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Chai Spiced Coconut Milk (dairy-free)

Posted by on January 13, 2016 / 10 Comments

This chai spiced coconut milk is like hug in a mug. The warming chai spices will heat you from the inside out and provide heaps of other health benefits.

Chai spiced coconut milk.

Today we have sunshine – and I couldn’t be happier! I’m definitely not a grey skies, gloomy weather kinda girl. In other words, as much as I love to visit Portland and Seattle…I could never live there. Nope. My body craves sunshine and knowing what I know about my body, I firmly believe it’s telling me that I need more vitamin D. And who am I to argue? Off I go to Costa Rica! (kidding….though I’m kinda dreaming of it).

So we’ve regained our sunshine in SoCal (at least for the next few days), but we still don’t have our warmth. I know I must seem like a sissy to my East Coast friends, but yes, I’ve even been turning on my electric blanket (ha!). It’s been getting into the 30’s at night…and that’s waaaay too cold for me. Anyone else always have frigid hands and feet like me? It’s not fun.

Chai spiced coconut milk. Chai spiced coconut milk. Chai spiced coconut milk.

So another way I’ve been warming up is with this chai spiced coconut milk. And believe me when I say, it warms you from the inside out with a blend of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and star anise. It’s like a warm hug in a mug.

Now, I use coconut milk as too much almond milk doesn’t agree with my tummy, but you could also use cashew milk (have you seen my video?) or other non-dairy milk. I also put quite a bit of fresh ginger in this, because well, I LOVE fresh ginger. Ginger is not only warming, it stimulates circulation (see, cold hands and feet comment above) so it’s perfect on a day when I’ve become a frozen human statue. Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and immune boosting (along with many of the other spices used), which makes this chai spiced coconut milk perfect for the winter months when coughs and colds start making their rounds. Nobody’s got time to get sick, right?!

Just throw all the ingredients together in a pot, boil, then blend in a high-powered blender (like my fave Vitamix). It does all the frothing for you. Then, all you have to do is pour and drink your warm hug.


Chai spiced coconut milk. Chai spiced coconut milk.

Chai Spiced Coconut Milk
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Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 can (13.5 ounce) full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-2 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped (depending how spicy you like it)
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 whole star anise
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 pinches cardamom
  • 1 pinch cloves
  • extra whole star anise for garnish
  1. Heat a pot on medium heat and add all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Use a spoon to remove the whole star anise. Pour the remaining ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for one minute, or until smooth.
  3. Serve in mugs and garnish with extra whole star anise.

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  • Liz Stark

    Such a wonderful, warming beverage for these cold temperatures! I’m in Ohio, so it’s definitely wintertime here, haha.

  • Kate Vasey

    This sounds AMAZING!!! I will definitely be making this very soon! :) Thank you so much for the recipe!!

  • Suzanne Walton Stanton

    I have chronically cold feet, cold hands, AND a cold nose. I’ve been that way since I was a wee one. I always used to crawl in my dad’s lap & tuck my face in his neck. He’d always respond, “GeeeOwww that’s a cold nose!” He never made me stop nuzzling, though. :)

    This morning it’s a dreary, foggy 55F in Richmond, TX. Not bad compared to other parts of the US & it’ll warm up to a sunny 71F by 3. Good thing, because I’ll be cleaning out the garage & taking stuff to a resale shop or throwing out what’s broken or beyond “gently used.”

    This was the perfect way to begin the morning (beats laundry & dishes, although they need attention as well).

    Thanks, Lisa; it’s delicious! (& my cup is now empty)


    Oh, I used almond milk since that’s what I had on hand.

    • Chai spiced coconut milk wins over laundry and dishes….always!! Hope it helped to warm up your extremities as well! ;) xo

  • Amy

    We’re in the middle of summer here in Australia, but even during our winters it doesn’t get terribly cold – it’s funny, electric blankets are practically unheard of! But it’s a rainy day today so I think I’m going to use that as an excuse to make this, haha :) Love your photography by the way! :)

    • Rain is totally a legitimate excuse! In fact, you could even drink this chilled over ice (yum!). And thanks so much for the photography compliment Amy! :) x

  • I love warm beverages that aren’t coffee, like this chai-spiced coconut milk! Im sure it warms my heart just a much as my body :)

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