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Slow Cooker Chai Latte

I honestly don’t think there’s anything better than curling up with a good book and a delicious hot drink. And if you’re not feeling a typical coffee, this slow cooker chai latte is an absolute dream. It’s sweet, spicy, and loaded with authentic flavors. Seriously, the hit of spice you get from the cardamom seeds and ginger is next-level!

Chai latte in a slow cooker with a ladle.


You’ll be using a combination of spices, a hint of sugar, classic black tea bags, and plenty of milk. It IS a latte, after all. The result should be a warming delight with a peppery kick at the end of each sip.

Although the flavors themselves make this chai latte shine, it’s honestly the slow cooker that makes this recipe stand out. Not only is the drink entirely homemade, but you don’t need to worry about using expensive coffee machines or carefully watching the stove while you brew! Throw in some whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top and you’ll have the perfect winter warmer.

Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Chai Latte

  • You can easily switch out the milk to make the recipe dairy-free.
  • Slow cooking the chai latte makes your house smell incredible.
  • The slow cooker method lets the spices infuse into the tea, making it taste far stronger than other chai lattes.
  • It’s a great alternative to a strong cup of coffee or a hot chocolate if you’re craving a warm drink.
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Ingredients

The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

  • Milk: Cow’s milk is what we’ll use for this recipe. Feel free to switch it for any dairy-free alternative of your choice!
  • Cloves: For a warm, strong, and spicy flavor.
  • Nutmeg: Gives your slow cooker chai latte a nutty, earthy, and slightly sweet taste.
  • Ginger: For a boost of warmth (and a bunch of antioxidants!).
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the other flavors in the recipe while adding a light, vanilla taste.
  • Sugar: For a touch of sweetness that balances the spices.
  • Cinnamon: Gives your chai latte a woody flavor with a touch of citrus.
  • Cardamom seeds: For a signature peppery flavor!
  • Black tea bags: Forms the base of any chai recipe.
Ingredients to make a slow cooker chai latte.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chai Latte

  • Step One: Add milk to the slow cooker and stir in cloves, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sugar. Float the cardamom seeds and tea bags on top.
  • Step Two: Cover and cook for 2 hours on high. Serve hot.
Steps to make slow cooker chai latte.

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    What to Serve with Slow Cooker Chai Latte

    This chai latte is gorgeous as a morning pick-me-up, but it also works well with a spot of dessert!

    Try this slow cooker chai latte with any of the gorgeous bakes below:

    A ladle pouring chai latte into a glass mug.

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Make sure you remember to leave the chai latte mix in your slow cooker for long enough. Although it’ll technically be fine with less than 2 hours, leaving it longer lets the spices truly seep into the milk.
    • Don’t forget to set the crock pot to high. This will infuse the milk more quickly and help you get on the move in no time!

    Variations and Substitutions

    • If you don’t want to use regular milk, use almond, soy, oat, cashew, or hazelnut milk! The dairy-free alternatives might slightly alter the creaminess and taste of the latte, but it’ll keep it vegan.
    • If you need to make more, feel free to multiply the quantities from this recipe. Just make sure you’re not making more than your slow cooker can handle.
    • Add a small amount of coconut whipped cream and cinnamon to the top if you want a glorious, fall-inspired latte.
    • If you want to boost your latte, try adding a shot of espresso!
    • If you don’t have tea bags, feel free to use an equivalent measurement of loose black tea leaves (in a tea ball!).
    • Fresh turmeric can be gorgeous if you want to make a “golden chai” with slightly more warmth and a vibrant color.
    Slow cooker chai latte in a glass mug.

    Storage Instructions

    This slow cooker chai latte is best enjoyed fresh.

    However, you can let it cool completely before transferring the liquid to airtight mason jars for up to a week in the fridge.

    Can I Freeze?

    If you need to freeze your chai latte, let it cool completely before transferring it to Ziploc bags. You can freeze the mixture for up to 3 months.

    When defrosting, transfer the Ziploc bags to a container and allow them to thaw in the fridge.

    Slow cooker chai latte in a glass mug.

    Hot Drinks

    For something cold, try this Iced Honey Almond Milk Latte.

    You’ll also like this Pumpkin Spice Creamer.

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    4.60 from 10 votes

    Slow Cooker Chai Latte

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
    Sweet and spicy! This cozy drink is perfect for cold nights curled up with a good book.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 4 cups milk
    • ¼ tsp cloves
    • ½ tsp nutmeg
    • ½ tsp ginger
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 4 cardamom seeds
    • 4 black tea bags

    Instructions

    • Add milk to the slow cooker and stir in cloves, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sugar. Float the cardamom seeds and tea bags on top.
    • Cover and cook for 2 hours on high. Serve hot.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cup | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.2g | Protein: 8.4g | Fat: 5.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 19.7mg | Sodium: 116.8mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 25.1g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Beverages
    Cuisine American
    Keyword chai latte, slow cooker chai latte

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    8 Comments

    1. I have ground cardamom, so how much of the powder equals 4 seeds in this recipe? Thanks.

    2. gregory anderson says:

      Okay, as soon as I read your recommendation I obtained a bopy of Lies. After I comment here I’m starting the Chai Latte on my induction burner and wonder ware pot. Then I’ll curl up in the corner and be delighted. I think my wife will love the Chai and she can read the book after I’m done.

      Btw, I’m really a quick reader and so I’ll go to Goodreads to rate the book and bome back here. I’m expecting to sing the praises of this recipe. I then need to work on your hot cocoa and hot chocolate recipes.

      I’m peachy keen at the moment, expect to be fine as frog’s hair in 2 hours.
      Thank you!

    3. This sounds perfect for the fall/winter season. We’re always making hot chocolate and this would be a nice change of flavor. Thanks for sharing your recipe on MM.

    4. This will be a great Latte! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday, we have really enjoyed it. Hope you have a great day and come back soon!
      Miz Helen

    5. Yum, I cannot wait to try this recipe. Happy Fall, Kippi

    6. I’m really excited to try the Chai. I really enjoy reading, but thrillers are not my thing, I end up not going to sleep at night. It sounds like a cool story though. Have a great week!

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