Recipe For Warm Chocolate or Vanilla Nut Milk Chai


Here's a recipe I often serve in the winter time since it's warm, creamy smooth, delicious, and very healing to the body since it's made with a bunch of powerful Chinese tonic herbs. Chai traditionally is a mixture of tea and milk or cream. This chai uses nut milk and is every bit as creamy as dairy. You can find the herbs online and in some oriental herb stores or groceries, but beware, if they're not labeled organic they may have toxic chemicals in them. Read labels and ask questions. A good source is; their high quality Three Treasures organic herbal tea mixes are ready to go, taste great, and can be used easily instead of buying all the ingredients separately and weighing them out. Otherwise search online for "organic" in front of each herb name. eBay often has bulk organic Chinese herbs. Because the ingredients can come in different forms and are very light, they are weighed in grams, which most kitchen scales will measure.

TEA INGREDIENTS 36 grams Szechuan Lovage Root (aka "Rhyzome") 36 grams White Peony Root (Paeonia Lactoflora) 60 grams Condoropsis Root (Tang Shen) 4 pieces of Rehmannia Root 36 grams Liquorice Root 12 grams Reishi mushroom (about 5 slices, 4 by 1/8 inches) 60 grams Astragalus 40 to 60 Goji Berries (Lycium) 20 Jujube Dates

TO BREW THE TEA Soak the herbs in 8 cups of water for 30 minutes. Cover, bring to a boil and leave at moderate heat for 30 to 45 minutes. Let cool until warm but not hot. You can leave the same batch of herbs in the pot when making a second batch, the first batch will still have some flavor left.

NUT MILK INGREDIENTS (Available at places like 4 cups pure water 2 cups raw cashews, unsoaked 2 tsp vanilla bean powder or 2 vanilla beans (beans are more grainy) 1 tsp nama shoyu or Bragg's Liquid Aminos 2 tbsp Artisana raw coconut butter (not oil) 4 rounded tbsp raw cacao powder 20 drops SweetLeaf vanilla or English toffee flavored Stevia 8 tbsp organic raw honey, or organic raw agave nectar

NUT MILK DIRECTIONS This is a drink for special occasions, not daily drinking, because the combination of nuts and sugar is a poor combination that ferments in the gut, but for a very OCCASIONAL treat, the wonderful creaminess and chocolate flavor are very much like hot cocoa. It’s a great treat that will impress even non-raw friends. For vanilla nut milk, leave the cacao powder out and increase the vanilla bean powder to 4 teaspoons. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed commercial blender until smooth, creamy, and warm. Only a high-speed blender will have enough speed to warm the milk and make it creamy.

TO MAKE CHAI Mix about 5 parts tea to 1 part nut milk and stir. Can add more or less nut milk or sweetener to taste. You can leave the agave or honey out altogether and use Stevia only. Enjoy!


Ken Rohla

Ken Rohla is a natural health educator and inventor from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and has been teaching classes and retreats since 1993 on rejuvenation and cellular regeneration using raw and sprouted vegetarian food, herbs, food-based natural supplements, detoxification, emotional healing, reprogramming of limiting unconscious beliefs, ancient esoteric techniques, and cutting-edge science. With a background in electrical engineering, physics, and computer science, for 23 years he worked a variety of jobs in the medical industry, from the patient level to the national policy level. A cutting-edge researcher, Ken has studied with many pioneers in the natural health movement, including Gabriel Cousens, MD; Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement; David Wolfe; Dr. Robert Morse; Viktoras Kulvinskas; Brenda Cobb; and many others. In 2005, Ken became certified as a natural health educator by Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, and in 2006 was honored to work with Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Currently Ken’s focus is developing natural solutions for new severe threats to our health, such as nuclear radiation, geoengineering pollutants, genetically modified foods and microorganisms, electromagnetic pollution, nanotechnology, biowarfare agents, depleted food, and other issues. You may see interviews with Ken on Gaiam TV, Red Ice Radio, and elsewhere on his web site,