Dan and I were walking through Walgreens, and there they were: Dr. Delish Organic Maple Leaf Cookies*. When I was young and impressionable and living in the Puget Sound area, these handsome fellows were known as President's Choice Maple Leaves. They were one of those accidental finds when you're newly vegan that makes you realize the world really could be a more compassionate place with very little effort and compromise from consumers. It was a deep, meaningful connection I shared with those Maple Leaves, but like most young loves, it was doomed to end when I moved to Georgia.
I bring this up because when we brought these fellows home, they needed something warm and spicy to go with them. Something sweet - but not too sweet. Betty never lets me down, and had the perfect suggestion: Chai.
You may not have these cookies, but you can have this Vegan Almond Milk Chai in less than 10 minutes.
The Vegan Almond Chai
- 2 Cups Water
- 5 Bags Organic Darjeeling Tea (We always try to buy everything organic, but if you can only choose a few products to buy Organic, make Tea one of them. There is such a difference in flavor and quality. Can't stress it enough.)
- 2 Cups Almond Milk
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
- Pinch of Ground Cloves
- Pinch of Ground Cinnamon (save a dash for the top)
- 2 Pinches of Ground Black Peppercorn
- 5 Teaspoons Agave Nectar
In a saucepan, heat the Water to a rapid boil over medium heat. Then add the Tea Bags and reduce heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Then remove Tea Bags. Stir in the remaining ingredients and heat to a boil. Once it starts to boil, remove the saucepan from heat.
This should make 2 pretty large mugs; throw a dash of Cinnamon on top to make it proper. If you have cookies, dip them in there, especially if they are vanilla-maple flavored
*These are a FREAKING Duane Reade Product. Seriously. (Ed. note: for those of you who DIDN'T grow up in New York City, Duane Reade is like CVS, only more evil.)