slow cooker chai concentrate

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Drink, Recipes23 Comments

Chai Concentrate

Oh the chai latte. I realize I’m about 15 years behind on this food trend. I mean, you know something is no longer “in” when your local Costco stops carrying it. 

But I still love, love, love, Chai Lattes! They have never gone away in my books.  

Maybe 15 years is enough time to bring something back! Are you with me? We could have a Chai Latte revival! 

Anyone? If you’re reading this, then I’m assuming you’re on board. Tell all your friends.

The chai is back.

Chai Concentrate

Why It’s A Smart Choice

  • Spices have fantastic health properties. Cinnamon can help stabilize blood sugars. Black pepper enhances digestion. Ginger battles nausea. 
  • Unlike the cartons of concentrate, with this recipe you can control the amount of sugar. The 1/2 cup of honey will give a lightly sweetened latte. 

Chai Concentrate

I highly recommend vanilla powder for this concentrate. The vanilla in a liquid extract will evaporate with the alcohol while it’s heating. It’s not easy to find in stores but it’s very easy to order it on Amazon!


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Slow Cooker Chai Concentrate

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


A lightly sweetened Chai concentrate for making lattes.


  • 8 cups water
  • ½ cup honey (or sugar for vegan option)
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 4 black tea bags


  1. Place all ingredients (EXCEPT for the tea bags) into a slow cooker.
  2. Turn on low for 6-8 hours (or overnight). After an hour or so, stir to dissolve the honey.
  3. Add in the tea bags and steep for another 10-15 minutes.
  4. Strain the spices and tea bags out through a cheese cloth, nut bag, or a colander lined wit a clean tea cloth over a large bowl. You could also use a fine metal strainer but you’ll still have some powder that seeps through. It depends on how “sediment-free” you’d like the concentrate to be.
  5. Store in the fridge.
  6. To make the latte, combine equal parts of the concentrate with a plain milk of your choice (dairy or non-dairy). Heat on the stove or in the microwave.
  7. If you have a milk frother, use it to make the latter extra special 🙂
Slow Cooker Chai Concentrate

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23 Comments on “slow cooker chai concentrate”

  1. You can add liquid vanilla at the end after it cools down, start with small amount then adjust as needed. Concentrated pure vanilla extract will evaporate if cooked, but it’s already concentrated and does not need to cook with the other spices, hence can be added at the end. You could alternatively leave it out completely and use vanilla milk or almond milk in your latte’s…. enjoy

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