Confession time: I used to LOVE a chai latte from Costa or Nero. Then I discovered how much sugar was in them (more than in a hot chocolate!) and overnight I stopped drinking them.

Since then I’ve been trying to recreate something which tastes just as good but without the nasties. Finally, after much trial and error, I think I’ve succeeded. In fact, it’s somewhere between a hot chocolate and a chai latte. Personally, I find the cinnamon provides enough sweetness, but if you’ve got a particularly sweet tooth then add some honey or fruit syrup like Sweet Freedom.

It’s the perfect drink to enjoy when you’re curled up on the sofa under a blanket.

Chocolate Chai Latte
Refined sugar free | Gluten free | Dairy free

Skill: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 cup


  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Half a teaspoon mixed spice
  • Half a teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup (250ml) almond milk


I mix all the ingredients in a blender first because I find that helps blend the powdered spices in, then heat it in a small pan. But if you don’t have a blender or just don’t want to get it out(!) simply add it to a pan and whisk in the spices and heat. Pour into a mug and serve. Tastes particularly good alongside my Banana Bread.

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