Cardamom walnut-hemp milk

I’ve been making this on repeat and pouring it into steaming cups of black tea for an instant rich cup of chai. I drink three or four cups of tea a day so it doesn’t last long! My kids also love drinking it straight up.

chai tea plant-based vegan


  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces

  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (leave this out if you don’t wan't it to be chocolatey)

  • 8 pitted dates (this will be on the sweeter side), or to taste

  • 4 cloves cardamom, pods crushed and seeds removed (use only 2 or 3 if you don’t want a strong cardamom flavour)

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • pinch salt

  • 2 cups water


  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.


  • If you don’t have a high-powered blender, soak the nuts, seeds, and dates first.

  • The walnuts will (likely) leave some small fibrous bits behind. You can strain these out if you prefer; I leave them in because I can’t be bothered and because I want all the nutrition. To strain, I place a colander over a bowl and line it with a clean cotton tea towel, pour the milk through, then squeeze and wring as much liquid as possible out of the towel. You can also use a nut milk bag.

  • You can (and I do!) replace the walnuts with cashews.

  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Shake before using.