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paleo chai latte

Paleo Chai Latte made with organic warming spices will heat you up on a chilly day.

The perfect breakfast beverage, Paleo Chai Latte, made with warming Ayurvedic spices will keep you cozy during this crazy spell of cold weather.

Made with eggs, coconut oil, and antioxidant rich chai spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves), this rich hot drink makes a great on-the-go breakfast. Sometimes I serve Paleo Chai Latte as a healthy snack in the afternoon, as it gives me a nice burst of energy without any caffeine.

Speaking of caffeine, while many Paleo food bloggers start their days off with bulletproof coffee, that drink is not on my menu. I have not had coffee since my husband and I gave it up in 1993, the year after we met. I think I had a headache for three days straight when we gave up coffee cold turkey over 20 years ago. My husband is back on the coffee bandwagon, and I think he’s lucky that his body tolerates caffeine so well; I wish mine did!

The silver lining of giving up coffee is homemade Dandelion Root Coffee, my favorite coffee substitute beverage. In the winter I drink it almost every day; in summer a couple of times per week. While it doesn’t taste as good as the real thing, Dandelion Root Coffee is still fantastic and offers the upsides of coffee without caffeine. First, it’s a hot beverage (easier to assimilate), second, like regular coffee, its primary flavor is bitter, and bitter is a highly underrated flavor in our culture that is very important in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Third, dandelion root is a liver cleanser. For me, giving up caffeine and getting healthy liver cleansing dandelion root into my body every day is a win-win!

Alas, I digress, back to the healthy recipe at hand, Paleo Chai Latte. This frothy hot drink (similar to chai tea, or a chai latte) is packed with protein from eggs, and full of fabulous fat from coconut oil. If you are raw egg-phobic, the great thing about this hot drink is that the boiling water poaches the eggs a bit.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy, healthy breakfast idea look no further.

Paleo Chai Latte


  1. In a vitamix, combine eggs, water, coconut oil, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and date
  2. Blend on high until mixture is frothy
  3. Serve

Another benefit of this quick and easy hot drink? No pan to wash after breakfast. Just rinse out the container of your blender or throw it in the dishwasher, and you’re on the move!

Feel free to customize Paleo Chai Latte to your own liking with more eggs or coconut oil. You can also increase the spices. Today when I made it I threw in some nutmeg –it was delicious!

So, in case you haven’t figured it out, Paleo Chai Latte is my new favorite healthy breakfast recipe. I was introduced to this amazing chai latte-like drink by my friend Adria of Aconica. She is a phenomenal professional photographer. I follow #aconica on Instagram and she fills her stream of photos with gorgeous, stunning images that don’t disappoint. Ever.

Here are some of my other healthy dairy-free, caffeine-free hot drink recipes:

posted on February 7, 2014, 64 comments

  1. Stacey

    Is the dandelion root coffee also supposed to be in this recipe? or were you suggesting it as an alternative to coffee?


  2. Barbara LeMonnier

    Hi, Elana,
    Can you make Chai Latte without using the eggs? I have high cholesterol ?

    • Dietary consumption of eggs is not likely to raise your total cholesterol levels. Choose farm fresh, pastured eggs and enjoy them! Instead focus on decreasing systemic inflammation by eliminating grains, processed sugars, etc. There are lots of articles regarding this topic if you search online.

    • Randee

      I actually have the same question, but due to an allergy to eggs. I have a feeling that flax seed gel might not be a good substitute.

    • Ania Vitality Coach @ Www.vitalityandfood.com

      To make this egg free, you could use 2 tbs buckwheat (not technically a grain and high in essential amino acids, ie. protein) or 2 tbs of nuts, such almonds and/or cashews. Almonds tend to froth in a vitamix! Eggs should only be avoided if you’re allergic – otherwise, organic and free-range eggs are extremely healthy, even for those with high cholesterol. Same goes for coconut oil.

  3. This came at a perfect time, as I prepare myself to give up coffee again. I love the taste but add cream and sugar, I think that, along with the caffeine, really isn’t doing the best for my gut. I’ve tried the Bulletproof coffee, it changed the taste of the coffee too much. I think this will be a nice healthy substitute and still give me that 10am ‘treat’ feeling of something hot for my belly. Will also check out the Dandelion Root coffee. Thanks!!

  4. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl @ thekoshercavegirl.com

    This looks delicious! Chai is one of my favorite drinks and I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. Melissa

    This looks great!
    If you don’t have a vitamix, could you boil the blended mixture? How long would you boil it for? Thanks!!

  6. Consuelo Gonzalez @ lipreadingtranslation.com

    Ohhhh yes, this looks wonderful! Yes yes! I often make breakfast “shakes” in my Vitamix, but they’re cold! What a perfect cold-day pick-me-up! I wonder how it would taste with coconut milk instead of water?

  7. Julie

    Just made this – delicious!

  8. Laura

    Just made this – it is fantastic! Super yummy! I also added in a pinch of ginger.

  9. Carissa

    This sound fantastic. I am out of eggs, otherwise I would make it right now. I am so excited to try a lot of your recipes. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I’ve lost the joy of cooking. But I can eat everything in your recipes and I can feel the joy of cooking and baking returning. Thank you!

  10. this looks amazing, and amazingly nutritious. powerhouse indeed! thank you for the simple recipe to get the day off to a good start.

  11. Suki

    I made this tonight and wow was I pleasantly surprised! I’m Indian and grew up drinking chai, but since I’ve been on the candida diet I can’t drink it. This is a great substitute! I made a couple of changes…I used an almond/coconut blend milk instead of the water to make it creamy. I have a premixed spice mix of cardamoms, cloves and carom. I don’t have any dates and used a packet of stevia. I kept everything else the same and its yummy!! I will definitely be making more of this when I have a craving. Thank you Elana! :-)

  12. Jenny Teeter

    I’m allergic to eggs. Any suggestions?

  13. Okee

    This looks way better than the OJ and egg I the blender mom fed us before school! I can’t wait to try it!

  14. Carly

    Are the eggs raw? If so do they not cook when you add the boiling water?

    • Meg

      I was afraid that the eggs would firm up/cook when I added the boiling water but they didn’t. I blended it immediately after adding the water. Delicious. This is my new breakfast routine.

  15. Maria

    Not trying to be unfriendly here, but if the main ingrediĆ«nt is eggs, why are people asking for substitutions? If you can’t have eggs because of an allergy or other reasons, wouldn’t it make more sense to look for a egg free recipe? There are probably a 1000 egg free chai latte recipes out there! :)

    I’m pretty sure that as most bloggers, Elena tested this recipe a couple of time and if substitutions were possible, she would have posted them.

  16. Dana Solof @ danashealthyhome.com

    I totally agree with your point about bitter flavors. That is reason why I always go back to coffee. I crave the bitterness and don’t find anything else as satisfying. I like dandelion tea, but often put stevia in it. Maybe I should make an effort to drink it unsweetened and it may fill the void.

  17. Jessica

    I never post on blogs but just had to say this is an absolute home run. My egg public son will never know the difference. I’m excited to play with the recipe a bit. If you do not have a Vitamix, use an immersion blender for even easier clean up. I have both but the immersion blender is even simpler for this recipe.

  18. Barbara Mondolfi

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I want to share that I just prepared this Chai, instead of eggs, 1 Tbsp raw shelled Hemp seeds (available in Whole Foods) http://www.amazon.com/Manitoba-Harvest-Organic-Hearts-Shelled/dp/B001EQ5G1C/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391971285&sr=8-2&keywords=hemp+seeds%2C+hemp+hearts. Just loved it, I used a little more of cloves for a stronger flavor, and nutmeg as well! Thank you again Elana, you are awesome!

  19. Amy

    Can anyone recommend a good, healthy substitute for coconut oil? Unfortunately, I’m allergic to coconut! It’s such a bummer! Thanks!

  20. Julie

    I am so thankful for you Elana! Can’t wait to try this healthy treat :)

  21. Claire Malpass

    Thank you so much Elana for this receipe; you’ve solved my problem of me not eating breakfast as I’m not hungry first thing in the morning. I’ve just made this Paleo Chai Latte & not only is it fast & easy, but totally delicious! I’ll replace my ritual coffee first thing with one of these. I don’t have a vitamix but I just used my hand blender which worked a treat.

  22. Jennifer Appel @ blogjenniferappel.ca

    Tried it tonight – delicious!

    I started drinking it and was nice the frothy drink, but then my stomach clued in… this is food! Very satisfying.

  23. emily

    I made the chai latte this morning! Oh.My.Stars. – it’s delish! The only modifications I made was adding about a 1/2tsp ginger with the other spices and using 6 drops of vanilla stevia (since I’m on a candida diet). Just a side note – I was still a little hungry after I drank it, but I’m thinking if I use canned coconut milk next time, it should have more staying power.

  24. Cecilia

    Do you suggest using ground cloves or the whole cloves?

  25. What an interesting way to make chai – Love it :)

  26. Michelle

    Dearest Elana,

    For a variety of health reasons, I am new to the world of grain-free, dairy-free eating and it has been a huge lifestyle change. I finally said good bye to all my grains last night and cleaned out my pantry. I woke up not feeling well (probably due to exposure) and your Paleo Chai Tea Latte was the perfect breakfast to soothe my tummy.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful recipes. Everything I make from your recipe collection is a new family favorite. These recipes have been my lifeline, getting me out of my angst with this new way of eating.

    Many blessings to you!

    Michelle Opel

  27. Raquel

    What a great idea! Always looking for new things to try in the Vitamix. Have you tried Teechino? It is a coffee alternative. I really like the Hazelnut blend. Most are made from Chicory Root, Carob, almonds and dates.

  28. Stephanie

    Is there an issue with ingesting raw eggs?

  29. Kati

    What does the date do? Flavor or nutrition? Can it be left out?

  30. Jennifer

    Loved this! I warmed it u in the microwave too much and got solid egg, don’t make my mistake!!

  31. Hi Elana, Is there any possibility to make Chai Latte without eggs? How to make it egg free.

  32. Carmela

    Can you use coffee instead of water??

  33. Bonnie Williams

    I wanted it to be hotter. I will try using eggs that are not right out of the fridge and cold next time.

  34. sandra

    I just made this. It was delicious and satisfying. I did not have dates so I put in one fig. I only had cinnamon and Trader Joe’s pumping pie spice mix, so that’s what I used. What a treat! Thank you.

  35. Esther

    Wow! I’ve been a long time fan of Elana’s and have cooked and baked my way through much of her website, and everything has always turned out *great* but I’ve never left a comment until now- this is absolutely delicious!

    I took what one commenter said about it not being hot enough, because I like my hot beverages really hot, and left the eggs out on the counter for a few hours before I made it. I also used a little bit of honey instead of the date. This drink is phenomenal- frothy and comforting and delicious!

  36. Here is my recipe for a bulletproof raw cacao (hot chocolate) drink that is super healthy, has healthy fats, and is nutrient dense.


  37. feisty living

    My grandfather used to make a similar breakfast drink with coffee, sugar, and eggs. Thanks for this version–it’s delicious!

  38. This looks awesome! What a nice picture!
    I own a vitamix and will have to give it a shot!

  39. Klyde

    Hi, I love this recipe and have been using it for a few weeks now. It’s delicious! It gives me that warm, rich, spicy, comfort-food pleasure that coffee used to. I started poaching (drop eggs into boiling water, turn off heat, wait 4-5 min) the eggs, using stevia (didn’t have any dates), and using Ceylon Cinnamon. The longer poaching does not seem to make any difference in flavor or texture. I looked into cinnamon, since 2 tsp is a lot to digest at once and so often. Please look into it; it seems that regular (Cassia) cinnamon can cause health problems and the Ceylon (different variety) is the one with the touted health properties. Regular is okay if not used as often.

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I was searching for a good coffee alternative and this is it.

  40. Would a regular blender work for this?! I don’t have a vitamix!

  41. Nicold

    Errr…don’t have a vitamix. Will this work in blender?

  42. Elizabeth

    I was a bit skeptical of the raw eggs but this drink was amazing. Thank you so much! I will definitely recommend and share with my friends.

  43. Mmmm! Had run out of dates, so used figs this time… so good! Thanks for the FB repost to remind me about this :)

  44. Teresa

    This drink is amazing. I struggle to eat breakfast in the morning, and I only seem to want a hot drink. This is both! I felt like I was drinking a normal hot beverage, but then I felt completely full and satisfied until lunch. It was amazing. I do have a question, if anyone could maybe answer this. I am having trouble getting this drink to be hot enough. I love it, but it’s basically been luke warm. I use the hand blender to blend the egg, coconut oil, spices, etc., and then I quickly add the boiling water while still blending. It comes out frothy and delicious, but just not hot enough for me. And forget trying to microwave a drink containing egg, lol. That does not turn out well. Could I leave the eggs out overnight so they are room temp instead of cold when I mix the drink? I know there are plenty of countries where eggs never go in the refrigerator, but I just wasn’t sure if the eggs here in the US are ok to do that.

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    • Jessica

      What I did, was taking the eggs out of the fridge after I wake up and putting them in a bowl of hot water to take the chill off while I got ready for work. The drink was steamy hot!

  45. rberck18

    I’m so happy I found this!! As the weather has changed I’ve found it so hard not to drink chai and hot chocolate but since adopting a mostly Paleo Diet those things just don’t fit in. I really think with chai its the spices that I love so and this is AMAZING!! I microwaved too and it got a little firm on top so I just used a spoon and smashed the egg…next time I’m going to add coconut whipped cream on top. Thank you!!

  46. K Dee

    I love this with a splash of maple syrup since I don’t keep dates on hand.

  47. I am a Bulletproof Coffee drinker (add 2 Tbs grass fed butter to coffee and bland). I have never been able to drink coffee. I can drink his brand of Bulletproof Coffee b/c caffeine mellow and fat of butter evens out the kick. It has changed my life. I am recovering from a neurotoxin illness and my brain is actually healing with this. He also has decaf. I would really encourage anyone to at least read about it. I have been gluten free for ten years but it was not until I upped my healthy fat (grass fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil) that I started to heal.

  48. Janet

    Love this. I used my magic bullet to make a single serving in one of the drink mugs. The only change I made was to add a tsp. of turmeric and used 2 fresh ages that my chickens laid this morning! Amazing drink….. This is going to be my go to breakfast as I run out the door to school. I am a teacher with 3 kids and have VERY busy mornings!

  49. Jessica

    I just tried this recipe this morning and it was pretty tasty. I used a magic bullet, and to make sure it was hot enough I pulled out the eggs and put them in a bowl of hot water to take the chill off while I was getting ready for work.

    There was a TON of foam to get through(probably more than I’d like) and I also noticed that it separated fairly quickly with most of the spices settling to the bottom. I wonder if I just need to blend it longer? Oddly I also started to feel a little nauseous towards the end of the drink, I don’t know why.

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