This tea is so yummy. I mean, seriously delicious. Ahhhhh-mazing.
I was recently in Palm Springs with my family and was reminded of chai lattes when my sister-in-law ordered one. I used to drink them all the time, but don't order creamy drinks from coffee shops due to their poor selection of alternative milks. Soy, which I'm intolerant to and not to mention the likelihood it's contaminated with GMO, isn't an option. And either is almond, as my nursing baby has reactions when I've had it in the past. So that doesn't leave me with very many options. However, I miss having these warming drinks. It's nostalgic.
Low and behold, I came across a blend from Harmonic Arts (yes, I love this company, their products are so fantastic). I work one day a week at this great store, Urban Organics Market, as a nutritionist (I also do lots of their blogging) and I get to see and learn about wonderful products all the time.
Ok yes, back to chai. This blend, which has cinnamon, ginger, fennel, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla bean and clove, is so soothing and supportive to your digestive system, which makes it great for an after dinner treat. You will feel sinful, in a good way. And fear not, it is naturally caffeine free. The aromas from this tea give a sense of calm. If you happen to be like me, a mama who is breastfeeding, this latte also helps to balance your blood sugar levels which is helpful when being woken to nurse throughout the night.
Make two servings (so you can share or have it all to yourself!)
- 2 tbsps Organic Chai blend
- 2.5 cups of water
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tbsp of favourite nut or seed butter
- 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- Add chai herbs and water to a small saucepan and turn on medium low. Simmer herbs for 30-40 minutes.
- In a high speed blender, add dates, nut/seed butter and hemp hearts. Strain tea through a mesh strainer into blender and blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour and enjoy.