Some things just lend themselves to being made vegan. You know, stuff like coconut yoghurt (yes please)! oat milk and cauliflower ‘chicken’ wings (who knew the humble cauliflower was so versatile??)
Chai latte is totally one of those things. And if you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it right. Nobody wants a weak/not so spicy/not so delicious/(insert disappointment here) chai latte.
Unfortunately lots of traditional chai latte recipes call for whole cow’s milk or condensed milk – neither of which are dairy free of course. That’s the way it’s always been done in India. But now more people are waking up to cruelty-free living worldwide, so more people want to know how to make vegan chai latte. If you want it to feel and taste authentic, but want it to also be vegan, we’ve got good news for you!
So, if you want to know how to make vegan chai latte (the BEST vegan chai latte you’ve ever tasted) you’ve come to the right place!
This recipe is super simple and easy. You don’t need to go out and buy loads of ingredients. You don’t need to make your own nut milk or anything like that. You don’t need any fancy equipment – it’s quick and not at all complicated!
It’s also super healthy. This recipe can be made without sugar (if you want) and it contains over ten gorgeous whole spices. It’s also lower in caffeine content than coffee.
As an added bonus (because we are nice like that!!) we’ve included links to our Vegan Turmeric Latte/Vegan Golden Milk Recipe and Vegan Spiced Cacao recipes.
How To Make Vegan Chai Latte
- Aura Chai Original Chai Latte Blend
- Plant Milk of Your Choice (see footnote for our recommendations)
- Sweetener of your choice (we love vegan honey, agave or maple syrup)
- Hot water freshly boiled (filtered if you prefer, or live in a place with hard/chemically treated water)
2/ Pour over around 100-150ml hot water. This should just cover the spices. At this point you’ll be getting an impromptu aromatherapy sesh from all the gorgeous chai spices – soon your whole kitchen will be filled with the beautiful aroma of authentic chai!
3/ At this stage add sweetener. We recommend one tablespoon of vegan honey or syrup like agave, carob or maple. Plain old golden syrup works fine, too!
4/ Now pour in 200-250ml plant based milk and turn on the heat. Don’t boil the chai…just let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until it’s brewed just the way you like it. If this is your first time making authentic chai, we recommend starting at 10 minutes. You can always make it stronger next time!
5/ Once brewed, strain and serve in your favourite mug or a chai latte glass. We love to take our chai with vegan cookies or a slice of vegan banana bread!!
How to make Vegan Chai Latte – best types of mylk
Traditional masala chai is usually made with full-cream cow’s milk or condensed/evaporated milk, so it’s super creamy. If you want to replicate this with a vegan chai latte recipe, you’ll need to choose your plant-based milk carefully. Don’t worry! We’ve done allll the testing for you. The rule of thumb is to choose plant-based milks that don’t have a strong flavour that will overpower or impair the chai spices and tea. You also don’t want a milk that’s too watery. Here’s a run-down of our fave plant milks for vegan chai latte:
- Oat Milk: One of the best kinds of milk for vegan chai latte because it’s super creamy. Home made or barista blends are best – we love Alpro, Oatly and Califia Farms.
- Soy Milk: Soy milk works really well with vegan chai – again because it’s nice and creamy and won’t be watery or separate when brewed.
- Hemp Milk: Hemp milk is mega healthy and can be really creamy – but it does depend on the brand.
- Coconut Milk: We don’t recommend using coconut milk for hot chai latte, but we do use it for our iced chai lattes in summertime. Check out the recipe here.
- Almond Milk: Almond milk is not usually a good choice with chai. The taste of the almonds tends to clash with the spices and tea. BUT some blended brands, like Nutty Bruce Cultured Oat and Almond Milk, work really well.
Disclaimer: You can use an instant/powdered chai blend for this recipe in place of an authentic one – but the taste will be totally different. Also be careful to check the ingredients, as many instant chai latte blends contain milk powders and additives derived from dairy.
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