I was gifted a yummy chai elixir some time ago and the kids have been begging me to buy some more. The health food store has it, so I checked it out. Not only was it expensive, its first ingredient was sugar. I thought …. surely I could make this at home!
I have been playing around with this for a few weeks now, testing different combinations and I have come up with one I really like. I had to add chocolate! I think it makes a great gift idea. It’s very quick and easy to make and economical.
Save your pretty glass bottles and jazz them up with some tags and ribbon. This bottle is a maple syrup one and they looks so funky!
Homemade Chocolate Chai Syrup
Makes: 2 cups Vital Stats: gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, vegan
Okay, so this is what you need:
4 cups filtered water
1 cup Crio Bru ground cacao beans (any flavour but I used Vega Real)
2 organic cinnamon sticks
6 organic cardamom pods
2 vanilla beans (opened and scraped)
1 teaspoon finely grated nutmeg (use whole nutmeg)
purchase the spices at an asian grocer for a great price
you can also use honey or maple syrup as your sweetener
try adding fresh ginger or orange rind for different taste
go hard-core and also add some organic tea leaves[/box]
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Put all the spices in a saucepan and lightly bruise with a wooden spoon.
Add the Crio Bru, water and coconut sugar.
Bring to the boil and then put the heat down low.
Simmer for 30-40 minutes.
While that’s happening, sterilize your bottles in some boiling water or in the oven.
Test the mix for sweetness and adjust.
Cool down and strain (I use a nut milk bag to get it nice and clear).
Use a funnel to fill your bottles.
Store in the fridge.
How to use:
Add to a nice cold glass of milk or nut milk – about 1/3 concentrate to 2/3 milk, depending on how strong you like it.
Use it to flavour ice cream. If you have a thermomix, freeze some coconut cream in iceblock trays and use it to make a sorbet with a generous dash of the concentrate.
Add some hot water and a splash of milk to make a hot drink.
Use it in your baking to add instant flavour.
Use it in my Crio Bru Chocolate Christmas Cake.
The ideas are endless!!
Are you a chai fan like us?