This chocolate chai tea is a delicious hybrid between hot chocolate and a chai latte that happens to be dairy-free with zero added sugar!
Chocolate Chai Tea
It may be the new year when everyone is hyped up on healthy resolutions and goals, but that doesn't change the fact that cozy, warm beverages just go hand-in-hand with cooler winter months. My two favorite cozy beverage treats have got to be variations of hot chocolate and chai lattes (like my peppermint hot chocolate, golden chai latte, and gingerbread chai latte), so it just seemed natural to make a chocolate chai tea latte!
This cozy chai hot chocolate almost hints of a Mexican hot chocolate, with subtle warming spices mingling with sweet cocoa.
Except one thing - this hot chocolate chai latte is actually low in sugar! There are actually zero added sugars in this drink! It's very subtly sweetened by fruit - a medjool date!
How to Make Chai Hot Chocolate
This chai hot chocolate is actually really simple to make.
- Steep a chai tea bag in hot water.
- In a blender combine chai tea with unsweetened almond milk, cocoa or cacao powder, and a pitted medjool date.
That's it! You can elevate this chocolate chai tea a couple different ways:
- Try adding some full fat coconut milk or coconut cream for extra creaminess and fats that will add more satiety and can help stabilize blood sugar.
- Add 1-2 scoops of collagen peptides or another protein powder of choice. The added protein will also increase satiety and keep you fuller longer.
- If you're interested in adaptogens these can easily be added!
If you make this chocolate chai tea, be sure to leave a comment and rate the recipe below. And you can always take a picture and share to social media (tag @nutritiontofit and #nutritiontofit) for a chance to be featured on my social media accounts!
Chocolate Chai Tea
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 chai tea bag
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based beverage of choice)
- 2 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 medjool date pitted
- Steep chai tea bag in hot water for 3 minutes.
- In a blender, combine steeped tea and remaining ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes until date is pulverized and chocolate chai tea is frothy. Serve immediately and enjoy.
I love the idea of this and the date for sweetener, but as a chai devotee I hate that it calls for bag chai tea. Chai boiled from the actual looseleaf spices for 15-20 min is the real deal (plus makes your house smell heavenly), the premade bag stuff is just too weak and the flavor is usually dominated by one spice. This recipe could easily be adapted to use with masala chai though!
Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, CLT says
That sounds completely delightful, and like it would be a great option for those who have the time and desire to boil tea for 15-20 minutes (ha - I don't even have 20 minutes to drink tea these days)! I know many of my readers and followers are also short on time, hence why I tried to make this as simple and easily accessible as possible. That said, I'm a big advocate that different things work for different folks, though, so thank you for sharing your insights and adaptations to the recipe. I hope other chai devotees find it helpful and can still enjoy this beverage! Be well!
My wife made this recipe and though I am not normally a fan of chai tea, this was DELICIOUS! We both thoroughly enjoyed a quick cup of tea as we are very busy with life and young kids. Thank you for this great recipe!