Makes 6 cups.
- 3 cups water
- 10 mint leaves (I like spearmint)
- 3 cups nut milk (almond, walnut, etc.)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1⁄2 cup raw honey or agave,
(you may want to use less)
Begin by placing mint leaves in the 3 cups of water and let sit in a warm, sunny location for a few hours. (If you don’t have any nut milk prepared, now is a good time to soak 1 cup of nuts so that you can make the milk and the chai at the same time.)
When the mint has soaked for a few hours, prepare your nut milk and strain. Return nut milk to blender. remove the mint leaves from water and save for another use, adding the 3 cups of mint water to the blender with your nut milk. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes to help the flavors “marry”.
Serve over ice, or, if your blender can handle ice crushing, add the ice to the chai and blend to make a chai smoothie. Yum, yum, yum. Try not to drink it all in one sitting. 🙂
You remember how to make nut milk, right?
1 cup of raw almonds or nuts/seeds of your choice.
Put them in a bowl, cover them with filtered water and let them sit on the counter overnight.
When you wake up in the morning, drain them, rinse them and put them in your Vitamix.
Add 3 cups of water and whatever sweetener you like to use:
1 tsp. honey, or 2 or so dates, or a tiny squirt of liquid stevia, or 1 tsp of agave…
Buzz it in the blender for 30 seconds or so.
Turn it off. Pour the nut milk through one of our RAWsome nut milk bags to strain the mash out of the milk. ET VOILA! Delicious, nutritious, alive nut milk!