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It seems as though I have been a slave to Coffee Bean and Starbucks lately. Running to the nearest coffee/tea supplier has become an everyday trend. Although my taste buds don’t seem to mind, my bank account does. Overall, I fancy Coffee Bean over Starbucks but you just can’t beat the S-bucks Chai Tea Latte.

Some suffer from seasonal Chai-addiction (occurring in the Fall and Winter seasons) but it appears I suffer from a severe year-round case. I like them hot, I like them cold…Shoot! I will drink them luke warm also. Chai teas are just plain delicious.

Recently my office supplied a Keurig machine. In an effort to save money I have been eliminating a majority of my S-bucks trips and buying my own K-cups. K-cups come to about 65 cents per cup vs. the normal $3.50 a cup from Starbucks. Keurigs may not come with frothy milk but they usually calm my cravings.

A problem begins to surface when I develop a craving for chai tea lattes at home. I do not own a Keurig since I am saving for an espresso machine/milk steamer.¬†Therefore, it’s time to get crafty. Check out the below recipe for the “Almost as good as Starbucks Chai Tea Latte”. It’s tasty and rather healthy.

Homemade Chai Latte

Ingredients

3 and 1/2 cups of water

2 black tea bags

1/4 teaspoon of ginger

1/2 teaspoon of whole cloves

1/4 teaspoon of green cardamom or a 1/2 teaspoon of pre-grind cardamom

2 cinnamon sticks or 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons of sugar or 1-2 packets of splenda

1/4 cup of milk or creamer

1.) Start by boiling your water, tea bags, and spices together for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to open flavors.

2.) Next, strain your tea with a fine mesh strainer. There will be lots of floaties so try to catch as much as possible!

3.) Pour your tea back in the pan and add milk (if you decide to use milk over creamer) and sugar.

4.) Scald milk (heat uncovered and just below boil point). Stir occasionally.

5.) Strain one more time and serve in mug! I like to use cinnamon sticks in the mug for presentation.

If you are using creamer instead of milk, add one teaspoon of creamer per mug to have a richer tasting latte.

This recipe may not come with frothy milk but it definitely gives me my fix. Serve this recipe hot or over ice. Try it out!

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