What milk is best for a chai latte? Regular whole milk is king. But any type of milk goes well with chai. I found Vanilla soy milk, almond milk, oat milk & macadamia milk the best plant-based alternatives.
Chai, the traditional Indian beverage has become incredibly popular in North America & Europe over the years. We’ve noticed a growing demand for various plant milk alternatives to regular cow’s milk. Don’t fear because we’ve got you covered.
What milk is the best for chai latte?
There are loads of milk to choose from for your chai latte so let’s look at what’s suitable for you.
Regular Whole Milk
Any type of milk goes well with chai but we can’t go on without mentioning regular whole milk. This is by far the best and tastiest option for your chai and is the classic option. It’s rich and smooth in flavor and works very well with any blend of spices.
What non-dairy milk is the best for chai latte?
We also thought about the people that can’t have regular milk or perhaps want to try something else, let’s take a look.
(Vanilla) Soy Milk
Soy milk is the go-to option for many people, and for good reason. It’s the most neutral alternative to cow’s milk and has a similar richness and creaminess. I prefer vanilla soy milk and I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t already.
Another fantastic alternative is almond milk which is a favorite amongst many chai lovers. It’s less creamy and has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. It goes along well with stronger spices of chai. It’s thinner in texture than cow’s and soy milk, so it’s usually the best for hot chai. It’s also low in fat and a good source of Vitamin E.
Coconut milk is soft and sweet in flavor and is packed with a massive amount of vitamins & nutrients. It’s harder to pair but goes along perfectly with a fruity chai. Coconut milk is not for everyone though, but if you like the taste then you can’t go wrong with it.
Even though oat milk is fairly new, it sure has proven itself already! It’s becoming vegan’s first choice, even more than soy milk. It has a velvety texture and offers similar results with spices to that of cow’s milk. On top of that, it’s packed with heart-friendly nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. It’s a must-try in your next chai.
This milk has a delicious nutty flavor of roasted hazelnuts. This plant-based milk is low in fat but doesn’t have a creamy texture like dairy. It has a taste of its own that complements the strongness of whole, pure chai spices.
Macadamia milk brings you chunky, creamy, and thick tasty dairy-free milk. The soft creamy texture and sweet nutty flavor give you a chai that you will surely like for weeks to come.
Cashew milk is very similar to almond milk in texture and flavor. It’s sweeter and less nutty than almond milk so it’s perfect for people that feel like almond milk is overpowering.
The Bottom Line
Any type of milk goes well with chai, but it comes down to you what you prefer the most. Regular milk is king but as you see there are quite some alternatives to it these days.
You can’t go wrong with any of these and if you’re not a picky eater you can even try all of them. I highly recommend (Vanilla) soy milk, almond milk, oat milk & macadamia milk as alternatives to whole cow’s milk.