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Raw Vegan Indian Spiced Chai


Raw Vegan Indian Spiced Chai
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Making raw chai will have you heading for the blender on a regular basis. The combination of ginger, spices and rich nutty milk soothes, satisfies and leaves a memorable impression. If you don't have the whole spices, you can easily substitute ground spices though it may make the drink a wee bit more grainy. You may wish to soak the nuts ahead of time.

This Indian chai tea recipe is caffeine-free, vegan, and suitable for a raw food diet.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Soak Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 cups


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts, almonds or other nuts
  • 4 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons green cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns or pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced ginger
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar or to taste


Place all of the ingredients except the agave nectar in a blender and blend on high speed for 30 to 40 seconds or until the nuts are thoroughly ground. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

Rinse the blender and pour the spiced nut milk back into it. Add the agave nectar, blend for a few seconds, taste and adjust any of the flavors or sweetener to your liking before serving.

Enjoy your raw food chai latte!

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