Not to toot my own horn, but toot toot here comes the brown sugar chai tea latte train. Backing up a little bit.. The Ice Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso from Starbucks has taken the social media world by storm. If you’ve been living under a rock, this incredible new coffee drink has become the pumpkin spice latte of the spring that may be extreme, but really. It’s been a popular one.
Honestly, the Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso does not have that bad of macros for those of you who are counting. With 20 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein, this 16 ounce beverage is totally doable if you’re on the go and stop at your local coffee shop.
For me, the nearest Starbucks is REALLY not convenient for me to go to, or any coffee shop for that matter. Additionally, with 255 grams of caffeine, I really shouldn’t drink this after three o’clock in the afternoon as a sweet treat! Insert the brown sugar chai tea latte concoction!
What Will You Need for the Brown Sugar Syrup Dupe?
½ Cup Brown Sugar (75 g) – I used Swerve! You can find this at most grocery stores now.
½ Cup Water – The key, low calorie, mixing ingredient
½ tsp Cinnamon – For an added kick of flavor.
…You could add maple syrup, vanilla extra or stevia for extra sweetness. In this particular recipe, the macros don’t include that. Honestly, I love my coffee black or EXTRA sweet and I thought it was perfectly sweet without the added ingredients. Simplicity here, friends.
Making the Brown Sugar Syrup
Add the brown sugar and water into a small pot on the stove top. Whisk together until it comes to a boil. Let the ingredients combine for about two minutes, whisking constantly so it doesn’t burn. Finally, add in your cinnamon. I poured mine into an old mason jar to store in the fridge. You can keep it in the fridge for about 2 weeks. Honestly, it’s sugar and water, so you could keep it longer, I’m sure…no judgement.
Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte Ingredients:
3/4 Cup (6 oz) Sugar Free Chai Tea Latte Concentrate –
You can get this at most grocery stores now, for sure Target, but this link will direct you to Amazon. It’s a great option for more than just this drink. I enjoy it with a touch of milk at night as a sweet treat when I’ve already over-indulged and still want more.
1/4 cup (4 oz )Non-Fat Fairlife Milk –
This is a staple item in our refrigerator. It’s a good added protein to bake and cook with, but also a game changer when it comes to smoothies, shakes and coffee drinks of course!
4 tbsp (60 mL) Oatmilk Nutpods –
Nutpods are some of my favorite creamers. I found them when I was struggling my way through Whole30 and really found myself enjoying them. These Oatmilk version ones are not only delicious, but seemed fitting for this Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso dupe.
Here’s where the magic happens. In a large glass, add ice, chai tea concentrate, brown sugar syrup and ¼ cup milk. In a frother, combine nutpods and the remaining ¼ cup fat free milk. Once frothed, pour the “cream” mixture over the iced tea. TA-DA! Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte…with oat milk.
Top with whip cream if you’re feeling crazy and a light dusting of cinnamon to pretend you’re in a fancy coffee shop.
How Do I Track?
The Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte is only 80 calories with 10.1 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fat and 6.5 g of protein. You can add it to My Fitness Pal by searching for “Morgan Eats Macros Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte.”
Switch It Up…
I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t share the MANY options to switch this drink up. So, the original is a play on the iced espresso drink from Starbucks, which means it’s iced. However, this version is caffeine free. Here’s a few other options to change it up
Need caffeine? Add a shot of espresso for a dirty brown sugar chai tea latte.
Fat or Protein? Avoid using the Nutpods if you don’t have much fat to work with in your macros. Simply add more milk. The milk may not froth as well as the creamy Nutpods, but the flavor would still be delicious. If you’re looking for more protein, switch out the Nutpods and the Milk for a Premier Protein or Fairlife Protein Shake!
Make it sweeter! Add a dash of maple extract or maple syrup. This drink will be taken to the next level for sure.
Winter time? Iowa winter is still hot and heavy, so a hot drink is sometimes all you want. Rather than pour it over ice, heat it up in a mug and froth your creamy drink on the hot function. You can add a shot of espresso to this version, too.
Not into tea? Try it with coffee. Full disclosure, I haven’t tested the coffee option, but how could it be bad? Brown sugar and coffee? It’s a no-brainer. If you want to test it out with the Messy Bun Cinnamon Bun Coffee Over Cardio, be sure to use code 10MorganEatsMacros to save!
The Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte is new, but already has my heart. This recipe is our very first drink recipe posted to the blog. What do you think? Better yet, pair it with our brown sugar apple bake for an undeniable treat!
Be sure to leave us a review and let us know what else you’d like to see posted. If you try it, be sure to tag us, @MorganEatsMacros_ and @haleynicolefit and tell us what you think. How do you think it compares to the OG?
- 6 oz Sugar Free Chai Tea Latte Concentrate (3/4 cup) Oregon Chai - can be found at Target
- 15 grams Brown Sugar Syrup recipe above
- 4 oz Fat-Free Fairlife Milk (1/4 cup)
- 4 tbsp Oatmilk Nutpods
- In a large glass, add ice, chai tea concentrate, brown sugar syrup and ¼ cup milk.
- In a frother, combine nutpods and the remaining ¼ cup fat free milk.
- Once frothed, pour the “cream” mixture over the iced tea. TA-DA! Brown Sugar Chai Tea Latte...with oat milk.
- Top with whip cream if you’re feeling crazy and a light dusting of cinnamon to pretend you’re in a fancy coffee shop.
Serving Size1 latte
Amount Per Serving Calories 80Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 2.5mgSodium 60.3mgCarbohydrates 10.1gFiber 0gSugar 3gProtein 6.5g