Vanilla Rooibos Latte with Warm Spices

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote

This vanilla rooibos tea latte is vegan, lightly spiced with cinnamon & nutmeg, caffeine-free, easy to make, and incredibly cozy.

vegan vanilla rooibos tea latte with warm spices - The First Mess

Happy weekend! I’ve got a warm, lightly spiced, caffeine-free mug of coziness to set the tone. We kinda went wild with some minor house repairs, painting, installs, and a top-to-bottom clean last weekend, so we’re taking it easy for this one. We’re hopping over to the USA for an afternoon to pick up a few things. Sunday is gonna be spent snacking and watching a certain sporting event. I’m planning on making some epic vegan pizza with tons of olives, hot peppers, and pine nut parmesan, hummus and veggies, and maybe some of that buffalo-sauced cauliflower that everyone keeps going on about. Go team! ;) xo

While we’re on the subject of USA shopping and possibly Trader Joe’s, some silly non-strategies for making the most of your shopping trips there.

More love for pulses. A saviour to your health AND the land we’re here to look after. Have you taken the Pulse Pledge yet? :)

Some inspiration to get your (healthy! vegetarian!) Superbowl snacking on HERE + HERE. Also: HEH.

Winter blues?

This episode of the Rich Roll podcast was a pretty wild ride. Khalil Rafati is the founder of Sunlife Organics, but prior to that, he 150% turned his life around. Inspiring.

Adventures and misadventures in veganism. Read the comments with this one! So good.

Is the “Everything in moderation” mantra all wrong?

We watched Babe the other night (cried like a baby obviously–the part where he says “I want my mom” = the ugliest crying humanly imaginable). I started following this Instagram account the next day and now, adopting a brood of pigs doesn’t seem like such a faraway dream.

“The stories are so real and the stuff looks so creepy.” A day in the life of a magician and seance medium in residency.

Is souping really the new juicing? I’m not a cleanse or detox type, but I feel like I could get down with this if I had to.

The Rick Bayless YouTube channel is so soothing to watch. Plus garden greens tacos!

Irresistibly cute otter video alert.

Some recent interviews I did here and here.

Vanilla Rooibos Latte with Warm Spices

This vanilla rooibos tea latte is vegan, lightly spiced with cinnamon & nutmeg, caffeine-free, easy to make, and incredibly cozy.
5 from 1 vote
vegan vanilla rooibos tea latte with warm spices - The First Mess
Servings 1


  • 1 vanilla rooibos tea bag
  • 6 oz boiling water
  • 6 oz unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 pitted Medjool date
  • 1 teaspoon coconut butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon + extra for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to taste



  • Rooibos tea is naturally sweet, so I personally find that it doesn’t need any additional sweetener. You can always adjust this to taste!


  • In your serving mug, brew the rooibos tea in the boiling water for at least 3 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium, bring the plant milk, date, coconut butter, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to a light boil. Carefully transfer the milk mixture to your blender and blitz on high for 20 seconds or so.
  • Pour the frothy warm milk mixture over the tea. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and nutmeg over the top. You can leave the teabag in or take it out. Rooibos only gets better with longer steeping time.

06/02/2016 (Last Updated 08/02/2023)
Posted in: beverage, creamy, gluten free, nut free, quick, refined sugar-free, sweet, vegan, winter


Recipe Rating

  • Rae

    I am so excited to create this! I’m wondering what a good caffeine tea replacement would be for those mornings that I need a pick-me-up?

    • Laura

      Hi Rae, I think lots of different options would be great here: a malty black tea like Assam or a milky oolong would be my two first choices.

      • Rae

        Thanks so much! I ended up using Assam and it was delicious!

  • Kate

    I wish it was afternoon already so I could make one of these lovely drinks. I too love the Rick Bayless Youtube channel!! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Carolyn

    I’m loving these posts!!! so many interesting links!!! thank you for all you do and create!!1

  • Maria

    I discover your blog now, and I love it ;)
    your logo is so cute!

  • Fabienne

    Love your mouthwatering recipes!♡ How can one person be so talented? I really like the way how you take your photos and how you write I can spend hours reading your blog. Thanks for the great inspiration (:
    Love F&M

  • Bella

    I am a diehard devotee of Avasol sunblock. Make sure you get the vegan version though (sans emu oil). Completely natural and biodegradable (won’t kill the reef!). I live in Hawaii, spend hours surfing, and this is the best stuff I’ve found. Have a wonderful time!

  • genevieve @ gratitude & greens

    Laura! This tea latte sounds so lush! That everything in moderation article is so interesting, it definitely pokes a hole in my cookie loving mentality, haha. Happy Sunday! <3

  • lynn @ the actor's diet

    Rooibos is one of those words I’m embarrassed to say out loud because I never pronounce it right. But I do love it so!

  • Liberty | Homespun Capers

    Hey Laura!
    Vanilla rooibos is one of my favourite teas but I’ve never thought you have it as a latte. Thank you, gonna try this soon!

    Also – love your list posts, always lots of good reads
    Xx Liberty

    • Laura

      Thanks so much, Liberty! Glad that you’re into the link posts too :D

  • shanna mallon

    mmm I love me a good tea latte. made this first thing this morning. thanks for the tip!

    • Laura

      They are my favourite thing right now. Pretty flattered that you made it :D
      xo L

  • Heather

    I can’t wait to try this tea. I also am loving your “happy hour” posts. Thank you so much. Your pictures alone make me smile☕️

    • Laura

      Thanks so much, Heather!

  • Carol Cormier

    I checked out Rick Bayless’ videos and my husband has been watching them all morning. I think he’s gearing up to do a family taco Sunday lunch soon.

    • Laura

      Hope the Rick Bayless binge-watching results in some good eats for you! You really can’t go wrong with his recipes :)

  • Julie

    What do you use the water for? Did I misread?

    • Julie

      Never mind. Sorry! Ha!

      • Laura

        Heh ;)

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    Ps. Sunscreen : Alba all the way – the tropical Hawaiin one ;)

    • Laura

      Thanks lady. Hope you have a great weekend too! ;) ;)
      xo L

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    Ah love those interviews Laura! “I need a teenager to hang out with me and show me the ropes” on snapchat cracked me up (**laughing crying emoji**) I feel the same way. And HAWAII. So so stoked for you girl! You deserve some R&R. Have a chill weekend and enjoy your snacks this Sunday! xo

  • Meghan

    Thanks for the great recipe! Id recommend Arbonne sunscreen! I love mine! It’s vegan and uses zinc instead of a ton of parables and rubs in better than any sunscreen I’ve ever had. It’s not sold in stores, their website is (Everything from Arbonne is vegan and cruelty free!)

    • Laura

      I know so many people that love Arbonne products! Thanks Meghan ;)

  • Rachel

    I second supergoop. The mineral/sensitive skin formulation is what I use. I bought mine online though; I haven’t seen it in stores.

    I just wanted to give you a shoutout, Laura! I’m not vegan, but your blog is helping me (and my man, by proxy) eat a more plan based diet and I’m loving it! I especially love your most accessible, weeknight-type meals. And your peanut buttery/green smoothie has been on repeat. Cheers!

    • Laura

      Thanks so much, Rachel! So glad that you’re enjoying the recipes and that they’re helping you guys eat more plant-based. The weeknight meals are my favourite, too :)

  • Jessica

    Re: sunscreen, I love Supergoop!

    • Laura

      The name alone is just outstanding ;)

      • KayN

        I was going to make the same recommendation! Supergoop Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 is my daily facial sunblock and it’s fabulous (goes on sheer even on a dark complexion, no smell, not sticky, no breakouts) and they also make a more waterproof body formula!

  • Summer

    This looks simple and nice ♥