I love my tea, always have done, always will do!  While many may associate vegetarian or plant based diets with health conscious green teas and herbal teas, I personally love black tea, strong, rich and flavoursome.  I also love spices and chocolate, so a chai choc tea is particularly appealing!   Immediately those spices hit the water, the house is infused with an exotic warm aroma and the rich, thick smell of raw cacao, slowly weaves its way up the nose and towards the salivary glands.  Choc chai tea has that feeling of comfort, like an old pair of Pj’s and a sofa with lots of cushions to sink into (which is exactly what you feel like doing once you’ve made it!).

This tea of course is a western version of the wonderful Ayurvedic Chai Tea but as Westerner’s, we are very clever at picking out bits we like out of a certain modality and ignoring what we don’t like or don’t know.  Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years,  has a lot of gifts to offer and is so much  more than the Dosha’s of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  Ayurveda deserves respect and has obviously stood the test of time.

Now I’m no expert on Ayurveda, but I do know that they put certain spices in certain foods to counteract the effects of that food.  In this case, the secret ingredient is cardamom, which counters the effects of caffeine in the tea and cacao.  Pretty damn smart don’t you think!

 

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Heart Warming Choc Chai Tea
A hug in a mug!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put spices and water into a pan and boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add tea and cacao and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the mylk and heat until hot, but don't boil.
  4. Using a tea strainer or sieve, strain the tea into mugs.
  5. Add sugar, stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

For a beautiful creamy version, try this tea with Macadamia or Hemp Mylk.

For this recipe I’ve used raw cacao melts, if you’d like to use your favourite chocolate bar, maybe cut down on the sugar?!!

If you’d like to cut down further on the caffeine, try using Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea instead of black tea, it tastes just as delicious!

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