For eons, it seems, I have been experiementing with alternative ingredients to create the perfect cup of dairy free, sugar free spiced chai.
Soy milk may work with coffee, but not with tea. Soy milk tends to unfortunately spoil tea by overpowering it with a chalky taste. This renders the use of soy milk as a dairy alternative in chai as problematic.
At long last I have come up with what I consider to be the perfect non-dairy, no-sugar chai. The chalky taste of soy milk is avoided with the use of almond milk, which is totally smooth in texture. It is also adequately complex and silky enough to stand in for condensed milk.
Tip: I use Blue Diamond almond milk (vanilla flavor) myself, however any type of almond milk should work. If you do not have access to almond milk off the shelf, almond milk may be made from sratch -- a quick Google search will aid you in this.