Enhance your calm: Chai Lattes

Puppies are like a warm blankets. At least according to Linus. What is it about being warm that makes you instantly calm? For tea drinkers – it does the same. Tea reaches down past your toes and pull the calm through your body until it reaches your stressed out brain cells and you let out a satisfied sigh. Yes, I’m pretty sure that is the science of it…which may explain what happened next.

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by his love; He will exult over you with loud singing.

Zeph 3:17

This morning we had to officially set up computers for online school. It was a painful process, not because of the tech, but because some need extra time to adjust to the idea of change. We have been doing worksheets and when we signed in we had a long list of items already posted by teacher to complete. One look at the long list and there were tears and the statements of it’s impossible. It was just too overwhelming for them. If you have a child who needs some assistance adapting to change- you will identify with this. When all was said and done, my husband eventually found ourselves sitting at the table drinking chai lattes “enhancing our calm”. I highly recommend chai lattes …and since Covid has pretty much closed EVERYTHING, there is no going to the local Starbucks to buy overpriced tea mixed with some prefab syrup. YOU CAN MAKE IT AT HOME !!! You can find all the ingredients in regular grocery store & It tastes so gooood – better then those fake ones from coffee shops or pods.

Bakerita has a wonderful chai blend. I use it for my lattes and pretty much EVERYTHING else. I mix it up store in in mason jar and use it in place of pie spice. Chai pumpkin muffins anyone? or Chai spiced apple oatmeal? So go ahead put up your feet and enhance your calm with a latte – Courtesy of Bakerita

For the chai spice mix

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the latte

  • 2 cups almond or dairy-free milk of choice
  • 2 bags black tea
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup to taste
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk drained and whipped

Method for spices

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the spices until fully incorporated. Transfer to a spice jar.

Method For the latte

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk until scalding. Turn off the heat and add the black tea bags, let steep for about 5 minutes and then remove the tea bags.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of the chai spice mix and 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup and whisk to combine. Taste, and add more spice/maple syrup as desired.
  3. Serve in one or two mugs, topped with some dairy-free whipped cream and a dusting of chai spice mix, if desired!

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