Hot Chai Latte


A great chai spice mixture is the secret to this warm and flavorful drink.

  • Recipe
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1 teaspoon chai spice mixture (see below)
1 medjool date or 2 regular dates, pitted
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 1/2 cups unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk


Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender on high until smooth and hot (about 4 minutes).

For the chai spice mixture:
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg

My Notes: (Click Edit to enter your notes about this recipe)

Serves 1

Per Serving:

Calories 180
Protein 4 g
Carbohydrates 29 g
Sugars 16 g
Total Fat 6.9 g
Saturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 285 mg
Fiber 6.4 g
Beta-Carotene 24 ug
Vitamin C 0 mg
Calcium 828 mg
Iron 2.3 mg
Folate 8 ug
Magnesium 76 mg
Potassium 482 mg
Zinc 0.8 mg
Selenium 5.6 ug

My Rating: 
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01/12/2016 02:29 PM

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I make a similar spiced "milk" with stevia instead of dates and then warm it on the stovetop. A nice happy ending after dinner!


01/12/2016 02:33 PM

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I got 181 calories - still way too much for a drink! 1T chia seeds - 70 cal; 1 medjool date - 66;
1 1/2 c. unsweetened almond milk - 45 (sweetened almond milk may be more). Still more than I want to use for a drink though.
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01/12/2016 02:36 PM

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Veganicole, could you post your recipe? I SO love chai!


01/12/2016 02:50 PM

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The recipe calls for 1T of chia seeds. Bob's Red Mill lists 1T of chia seeds as having 60 Cal and 4.5gm fat. Add 45 Cal for the unsweetened almond milk plus 66 Cal for the medjool date totals 171 Cal. Less than Oregon Chai, for sure! Sorry, MorganJ. I was posting at the same time as you.
This comment was last edited on 01/12/2016 03:09 PM


01/12/2016 03:03 PM

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Thank you Dr F and staff for this selection! An alternative to commercial chai latte with entirely wholesome ingredients. My wish has been granted.


01/12/2016 03:53 PM

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Bloody YUM! Thanks Dr Fuhrman.


01/12/2016 04:25 PM

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Delish! Just what I needed. Giving up coffee and dairy at the same time was hitting me hard. This is exactly what I needed - hot, creamy & flavorful.


01/12/2016 05:22 PM

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This was absolutely delicious!


01/12/2016 06:15 PM

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No problem salmarcin :)Not sure where he gets 320 unless sweetened almond milk has that many more calories than unsweetened??
This comment was last edited on 01/12/2016 06:16 PM


01/12/2016 09:04 PM

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So not sure what the fuss is about calories, since I've been following the Nutratarian Diet Style I don't need/want/have to count calories...I focus on the nutrient density, and enjoy the way this diet style (not a fad) increases health...THIS RECIPE is no different - Protein 14 grams and Fiber 8.2 grams, takes care of just about anything in the negative column, unless you're cheating in other areas and still need to count calories (0; THANK YOU Dr Fuhrman, for giving me LIFE back in my life!


01/12/2016 10:08 PM

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I'm going to hold off on star rating until I have adjusted this recipe to my liking. This came across my email this afternoon and I immediately started Jonesing for it. My spidey sense told me to alter the recipe but I resisted that urge and made it exactly as directed. My intuitions were validated (for me). Does anyone else find that about 1/100 of the volume of cardamom called for in any recipe is just about the right amount? Next time I mix up the chai spice mixture I will add only a pinch, a teensy-beensy pinch, of cardamom. As for the calories, KendallGate, I agree with you.


01/13/2016 10:09 AM

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KendallGate, you are absolutely right: it's not about calories, it's about nutrient density. Follow the eating plan, and you won't have an issue. I lost 80 pounds in 6 months when I started. I know this program works. BTW, this recipe looks delicious, and I can't wait to try it!


01/13/2016 11:44 AM

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2 many of u fuss about calories, u focus is on da wrong thinking. focus on the nutrient density and enjoy all of the nutrients you are receiving from so many natural foods. thank you dr. fuhrman, for giving me my life back. donot pay any attention to da no rating there are so many of us that gives u a five stars rating that over compensate for the no ratings

i love you dr. fuhrman


01/15/2016 07:11 PM

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Thanks Doc! Instead of a date, I used 1ts of xylitol ( non gmo) and as far as calories this is WONDERFUL after shoveling!


01/15/2016 10:07 PM

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This sounds great.... will try making it!


01/17/2016 09:13 PM

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This was excellent. I've been drinking one a day since it was posted. So easy in a Vitamix. I used unsweetened hemp milk, flax seed, and one medjool date, and the total is roughly 210 calories. But I only know this because of a lingering number crunching habit. A la Fuhrman, I factor it as a portion of nuts and keep the dates low, and I do consider it as a part of my breakfast. It has helped replace coffee, as it is so rich and satisfying. This morning, I added two tabslespoons of Fuhrman's cocoa powder. It was superb, a definite aid in helping me to enjoy this nutritarian way of life.
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01/25/2016 09:16 PM

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I tried this and used the whole chai mixture, and wow, it was strong. Then I re-read the recipe and saw it calls for ONE tsp. of the chai mixture.
I also did a hot chocolate version of this with cashew milk, dates, chia, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a pinch of cloves. Very good! I recommend using a good quality Ceylon cinnamon. Dr. F. has an excellent article titled, "Choosing the Right Cinnamon", that addresses health concerns from using Cassia and other less quality cinnamons, esp. if you consume a lot of cinnamon.

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12/10/2020 02:41 PM

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I did the same thing. Boy, was it strong!!!


12/11/2016 04:00 PM

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I have never used cardomon and it is expensive.  A little wary of buying this expensive spice! What taste is it similar to?  Is there asubstitute spice that could be used?   I like the addition of chia seeds and would like to make a latte similar to this.  Any suggestions would be welcome


08/08/2017 08:55 PM

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Crazy good. Who needs coffee?

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11/03/2017 10:47 PM

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This drink is truly delicious but I was wondering if the 879 mg of calcium is correct. If so, then it is an excellent way of getting the most of the your calcium intake.


11/17/2017 02:16 AM

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Yummy, yummy, yummy. I made one then couldn't stop thinking about it until I made another. I  am so happy that I found this recipe on Dr. Fuhrman's site. It's been a real challenge to give up that morning coffee. Now I think I finally have a chance. You have to try it to appreciate how delicious this one is.


11/21/2017 09:32 PM

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I added matcha to it....delish



11/30/2017 11:32 PM

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Could date sugar be used if no dates are handy?

what about using black tea?


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01/12/2020 10:45 AM

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Date sugar does not dissolve.  They are finely ground pieces - not crystals like sugar.


12/01/2017 02:04 PM

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Here's an alternative: Mix a half cup of soy milk with a tablespoon of vanilla (I love Trader Joe's) and add as many spices as you like. I add cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, all spice, nutmeg and cloves. The vanilla makes it sweet and sensational. 


12/10/2017 08:46 PM

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Very satisfying after dinner drink!


01/07/2018 06:37 PM

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Wow!  Nice!


10/25/2018 09:45 AM

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This is absolutely fabulous. I also used the chai spice mixture in my oatmeal one morning, and that was good too.


01/16/2019 10:07 AM

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Can anyone please address whether the nutritional information is correct?  879mg of calcium in 1 cup--nearly the RDA?  Who calculates the nutritional information on Dr. Fuhrman's website?  Could they possibly recalculate?

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01/16/2019 04:21 PM

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The nutritional data was calcuated using the USDA database information for almond milk which has added calcium. If the drink is made with unenriched soy milk, the calcium will be about 100 mg (coming from the chia seeds).



01/22/2019 03:21 PM

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This morning, I took a half cup of soy milk, half a banana, half a tablespoon of raisins, vanilla, a little cocoa powder and cinnamon and churned it in the blender. Boy is it good!


01/31/2019 12:10 AM

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I really enjoyed this warm forthy beverage with just the right spices and sweetness. So easy to prepare in the vitmix.


01/31/2019 08:54 PM

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Very tasty, hot and frothy!  Used chocolate almond milk as that is all I had on hand.  Great substitute for coffee/latte.  Also made without cardamom but was still wonderful.


02/03/2019 12:54 PM

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Delicious!  I like my chai a little sweeter, so I added 1 medjool date. My doctor was concerned that I might not be getting enough calcium and wanted me to eat yogurt. I didn’t want to do that, and this drink, along with the other high nutrient foods I eat throughout the day, should ease her worries. 

This comment was last edited on 02/03/2019 12:57 PM