Longtime Chai fans we were admittedly unaware of how sugar-laden our go-to recipes can be. We asked Amy Rothstein of Dona Chai to stop by to share the healing benefits of their spice blend and a raw, vegan and gluten free chai inspired dessert recipe.
Spices are trending right now, and with good reason. They have amazing health benefits: turmeric has healing properties, cinnamon lowers blood sugar, cloves are antioxidant-rich, and the list goes on.
And chai, while packed with health-boosting spices, still gets a bad rap. It's often sugary, watery, and devoid of any real or natural spices. The usual concentrates that have been made popular by the large coffee chains are often not made with real ingredients--instead opting for spice extracts and natural colorings. To top it off, they’re typically packed with sugar, as much as 19 grams per serving.
But there’s more to chai than the boxed concentrates. Chai should be honored for its powerful blend of real spices, for its long standing tradition in India and for its healing benefits. So that’s why when I began experimenting with my own chai recipes, I was set on taking an authentic approach. Dona Chai has a simple and pure ingredient list: real spices, fresh ginger, steeped with pure black tea and sweetened just enough to honor the flavors of the spices.
Each ingredient provides healthful benefits:
Cinnamon - helps lower blood sugar
Cloves- packed with antioxidants
Ginger- is anti-inflammatory
Cardamom- aids in digestion
Black pepper - a circulation and metabolism booster
Black tea - contains antioxidants and can help protect the immune system
You can use chai often- not just to drink, but also to cook with. Here's a favorite healthy chai recipes- Raw Turmeric Chai Truffles
Healthy Turmeric Chai Truffles
INGREDIENTS: Yields 12 truffles
½ cup raw cashew nuts
½ cup raw walnuts
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup dates
1 T Dona Chai
¼ + ⅛ t ground turmeric
pinch sea salt
1 T chia seeds
½ cup shredded coconut
½ t ground turmeric
- In a food processor, process the nuts until crumbly and textured.
- Add the dates, chai, ¼ + ⅛ t turmeric, chia seeds and salt.
- Process until the mixture evenly combined but still has texture (about 30 seconds to 1 minute).
- Mix the coconut with the ½ t turmeric in a large dish or bowl.
- Roll the mixture into balls approximately 1-inch in diameter (a rounded tablespoon).
- Roll each ball into the coconut turmeric blend to cover completely.
- Place in the fridge to set for at least two hours before serving. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for 2 months.
p.s. Our go-to green juice to start our week on the right (healthy) foot!