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All the fixings for a delicious, healthy and warming Dark Chocolate Chai Latte

I'm fairly new to Chai Latte - I envisioned some overtly milky monstrosity when I first came across the name, but, I am oh so happy to say that my first taste of this wonderfully rich and spicy hot drink was "Oh my - this is so good", and with every sip it was "this is good" over and over. Then I had a Cardamon Coffee in a an uuber-cool coffee shop in Kensington Market in Toronto and again it was "... so, so good". So, with all the talk of the health-giving and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric & pepper, I decided to try my own version of this yummy drink.


  • 2 cups water

  • 4 black teabags

  • 2 tbsp honey

  • 1 1/2 tbsp turmeric

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper corns

  • 1 1/2 tsp cardamon seeds

  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder or 2 squares 89% chocolate

  • 1/2 tsp cloves

  • 1 star anise

  • 3 slices ginger

  • 2 tbsp runny honey

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 cups milk of any kind (nut, coconut or regular)


  1. Loosely grind all spices.

  2. Heat water, teabags and all the spices in a pot and bring to the boil - strain all spices and put in a jar to keep in the fridge.

  3. Heat and froth your milk and add 1/4 of the mix to the milk. Enjoy

Makes 4 portions



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