Return to T Ching Classics: Tea for Fall
It’s that time of the year again, my all-time favorite time – fall! Here in Oklahoma, the weather has finally changed from the horrible 110 degrees that was our everyday reality during the summer to a beautiful 70-80 degrees the last few days. This kind of weather just makes me want to drink warm drinks and make big batches of healthy soups!
All over Facebook, I have seen my friends posting about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte and how when Starbucks starts making these drinks again, it is officially fall time. I admit, I love actually going to a tea or coffee shop and ordering one of these drinks, but the usual $5 price tag doesn’t sound as appetizing.
I’m trying to be more aware of my budget and make more things at home. So I began experimenting. And it’s easier than you think! I found a few recipes online that I enjoyed and, of course, made my own little tweaks to. I loved the end result of this recipe and it is so simple:
Pumpkin Pie Chai Latte
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 cup of freshly brewed chai tea – I used Tazo’s chai tea packet
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
½ packet of stevia
I put all ingredients in a blender for 5 seconds (I use a Blendtec) and then heat the blended ingredients in a pan on the stovetop until warm.
A lot of the recipes I looked at were more complicated and blended some ingredients individually. I found that blending them all together made it tastier. Experiment with the tastes of fall! Take advantage of all the in-season veggies, especially pumpkin, in your lattes! You’d be surprised how well they blend and taste.
Happy beginning of fall!
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