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This calming chamomile tea latte is my go-to hot beverage to cozy up with during the cold months, or when I need to calm my nerves. Filled with flavors of chamomile, cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, and topped with a frothy, warm milk, it’s essentially a hug in a mug.
What I used to make this recipe:
chamomile – this can either be in a tea bag or in loose leaf form
water – to boil the tea bag/leaves and spices
dairy-free milk – I used O Organics ® Unsweetened Almond Milk to add some creamy, frothy goodness to the recipe
whole cloves, cardamom pods, and a cinnamon stick – adds an incredibly cozy, warmth and sweetness to the recipe
honey – used to sweeten and enhance the flavor of the tea (I used O Organics Honey)
ground cinnamon – to sprinkle on top (I used Signature SELECT™ Ground Cinnamon)
In the spirit of trying to minimize stress, I skipped the crowds and lines at the grocery store and ordered these ingredients online using Albertsons Grocery Delivery. With homeschooling and working from home, this option allows me to add some more time in my day. Albertsons offer a variety of products, both available in store and online, that cater to special diets (like gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein, vegan, etc). This allows me to get groceries for the week, as well as ingredients I need for testing recipes without ever leaving my front door.
How to make this recipe:
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a kettle (or saucepan). While you’re waiting for it to boil, crush your cardamom pods and whole cloves. This isn’t required, but it can help to give the tea a slightly stronger flavor. You can do this by using a mortar and pestle or using the flat part of a knife on a cutting board. Once the water is boiling, remove the kettle or saucepan from heat and add your chamomile (tea bag or loose leaf), cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves. Cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
During the last 4-5 minutes of steeping, add the milk to a saucepan. I used O Organics Unsweetened Almond Milk because I can’t tolerate dairy. It tastes amazing in a variety of recipes, likeFresh Dill Chicken Salad, or on it’s own. It’s froths just like regular milk, yielding in a delicious and creamy result. To achieve this, bring it to simmer on medium heat. Whisk while it is simmering until you get a frothy consistency.
Once the tea is finished steeping, pour through a mesh strainer into a mug to filter out herbs/spices. To add some sweetness, I stir in some O Organics Honey at this point. This is my favorite honey to include in a variety of my recipes because of flavor, quality, and price! Top with frothy milk and a few sprinkles of Signature SELECT Ground Cinnamon. Signature SELECT has a ton of choices when it comes to their line of high-quality dried herbs and spices. Their ground cinnamon gives this recipe the perfect finishing touch!
I buy my O Organics and Signature SELECT products at my local Albertsons, and you can also find them exclusively at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets and Carrs/Safeway. Visit www.albertsons.com to find a store near you and discover meal prep tips and recipe ideas.
And don’t forget, Albertsons also offers Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!
Culinary and Potential Medicinal Uses
Herbs and spices have been used medicinally for ages, and although studies on humans are limited, many people find they benefit from including certain herbs and spices in their diets. I like to make myself this tea when I have an upset stomach (I include fresh ginger in the brew if that is the case), or if I’m feeling stressed. Disclaimer: this information is from my personal experience and is not medical advice or to be used to replace medicine.
Chamomile – has a mellow, floral flavor and I find that it helps me with sleep, relaxation, menstrual pain
Cardamom – has a slightly sweet, piney flavor and I find that it helps me with digestion and soothes my anxiety
Cloves – adds warmth and subtle sweetness to a dish and high in antioxidants
Cinnamon – sweet and earthy flavor, also high in antioxidants
Have you guys also found health benefits by adding certain spices or herbs to your diet? Let me know in the comments below!
A calming herbal tea latte made with spices like cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon, then topped with warm, frothy dairy-free milk.
2 cups of water
1 cup of unsweetened dairy-free milk (I used almond milk in this recipe)
1 chamomile tea bag (or 1 tsp of loose leaf tea)
5 –7 cloves, crushed
5 cardamom pods, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon to top it off
1–2 tsp of honey, or to taste
Bring water to a boil in a kettle. Once boiling, add tea bag (or loose leaf tea), cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves. Cloves and cardamom pods can be crushed with a mortar and pestle or the flat part of a knife and cutting board to offer a stronger flavor (not required though). Remove from heat and cover kettle, letting steep for 10 minutes.
During the last 3-4 minutes of steeping, add dairy-free milk to a saucepan and simmer over medium heat, while whisking to get a frothy consistency.
Once the tea is done steeping, pour through a mesh strainer and into a mug. Stir in honey and top with the warm, frothy milk and a few sprinkles of cinnamon.