These Paleo dirty chai lattes make for about the coziest caffeinated beverage you ever did taste. A special twist on homemade almond milk makes them extra flavorful and delicious, but you can use store bought as well.
Can I tell you a little secret? I really don’t eat all that Paleo anymore. Whole30 was a great learning tool that helped me realize that…I don’t have any real food sensitivities. In a world that kinda presupposes that you have a gluten sensitivity at the very least, this came as a bit of a shock. A welcome shock. So, I eat from most food groups these days and don’t really get bent out of shape over it.
But the one dietary change I’ve never looked back from is the switch to almond milk in my morning coffee. It just works for me, and I now have nutpods on autosubscribe from Amazon prime and it’s delightful. So, when I got the urge the other day for a chai latte, I naturally reached for a non-dairy solution, and decided it was time to try making my own almond milk for a change. These Paleo dirty chai lattes are the fruit of this labor, and I’m pretty pleased to share them with you!
Dirty chai lattes are typically made with espresso and then chai tea, but I’ve opted for coffee here since not everyone has an espresso machine (me!) and this just seemed like a simpler way to ensure I could have these Paleo dirty chai lattes whenever my heart desired. All that’s required is steeping a few bags of chai tea in your freshly brewed coffee, and voila, you’re in business.
My friend Hailey is the one who so graciously shared the recipe for this almond milk. Her secret is simple but brilliant: use coconut water instead of plain water for a touch more flavor and electrolytes. She always has a tasty twist up her sleeve and I’m so thankful she shared this one.
A word to the wise: as you are straining the almond milk through a nut bag or two layers of cheese cloth, don’t get impatient and try and squeeze it through faster manually. Inevitable some seam will fail and you’ll end up with almond paste everywhere. Learn from my mistakes. Just let it strain naturally (albeit slowly) and all will be well.
Much like I don’t have an espresso machine, I also don’t have a milk foamer. Maybe those things are part and parcel? Luckily, a tiny frother or a quick turn in the blender are enough to make these look and taste just like regular lattes. I like giving the latte a whirl in my vitamix for the frothiest texture, but you do you!
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These Paleo dirty chai lattes make a cozy addition to your morning routine!
For the Lattes:
- 2 cups coffee
- 2 chai tea bags
- 1 cup almond milk (recipe follows)
- 1 ½ teaspoons honey (optional, omit for whole30)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
For the Almond Milk
- 1 cup raw almonds, soaked in water overnight then drained and rinsed
- 34 oz coconut water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit for strict whole30)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
To make the lattes:
- Brew your coffee and add the chai tea bags to steep
- Heat the almond milk on the stove top until warm
- Add the chai spiced coffee and almond milk, plus the honey and spices to a high-speed blender and blend until frothy
- Pour into two mugs. Top with a dusting of cinnamon and enjoy!
To make the almond milk:
- Add the drained and rinsed almonds to a high-speed blender with the coconut water, vanilla and cinnamon. Blend on high for several minutes until almonds are fully broken down and incorporated
- Using a nut milk bag or double layered cheese cloth, strain the milk
- Discard the almond pulp, or re-purpose in another recipe
- Keeps in the fridge for several days
Keywords: chai, latte, dairy free, paleo, dirty chai lattes