Dirty Chai With Maca

Try energy-boosting maca in your dirty chai instead of espresso.

Dirty Chai Macs Drink with a spoon on the top of the glass

Makes two servings
Prep time: Five minutes
Cook time: Five minutes


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bags chai tea blend (if you are avoiding caffeine altogether, choose a blend made with rooibos or tulsi, also known as holy basil)
  • 2 tbs. maca powder
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 cup whole milk or nondairy milk
  • Orange peel or freshly ground cardamom for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer and add the tea bags.
  2. Simmer for five minutes and then remove the tea bags and whisk in the maca powder, maple syrup, and milk.
  3. Simmer until slightly thickened and warmed through.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with a twist of orange peel or a sprinkle of freshly ground cardamom.

Add spirit: Add a splash of Grand Marnier and eliminate the maple syrup.

(a.k.a. "That Food Girl") is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and food stylist.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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