Keto diets are one of the most popular weight loss methods on the planet right now. Keto involves eating a low-carb, high-fat diet. It’s highly effective and loved by gym bunnies everywhere for its fast, sustainable results.
If you’re a fan of keto but also love chai latte, you might br wondering if chai latte is keto? The short answer is YES – it can be, but not always. Let us show you how!
What is chai latte?
Chai latte means ‘tea latte’. It’s short for ‘masala chai’ or ‘masala chai latte’ – which means mixed spice tea latte. Originally from India, chai latte is becoming super popular in the UK and US right now. Chai latte was actually created thousands of years ago by Ayurvedic medicine men and women, as a healing tonic. It was designed to be consumed with a little raw honey, so the traditional recipe is essentially keto. Modern chai latte blends are not always so saintly, though.
Can chai latte be keto?
Yes, and no. The good news is that chai latte CAN be keto, if it is made in the traditional way. The bad news is that most chai latte on the market isn’t keto. You only have to take one look at the nutritional content of a Starbucks chai latte to see that it contains an eye-watering amount of sugar. Defo not keto. Sadly most chai lattes available in big chain coffee shops and restaurants will be made this way. They’re usually a powdered mixture or syrup, topped up with milk.
How to find keto chai latte
Luckily finding keto chai latte is easy. All you need to do is follow this simple formula:
- Is it made with whole spices and loose tea, not syrup/powder? ✓
- Is it sugar free? ✓
- Is it all-natural? ✓
- Does it contain more than five spices? ✓
If your chai latte blend fulfils the above criteria, you’re good to go! You may need to ask at your local coffee shop when eating out if the chai latte is made in the traditional way, or with a powder. If it’s powdered, it’ll be over 80% sugar. Some powders and syrups are sugar free, but those tend to contain artificial sweeteners you may want to avoid.
How to make keto chai latte
This keto chai latte recipe is super easy and healthy. It’s the perfect treat in the morning or in the evening before bed, due to its lower caffeine content. You can also make bulletproof chai – simply add a spoonful of coconut butter or coconut oil! This recipe uses only three ingredients – it’s gluten-free, vegan and super healthy.
- Aura Chai Original Blend
- Sugar-Free Syrup or Sugar Alternative (such as Stevia, Xylitol, etc)
- Milk of your choice (we love no added sugar plant-based mylks). Milk is optional – to make chai on its own simply top up with hot water
1/ Add two tablespoons Aura Chai Original Blend to a saucepan and add the sweetener of your choice (we like Stevia, Monkfruit and Carob as low-GI/keto sweeteners). Top up with 100-150ml boiling hot water.
2/ Add 200-250ml your chosen milk and put on a medium heat. Don’t let your chai boil – simmer gently for 10-15 minutes depending on how strong you like your chai.
3/ Strain and serve! You can add whipped cream, sugar-free chocolate shavings – whatever you wish.
4/ For iced chai, simply follow step one, then strain over ice and top up with milk. You can also use this recipe with our other blends – Cacao Chai and Turmeric Chai.
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