When the weather starts to become unpredictable and life feels chaotic, it is more important than ever to establish self-care rituals that are nurturing and grounding. Especially during the fall, drinking warm beverages can soothe the soul. Chai is the word for tea in many parts of the world and Indian chai is a delicious spiced tea with milk. There are many different blends of spices that can be used, and I played with a number of recipes to recreate a sweet and spicy vegan version of chai.
Sweet & Spicy Vegan Chai
(make 1 generous or 2 smaller servings)
1 inch piece ginger, grated
5 cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
2 whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 cup water
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp coconut sugar
ground cinnamon to taste (optional)
Grate the ginger and gently crush cardamom, cloves and peppercorns.
Place ginger, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and 1 cup water into saucepan.
Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add coconut sugar or sweetener of your choice. Mix well and bring to a boil.
Add almond milk and let simmer for several minutes.
Pour through a strainer into a large mug and sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.
Wrap your hands around your mug and take some time to fill your senses.