Pumpkin spice chai latte is better (and cheaper) than anything you can buy at a coffee shop. This simple recipe combines chai concentrate with whole milk, maple syrup and pumpkin puree. Can be served hot or cold.
I just can’t bring myself to share pumpkin recipes until at least October. The leaves on the crepe myrtles in my front yard have begun to fall, but other than that it feels nothing remotely like autumn. Good thing this Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte can be served hot or cold.
What is chai?
The word chai actually means tea. It’s made with black tea leaves and a combination of Indian spices. The predominant spice is cardamom. After that, chai tea can include ginger, cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg and cloves. The flavor is warm and spicy.
Chai has several health benefits tied to it and is promoted as a healthy alternative to coffee. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, loaded with antioxidents (which are good for fighting off cancer), promoted healthy digestion and can reduce the risk of heart disease.
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
Technically, a latte is a type of coffee drink made with espresso and hot steamed milk. To make this a chai latte, we’re subbing the espresso for … you probably guessed, tea.
There are plenty of recipes on the web with instructions on how to make your own homemade chai concentrate. But it requires purchasing a lot of spices you may or may not usually keep on hand. Spices are expensive y’all.
I’m keeping things simple by using commercial chai concentrate. I used a locally produced chai concentrate. You may be able to find another brand name in your local grocery store (look near the tea or in the refrigerated section near the coffee creamers). You can also purchase chai concentrate online at Amazon.
Start by combining your chai concentrate with whole milk, maple syrup and two tablespoons of pumpkin puree in a blender. You can substitute whole milk for skim to cut back on some of the calories, it just won’t have quite the creamy texture. Process until everything is smooth.
If you want your chai latte hot, heat it up on the stove top or in the microwave. You can also serve it over ice as a cold drink. I like to garnish my chai latte with a little whipped cream and a sprinkling of ground cinnamon.
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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
- 1/2 cup chai concentrate
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- Whipped cream and a pinch ground cinnamon optional
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until mixture is smooth.
- Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon if desired. Can be served hot or cold.