This morning I loved waking up to the rain tapping on my bedroom window. I find that the absence of sun is not always such a bad thing – it means more candles, fires, watching films, warming foods and being surrounded by people you love. This is the season for all things cosy after all. So on this rainy saturday I’ve got the most yummy brew to share with you – a dairy and caffeine free Chai Almond Latte. Drink as a breakfast substitute for coffee or pour it into your flask when you’re heading out for long country walks, cycle rides or indeed the stables, where I’m going today.
Almonds are a fantastic source of protein, healthy fats and fibre and if you choose a rooibos chai instead of a black tea version that contains caffeine you can have this drink and feel virtuous too. It comes courtesy of my lovely nutritionist friend Marika, a true treasure trove of healthy AND delicious recipes coupled with a fountain of knowledge gained over many years. It has become my absolute favourite hot drink EVER in a very short space of time and I’m sure you will love it too – try adding some sprinkled cinnamon on top for added effect.
Super simple, quick and healthy too, this is a recipe you’ll whip up in minutes and treasure all winter. Here goes:
Marika’s Chai Almond Latte (makes 1 cup)
2 fresh medjool dates or soak dried dates until soft
1 tbsp organic almond butter
1 cup hot chai tea (I love Dragonfly Cape Malay Chai made of Rooibos)
Blend all ingredients in blender at high speed until frothy and mixed. Pour into cups or flask and enjoy the sweet, warm and spicy flavour of Autumn. Happy Saturday! X