Is the weather getting a little bit chilly in your neck of the woods? Are you looking for a hot beverage that is punctuated with autumnal spices to warm you down to your toes? And do you want it to be dairy free and sugar free? Well you are in for a treat because I have got just the beverage for you! Spiced almond Noon Chai, a salty and sweet tea flavoured with cinnamon and cardamom. It’s dairy free as it uses almond milk but you get all the same creaminess in this hug in a mug.
This is a recipe shared to me in the summer by a friend of mine. I had never heard of using barley in a drink before this. Upon some later research, I found that barley tea is actually a popular beverage in Japan and Korea. However, whilst these traditional recipes seem to use mostly whole grains of barley, this recipe here uses ground barley which is lightly toasted to give a nutty taste. My friend served me this tea with some ground whole cardamom and I also like to add some cardamom which gives the drink a masala chai taste.