Creamy AIP Coconut Milk Chai

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If you love chai, you may be familiar with the Coconut Chai recipe on p. 102 of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook. Since that recipe calls for making coconut milk from scratch, I thought I’d post a simpler and quicker (but equally as tasty!) variation here on the blog for anyone looking to save some time. It is perfect to sip on cold evenings now that the winter season is quickly approaching!

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Creamy Coconut Milk Chai
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Serves: 2½ cups
  1. Place the tea bag and cloves in a mug and add the boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the coconut milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, ginger, vanilla, and sea salt in a blender and blend to combine, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a saucepan and heat gently while stirring with a whisk.
  3. When the tea is finished brewing, discard the tea bag and strain the cloves. Add the liquid to the coconut milk mixture. Stir and heat thoroughly until the desired temperature is reached.
  4. Enjoy warm!


About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a co-founder here at Autoimmune Wellness. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of three best-selling books--The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook, and The Nutrient-Dense Kitchen. You can watch her AIP cooking demos and get a glimpse of life on the farm by following her on Instagram.


  • Becky says

    After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, I took a food sensitivity test to learn more. Vanilla scored a “5” and my doctor told me to stay away from it for 6 months. Is vanilla powder safe, though? Thank you.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Becky,
      Even though vanilla is AIP, you may react to additional foods – I might leave it out for a while and reintroduce later to assess tolerance.

  • Nerissa Weeks says

    Is the whole can of coconut milk supposed to be used? That’s 800 calories between the 2.5 servings

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Yes! We don’t worry much about calories on AIP, especially when it comes from fat!

  • Eva says

    Just made this and am enjoying it right this second, so good, thanks for the recipe! I actually replaced 1/3 of the coconut milk with hazelnut milk which works nicely too 🙂

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Sounds fantastic, although hazelnuts are a no-go in the elimination phase. If you’ve been able to reintroduce them, yum!

  • Iva says

    I LOVE the Coconut Chai recipe on p. 102 of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook! Any ideas on what to do with the pulp that is left over? It seems like such a waste to throw it out.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hey Iva! I’ve experimented with what to do with it, and honestly all of the flavor is gone and it doesn’t taste good. It is just leftover fiber. Personally that is the part of the coconut I don’t tolerate well, so I am fine tossing but if you find a good/tasty use I’m all ears!

  • Sherry says

    Is there a caffeine free version ?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Sherry! Just use caffeine-free black tea.

  • Michele says

    Sounds so good and the punchy flavor may be just what I need to let go of coffee in the morning. If I’m making this just for me, can I drink half one day and half the next? Will it tolerate being refrigerated and reheated the next day?

    • Jenn says

      I’m wondering the same thing. If I make a bigger batch to have on hand for a week or so at a time, do you think that would work?

      • Mickey Trescott says

        Hi Jenn! Yes, you can make it ahead, I would just store in already portioned sizes so that there isn’t any issue when you re-combine and heat to serve.

  • Hailey says

    Can you link or tell me where to buy cloves or exactly what they are??

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Hailey! They are available in the spice section of your grocery, usually either whole or ground. They are made of the flowering part of a tree.

  • Michele says

    Can other types of tea be substituted? Black tea contains fluoride which is a thyroid suppressant.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Michele, it is nice with rooibos as well.

  • McFife says

    This is lovely with the tea and vanilla left out, too. Instead of canned coconut milk, I’ve been adding boiling water to my coconut manna/creamed coconut (to cut out the potentially BPA issue and all the waste) and it works perfectly for this. I just combined the spices and maple syrup with half the boiling water and the other half pour into the creamed coconut jar and stir around until it looks creamy enough. Dump them all together and enjoy. So good!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Smart! Thanks for sharing your variation with us 🙂

  • Giselle says

    Is coconut milk in a can the same as using coconut milk beverage found in a carton?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Not always, but the carton will work fine for this recipe.

  • MICHELLE says

    Hi Mickey, can you recommend a vanilla powder? I’m having trouble finding one with good reviews.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Michelle! I have used a product from Wilderness Poets in the past that I really liked!

  • Barb says

    Is caffeine ok on AIP?

    • Angie Alt says

      Barb, coffee is eliminated during the elimination phase of AIP because it is seed (coffee “bean” is a little misleading, since it is not a legume), but caffeine specifically is not eliminated. That said it is wise to consume caffeine in moderation & be aware of your individual health needs. Many people with autoimmune disease are struggling with adrenal and/or blood sugar issues early in their healing journeys & may find caffeine has a very negative impact in that setting.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Barb! Caffeine is OK, but coffee (which is a seed) is not compliant. Hope that helps!

  • Linda says

    Thanks Mickey, it’s lovely and creamy!! I think this will help me as a substitution for a warm cup of coffee. Thanks for your post!

  • Karen says

    Should I limit the amount of coconut cream or milk or oil I ingest?
    I love and find coco products very tasty and filling
    But I wonder if I am eating too much.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Karen! Without knowing how much you are eating, I would say yes it is possible to overdo. I don’t think using coconut oil as a cooking fat and having some coconut milk every day should be an issue, unless you are sensitive. But if you are having cups and cups of it every day, that could be a problem. As always, listen to your body for signs it is telling you it may be too much!

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