If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3: 13
Mr. Mead and I have been a wee bit grumpy this
year week, our kids have decided sleep is not a priority in their lives and therefore it is not able to be a priority to mom and dad as well. Sigh. But as my wise mother often says, “this too shall pass”. I know it will get better, but a girl who needs her full eight hours (and when I say eight, I really mean ten) of sleep a night, it has really begun to catch up with me.
But no matter how little sleep I get, when I wake up I look forward to making a hot cup of Joe and opening up God’s word. When I am feeling a little sassy I make a Vanilla Chai spiced cup of Joe. And it never disappoints. This is so good guys!
I only discovered that I like Chai a year or so ago. I really like it in any form: Chai Latte, a dirty Chai Latte. And those are great, but sometimes I need more than a cup of tea, and I do not have an expresso maker. Sooo… this fills in as a nice substitute.
This can be made two ways fancy and fun (aka full of fat and sugar, but SO delish), or robust and delightful (aka not a diet ruiner). I often make mine the latter way. Believe me, it still tastes like quite the treat.
Let me know what you guys think!
- 4 cups water
- ⅔ cup preferred coffee grounds
- Chai Seasoning (recipe below)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (per cup of coffee)
- 1½ tbs maple syrup or preferred sweetener
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- ⅓ cup half and half or whole milk
- 2 tbs sweetened condensed milk
- ⅓ cup half and half
- whipped cream for serving
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1½ tsp Cardamon
- ½ tsp ginger
- ½ tsp cloves
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Place water in coffee maker
- Mix together Chai seasoning mix in small bowl
- Pour coffee grounds into coffee filter, add in Chai seasoning mix - stir together well.
- Add filter to pot, and brew coffee.
- Warm milk/half and half on stove top or in microwave.
- If making the full fat recipe - pour ¾ cup coffee into tall coffee cup, add in sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla, stir. Pour in heated milk to preference - for me this was ⅓ cup. Add whipped cream and enjoy!
- If making low sugar recipe - pour ¾ cup coffee in either a ceramic or stainless steel bow. Add in coconut oil, vanilla, and maple syrup or preferred sweetener. Will a immersion blender, blend until oil turns to foam (this can also be done in a blender). Add in heated milk, blend for a few more seconds. Pour into a pretty mug, and enjoy!
Also I prefer to drink Chai a tad sweeter than my normal cup of coffee, to cut the slight bitterness of spices.