Chai is a warm, sensual tea blend dating back thousands of years in Eastern culture. While regional varieties exist, most chai recipes call for a blend of healthy ingredients like black tea, black pepper, cardamom, ginger, fennel, and clove. Together, these vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices do everything from boost your immune system to aid your digestion to fight inflammation. We’ll cheers to that!

But what doesn’t make Chai all that healthy is when its put in a latte and mixed with tons of sugar. Not a bad thing to enjoy every in moderation, of course, but those calories (and café dollars) really can add up.
Not to worry, though: these recipes allow you to indulge in your Chai fix without having to order yourself a drink!

4 Ways to Get Your Chai Fix Without Ordering a Latte

1) Chai Banana Bread

A spicy twist on an old favorite! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this anytime indulgence:
1.5 cups of ripe mashed bananas (around 3)

– 1/3 cup of plain yogurt
– 5 tablespoons of melted butter
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup of (packed) brown sugar
– 2.25 cups of all-purpose flour’
– 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
– 3/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom
– 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
– 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
– 1.25 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
– 1/3 cup powdered sugar
– 1.5 teaspoons of milk

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2) Coconut Chai Oatmeal

A healthy breakfast never looked so decadent! To make, stock up on:

– 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
– 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
– 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened coconut chips
– 2 teaspoons brown sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
– Pinch of ground cardamom
– Pinch of ground pepper

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3) Chai Spiced Chicken Breasts

Never again can your family complain about having chicken “again” for dinner. Here’s the grocery list you’ll need for this protein-packed meal:

– 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
– 2 tablespoons of crushed loose chai tea (or from 6 bags)
– 2.5 teaspoons of kosher salt
– 3/4 teaspoons of black pepper
– 6 8-10 oz chicken breasts, bone in and skin on
– 1 cup of chopped cilantro

4) Chai Turmeric Latte

Okay, okay. Guess we couldn’t talk about chai without having at least one latte recipe in here. But this one’s homemade and includes the insanely-good-for-you spice turmeric! Brew these ingredients together:

– 2 cups of water
– 1/2 cup of freshly chopped turmeric
– 1 tablespoon of cardamom pods
– 1 tablespoon of freshly peeled and chopped ginger
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– 2 teaspoons of whole cloves
– 2 orange pekoe black tea bags
– 2 cups of steamed whole milk (dairy or nut)
– Optional: ground turmeric

My oh my, we love chai! If you give one of these recipes a try, be sure to let us know how they turn out by commenting below!