A week ago we were wearing sweatshirts and yesterday we were back in our shorts and sandals. The midwest is in the middle of serious autumn hot spell. It's been 80+ degrees for eight straight days and in Chicago, that's not the norm for this time of the year. Last week as it was raining for eight straight days and I was contemplating turning the heat on, I was craving some chai tea, but I hate everything else that goes into a Starbucks chai and I hate paying lots of dough for the concentrate that sits on supermarket shelves.
So I thought I would take a stab at making my own in the crockpot. And wouldn't you know, it worked? This is so simple to whip up, is a fraction of the cost and is chemical-, dairy-, sugar- and gluten-free. This is so easy and inexpensive, it
So while everyone else was sweating outside on shed duty, my youngest goofball and I lapped up the nice air conditioning inside on chai tea concentrate duty (or getting into everything duty).
Slow Cooker Chai Tea Concentrate
8 slices of fresh ginger, peeled (about 1/2 inch diameter)
2 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
20 whole cardamom inner seeds
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 cups of water
6 black tea bags
Gather up all of the ingredients through the honey and dump them in a slow cooker.
Add the water and set slow cooker to high. Cook for 3 hours. Add tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve, discarding solids.
Pour concentrate into a 1 quart liquid container.
To make the chai tea, mix equal parts tea concentrate and milk or water (I use almond milk) and heat or pour over ice.
Store concentrate in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days. We're supposed to go apple picking today, but something seems off about picking apples when it's 85 degrees outside, right?
P.S. It's SO nice having my camera back. I missed it so much.
Nutrition Information Per 1/2 Cup Concentrate: Calories 79; Total Fat 0g; Total Carb 21g; Fiber 0g; Sugars 20g; Protein 0g
Nutrition Information Per 1/2 Cup Concentrate and 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk: Calories 101; Total Fat 2g; Total Carb 22g; Fiber 1g; Sugars 20g; Protein 1g
*Nutrition information has been calculated using an online recipe calculator tool.
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