This chai pumpkin spice latte is a coffee-free alternative for the fall classic! It’s dairy-free, paleo, and AIP-friendly.

Chai pumpkin spice with coconut cream and star anise

Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

Nothing says fall quite like a warm pumpkin spice latte! It’s one of the first things we all reach for once it’s finally fall, and it can actually be quite simple to make a home. Typically, a pumpkin spice latte is made with a pumpkin spice blend, espresso (or just coffee), steamed milk, and a flavored syrup or sweetener. If you’re following an AIP diet and aren’t drinking coffee, or you just prefer tea, this chai pumpkin spice latte is the perfect alternative! It’s paleo, AIP, and made with a homemade chai pumpkin spice blend.

The Ingredients for this Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • Black tea
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cloves
  • Nutmeg (or mace for AIP)
  • Allspice. This is optional for AIP as it’s classified as one of the grey area foods. If you’re just starting AIP, I’d leave it out. If you’re looking to experiment and start reintros, it’s a good one to try.

  • Pumpkin puree. Here’s the thing… pumpkin spice is a spice blend that pairs well with pumpkin, but doesn’t need to include actual pumpkin. Traditionally, pumpkin spice drinks never really had pumpkin in it… that’s only a recent thing that we’ve all started doing. However, it really does add to the pumpkin flavor, especially in something like a chai that’s already so flavorful. So, even though it’s not traditional, I’ll hop on the train and admit it’s yummy too!
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut milk. I like to use Native Forest Simple Coconut milk from the can or almond milk.

How to Make a Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Prepare the spice blend: Stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Prepare the tea: Using a small pot, bring the water to a low boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea bag, allowing to steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard the teabag.
  3. Make the latte: Add the spice blend to the tea along with the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Use a whisk (or blend in a blender on low) to fully combine. Return to the heat for 2-3 minutes if a warmer drink is desired.
  4. Serve: Top with coconut cream and garnish with star anise if desired.

Can you use regular chai tea instead?

Yes, you could technically use a chai tea and just add some of the extra ingredients. However, regular chai tea isn’t AIP so this is the best option to keep it AIP.

Do you have to use coconut milk?

Coconut milk has a great flavor with this recipe, but you can also use almond milk or oat milk if you tolerate that too.

Chai pumpkin spice in a mug with a pumpkin in the background

 

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Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte (AIP, Paleo)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This chai pumpkin spice latte is a coffee-free alternative for the fall classic! It’s dairy-free, paleo, and AIP-friendly.


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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp allspice (omit for AIP, or see notes)
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg (sub mace for AIP)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (use alcohol free for AIP)
  • 12 tbsp coconut cream (optional)
  • Star anise for garnish (omit for AIP)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the spice blend of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg (or mace). Stir to combine and set aside.
  2. Using a small pot, bring the water to a low boil. Remove from the heat and add the tea bag, allowing to steep for 5-10 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bag.
  3. Add the spice blend to the tea along with the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Use a whisk (or blend in a blender on low) to fully combine. Return to the heat for 2-3 minutes if a warmer drink is desired.
  4. Serve topped with coconut cream and garnish with star anise if desired.

Notes

For allspice, consider this article before trying for AIP.

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stove Top

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 254
  • Fat: 24.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.1g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 2.5g

Keywords: chai, pumpkin spice latte