Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte Recipe (10/10) 

Do you love the Starbucks skinny chai tea latte? If so, you’re in luck! I’m going to share with you my favorite recipe for making it at home. 

It’ll be just as delicious as the one from Starbucks, and a lot cheaper too. 

Milk Into Chai Concentrate

Topics Explored

  1. What Chai Tea Latte?
  2. How to Order It
  3. Skinny Chai vs. Regular Chai Latte
  4. How To Make It Skinnier
  5. Skinny Chai Tea Latte Recipe
  6. More Questions

What Is A Chai Tea Latte?

Chai tea lattes are a blend of black tea, milk and spice mix (known as ‘masala’). Each recipe comes with their own masala blend but you can come to expect strong hints of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and cardamom.

Traditionally, chais are made with buffalo milk but nowadays, you can also find plant-based alternatives, like almond milk in your cup.

I personally think that chai tea lattes are just perfect ‘sweater weather drink’ because it’s so comforting on a cold day.

To create different flavors, you can customize the chai tea latte with a few small changes. One of my favorite variation is the Dirty Chai, where espresso shots are added into a regular chai latte. 

Another unique spin on the beverage is created with amaretto to make a chai latte cocktail. (1)

What Skinny Chai Tea Latte At Starbucks?

The Skinny Chai Tea Latte is a variation on the classic drink.

It contains the same ingredients as a regular chai tea latte with one difference. It’s made with non-fat milk as opposed to 2% milk.

This variation has fewer calories than a regular chai tea latte, earning it the ‘skinny’ moniker.

How To Order It

Chai Tea

Your Barista should know what a skinny chai tea latte is, but if they are unsure, here is what I do to order mine:

  1. Ask for a chai tea latte, either iced or hot 
  2. Swap regular milk for non-fat milk
  3. Ask for sugar-free vanilla syrup instead of regular syrup (optional)

Skinny Chai vs. Regular Chai Latte

You’re missing something delicious if you’ve never had a Starbucks Skinny Chai.

The flavor of this beverage will have your mouth watering from the first sip, and it’s perfect as an afternoon pick me up or if you’re feeling tired. 

Homemade Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte
Homemade version

1. Flavor

The skinny chai latte is a lightly sweetened drink. It’s perfect for those like me who want to cut down on the fat but still enjoy spicy chai flavors. 

A regular chai latte tastes richer and creamier due to the milk type. If you’re feeling indulgent, this is the version for you.

2. Appearance

The skinny chai looks like the regular version except it’s made with non-fat milk!

My partner and I agree that you can’t distinguish both beverages with the naked eye.

You can always ask the barista for additional toppings like caramel or mocha drizzle. Or, you can finish off your chai latte with cinnamon or nutmeg to give it a healthy flair too.

3. Calories

A skinny chai has around 120 calories when made with non-fat milk.

The standard Starbucks version of this drink contains chai tea concentrate and 2% milk, which add to about 190 calories.

How To Make Your Skinny Chai Latte Skinnier

You can make your beloved chai tea latte skinnier by using lower-fat milk and skipping the whipped cream.

It won’t taste the same, but it’ll come close—and you won’t feel so stuffed when you are finished drinking it.

Milk in Cortado

Use Plant Milk

If you are looking for a way to cut back on your calorie past the non-fat milk, try replacing it with almond or hemp milk.

Almond milk is one of the lowest calorie milk available at Starbucks. And, you’ll get all that great taste without the guilt.

Use Sugar-Free Syrup

Syrups are one of the biggest calorie culprits. But going sugar free doesn’t mean your drinks need to be bland.

You can use sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit sweetener to get a sweetened taste without all the added calories.

Skip Add-Ons

Whipped cream and cold foam are admittedly a nice addition to any drink. However, they can also increase your beverage’s calorie count.

If you’re looking for more unique flavors, try sneaking in some nutmeg or cinnamon.

These spices will make you think sweet without any added sugar, making it a guilt-free treat.

Skinny Chai Tea Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat)

This skinny chai latte is a fun and easy recipe to make at home.

The ingredients are also simple enough to find and do not require much hunting. 

Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte Recipe

'Very' Skinny Starbucks Chai Tea Latte

Yield: 1 serving (~12 oz)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte recipe is perfect for tea drinkers, looking for something comforting without the calories


  • Non-Fat Milk: 1 cup
  • Chai Tea: 2 tea bags (or 2 tbsp loose leaves)
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Sugar-Free Syrup*: 2 tbsp


    1. Boil a ½ cup of water in a small pot and steep chai tea. Allow it to steep for 5 minutes to concentrate flavor. Remove the bags and dispose of them.
    2. Steep Tea Add sugar-free vanilla syrup** to the chai tea. Stir well to mix the two ingredients to complete the chai concentrate.Add SF Syrup
    3. While the chai concentrate takes its shape, heat 1 cup of milk in a saucepan until it starts simmering. Simmer Creamer
    4. Now it’s time to froth the milk. Use a handheld frother if you have one handy.  Otherwise you can always use a french press or mason jar (shake vigorously).Pump Froth
    5. To make your chai tea latte, pour milk into the chai concentrate slowly and steadily. Then, stir it well until the concentrate is fully dissolved.Milk Into Chai Concentrate
    6. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top of the foam and enjoy. Homemade Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte


* Sugar-free vanilla syrup is available to purchase online and even in some Starbucks stores.

** You can use any amount of syrup to your liking. If you typically prefer drinks with less sweetness, start by using only 1 teaspoon and add more as needed.

***The recipe above is for 1 cup (8 ounces). If you like your drinks in more quantity, take 1 ½ cups of water and adjust other ingredients accordingly.

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Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte

The skinny chai tea latte is a delicious, comforting beverage perfect for any time of the day.

It is ideal for people looking for a sweet tasting, spiced treat without all the extra calories. 

Best yet, it’s much cheaper than going to Starbucks and you’ll have plenty of leftover chai syrup to make enough drinks for your entire family.

More Questions

Does Starbucks have a skinny chai tea latte?

With the less sweet chai concentrate discontinued by Starbucks, it is no longer available. But you can ask the barista to swap 2% milk with non-fat milk. 

If you have a little extra time, ask your barista to brew your skinny chai latte using Teavana tea bags and steamed non-fat milk.

What is in a Starbucks Skinny Chai Tea Latte?

The skinny chai tea latte contains non-fat milk, water, and chai tea concentrate.

To break the concentrate down further, you’ll find a combination of black tea, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise.

Is there a sugar-free chai tea latte?

Starbucks uses chai tea concentrate, a sugar-based syrup, to make their lattes. The barista may be able to make you a sugar-free version using tea bags instead of chai concentrate.

Want an even healthier version? Use our recipe to make your own! You’ll have complete control over what goes in.

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