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Cup of homemade masala chai surrounding by vanilla and spices

Homemade Masala Chai (dairy free, caffeine free)

Naturopath Lauren Glucina
A lovely warming Masala Chai made with rooibus to make it caffeine free, and oat milk to make it dairy free. Serves 4 (double the recipe if you want to keep some in the fridge to re-heat).
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 72 kcal


  • 3 cups water you’ll simmer this down to 2
  • 1 inch piece ginger root sliced thin or grated
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon quills
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 2 cups oat milk or use a nut or seed milk
  • 2 teaspoons red rooibus tea or black tea if you don't mind the caffeine


  • Place the cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle and give them a gentle grind to break them open and release the seeds, then add to a pot with the 3 cups of water. Grind the star anise and fennel in the same way, then add to the pot.
  • Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise, then add to the pot along with the grated nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and peppercorns (basically everything but the rooibus/black tea and oat milk!).
  • Bring the water to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover slightly and leave it to reduce to about 2 cups – this may take between 15 and 20 minutes.
  • Add the oat milk and black tea, bring the water to a boil again then reduce to a simmer for five minutes.
  • Strain through a sieve and serve.


Calories: 72kcal
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