Homemade chai tea with a base of rooibos (African red tea) instead of black tea is an amazing option loaded with antioxidants — and it’s also caffeine free!
1 cup pure water
1 cup rice or almond milk
1 cinnamon stick
4 pieces of cloves
1/3 inch fresh ginger root, sliced
3 pieces whole peppercorns
1/3 tsp whole fennel seeds
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp whole cardamom seeds
2 tsp rooibos tea
Honey or maple syrup to sweeten
1. Simmer all spices in 1 cup of water, covered, for 30 minutes.
2. Add the rooibos tea and milk and bring to a rolling boil.
3. Reduce the heat and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat, cool slightly to comfortable drinking temperature, and serve as it is or with a sweetener of your choice.
Marni Wasserman is a culinary nutritionist in Toronto whose philosophy is stemmed around whole foods. She is dedicated to providing balanced lifestyle choices through natural foods. Using passion and experience, she strives to educate individuals on how everyday eating can be simple and delicious.