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Homemade Vegan Caffeine-Free Chai Tea

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2 Cups


  • 2 star anise pods
  • 8 cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2- inch fresh ginger sliced into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 dry date chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cups oat milk


  • Combine the anise, cardamom, peppercorns, and fennel in a small bowl. Use the base of a knife or the back of a spoon to gently crush the spices and release some of the oils. Alternatively, use a┬ámortar and pestle to crush slightly.
  • Add the crushed spices, the remainder of the spices, the date, and the water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer and cover lightly for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cover fully, and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the solids into 2 mugs, and cover lightly to keep warm. Rinse the pot lightly, then add the milk. Bring to a boil so that the milk just froths along the edges. Remove from heat, then top the tea with the steamed milk. Enjoy!