Healthy Holiday Recipe Countdown – Day 19

Iced Almond Chai




  1. 3 green cardamom pods, cracked
  2. 1 (3-inch) stick cinnamon
  3. 2 whole cloves
  4. 1/2 tsp. anise seed
  5. 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  6. 3 cups cold water
  7. 3 black teabags
  8. 3 chai teabags with black tea
  9. 3 cups boiling water
  10. 1 1/3 cups unsweetened almond milk, chilled
  11. 8 – 10 tsp. agave syrup, preferably dark

For the chai, combine the cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, anise, and peppercorns in a medium saucepan. Add the water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Off the heat, add the black teabags, cover, and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags, squeezing them well. Pour the chai into a heat-proof jar and cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Strain the chai when ready to use, and discard the spices.

For ice cubes, in a heatproof measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the 3 chai tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Divide the tea between two ice cube trays and cool to room temperature, then freeze into cubes.

To serve, place 6 chai ice cubes in each of four 12-ounce glasses. Pour in 1/2 cup of the strained, chilled chai. Add 1/3 cup almond milk and sweeten to taste, using 2 to3 teaspoons agave syrup per serving.

Makes 4 servings, 4 cups

Per serving: 60 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 13 g carbohydrate, 0 g protein,

0 g dietary fiber, 50 mg sodium