homemade chai tea recipe

Soothing Chai

With just a few basic healthy ingredients, this homemade chai is easy, delicious and inexpensive.

Today was the first day since June that I did not wear my flip flops. That means only one thing: the cold weather is here.

Although yesterday was warm and sunny, today we will dip down to a low of 35 degrees! For me, this chilly weather calls for one of my favorite beverages: homemade chai. With just a few basic ingredients, this recipe is easy, delicious and inexpensive.

Soothing Chai
Serves: 4
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 inch ginger, sliced
  • 8 pods cardamom
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 bag peppermint tea (or 1 tablespoon loose peppermint tea)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a pot and place on stove over medium heat
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 15 minutes
  3. Strain into mugs
  4. Serve piping hot with agave and almond milk (optional)

This recipe for homemade chai is simple and, on a cloudy day, very satisfying! Another vegan, dairy free, lactose free, gluten free beverage for a chilly day. Enjoy!


  1. christa says

    i am not sure why you are using pepermint tea instead of black tea which is what is traditional with this combination of spices?

  2. says

    I’ve just gotten myself into a chai kick lately and I’m excited that I saw this here. Other chais I’ve seen have nutmeg in them, so I’m adding that to the recipe. It smells amazing and I can’t wait to try my own homemade chai.

  3. Eirinn says

    Several things to say…
    First..this sounds wonderful and has to be the easiest recipe I have seen for Chai.
    Second, to the person that asked about the peppermint tea, yes black is the traditional tea used, but it is also highest in caffeine, if you want it with black tea, use black tea. Still is great either eay. I personally use green or herbal teas in my Chai’s because I am insulin resistent and therefor have to keep my distance from caffeine.
    Third, yes you can sub the water for milk…or I usually make mine by using about 3/4 the amount of water and then subbing the rest with a milk product, my fav is soy. So for this recipe I’d use about 4-5 cups of water, then 1-2 cups of milk. Boil this together with the spices, but be VERY careful and do this in a pot about twice the size you would have used. Once the liquid comes to a soft boil turn it down a bit, the milk WILL foam when boiled and WILL spill over the sides if you don’t turn the heat down…. Ask my husband…cleaning cooked milk off the stove is not fun!

    Lastly…I’m soo happy to have stumbled across your site. I have been diagnosed with PCOS for about 14 years now, and recently was reading that about 65% of women with this are Gluten sensitive…so I’m slowly making the transition to gluten free with my husband to see what happens. We are trying to have a baby and hope this will help my health issues.

    • Donna says

      I second this comment for great advice…will definitely try the soy milk non-gmo in France)stove-top technique you advise!..You mention avoiding caffeine when insulin-resistant…Wow…I didn’t realize it was not recommended..I have PCOS signs…and am insulin-resistant..Does caffeine release insulin from the pancreas?…Should I avoid all caffeine?

      Thanks for any enlightenment regarding this, as well as your great chai riff!

  4. says

    Peppermint and cardamom. OMG, I can smell it from here. Add in the rest of your ingredients and you have a winner with this one. And it’s easy! What more could you ask for. I’m definitely snatching this recipe. =)

  5. says

    Hi Elana!
    I love your almond flour cookbook, and it was an inspiration to me for writing my own Gluten Free Sugar Free cookbook in Israel (I mention you two or three times throughout the book), where it’s become a bestseller.I also make my own chai, and my most successful have been with similar spices and green tea or apple juice (purchased fresh-squeezed, not the kind made from concentrate).

    Best regards,
    Phyllis Glazer

  6. Annelize Smith says

    instead of peppermint tea – you can also just put a few peppermint cuttings (3-4inch) in the cup and stir your mix with it – very refreshing!

  7. says

    I also have to / choose to stay away from caffeine as much as possible.
    My question is this ~ I am wondering if I can substitute my Cinnamon Essential OIl and Clove Essential Oil for the cinnamon sticks & cloves . . . adding both after the simmering process is complete – just before serving so as not to alter the properties of the EOs? Has anyone tried this substitution? Thanks

  8. kristin says

    I made this last night with a bag of black decaf tea. Yum! I added a bit of full fat coconut milk and it was a great pre-bedtime treat. Thanks!

  9. andrea says

    Black peppercorns! That is what I was missing from my own concoctions. I tried yours today and love it!

    You are awesome and we love you :)

    Thank you for inspiring and motivating us to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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