Famous oolong tea is spiced with health- and flavor- promoting spices, sweetened, and drizzled with a dairy-free milk of choice (or cream or half and half) for a delicious and refreshing pick-me-up. I call this “cheater’s brew” because you just use dried and ground spices instead of brewing whole spices with the tea. I have shared how to make a chai tea concentrate, which is a wonderful thing to have on hand. But sometimes you just want to be able to whip a chai up on the spur of the moment. 

This recipe, inspired by a recipe from the authors of Trim Healthy Mama, is super easy and makes a whole a whole quart of chai tea. Plus, it contains several ingredients that could help level out blood sugar (cinnamon) and speed the metabolic rate (tea and cayenne)! The original recipe uses almond milk, but I used canned coconut milk for an ultra-creamy drink. You can use whatever you’d like – including cream or half and half.

Because I don’t like making claims without some proof, check out the following studies:

  • This page gives a good overview of some of the studies suggesting that cayenne may be helpful for speeding up metabolism. 
  • This study found that giving cinnamon to those with type II diabetes reduced their serum glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and could reduce the risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
  • And at this page you can read a study supporting the idea that oolong tea does indeed help control weight (an ancient idea), but scroll down for many more links to other related studies as well. 
But really, I just drink it because it’s good!

Creamy Oolong Chai Iced Tea

One of the reasons I love this recipe, is that it is so easy to adapt! So adapt away!

Ingredients: 

  • 4 oolong tea bags or loose tea equivalent (or 2 tea bags for frugal choice option)
  • ¼-1/2 cup of canned whole fat coconut milk, almond milk, or cream or half and half,  or dairy-free “milk” of choice
  • ½-1 teaspoon high quality vanilla (use gluten-free, if needed)
  • ½-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne (or substitute black pepper)
  • 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of raw honey, simple syrup made with honey, or stevia to taste (6-10 drop of liquid)
  • Optional: A pinch of dried ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg (a pinch of all of them, or which ever ones you’d like)
Instructions: 

1.     Brew hot tea in a coffee cup (all four) for about 4 minutes.**

2.     Pour brew into blender and blend with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. (It just takes a couple of pulses.)

3.     Fill a quart sized jar with ice (or a heat safe extra large cup) and pour tea over. Adjust flavors as needed and enjoy!

**Frugal Choice: Brew two teabags in half a cup of water and pour into blender. Then brew the same teabags in another half cup of water, and pour into blender. Proceed with step two

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