Homemade Chai Recipe

chai latte in mug with cinnamon and star anise

A homemade chai recipe filled with spices like cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. Make this latte with non-dairy milk and maple syrup for a vegan friendly drink. This recipe is easy to make, made with simple ingredients, yet so flavorful and delicious! Truly a favorite.


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 black tea bags (or 1/2 tablespoon loose leaf tea)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chai spice blend (linked)
  • pinch of black pepper, optional
  • 2 cups oat milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup (more or less depending on desired sweetness)


  1. Make tea: In small saucepan bring water, black tea bag or loose leaf tea, and chai tea spices to a low boil then simmer for 5 minutes to steep tea and spices.
  2. Add milk & sweetener: Pour in oat milk, maple syrup and stir; change heat to medium to warm oat milk, about 3-4 minutes. Once warmed through, strain mixture through fine mesh sieve (or cheese cloth, or mesh straining bag).
  3. Serve: Taste test before adding more sweetness; top with whipped cream and little cinnamon for a coffee shop homemade chai latte experience! Feel free to froth for some foam.


Use your milk of choice, depending on dietary preference. If using a sweetened milk, you may want to adjust the maple syrup. Honey may also be used.

Keywords: chai latte, chai spice blend, homemade chai tea latte