Crockpot Pumpkin Chai Tea (Starbucks Inspired)

October 8, 2012 by 59 Comments

I’ve mentioned before that I love tea parties.  Little B and I host an annual tea party for friends each February and absolutely love every detail!   Our favorite tea has always been Chai Tea.  I’ve been perfecting homemade Chai Tea in the crockpot and it’s great, but after a trip to Starbucks, I decided I wanted to try making a perfect Fall tea sipping treat for Little B and I to enjoy regularly!  Are you ready for this!?!  Crockpot Pumpkin Chai Tea!  It is so good…I’m sipping on some as I share the recipe with you.

I keep these ingredients on hand already and with my Keurig, brewing tea only takes a few seconds.  I love that this is a recipe that Little B can confidently throw together for her and I…or even for friends when they come over to play.  She’s such a great hostess!

And of course this Crockpot Pumpkin Chai Tea wouldn’t be completely delectable without topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

UPDATE: My sweeties like a mild flavor, but for a more intense flavor it’s been suggested to add 1/4 teaspoon of cloves, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  For more sweetness top with a generous portion of whipped cream or 2 count of pure maple syrup – Thanks for the suggestion Jane!

Crockpot Chai Tea

Recipe Type: Drinks, Dessert
Author: Barns and Noodles
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Cook time:
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Serves: 4
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed black tea
  • 4 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  1. Pour tea and milk into crockpot.
  2. Add pumpkin spice, sugar, and vanilla. (The amount of sugar and pumpkin spice used can be adapted to your preference).
  3. Whisk ingredients together.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  5. Change temperature to warm.
  6. Ladle into teacups and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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59 Responses to “Crockpot Pumpkin Chai Tea (Starbucks Inspired)”
  1. This sounds so great … I can’t wait to try it!

  2. debbiedoos says:

    Oh yummmy yum yum Miss Aimee. Is there a print option here? If not, I will copy and paste it. Fantastic, thanks for sharing.

  3. Mindy B. says:

    This looks and sounds amazing, looking forward to trying it out! Glad to find your blog! 🙂

  4. delicious! I see everyone doing this with coffee, and I had been wondering about chai tea – now I know! thanks so much for sharing this great recipe

  5. Tonya Fullenkamp says:

    Oh holy cow that sounds amazing. I want to make this!

  6. Jenn says:

    This sounds delicious!

  7. Christine says:

    I’m sooo going to try this Aimee!! I love tea, but I’m not an expert at all… I was wondering if Orange Pekoe would be considered a black tea? Can I use that??

  8. Kathy says:

    This looks wonderful!

  9. Lauren says:

    Oh I am SO excited about this — my mouth is watering! How fantastic to be able to get this ready ahead of time and then serve. I’m thinking this would be a fun treat to take to work and leave sitting there for everyone to help themselves to with a can of whipped cream sitting nearby 🙂 Thanks for this great recipe!

  10. Oooh that looks good! Will be pinning this!

  11. Kitty says:

    I love chai tea and I look forward to trying this pumpkin version!

  12. Aimee,

    This looks so good! We will be featuring it tomorrow!

    Take care,


  13. Mary says:

    I can smell this delicious aroma now! It makes me wish I had the ingredients on hand this morning!

  14. Julie says:

    This sounds great! Pinning

  15. Wow this looks amazing! I’m pinning this to try later! Just a question, what program do you use to make your recipes in such a nice, printable format? Thanks!

  16. Jen says:

    This sounds delicious! Wondering…I have the Keurig also, but have never made tea in it 😉 How do you do it? Thanks so much for your help!

  17. Oh this looks SO yummy! I love Chai Tea and the pumpkin sounds like it would be delicious. Pinned 🙂

  18. This sounds really good! I love Chai Tea and this would be great with guests over.

  19. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    Pinning! This sounds perfect for a brisk Fall day.

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

  20. Miz Helen says:

    Your little helper is adorable and yes I would love a cup of that awesome tea. Hope you are having a great fall weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. amy says:

    Oh boy does that ever sound delicious! I’m such a sucker for anything pumpkin and I looove chai! I’d be thrilled if you’d share it here:

  22. Mariel says:

    Beautiful pictures! I would love to have you stop by ‘Or so she says…’ today and share some of your great ideas with my readers! The ‘Your Great Idea’ link party runs every Sat through Tuesday. Hope to see you there!

  23. Yum! Pumpkin chai is my absolute favorite! We just made Crockpot caramel apple spice today, but maybe tomorrow we’ll try this. 🙂

    Stopping by from Sundae Scoop and I’d love for you to share this at my Fun In Functional link party:

  24. Jenni S. says:

    I love this! I am a huge chai fan and this recipe sounds so easy. I can’t wait to try it out, probably tomorrow, since I have all of the ingredients on hand already. Yum! Pinning it for reference!

  25. Very cool use of the crock pot! Never thought to use pumpkin puree in a drink, but I LOVE it!

  26. Dee says:

    I would love if you shared this on the CSI Project this week. The challenge is fall food and this is perfect. You can come by everyday for a new tutorial/recipe and then on Wednesday night you can link up. You just might win the challenge and there is a giveaway.
    Hope to see you there!!!

  27. Judy says:

    Looks so yummy. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.

  28. Kristen says:

    At Starbucks I like my Chai tea extra spicy. How do I intensify the Chai flavor?

    • Aimee says:

      You may want to try seeping the tea longer and see if that helps!?! Tea leaves may be a good option as well. XO, Aimee

  29. This looks delicious! I’m seriously going to have to try this! It’s unfortunate that my crock pot is cracked right now. Looks like it’s time for a new one. I’d be honored if you linked this up to my weekly link party.

  30. The Contessa says:

    Chai and pumpkin are two of my favorite flavors. I can’t wait for a cool day to try this out. I’ve been drawn to tour site three times this week from various sites. I will be back often. Drop by my kitchen when you have a chance.

  31. Savannah says:

    This looks wonderful. I am stopping by from Six Sisters and I will be pinning this. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Jane says:

    I too thought this sounded amazing so I did go ahead and made it. I felt there was not enough taste to the tea so I added, cloves, white pepper, nutmeg, ginger, and more cinnamon. Not sure how much I added… 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of each? I did make 1&1/2 batch. For me it was not sweet enough so I added pure maple syrup, a 2 count pour.

    It tasted better than the stuff you can buy in the carton! I added a bit more white pepper than I thought was needed. Still amazing! I tasted as I added the spices. The white pepper added spiciness – that bite. Saved the rest in the refrigerator. Yum!!

  33. Megan says:

    Oh my goodness….this looks wonderful!!
    I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!

  34. Debbie says:

    I just made this (with the extra spices), and it was so good! I made it with almond milk because it was a test run for an office party, and there are folks who are lactose intolerant. I also cooked it on low for 3.5 hours instead of on high for 2 because I won’t be able to monitor it much when it make it for the group. It turned out great except that the pumpkin didn’t fully dissolve so it made for a bit of a strange ending. I don’t plan to use the pumpkin in the next batch because it didn’t dissolve, but that may be because of the almond milk and the temp/length I cooked it. If you add the extra spices suggested by Jane, definitely go with 1/4 tsp instead of 1/2 (especially the pepper and the ginger). They definitely add a nice kick, but a 1/2 tsp was a little too much on the spicy side. This is great holiday treat!

  35. I have all these ingredients! I might have to make this for family dinner night tonight! Sounds LOVELY!

  36. Sarah says:

    can you refrigerate and reheat leftovers? I’d like to make this and use throughout the work week instead of coffee every day.

  37. Tammy says:

    Oh this sounds so good….can’t wait to try it! I would love it if you came by One More Time Events and shared this…

  38. Katelyn says:

    Pinned and I plan on making this Sunday morning 😀 Cannot wait!

  39. Jenny says:

    I am so excited to try this out! What if I used fresh pumpkin? Will that make a difference in sweetness/spices I need?

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