The Perfect Non-Dairy, No-Sugar Spiced Chai

"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."
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Ready In:
1 cups




  • In a glass teapot, briki, or pot, boil the almond milk, black teabag, cardamom pods, cloves, and cinnamon bark/stick until bubbles begin to form.
  • Immediately remove from the stovetop or it will boil over.
  • Pour the spiced chai into a teacup and add a large teaspoon of honey, or to taste.

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  1. WOWWW! I just finished a cup of this dairy-free chai and I am just floored! I used Blue Diamond unsweetened Vanilla flavored almond milk and sugar because I didn't have honey on hand. This was probably the best chai I have ever had in my life (might be the magic of the vanilla in the almond milk), and I am a native chai drinker (yes, I'm Indian). <br/><br/>When I turned vegan, I thought I would never again be able to savor my beloved chai every day, but this is better than chai with cow's milk. I am so happy. Thanks for posting this,you have made my day! <br/><br/>Only glitch is, in the country where I live, this almond milk cost 5.50 USD per box :(
  2. This is creamy and quite good. I sent an edit in as this makes one cup not two. I used Recipe #174601, an orange pekoe tea bag and local honey.
  3. ingenius! I liked this recipe, nice job.
  4. Every night I make vanilla chai tea(bigelow brand) with very vanilla soy milk. It is sooo tasty and comforting. My mom loves it too and she hates soy milk. I know the milk has sugar in it so I dont add extra.


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