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.

2) Subscribe to my Facebook updates.

3) Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter on the upper right hand side.

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.

More Naptime Recipes

53 Responses to “Dairy-Free Coconut Chai & Electric Tea Kettle Giveaway {Powernap}”

  1. Heather says:

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

  2. Jeanette says:

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

  3. Alana says:

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

  4. Laura Oyler says:

    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!

  5. Mommy2the3 says:

    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!

  6. Heather H. says:

    I love a good cappuccino with lots of froth!

  7. Reba says:

    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! 😀

  8. Sarah H.P. says:

    I love herbal teas of any flavor!

  9. Sarah H.P. says:

    I subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter!

  10. Heather says:

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

  11. Robin Chesser says:

    I subscribe to the Naptime Chef newsletter.

  12. Hilary B. says:

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

  13. Bekah says:

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

  14. Greg Allbee says:

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

  15. Alice Mizer says:

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

  16. Alice Mizer says:

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  17. Alice Mizer says:

    I have subscribed to the Newsletter 🙂 and love it!

  18. Melissa says:

    Fresh warm apple cider.

  19. latanya says:

    hot tea with honey

  20. latanya says:

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  21. latanya says:

    newsletter subscriber

  22. Nancy says:

    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!

  23. Nancy says:

    I am a subscriber to your newsletter and follow you on pinterest if that counts! I don’t participate in facebook…. I’m ancient, I know!

  24. Ellen Robertson says:

    I am a Hot Chocolate girl. Preferably with homemade marshmallows.

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  26. susitravl says:

    I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes

  27. susitravl says:

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    Email subscriber too!

  29. Kathleen Conner says:

    I love hot tea with lemon and honey
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  30. Kathleen Conner says:

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  31. style friendly says:

    Hot chocolate.

  32. Miranda C. says:

    Hot Tea with milk and sugar. Yum

  33. Miranda C. says:

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  35. John Billiris says:

    I like hot cocoa

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  38. amy c says:

    chai. absolutely.

  39. amy c says:

    newsletter subscriber.

  40. Kathie says:

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

  41. MK says:

    My favorite hot winter beverage is hot chocolate with just a touch of cinnamon.

  42. MK says:

    I am not on Facebook, but do follow you on Pinterest.

  43. MK says:

    I already subscribe to your newsletter and look forward to it each week – thanks!

  44. Schmidty says:

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

  45. Schmidty says:

    I am one of your email subscribers.

  46. Schmidty says:

    I am subscribed to your facebook updates.(Rust Hawk)

  47. anne hill says:

    pumpkin spice mocha w/ whip!

  48. anne hill says:

    i subscribe to your FB updates

  49. anne hill says:

    i Subscribe to The Naptime Chef newsletter on the upper right hand side.

  50. Rebecca says:

    Definitely love chai

  51. Rebecca says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber

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