Chai latte with oat milk is creamy, dreamy and super comforting. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a treat!
Maybe you have tried it, but you want to replicate the deliciousness of a coffee shop chai at home.
Either way, this recipe offers up our most comprehensive coverage of chai latte with oat milk. Ready? Let’s go!
100% vegan chai latte
I’m Rose, chai latte lover and founder of Aura Chai. We’re a 100% vegan company, and I have been vegan myself for three years, so I know a thing or two about chai, and a thing or two about plant-based milks.
What I learned about making vegan chai is that the milk needs to be creamy. This used to be a bit of a challenge with plant-based milks.
Traditionally chai latte is made with whole cow’s milk, and/or condensed milk. That makes it super rich, super creamy – if you’re a lover of traditional chai, you’ll want to replicate this with a vegan recipe. The creaminess of chai (the reason it’s made as a latte) also perfectly complements the tea and spices.
Perhaps you are vegan, or avoiding dairy for health reasons. Either way, chai latte with oat milk is one of the best ways to . It’s one of our favourite recipes, and I’m super excited to be sharing it with you today!
Chai Latte With Oat Milk
This chai latte with oat milk recipe with blow your socks off. Why? Because it’s made in the traditional way. Whole spices and fine black tea, brewed to perfection on a stovetop. Beautifully balanced, sweet, fragrant and creamy – with absolutely NO dairy!
It’s also super simple. NO endless list of funny ingredients. NO specialist equipment. NO grinding, crushing, blending or hours of hard work.
- Original Aura Chai Latte Blend
- Hot water (filtered if you prefer)
- Oat Milk of choice (see our brands guide below!)
- Sweetener of choice (we love vegan honey, agave syrup or carob syrup)
1/ Add 1-2 tbsp Aura Chai Original Chai Latte Blend to a saucepan (or chai pot, if you’re fancy! Get one here). Cover with 100-150ml hot water.
2/ Add sweetener of choice – we normally use around 1-3 tbsp. This is totally optional and the quantity is up to you – if you have a sweet tooth, you might like to add more. Or you may decide to just go with one or two spoonfuls and see how that tastes. In fact, you don’t actually need sweetener at all – but our blends are all 100% sugar free, so it’s recommended. A little sweetness brings out the flavour of all those delicious spices.
3/ Right about now your kitchen (and the rest of your home, probably!) will be filled with the beautiful fragrance of chai. Add 200-250ml oat milk and turn on the heat. You want the heat to be low-medium, don’t boil the chai, as this can impair the flavour of the tea and spices.
4/ We normally brew our chai for 5-10 minutes. How long you brew depends on your preference – if you like your chai strong, you’ll want to let it brew for longer. If you prefer a weaker chai flavour, start with 5. With plant-based milks you may also find you need to adjust the timing to account for the brand. Milks with a higher water content can tend to get very strong very quickly. If you’re using a really creamy brand, 10 minutes should be perfect. Don’t forget if you have any questions you can contact us!
5/ Strain and serve into your favourite mug – or a glass – and enjoy ♡
Chai Latte With Oat Milk – Which Oat Milk Brand is Best?
Whether you’re vegan, plant-based or dairy free, you’ll know that no two oat milk brands are the same. In fact, many of them are quite different! Remember, the criteria you’re looking for here is a milk that’s creamy, dense and most similar to whole cow’s milk. Generally the better quality the milk, the pricier it is. Sometimes this means paying more, but not necessarily. We recommend looking for the highest quality, creamiest oat milk you can find – homemade or barista blends are often best. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Oatly: Cult plant-based m*lk brand Oatly are renowned for their amazing quality oat milk blends and other oat-based dairy-free products. We love their Whole and Barista blends for chai because they’re extra creamy. Works really well with a fancy coffee machine steamer, as both these blends can be textured beautifully for a really thick, satisfying chai.
- Nutty Bruce: Aussie brand Nutty Bruce offers cultured, artisanal plant-based blends for the discerning dairy-free chai lover. We recently tried their Almond-Oat Blend with our Original Chai and Vanilla Chai it was really, really good! We don’t usually recommend almond milk for chai, but this one’s ace.
- Califia Farms: US-based Califia Farms have a few different mylk blends to choose from. We love their oat blend, but their nut-based milks are also super tasty and creamy.
- Alpro: Old faithful Alpro offers really good value for money and excellent quality. We love their Unsweetened Oat Milk with our chai.
Tried Chai Latte With Oat Milk? Want to try other vegan chai latte recipes? (Of course you do!)
If you want the complete guide on how to make vegan chai latte, check out our dedicated blog here. You’ll learn how to make a killer vegan chai latte at home, plus there’s a handy help sheet on the best plant-based milks to use with chai.