October 3, 2012

Dairy-Free Coconut Chai & Electric Tea Kettle Giveaway {Powernap}

Coconut Chai via The Naptime Chef

This is the latest installment of my Powernap column. The series where I share quick, easy food that can be made for all kinds of situations. Powernaps are short and sweet, and so are these recipes. These are the things I make in a jiffy when I need a quick snack, am in the mood for a recipe experiment, or simply need to clean out the pantry.

I love chai tea in the morning. In the summer I drink it over ice and in the winter I drink it warm with milk. When I ran out of regular milk the other day I decided to try adding coconut milk instead. I don’t need to stick to a dairy-free diet or anything, but I love the flavor of coconut and I certainly wasn’t about to run to the store for milk at 6am! Luckily, my little experiment turned out to be a tasty treat. I did my best to whip the milk into a froth with a whisk (I’ve put this to my Christmas wishlist!), added it to the hot tea, and topped it all with a pinch of cinnamon. The naturally sweet coconut milk was the perfect compliment to the spicy tea and was just the way to start the morning.

To kick-off hot beverage season I am excited to be giving away one of my favorite kitchen utensils  – an electric tea kettle! I use my electric tea kettle every single day nearly all year long. I swear, it is indispensable. Sure, I have a regular tea kettle but it never, ever brings water to a boil as quickly as an electric one. You all should enter to win one, you will love it!

To enter to win the electric tea kettle:

1) Please share your favorite hot beverage of the season in a comment below.

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4) Contest runs from October 3rd at 7:00am through October 10th at 7:00am. Winner will be announced on October 12th in the newsletter. If winner doesn’t claim prize within 48 hours another will be chosen.


Dairy-Free Coconut Chai


1 chai tea bag (I used Stash)
1 tablespoon vanilla simple syrup*
3 tablespoons lite coconut milk
1 pinch cinnamon


1. Place the tea bag in a mug and pour hot water over it. Steep for five minutes, the remove and discard. Stir in the simple syrup or (*honey is also a good sweetener in lieu of the syrup) and stir until completely dissolved.

2. Warm the milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until it steams just a little bit. Stir the warm milk into the chai and top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

To make this decadent try serving it with vegan whipped cream or a donut for dunking.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes

Naptime Reviews

This is a new favorite, I am using coconut in my chai almost everyday.

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  • Heather

    Chilled apple cider — the kind that requires bottle-shaking before consumption!

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      Oops, a hot beverage… I suppose warming my cider wouldn’t hurt 🙂

  • Jeanette

    We love hot beverages this time of year! Warm spiced apple cider! Many teas, Chai tea latte is always a favorite!

  • Alana

    Decaf coffee with soy milk on a weekend morning. Beautiful.

  • My fav winter drink is any type of hot tea with milk added to it…my step-dad used to do this and dip in shortbread cookies..brings back memories!

  • Mommy2the3

    Love this. I love chai tea latte but can no longer use dairy and can not have soy either. Never thought to use coconut milk. Just gave up the latte. Awesome!

  • Heather H.

    I love a good cappuccino with lots of froth!

  • Reba

    Guess what? Coconut chai is a fav of mine! I make it pretty much the same, but I add a dose of sugar free coconut syrup! I’m a coconut nut! 😀

  • Sarah H.P.

    I love herbal teas of any flavor!

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  • Heather

    Hot cocoa, chai, green tea–ah, the season of warm drinks. Mmm.

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  • Hilary B.

    My favorite hot drink is vanilla steamed milk, just sweet enough without caffeine… the perfect before bed treat.

  • Bekah

    My favorite hot drink is pumpkin latte. Nothing says fall to me like a pumpkin flavored coffee beverage. I love your blog!!!

  • I love a good jasmine green tea (preferably Adagio’s) any time of year!

  • My favorite beverage of the season if violet tea, it’s amazing!!

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    Fresh warm apple cider.

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    hot tea with honey

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  • Nancy

    I love my mother’s “Russian Tea” hot beverage mix. Basically tea with lemonade and Tang mixed in it. Would love the kettle… Thanks for the chance!

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    Hot tea with milk & just a touch of honey. Looking forward to trying the chai.

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    hot cocoa, very sweet, is my fall hot drink of choice

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    Definitely love chai

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