Yerba Mate Chai

Yerba Mate Chai

There are quite a few things that I am utterly obsessed with at the moment…

Homemade yerba mate chai.
80’s music.
Soba noodles with mung bean sprouts.
Kettlebells. (If you live in Seattle, Kettlebility‘s classes are awesome!)
Tim Ferris and The 4 Hour Workweek.
Chicago Fire on NBC. (a.k.a. A drama about beautiful people that rescue people. I’m in.)
Popcorn with a little coconut oil and sea salt. Pure bliss.
Kris Carr’s new cookbook.
Danielle LaPorte and The Desire Map.
Yoga pants. Always and forever.

And yerba mate tea. Ooh how I love mate tea.

Yerba Mate Chai
I first began drinking mate tea in college and instantly fell in love. Later that year I completely gave up coffee for mate and have never looked back. Yerba mate tea is a South American tea that tastes sweet and grassy. To me, it has a milder taste compared to green tea. I prefer to drink mate because it gives me an energy boost without the side effects of caffeine (e.g. headache, jitters, etc) that I experience when I have black tea or coffee.  You can find mate at any health food store or online.
I love drinking mate tea with just a little homemade vanilla almond milk, but I decided to change it up this week with a simple mate chai. If you don’t like the taste of mate tea or prefer to have a caffeine-free version, simply sub rooibus tea instead.
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Yerba Mate Chai
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Adapted from Simply Recipes
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6
  • ½ of a star anise star
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole white peppercorns
  • 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, mashed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of yerba mate tea (or another tea of your choice)
  • 3 cups almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • Sweetener of choice, to taste
  1. In a small saucepan, add spices and water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 - 20 minutes, depending on how strong you want the spice flavor to be.
  2. Add almond milk to the water and spices. Bring the milk and spice mixture just to a boil and remove from heat. Add the tea and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Strain into a pot and serve warm.
Makes 1 large pot of tea (6 cups)
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  1. says

    Have you tried the tea from its sister plant, yaupon tea? Yaupon is the only naturally caffeinated plant native to North America. It belongs to the same genus as yerba mate. Very similar taste, less bitter. Grows in Southeastern United States.

  2. says

    Woah, a mate latte! I love yerba mate, and also started drinking it in university because coffee made me feel insane. I’ve never had it any way other than straight up before, for some reason it never occurred to me to add milk or anything else to it. I’ll definitely be trying out a chai latte version though! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. says

    Such a fantastic recipe! I must try it. Have you ever drank yerba mate in its traditional gourd? It might be a bit strong for your taste, but I think you might like it with milk and sugar.

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