Gluten free dairy free chai latte

by | Feb 7, 2014 | Columnists, Elana's Gluten-Free Pantry, Featured

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chai Latte

Gluten Free Dairy Free Chai Latte made with organic warming spices will heat you up on a chilly day. photo provided courtesy of

The perfect breakfast beverage, Gluten Free Dairy Free Chai Latte, made with warming Ayurvedic spices will keep you cozy during this crazy spell of cold weather.

Made with eggs, coconut oil, and antioxidant rich chai spices (cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves), this rich hot drink makes a great on-the-go breakfast. Sometimes I serve this Chai Latte as a healthy snack in the afternoon, as it gives me a nice burst of energy without any caffeine.

Speaking of caffeine, while many Paleo food bloggers start their days off with bulletproof coffee, that drink is not on my menu. I have not had coffee since my husband and I gave it up in 1993, the year after we met. I think I had a headache for three days straight when we gave up coffee cold turkey over 20 years ago. My husband is back on the coffee bandwagon, and I think he’s lucky that his body tolerates caffeine so well; I wish mine did!

The silver lining of giving up coffee is homemade Dandelion Root Coffee, my favorite coffee substitute beverage. In the winter I drink it almost every day; in summer a couple of times per week. While it doesn’t taste as good as the real thing, Dandelion Root Coffee is still fantastic and offers the upsides of coffee without caffeine. First, it’s a hot beverage (easier to assimilate), second, like regular coffee, its primary flavor is bitter, and bitter is a highly underrated flavor in our culture that is very important in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Third, dandelion root is a liver cleanser. For me, giving up caffeine and getting healthy liver cleansing dandelion root into my body every day is a win-win!

Alas, I digress, back to the healthy recipe at hand, Gluten Free Dairy Free Chai Latte. This frothy hot drink (similar to chai tea, or a chai latte) is packed with protein from eggs, and full of fabulous fat from coconut oil. If you are raw egg-phobic, the great thing about this hot drink is that the boiling water poaches the eggs a bit.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy, healthy breakfast idea look no further.

2 eggs
½ cup boiling water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
⅛ teaspoon cloves
1 date, pitted


  1. In a vitamix, combine eggs, water, coconut oil, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and date
  2. Blend on high until mixture is frothy
  3. Serve

Another benefit of this quick and easy hot drink? No pan to wash after breakfast. Just rinse out the container of your blender or throw it in the dishwasher, and you’re on the move!

Feel free to customize this Chai Latte to your own liking with more eggs or coconut oil. You can also increase the spices. Today when I made it I threw in some nutmeg –it was delicious!

So, in case you haven’t figured it out, Gluten Free Dairy Free Chai Latte is my new favorite healthy breakfast recipe. I was introduced to this amazing chai latte-like drink by my friend Adria of Aconica. She is a phenomenal professional photographer. I follow #aconica on Instagram and she fills her stream of photos with gorgeous, stunning images that don’t disappoint. Ever.

Here are some of my other healthy dairy-free, caffeine-free hot drink recipes:

Ginger Licorice Tea
White Hot Chocolate
Dandelion Root Coffee

recipe courtesy

  • Earthwalker is the username that PT founder Julie Genser created for her online interactions so many years ago when first creating Planet Thrive.

    Julie's (Earthwalker's) life was derailed over twenty years ago when she had a very large organic mercury exposure after she naively used a mouth thermometer to measure the temperature of just-boiled milk while making her very first pizza at home. The mercury instantly expanded into a gas form and exploded out the back of the thermometer right into her face. Unaware that mercury was the third most neurotoxic element on Earth, Julie had no idea she had just received a very high dose of a poisonous substance.

    A series of subsequent toxic exposures over the next few years -- to smoke from two fires (including 9/11), toxic mold, lyme disease, and chemical injuries -- caused catastrophic damage to her health. While figuring out how to survive day-to-day, and often minute-to-minute, she created Planet Thrive to help others avoid some of the misdiagnoses and struggles she had experienced.

    She has clawed her way over many health mountains to get to where she is today. She is excited to bring the latest iteration of Planet Thrive to the chronic illness community.

    In 2019, Julie published her very first cookbook e-book called Low Lectin Lunches (+ Dinners, Too!) after discovering how a low lectin, gluten free diet was helping manage her chronic fascia/muscle pain.


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