A Chai Latte might be the most delicious non-alcoholic hot beverage. Chai is so tasty, and oh so high in sugar/calories. A Starbucks Chai latte with skim milk has 266cal; with soy 203; and with whole milk 315. For a treat that's pretty high.
I've been playing around with making my own less sweet, decaffeinated chai concentrate and am happy to share my "oh so easy to copy cat," recipe.
In a slow cooker combine:
7 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks plus about a one inch piece of fresh ginger
1 tbsp allspice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cardamon
1/2 tsp peppercorn
1 tsp ginger
Once all the spices are in stir it up, and cook on low for 4 hours.
6 teabags of your choice ( I like Earl Grey)
Let the tea steep, to your preferred strength. Then remove the tea bags, and cinnamon sticks.
1 tbsp stevia powder
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup.
Mix the concentrate together well. Pour the concentrate into a pitcher and strain out the spice.
The Chai Concentrate will store well in the fridge for 2 weeks.