For the last few years, my friends at uni have done a “vegan week”, which is exactly as it sounds. For one week at the start of the year, we go exclusively vegan. It started out as a challenge to one particular member of our friend group, and slowly everybody joined in. This year, I decided to join in as well and I’ve had a lot of fun doing so! I know it’s hardly on a Veganuary scale, which I wish I had taken part in now, but it’s definitely opened my eyes a lot more to eating vegan.
For one, it’s a lot easier than I thought it would be. For things like cheese and meat, there are such a selection of alternatives out there to choose from. Who’d have thought that you’d be able to find vegan squirty whipped cream? But you can! I don’t eat meat every day, anyway, but I’ve realised I do have a lot more dairy than I realised. Overall, it was a lot of fun having an excuse to experiment more with my cooking! And I’ve decided to make an effort to incorporate more vegan meals into my diet, and cut down on my dairy intake.
During my vegan week, I was craving a hot chocolate one night but the only hot chocolate powder I had wasn’t vegan. I decided to resign myself to a cup of tea, so I went looking through my stacks of tea and came across a chai tea I was gifted from Adagio. I’ve heard of people making their own chai tea lattes, and I absolutely love a chai latte, so I thought I’d give a bash at making my own vegan version.
Instead of milk, I’ve been using the Alpro Caffe Hazelnut, hence the brown colour. I know that really it is a coffee and hazelnut drink, but I don’t think it is too overpowdering coffee-wise at all, and I’ve loved using it as a milk substitute. I’ve completely fallen in love with using it in my coffees in the morning, and it’s something that I’ll be carrying over with me once I’ve finished my vegan week.
And so the vegan hazelnut chai latte was born! I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to make this work on the first try, but I loved it. So, I thought I would share my recipe with you all! If you did want to make this with cow’s milk, or a different milk alternative, then feel free to swap it out. However, I feel the Caffe Hazelnut adds a lovely nutty taste to the chai latte.
Vegan Hazelnut Chai Tea Latte
- 1 cup alpro caffe hazelnut (or milk alternative of choice)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp loose leaf chai tea
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)
- pinch ground cinnamon
Add the 1 cup of hazelnut milk and 1/2 cup of water to a saucepan and put it on a low heat. Add the two teaspoons of loose leaf chai tea and leave to brew on the heat for a few minutes.
Add the honey, vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract) and cinnamon and mix. Leave to brew and mix together for another few minutes. (Optional: If you want the mixture to be frothy, use a frother or whisk on the mixture.) Strain the drink into your mug and enjoy!
Let me know if you try my recipe, and if you enjoy it! I’d love to see some pictures if you manage to take better photos of your chai latte than I have (I don’t think that’s hard either, if I’m honest – these photos were a bit impromptu).
What’s your favourite milk alternative? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to shop around and try different ones!
Until next time,