Easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea (dairy-free & stevia-sweetened)
Thick and creamy coconut milk and vanilla stevia replace condensed milk and refined sugar in this Easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea. Full of brain- and metabolism-boosting fats, this low-carb, dairy-free version of Thai iced tea is a slightly sweet, spiced drink you won’t find in upscale tea shops!
I dare you to walk into any upscale coffee or tea shop and order a Thai iced tea as nourishing and healthy and full of amazing fat as THIS MCT oil keto Thai iced tea!
If you love the warming spiciness of clove, star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom…
If you love thick, slightly sweet, vanilla-flavored cream…
Then, I know that I know that I know that you’re going to love the sugar-free version of this fun and swirly drink!
What Is Thai Iced Tea?
Thai iced tea is a combination of tea, milk, and sugar. It’s popular in Southeast Asia and is often served as a cooling accompaniment to spicy Thai food.
Although, much like Tikka Masala or even tacos, the Thai iced teas you’ll likely find on Pinterest and even my recipe are definitely westernized hybrids of the traditional recipes.
Thai tea, known as Cha Yen in Thailand, is a mixture of black tea, condensed milk, and sugar.
Of course, for this Real Food, sugar-free version, I’ve totally removed all traces of refined sugar and dairy — replacing them instead with thick and creamy coconut milk (more authentically Thai anyway!) and vanilla stevia.
What’s The MCT Oil All About?
Many keto drinks or popsicles aren’t super high in fat… they’re just low in carbs. Even I have a few “keto” recipes that don’t contain much or any fat (like my 3-Ingredient Raspberry Lemon Popsicles and my Damn Good Keto Chipotle BBQ Sauce).
Yes, these recipes absolutely can be part of a highly nourishing, high-fat keto diet.
But what’s even harder to get on a keto diet is enough FAT to enter and maintain a state of ketosis — a metabolic state in which the body produces ketones and uses stored body fat for energy rather than burning glucose (carbs/sugar) for energy. When starved for glucose (sugar), the body must burn fat for energy. This often results in weight loss, with enhanced mental performance, and stabilized blood sugar.
Therefore, adding extra, usable fat — such as MCT oil — to drinks, popsicles, or other not-usually-fatty foods can really help you get in the fat you need to get in and stay in ketosis.
However, even if you’re not on a keto/low-carb diet, you can still benefit from MCT oil.
I’m not keto/low-carb. Why should I use MCT oil?
Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, stabilize your blood sugar, or heal cancer, you can still benefit from using MCT oil daily.
In fact, the benefits of MCT oil on the brain alone are enough to convince me that it’s worth including in my daily diet! Save 10% on my favorite MCT oil when you use my coupon code ALLTHETHINGS at Perfect Supplements!
The benefits of coconut oil are well known, but attention is now being shifted toward MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) – one of coconut oil’s key nutrients.
In fact, the success of coconut oil in treating Alzheimer’s spurred the development of MCT oil, a more concentrated source of the nutrient. This particular fatty acid digests easily, absorbs quickly and is uniquely burned as fuel rather than being stored as fat.
The resulting ketones produced from burning fat can provide energy to a glucose-starved brain. For many patients with Alzheimer’s, insulin resistance has cut off glucose to the brain. But MCTs do not require insulin or glucose to cross the blood-brain barrier. That’s why they’re able to provide an alternate source of energy used to power brain cells. (Source.)
And if that’s not enough to convince you that MCT oil is a good idea, even for non-keto/non-low-carb people, how about these benefits of Perfect MCT Oil?
- increased energy — without caffeine!
- improved mental clarity, reduced brain fog (remember those brain benefits up there??)
- improved gut function and better digestion
- keeps inflammation in check
- supports a healthy metabolism
- improves blood sugar stability
- has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties
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Easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea
Very few simple ingredients combine to create a super tasty, refreshing, all-season drink: an easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea!
You’re going to make a spiced black tea concentrate first. Simply boil 1 cup of water and add 4 black tea bags, star anise pods, crushed cardamom pods, a couple of whole cloves, and a bit of cinnamon.
When that’s finished steeping, strain it and add 3 cups of room temperature water. No need to wait for an hour for the tea to cool before you can drink it!
While the tea steeps, you’ll make a delightful, slightly sweet, MCT oil “cream”. Just add a can of full fat coconut milk to your blender along with 2 to 4 tablespoons MCT oil, and liquid vanilla stevia.
To serve your dairy-free, stevia-sweetened keto Thai iced teas, you have 3 options:
- Option 1: Add ice to glasses, fill 1/2 to 3/4 of the way with tea, then pour in the cream. This is how I did it for the photos and it creates an impressive, swirly contrast between the tea and the cream.
- Option 2: Mix the tea and cream together first, then pour over ice.
- Option 3: Mix the tea and cream together, then heat and serve hot. Obviously this won’t be an iced tea any longer, but it’s still delicious!
If you go with Option 1, beware that the ice may cause bits of the coconut cream to solidify. It doesn’t affect the taste of the drink at all, but if you don’t enjoy small bits of coconut milk fat, then you may prefer to go with Option 2. 🙂
No matter how you serve it, the truth is that NO coffee or tea shop anywhere can boast a brain-boosting dose of MCT oil in their Thai iced tea! Let’s make it!
Easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea (dairy-free, stevia-sweetened)
Author Lindsey Dietz
Yield 4 to 6 servings
Thick and creamy coconut milk and vanilla stevia replace condensed milk and refined sugar in this Easy Keto MCT Oil Thai Iced Tea. Full of brain- and metabolism-boosting fats, this low-carb, dairy-free version of Thai iced tea is a slightly sweet, spicy drink you won't find in upscale tea shops!
For the Spiced Black Tea Concentrate:
- 1 cup boiling water
- 4 organic black tea bags
- 3 star anise pods
- 5 cardamom pods, crushed
- 2 whole cloves
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
- 3 cups room temperature water
- ice, for serving
For the MCT Oil Cream:
Make the Spiced Black Tea:
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add the tea bags, star anise, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon.
Steep 10 minutes.
Strain and add 3 cups room temperature water.
Make the MCT Oil Cream:
While the tea steeps, make the cream.
Add all cream ingredients to a blender.
Blend on high speed until emulsified, smooth, and creamy.
Assemble the Thai Iced Teas:
Add desired amount of ice to a glass. Fill at least halfway and up to 3/4 of the way with the tea.
Then, fill your glass to the top with the dairy-free MCT Oil Cream.
Stir together and enjoy!
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More low-carb/keto drinks you’ll love…
- 2-Ingredient Keto Instant Pot Rhubarb Juice
- Old-Fashioned Keto Root Beer Float (dairy-free)
- Real Food Cranberry Lemon Spritzer
- Sugar-Free Keto Mojito
- Low-Carb Strawberry Italian Soda (with sugar-free simple syrup!)
- Stevia-Sweetened Arnold Palmer
Have you ever made Thai iced tea before? Do you ever add MCT oil to drinks that aren’t coffee?
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