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Chai Tea Latte Recipe

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With creamy almond milk, a hint of Cloves and a light honey flavor, this Chai Tea Latte recipe will have you skipping the coffee stands and saving some money in the process! 

side view of a glass mug with brown chai tea latte and whipped cream

Holidays are the best and there’s nothing like cuddling up with a warm cup of chai tea! I love sipping on them while strolling through a crowded mall, but it’s just as delicious while watching TV at home. You are going to be surprised at just how easy it is to make this homemade chai tea latte!

Because we are making this dairy-free, this isn’t a Starbucks copycat recipe but it is so delicious that you won’t mind!

Looking for more warm drink ideas? Try our peppermint hot chocolate, pumpkin spice latte or a fall cocktail!

Best tea bags for a delicious Chai Tea Latte

When you go to the store to look for chai tea bags, you might be overwhelmed with the options. Some brands don’t have much flavor and others go light on the chai spices. We need a good tea since it is the foundation of this recipe!

Tazo Chai Tea

My favorite so far has been Tazo Chai tea bags…I mean, Starbucks uses them for a reason! I have also seen one labeled “Moderately Caffeinated” but I haven’t tried it yet.

If you want to try a premium tea, I have been really happy with the teas from Steepologie. It would be worth trying. I like to gift these teas. If you are ordering from Steepologie, add a bag of the Relaxation tea – it’s the best!

Is Black Tea and Chai Tea the same?

Black tea is a category of tea and is made by oxidizing the tea leaves. Chai tea takes black tea leaves and adds chai spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and vanilla.

Because these spices are in the chai mix, you can add any of these to your chai tea latte to enhance specific flavors. There’s something warming about cloves in the winter, so I added a little more!

Black tea has about half the caffeine as coffee.

top view of a chai tea latte topped with whipped cream

What You Need To Make a Chai Tea Latte

There are only a handful of ingredients needed to make a homemade chai tea latte and you can find them all at your local grocery store.

The best part of making your own chai te latte is that you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. My husband prefers just one tablespoon of honey while I like closer to 2 Tbsp. Want more cinnamon? Go ahead and add as much as you want.

  • Chai Tea – Find your favorite (I recommend Tazo Tea)
  • Dairy Free Milk – Oat milk tends to be thicker than other milks. But also try almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or hemp milk. Oat milk is my favorite!
  • Honey – For sweetness! Maple syrup could work in a pinch too and would add a deeper flavor
  • Water – We are going to soak the tea bag in the water
  • Cinnamon – For added flavor. I sometimes like to add ground cloves and nutmeg for a warming chai flavor!
  • Vanilla
  • Diary Free Whipped Cream – Optional. I love the coconut one from Trader Joes

How to make a Homemade Chai Tea Latte

top view of a pan with water and tea bag seeping
In a small saucepan, boil the chai tea bag in the water for 5 minutes over medium heat
top view of a pot with tea in it
Discard tea bag and slowly pour milk in a steady stream while whisking. Add the spice.

Top view of the sauce pan with milk mixed in to the chai water
Whisk in the honey and heat until steam starts to come off the top.

Tips For Making A Chai Tea Latte At Home

  • Tea bag Tag – For part of this recipe, we are going to be seeping the tea bag in a saucepan over an open flame. We need to make sure that the tag doesn’t catch fire, especially if you are using a gas stove. I like to wrap the tag around the handle of the saucepan. Another option is to cut the tag off and add let the string fall into the water as it seeps.
  • Don’t let it boil – Since there is honey in the recipe, we want to be sure to not let it boil. Instead, just heat it until you start to see the steam coming off the top. If it boils over it will be a sticky mess and boiling can also burn the milk.
  • Whipped Cream – The whipped cream will melt into the chai tea latte while it is hot. This is so delicious! However, if you are serving it to guests, let it cool slightly before adding the whipped cream. This will help it to hold it’s shape a little longer!

Frequently Asked Questions About Chai Tea Latte

What do chai lattes taste like?

They taste like a little bit of Heaven, haha! They are delicious though. They taste like sweetened milk mixed with winter spice. It’s perfect for warming you up in cold weather.

What is a dirty chai tea latte?

Dirty chai tea lattes are popping up everywhere! These are essentially chai tea lattes with a shot of espresso.

Can I use the Chai Tea Concentrate instead of tea bags?

I wouldn’t recommend it. The chai tea latte concentrates are meant to be enjoyed with plain milk. It already has a lot of sugar and the spices have already been added. This recipe is a healthier take on the chai tea latte concentrate.

Can I turn this into an Iced Chai Tea Latte?

Yes you can! If you choose to make this an iced latte, I would use only 1/2 cup of water just because the ice will melt and add water to the drink. This is a small amount of water so make sure it covers the tea bag. We don’t want it to evaporate and burn.

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Delicious & Healthy Chai Tea Latte

This delicious Chai tea latte will keep you and your wallet away from the expensive (and unhealthy) coffee stands! 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword chai tea latte
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 60 kcal


  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tea bag – Tazo Tea Chai flavor
  • 1 Cup Almond or Cashew milk
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract optional
  • 1-2 Tbsp Honey


  1. In a small saucepan, Seep the tea bag in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Throw tea bag away.
  2. With the heat on medium low, slowly mix in the Almond milk, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Whisk in the honey
  4. Heat until warm and you can see steam coming off the top. DO NOT BOIL. If it boils, the water and tea will separate.
  5. Serve and Enjoy!
By on August 27th, 2018

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4 thoughts on “Chai Tea Latte Recipe”

    • This recipe is a healthier version of the chai latte concentrate version. It would be very sweet if you were to add more honey 🙂 But if you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  1. Looking forward to trying this and reducing my addiction to coffee. Could I also heat up the milk and water and vanilla in the microwave then add it to the mug for the tea bag to steep?

    • The milk and water might separate but you could definitely give it a try. If that doen’t work, aother option would be to heat the water and vanilla in one mug in the microwave and then heat the milk in a separate mug in the microwave. Then pour the milk into the water once the tea as steeped. Let me know how it works out!


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