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4.09.2012

Dairy-Free CHAI TEA


My kids offer up praise and adoration to me as I pour them their dairy, and soy free chai tea.  This is one thing I was trying to figure out in the back of my mind for a while now.  The kids miss the sugary, milky chai tea we used to have.  Here is a great rendition, it has protein from the nuts, and a GREAT taste from all the spices!  Give it a try.  You can make it up ahead the night before, then heat it up for a treat in the morning!

 CASHEW CREAM INGREDIENTS:
*1 cup unsalted whole cashews
*1/2 cup water
*1/2 teaspoon vanilla
*1/4 cup honey

Mix the cashews, honey, vanilla, and water together in your Vita-Mix or food processor.  You know you are done when a creamy milk is formed.  Set this aside, and get your spices together.
                               
SPICE INGREDIENTS:
 *7 cup water
*1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
*1 cinnamon stick
*1 teaspoon fennel
*1 teaspoon cardamon
*1/4 inch cut of ginger root
Simmer these ingredients on the stove top for about 5 minutes.  Then add 2 Tablespoons loose leaf black tea. Turn off heat and cover for 10 minutes.
 Strain your spices through a coffee filter.  Then add the cashew cream to your strained tea mixture.  You are all done at this point.  Drink it all now, or wait until tomorrow morning, this is great heated up later. 
I get about 100g of carbs for the whole batch of chai tea.  Divide that into 7 cups of tea and you get about 14g of carbs per cup.  My diabetic daughter loves this tea!

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