With autumn now fully shoving summer out the way, it’s time to gather your favorite winter-warming spices and make one of the most delicious, autumnal brews that’s absolutely perfect for this cozy weather – a chai latte!
The best thing about making it yourself is that it means there’s no hidden preservatives or additives, and you can sweeten naturally to your liking.
And to all you sugar fiends out there who are trying to cut down, it’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially when it’s a little chilly outside.
Your teeth and gums love a chai latte
Do you want to know the best thing about chai lattes? They are full of ingredients that benefit your teeth and gums! Especially our chai latte. Our chai recipe includes:
Cinnamon is antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and slightly anesthetic, which can be beneficial for sore tissues. Historically, cinnamon has been used to numb teeth and gums and is also considered one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants.
Eugenol, the main compound in cloves, is responsible for their powerful analgesic (pain-relieving) and antiseptic properties. There has been a lot of research to suggest that eugenol has protective teeth-remineralizing properties that help to fight acids that erode dentin. Cloves also contain compounds that are very effective at stopping the growth of bacteria associated with gum disease.
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds that have been valued for centuries, namely, its main bioactive compound gingerol, which inhibits the formation of proinflammatory cytokines. Ginger has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it’s a great remedy for gum inflammation.
OUR Healthy Chai Latte Recipe
This naturally-sweetened chai latte is super easy to make and tastes better than any chai that you’d get at a cafe. And, it saves you some bucks! It’s up to you whether you’d like to make it with or without tea (for a caffeine-free drink), and this recipe can easily be customized to your tastes!
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes
- 2 cups oat milk (or any milk of choice)
- 2 black tea bags (optional)
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2-3 tablespoons agave syrup (or sweetener of choice)
- Heat up the oat milk in a saucepan until it begins to bubble around the edges of the pan, then turn off the heat. If you’re adding tea to your brew, then add the 2 tea bags to the hot milk. Wait approx 3 to 5 minutes for the tea to steep, then remove the bags.
- If you’re not using tea, you can start adding the spices to the milk as it begins to bubble.
- Add in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and agave syrup. Whisk the spices together over medium heat until your brew is piping hot.
- Adjust spices to your taste, sprinkle some cinnamon on top of your finished chai masterpiece, and voila! Your brew is ready to be served.
If you have any leftovers, you can keep it refrigerated for up to 4 days in an airtight container. So if you would like to make chai in bulk, you can double up or triple up on the above recipe and enjoy drinking it all week! Simply reheat on the stove again until the desired temperature, and enjoy!
Other healthy sweeteners you may want to try:
- Honey (preferably raw organic)
- Brown rice syrup
- Date syrup
- Maple syrup
Other tasty additions you may want to try:
Add at least 5 mins more to your prep time for spices to infuse in hot milk over low heat.
- Nutmeg (½ teaspoon)
- Cardamon (6 cracked pods, just remember to strain before serving)
- Star anise (¼ cup, strain before serving and use one for garnish)
This healthy homemade chai latte makes us feel like sitting next to a warm fire or in a candlelit room with some relaxing music.