Check this out and see what an early Christmas present feels like in September If you like fresh, spicy, sweet and milky tea then you’re in luck. Your tastes buds are going to linger over the Chai Latte blend guaranteed to give you a sensational buzz… oh did I mention it is almost guilt free.
‘Chai’ is spiced milk tea originating from India and well liked in East Africa, in particular Kenya where the beverage is often often served alongside the East African Spiced doughnuts (Mandazi). It is a combination of, black tea, milk and a heightened mélange of spices that include cinnamon, anise, clove, cardamom and ginger. Finally it is sweetened with a touch of sugar or honey. (Yes you could leave that part out if you wish).
I am a huge Chai fan; I love it served hot or cold, consumed in the former part of the day because of the possible calorie content. See I am one of those people that always has buyer’s remorse or may should I say ‘Drinker’s’ remorse. I can easily gulp a big cup of latte which would sit comfortably in my tummy for a long time using up most my precious calories for the day, geez.
This chai tea though is different – lightened up with only less than 50 calories per serving but still maintaining its rich, creamy and spicy taste. The key ingredient?, I use coconut milk which is rich in flavor, creamy and is 60 calories per cup ,sweetened with Splenda, then topped with fat free whipped cream which is 5 teaspoons per serving . You may use honey if you wish.
The ratio here is 1 cup of water to 2 cups of drinkable coconut milk (the ones sold in the carton at the local supermarket) not the canned coconut milk cream.For best results make your own coconut milk featured here. It is 10x tastier than any store-bought milk especially with this tea. Serve it with this East African Doughnut
- 2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 cup of water
- 2 star anise
- 2 teaspoons of grated or finely chopped ginger
- 2 short crumble cinnamon sticks
- 7 cardamon pods (heavily crushed)
- 2 bags of black tea( I used earl grey)
- 3 sweetener packet sweetener(splenda ,stevia )
- 6 tablespoons of fat free whipped cream (optional)
- 1 whole nutmeg for topping (optional)
- Crush star anise, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods and chop ginger( for an intense ginger flavor you can mince the ginger , depending on your preference)
- In a medium saucepan, add 2 cups of water together with the crushed spices (cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and star anise)
- Bring the water to a boil, then let the spices simmer for 5-8 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and then add tea bags and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.
- When the tea has reached it’s desired strength add coconut milk. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.
- Serve warm with grated nutmeg and whipped cream or let it cool and pour over ice.