Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte

February 18, 2014

in Drinks

Non-Dairy Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte // picklesnhoney.com

As a little kid, I remember being offered chamomile tea when I would get sick. I distinctly recall hating the flowery taste, and the fact that I only drank it when I had a cold or the flu…well, that certainly didn’t help. For years, I have avoided chamomile tea thinking that I didn’t like it.

This past October, Aaron and I were enjoying that amazing long weekend in NYC. We stopped into Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee on the recommendation of the woman whose apartment we were renting. It was so adorable (you can read more about it here) and having made it my mission to consume as many seasonally-spiced, hot beverages as possible while in the city, I ordered a hot apple cider.

Unfortunately, Jack’s was all out. Instead, the barista enthusiastically offered to whip up something equally Fall-appropriate and I let her do her thing. She handed me a lightly sweetened chamomile tea latte made with soy milk and cinnamon and I braced myself to smile politely and pretend to enjoy it.

That’s when I realized I actually do like chamomile tea. I really, really like it.

Non-Dairy Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte // picklesnhoney.com

Maybe my tastes have changed, or maybe they were just off every time I tried it as a kid, thanks to those winter head colds that make most foods taste different and bland.  It’s a little funny that it took getting sick this month to make me think of chamomile tea once again and finally re-create a variation of that latte I loved so much in New York.

Non-Dairy Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte // picklesnhoney.com

Maple Cinnamon Chamomile Tea Latte (Vegan)
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Inspired by a chamomile tea latte from my long weekend in NYC this past Fall. My version uses maple syrup as the sweetener and a homemade cashew milk base. It pairs perfectly with a cookie (or two) for dunking.
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup filtered water
  • ¾ cup cashew milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 2-3 chamomile tea bags (depending on how strong you like your tea)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • tiny pinch fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Add the water to a small saucepan, cover with a lid, and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  2. Turn off the heat and add in the chamomile tea bags. Cover the saucepan and allow the tea to steep for 5-7 minutes. You want it to be very strong.
  3. Remove the tea bags and add in the non-dairy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Turn the heat back on to medium and stir continuously until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  5. Turn off the heat, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy!
  6. Optional: Use a milk frother to create a luxurious layer of foam for your latte.

 

If you think you don’t like chamomile tea, give this latte a try.

xo
Amanda

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Caitlin February 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

i’ve never liked chamomile tea, either! maybe i need to try this and i will change my mind. it looks and sounds so lovely.
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

Yes, give the chamomile a try in a tea latte and see if you like it any better!

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Cadry February 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

I love chamomile tea. I drink it almost nightly. I just buy the loose flowers in the bulk spices section at the natural grocery store and use a tea ball for steeping in hot water. I sleep really deeply when I drink it with strong, lucid dreams. I love the addition of cashew milk in your latte! I always just drink chamomile by itself, but this sounds delicious. Plus, cashew milk is my favorite non-dairy milk.
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

I would love to find a place near me to buy the loose chamomile flowers. Your nightly routine sounds very relaxing, and now I’m curious to see if I’ll sleep more deeply and have more lucid dreams post-chamomile tea…

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Cadry February 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

Yes, that will be interesting to see! I sometimes wonder if the loose flowers give a stronger effect than bagged versions. If you don’t see the loose flowers in your natural grocery store, they often sell them at Mexican markets as well in packaged baggies.
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Michelle Lahey February 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Christina’s Spices in Cambridge (Inman Square) *might* have the loose chamomile flowers. I feel like they have everything else, so that could be a good spot to check!
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Oh, good suggestion! Thanks!

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Ashley February 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

I’ve never really been a big tea drinker (which is weird since my dad is English!) but I do sometimes like it in a latte. This one sounds great, with really complementary flavors. Plus right now anything warm sounds pretty good :)
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 3:01 pm

I agree – anything warm sounds good! So. much. snow.

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Katie @ Produce on Parade February 18, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Oh man, this looks dreamy! Lovely pictures! :)
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Thank you! It is pretty dreamy – literally, based on what Cadry said. :)

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J | ladygenj | afeathery*nest February 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

So funny—my childhood/sickly tea was English Breakfast, which I loathe to this day because it reminds me of being achy and snuffly. Not sure if even you and your magical recipe creation abilities could make that into something palatable for me (but if you try it, let me know bc drink above looks divine! ;) ).
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Amanda February 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I can’t even remember the last time I had English Breakfast, but my mom always used to keep some in the cupboard. It’s so interesting how certain foods/drinks have such strong associations.

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Monica February 19, 2014 at 8:51 am

Oh, goodness! Five of my favorite words, all in a single drink? Be still my heart!

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Amanda February 19, 2014 at 9:24 am

It is a very good flavor combination! I’m glad I gave chamomile another chance. :)

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Gabby @ the veggie nook February 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

I’ve never been a fan of chamomile tea really. There’s only one kind I have ever liked but it came from a tea store that has since gone out of business and now I can’t figure out the brand! Ah well. I should probably try this and learn to love the brands I have :)

It’s funny you mention not liking it partly because you only drank it when you were sick. I have such a love for the things I would eat when I was sick because they are so comforting! Black tea with lots of honey, plain buttered toast (well now vegan buttered toast) and plain pasta shells with jarred tomato sauce. Those are my go to comforts!
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Amanda February 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

I’ve been using the TJ’s organic chamomile tea bags and I like them, but I also haven’t compared them to anything else.
I used to eat the same plain pasta with jarred tomato sauce when I was sick! Also, Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, though even that was kind of gross at the time. Very questionable pieces of chicken…

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Gabby @ the veggie nook February 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

If only TJ’s was in Canada… :(

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Amanda February 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

I forgot you’re in Canada! Well, I’m sure you can find something locally…TJ’s is good, but it’s not that good.

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Nichole February 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I just made a batch of this and it’s delicious. Perfect for an afternoon on the couch reading, thank you for sharing :)

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Amanda February 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

That’s great, Nichole! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the latte. <3

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 23, 2014 at 7:53 pm

This sounds wonderful! I grew up drinking tea, I guess lattes because I always had milk in mine. My parents weren’t coffee drinkers, they always had loose leaf tea!

Like Cadry, I have a nightly ritual of drinking chamomile tea. I buy the loose flowers as well, but I get mine online at iherb.com and have an infuser not the tea ball. I drink mine with just a bit of agave to sweeten it.
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Amanda February 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

I almost forgot about iherb (love that site)! I’ll have to add some loose chamomile tea to my next order. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Brittany March 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

This is brilliant! I love chamomile tea and have never even thought of making it into a latte. I do it with matcha all the time!

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Amanda March 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Oh, I’ll have to try it with matcha!

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Kelly J. R. March 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

I’ve been making this on Friday mornings when I have off of work. I use loose leaf tea from our local tea shop. It’s a maple black tea. So delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. I’ve been sharing it with a lot of people.
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Amanda March 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

That’s so awesome to hear! Maple black tea sounds delicious!

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