Warmly spiced, deliciously fragrant, and energy-boosting, a chai latte is a great alternative to your typical mug of coffee. Made with black tea leaves and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, this latte is refreshing when sipped cold and perfectly cozy when served hot.
A latte with an extra nutritious boost
Chai isn’t your average black tea. This particular combo of tea leaves and fragrant spices is as good for you as it tastes. Research suggests that sipping a chai latte – well, a cup of chai – can lead to benefits like lower stress levels, reduced inflammation, improved blood sugar control, and a lower risk for heart disease. The antioxidants found in chai are potent, and this type of tea features both flavonoids and polyphenols, which can potentially target long-term concerns like oxidative stress and its physical effect within the body.
Want to reap the benefits of chai beyond this latte? Try these recipes:
But it’s not just the black tea alone that delivers the nutrients found in this latte. We’ve also tossed in a few scoops of collagen peptides, an extra addition that can benefit your joint health, skin health, and more. Collagen peptides are an easy way to increase your protein intake and feed your skin, joints, ligaments, and other tissues the nutrients they need to stay strong and in shape. It’s like adding a little protein powder into your morning cup of coffee, but with targeted potential benefits for areas of your body that can see a lot of stress with an active lifestyle.
- Place 1 cup almond milk in a saucepan with the ground spices, salt and peppercorns. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup and tea bags; turn off the heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and use an electric whisk to dissolve the spices into the milk.
- Pour into a tall glass jar and add the remaining almond milk and collagen. Seal the jar with a lid and shake to dissolve the collagen. Store in the refrigerator.
- Serve hot or cold.
- Serving Size ¼ of recipe
- Calories 116
- Carbohydrate Content 11 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 3 g
- Fiber Content 2 g
- Protein Content 11 g
- Saturated Fat Content 0.4 g
- Sodium Content 320 mg
- Sugar Content 7 g