This post has been sponsored by Wholesome. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This iced dirty chai is rich, perfectly sweetened with organic stevia, dairy-free, and with plenty of a coffee kick! It tastes so much like the coffee shop favorite, but this iced dirty chai is so easy to whip up at home using chai tea bags, Wholesome Organic Stevia (<<< buy now), and cold brew. Vegan, paleo, dairy free, and sugar free, too!
The first time I ever had a dirty chai, it was in response to my indecisiveness. A friend was coming to drop off or pick up some sort of weighted baby sleep suit that makes all the infants look like sumo wrestlers, and she wanted to bring me something from the coffee shop to say thanks. I told her whatever was fine and forgot about it.
She showed up at my door with something I’d never heard of before: the dirty chai, AKA pure kismet for this chai-obsessive, iced coffee lover who’s obsessed with flavor and warmth and just the right amount of sweetness. I fell in love instantly.
Have you ever had an iced dirty chai? Here’s the deal: it’s a chai latte with a shot or two of espresso. It’s all the richness of a masala chai (Since chai simply means tea in Hindi [and Hebrew for that matter]) with all the kick necessary for a newborn mama. Iced, it stays rich and indulgent and spiced and lovely. Perfectly sweetened, not syrupy, and somehow both warm and refreshing. There’s so, so much iced dirty chai love over here.
But since I don’t make it to my local coffee shops too terribly often, I knew I had to come up with one at home. And I wanted to clean up my iced dirty chai while I was at it! Because almost every iced dirty chai out there has plenty of sugar and loads of milk, which, eating a 90% (ish… Heavy on the ish since I’ve gotten pregnant) paleo diet, isn’t always what I’m after in a pick-me-up.
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Two other little hacks that make this iced dirty chai super easy:
It uses chai tea bags and cold brew. While I love a fresh shot of espresso in my iced dirty chai latte, let’s be real: I’m not pulling out the espresso maker (Where even is it!) for one or two drinks. Nope, cold brew all day instead.
And when it comes to the chai tea latte part of the drink, I tested so many different options! I ran authentic spices through the coffee maker to give things a truly Indian flavor profile with some Western convenience, but the spices didn’t come through as much as I wanted. Then I steeped the same spices on the stovetop and still, it wasn’t as good or as iced dirty chai-y as when I used chai tea bags. I’m not going to fight it – that makes it easier than ever to whip up an iced dirty chai at home, right?!
This iced dirty chai is vegan, paleo, and sugar-free, suitable for diabetics. It’s also super easy, refreshing, and rich, so I’m pretty sure you’re about to fall madly in love. Fair warning!
Iced Dirty Chai (Vegan, Paleo, Sugar Free)
- 5 pieces chai tea bags
- 2 cups coconut milk from carton or almond milk
- 1/2 cup cold brew divided, or 2 shots espresso, divided
- Bring coconut milk to boil in a saucepan. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Stir in Wholesome Organic Stevia and cover. Let cool.
- Strain out tea bags and pour chai latte over ice into two glasses. Top with about 1/4 cup cold brew each or 1 shot espresso.