Chocolate Chai Mini Coffee Cakes


This recipe for mini coffee cakes was an official entry in the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Contest!

Recipe By: Michelle Todd

Chocolate Chai Mini Coffee Cakes - Vegan Recipe

Chocolate Chai Mini Coffee Cakes
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This is a favorite recipe that I make for family and friends around the holidays.
  • 4 to 5 chai tea bags
  • 1-3/4 cups warm vanilla coconut milk beverage
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup almond oil (could probably substitute your favorite baking oil)
  • 1-1/2 cups coconut sugar or pure cane sugar
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons dairy-free coconut milk yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons dairy-free margarine
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and lightly grease small mini pans with margarine, or oil or line it with parchment paper.
For Batter:
  1. In a small bowl steep tea bags in warm milk for 5 to 10 minutes. Squeeze out bags and let milk cool.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a medium bowl beat oil and sugar until creamy. Add yogurt, vanilla and cooled chai milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine until just mixed.
For Topping:
  1. In a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar, and cocoa. Cut in margarine with your fingers or a pastry until mixture is crumbly. Add chocolate chips.
For Assembly:
  1. Spread batter in mini baking pans. Sprinkle on topping and bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until cakes are set on the edges and toothpick or knife comes out clean.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I’m having a hard time finding coconut milk yogurt. Is there a substitute that I could use?
    Also could I use brown sugar in place of the coconut/cane sugar?

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