cloves to the water. 
  • If using the stove, bring the water and spices to a boil then cover and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • If using a Crock-Pot, heat on high for 2 hours or low for up to 8 hours.
  • If using an Instant Pot, cook at high pressure for 5 minutes then allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before venting.
  • Add the tea bags, vanilla extract, and sweetener if using and let steep for 10 minutes.
  • Strain finished chai concentrate.
  • Enjoy hot or cold by mixing equal parts warm or cold chai with warmed or cold milk. Top with whipped cream or whipped coconut cream!


TIP: Put all loose spices and herbs in a reusable tea bag or cloth bag to make straining easier.
  • This is a chai concentrate meant to be mixed with milk to make a chai latte. Feel free to adjust the spice and sweetness levels to fit your taste.
  • Freeze the chai in cubes and blend with milk for a frappe-style chai latte!


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 53mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 8.5g