Christmas is just around the corner and a nice hot cup of a Chai tea latte is sure to warm up even the coldest of days. It is warm, creamy, sweet, comforting and perfect for those 30 below zero mornings. This recipe for Chai tea concentrate is is dairy, grain, egg, nut, and seed free. In other words my recipe is 100% autoimmune paleo protocol (AIP) compliant…just add water (and tea).
Lets take a look at the conventional Chai tea latte compared to my version. Traditional Chai tea lattes can cost a pretty penny at many coffee shops and not to mention loaded with sugar and a variety of inflammatory spices not allowed on the autoimmune Paleo protocol. These spices include nutmeg, cardamon, all spice, anise, and fennel. My version has the exact opposite…. wallet friendly, less sugar, and the use of spices that ARE allowed on AIP such as cloves, ginger, and cinnamon.
The beauty of making your own Chai tea latte concentrate at home is that it become very customizable to your tastes and preferences. The concentrate can be made as sweet as you want by adding more or less of your favorite or least preferred spices. My recipes seem to always run with a common theme…being extremely adaptable to personal tastes and preferences. I tend to make my recipes with the customizable aspect because I find that when I cook or bake I tend to stray from the recipe to do my own thing. Many times when I start making a new dish or baked good I have every intention of not deviating from the recipe, but somehow it just happens. I add one or two to several ingredients here or there that I hope would make it better. Then I have a whole new product on my hands that I created, which may only need one or two adjustments to bring to perfection. However, there are several times in my past cooking history that sticking to the recipe would have been a good thing (AKA cooking fails). These cooking fails have only made me all the more wiser in “what” and “what not” to do.
Winter in the Midwest means cold, cold, cold, and more cold. Meaning many of us are looking for ways to stay warm in the frigid weather. Last week when we hit temperatures with wind chills of 30 below zero I devised this tasty concentrated creation; and with Christmas coming up this weekend, a cup of this tea would be a perfect treat for Christmas morning. I want to wish you all a safe, blessed, and joyous Christmas filled with family, friends, and many memories. With all the hustle and bustle Christmas brings let us not forget about Jesus, the reason for this wonderful season of giving, peace, and love. May each day be merrier and brighter than the last. Merry Christmas!