This super-tasty dairy free chai latte is a total winner! It’s rich, creamy, and perfectly spiced, making it the ultimate comfort drink. Best of all, it’s refined sugar-free and ready in under 15 minutes. Give it a try, and you'll be as hooked as I am!
A large white mug filled with chai masala tea and a cinnamon quill in it for stirring.

Well, Hello… Chai Latte?

A chai latte is a popular spiced tea beverage made with black tea, milk, and a blend of aromatic spices. For some, it is a hard – no, but for others, it is an obsession!

Known for its rich, warming flavours and creamy texture, our version is not only delicious but also healthy, refined sugar-free, and keto-friendly. A hot beverage that’s actually very hard to say no to! This easy chai latte recipe is rich, creamy, and perfectly spiced, making it an irresistible treat ready in under 15 minutes. Give it a try, and you’ll be hooked!

Why My Chai Latte is Seriously Amazeballs!

I love this chai latte recipe because it’s quick, easy, and pretty “yum”. The homemade authentic chai spice blend makes it a warm and comforting drink, that it isn’t over-the-top sweet or too spicy. Plus, being keto-friendly and refined sugar-free means I can enjoy it any time too!

Chai Latte Recipe ingredients laid out on a tiled benchtop with labels.

The Ingredients

  • Chai Spices – I use my own homemade chai tea powder but you can use any of your favourite store-bought chai powders that you prefer.
  • Sweetener – Adjust the sweetness to your preference. Monk fruit or stevia are excellent keto-friendly options.
  • Milk – Use any unsweetened milk. I have used unsweetened Macadamia Milk. For a creamier texture, try adding a splash of heavy cream.
  • Tea Bags – Any black tea will work if you don’t have Assam.

How To Make A Chai Latte At Home

Step 1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Do not let it boil. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags, and whisk in the chai tea powder. Let it steep for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the powder is fully dissolved.

Step 2. Remove the tea bags. Turn the heat back to medium and add the vanilla extract and sweetener, if using. Whisk everything together until the chai latte is hot and well combined. Taste and add any extra spice or sweetener to preference.

Tea being poured through a strainer into a glass.

Step 3. Pour the latte into mugs. If desired, top with extra milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy with a slice of carrot cake or lemon curd cake for a tasty afternoon tea.

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Variations

There are countless ways to customize homemade chai tea latte recipes. Here are a few variations:

  • Spicy Chai Latte: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
  • Vanilla Chai Latte: Increase the vanilla extract to 2 teaspoons for a more pronounced vanilla flavour.
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte: Add 1/2- 1 teaspoon of ground pumpkin spice blend. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  • Cocoa Chai: Mix in 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolaty chai.
  • Iced Chai Latte – serve it over ice and top with cold milk foam or whipped cream. Make it per this chai tea latte recipe, or use a chai concentrate.
  • Dirty Chai Latte – I am so keen to make one of these myself. A dirty chai is a delicious blend of chai latte and espresso, combining the warm spices of chai tea with the caffeine kick of coffee. Anything with coffee is perfect to me!

Cooking Tips

  • Milk: Use any unsweetened milk of choice. Almond milk, coconut milk, and cashew milk are great keto-friendly options. Ensure the milk is only heated to a simmer and not boiled. Stir frequently while heating to prevent scorching.
  • Tea Bags: Assam tea bags provide a robust flavour, but you can use any black tea you prefer. If the tea is too bitter, reduce the steeping time of the tea bags, or add a bit more sweetener to balance out the bitterness.
  • Sweetener: Adjust the amount of sweetener to taste. Monk fruit or stevia are good keto-friendly options. Condensed milk can also be used for both the milk and the sweetener.
  • Chai Tea Powder: Make sure it’s a good quality blend for the best flavour. If you find your chai latte too mild, try increasing the amount of chai tea powder or steep the tea bags for an additional minute.

FAQs

What is the difference between chai tea and chai latte?

Chai tea is brewed black tea with spices, while a chai latte is chai tea mixed with steamed milk.

Can I make a chai latte without a frother?

Yes, you can simply whisk the milk vigorously or use a blender to froth the milk.

Is chai latte healthy?

A chai latte can be healthy if made with the right ingredients. This keto version is refined sugar-free and made with unsweetened milk, making it a healthier option.

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A large white mug filled with chai masala tea and a cinnamon quill in it for stirring.

Chai Latte Recipe

This super-tasty dairy free chai latte is a total winner! It’s rich, creamy, and perfectly spiced, making it the ultimate comfort drink. Best of all, it’s refined sugar-free and ready in under 15 minutes. Give it a try, and you’ll be as hooked as I am!
5 from 15 votes!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast or Drink
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Diabetic, Vegan
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 2 serves
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Ingredients 

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Do not let it boil. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags, and whisk in the chai tea powder. Let it steep for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure the powder is fully dissolved.
  • Remove the tea bags. Turn the heat back to medium and add the vanilla extract and sweetener, if using. Whisk everything together until the chai latte is hot and well combined. Taste and add any extra spice or sweetener to preference.
  • Pour the chai latte into mugs. If desired, top with extra milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.

THERMOMIX CHAI LATTE

  • Add the milk to the mixer; heat 5 min/80°C/speed 1. Add the tea bags and chai tea powder to the bowl and let it steep for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags. Turn the heat back to medium and add the vanilla extract and sweetener, if using; heat 3 min/80°C/speed 1 to combine everything and ensure the chai latte is hot.
  • Pour the chai latte into mugs. If desired, top with extra milk foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg.

Notes

Substitutions:
Milk: You can use any keto-friendly milk such as coconut milk, macadamia milk, peanut milk, hemp mylk, or our homemade keto milk recipe.
Sweetener: If you prefer, you can use other keto-friendly sweeteners like stevia, monk fruit sweetener, or sugar-free syrup.
Tips:
Chai Tea Powder: Make sure to use a good quality chai tea powder for the best flavour. You can find keto-friendly options online or at specialty tea stores.
Tea: Use a strong robust tea like Assam, Ceylon, or Darjeeling.
Foam: To create milk foam, you can use a handheld milk frother or heat extra milk and whisk vigorously until frothy.
Spices: For an extra kick, you can add a pinch of ground cinnamon or nutmeg to the latte before serving.
Storing: This chai latte is best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring well before serving.

Your Own Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 450mg | Magnesium: 0.2mg | Net Carbs: 1g
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15 responses to “Chai Latte Recipe”

  1. Amy

    5 stars
    Really getting chai more often as I move away from drinking coffee. Loving this as I can make it at home!

  2. Claudia-Cristina

    5 stars
    Just whipped up a homemade Chai Latte, and it’s the best! Warm, spiced, and so comforting. Perfect for cozy mornings or an afternoon pick-me-up. Give it a try!

  3. Hannah

    5 stars
    Worked great, I loved the flavor of your chai spice in this latte.

  4. Sonja

    5 stars
    I made your Cocoa Chai version of it, because chocolate makes everything better and it was soo perfect for a cold rainy evening. Will be trying the vanilla one next.

  5. Sage

    5 stars
    Made this exactly as stated and it turned out great

  6. Laura

    5 stars
    It came out delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  7. Gigi

    5 stars
    I loved this chai latte recipe! It was definitely creamy and flavorful!

  8. Angela

    5 stars
    This recipe is a game-changer, the flavors are a perfect blend! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  9. Laura

    5 stars
    This recipe came out so delicious! Making it again in a few days for sure!

  10. Allie

    5 stars
    This turned out just like my favorite chai at a local coffee shop!

  11. Annie

    5 stars
    Just made a couple of cups as it is so cold here on the East Coast. It was so warming and delightful. A really nice blend in the chai spices mixture too. Thanks Megs.

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