Pumpkin Chai Latte

On a Sunday, there is nothing better than cuddling up, reading a book, and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee. What I like best about the fall, is the coloured leaves, wearing sweaters and scarfs, and feeling the crisp air.

Although dressing up for Halloween isn’t really my thing, I am all about pumpkins, squash, stews, and warm cups of yumminess. Also, I find that pumpkin spice candles smell amazing, and pumpkin pies and other recipes that include cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Chai tea and the spices used to make it are used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine from India. For instance, cinnamon helps with digestion, cardamom calms tension and ansiety, and ginger reduces blood coagulation and rejuvenates.

So, I have decided to share this recipe for a pumpkin chai latte. It is super easy, healthy, and delicious!

Ingredients:
Makes 2 cups

2 cups of milk (of your choice)
1 tbsp maple syrup (adjust to taste)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2.5 tsp black tea (or rooibos)
6 cardamom cloves, crushed
4 black pepper seeds
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp ginger powder OR 1inch fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 star anis (optional, I didn’t use any).

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, place the milk and all other ingredients except the pumpkin puree.
  2. Bring to a boil, then stop the stove and let it sit for about 10 minutes with the lid on.
  3. Strain the spices out and put the milk back into the pot on very low heat.
  4. Whisk the pumpkin puree in the pot. Heat until the desired temperature.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
  6. Optional: add a pinch of nutmeg to each cup.

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