So now that I’m off the caffeine for good, ( read the revelations here and here,) one thing I was really going to miss is my favourite chai tea. There was something about all the spices that would take me to my happy place and coupled with black tea like it normally is, that happy place was being visited all too frequently! Damn you seductive caffeine.
Anyway, so I went off in search of something that I could enjoy just as much and I remembered the White Chocolate Chai tea I had at Max Brenner’s Chocolate shop. Theirs is so sweet it nearly knocks your head off and that’s the beauty of making your own, you can adjust it according to your own taste.
So scouting a few recipes, it includes all the things I normally cook with, so prepare yourself for another taste sensation…
White Chocolate Chai
1 cup water
1 cup coconut cream
1 inch x 1-inch square of cacao butter
½ tsp Ceylon cinnamon powder
3 cardamom pods
3 clove spikes
4 tiny scoops stevia powder
Put all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally while the cacao butter melts and the mixture heats to a simmer.
Strain out the spices and serve in mugs. Yum!
Now the longer you leave it on the stove the more the spices will infuse, but I don’t have the patience for that kind of perfection. I want my chai and I want it now!
There were also recipes where they take the heated mixture above and whiz it in the blender to disperse the cacao butter into finer particles. Again completely up to you, as I don’t mind the oil slick on the top – it tastes like white chocolate!
As I like to make this on the run sometimes too, I completely dispense with the pot and just pour hot water in a cup over the cacao butter, add a dash of coconut cream, the spices etc and away I go.
Yay! Now I can stay caffeine free and still have my chai spice happiness too. Whoo hoo!
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