I belong to foodbuzz. It is a community where we all share recipes and tricks. More for the serious foodie. =) I stumbled upon a post from Healthful Pursuit that immediately caught my eye. It is a recipe for a healthy chai concentrate! My daughter LOVES Chai tea. But she has been through the ringer with her Celiac, that she really isn't able to order it at places that are not a gluten free kitchen. This recipe is Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free. As I stated before this is from Healthful Pursuit.
Homemade Chai Concentrate:
Yield: 1 batch of concentrate or, 2.75 cups
- 3 cups water
- 4 black tea bags – I used orange pekoe
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half
- 1/2 cup palm sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 inch section of fresh ginger [or 2 pieces of dehydrated ginger]
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 cardamom pods [or 1/4 tsp powdered cardamom]
- 1/4 tsp aniseed
- 8 x 6 section of cheesecloth, folded over [doubled]
Lay cheesecloth flat and begin placing ingredients on top. Begin with tea bags, then vanilla bean, ginger, cloves, cardamom, and aniseed. If you’re using cardamom powder, sandwich in between 2 teabags to prevent it from dispersing into the mix.
Bundle everything into cheesecloth and pinch together. Tie with twine and tie 2 cinnamon sticks with the twine.
Place water and palm sugar in a medium sized saucepan, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and put the cheesecloth bag in. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool before pouring it in an air tight container [mason jars works well] and placing in the fridge to cool.
To enjoy as an iced latte: combine 1 part concentrate with 3 parts non-dairy milk (We use pure silk unsweetened almond milk). Serve on ice.