If you're like me, you've got a hot drink in your hand every morning. My personal choice of beverage is a big mug of straight-up drip coffee; from fresh-ground beans (of course). Sometimes I'll add some cream or a couple drops of stevia, but typically I have it black. Then I make my way through the rest of the morning.
Although some health and fitness enthusiasts would scoff at my intake of caffeine, I find my morning coffee ritual to be soothing and I never drink more than a few cups a day and never past 10am.
However, there are times in the afternoon, somewhere around mid-day, that I crave that warm comfort. So, I usually opt for an herbal tea. But tea, well... tea feels "light" to me and lacks the bold taste I seek.
Then I found this recipe...
Served hot, it has a bold and satisfying flavor and no caffeine. [BONUS] It even has protein, fiber and heart-healthy fats! I top it with a dash of cinnamon or cardamom for an extra kick.
Caffeine-Free Chai Latte
1-2 bag(s) of rooibos chai tea (rooibos is naturally caffeine-free) 2.5 cups of boiling water 1 tablespoon tahini 1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy is preferred) 2 dates (pitted)
Cover the teabag and dates ) with 2 cups of boiling water and steep for a few minutes.
Discard the tea bag & place tea, soaked dates, tahini & almond butter into a blender.
Blend until creamy (DO NOT "seal-shut" the lid of your blender as you blend your beverage. The steam from the hot liquid will create pressure and can explode into a hot -if not painful- mess if you're not careful).
On'ce you've safey blended the ingredients till creamy, serve in your favorite mug (add a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg) and Enjoy!
Tip: You can try this with other nut or seed butters to see which flavor combination you like the best. I'm thinking of trying it with Cashew butter next time!
Nutrition Facts - Per Servings (Serves: 2) Calories 117 | Protein 3.2g | Total Carb 9.3g | Dietary Fiber 2.2g | Sugars 5.7g | Total Fat 8.6g | Saturated Fat 0.9g | Trans Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 16mg | Potassium 148mg
(Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 4% - Iron 13%) *Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Recipe analyzed by VeryWell