A simple recipe for a delicious chai spice blend that’s perfect for tea, baking and other recipes!
I just love chai! The warm and spicy flavors are so comforting in the cold (or any weather) and make anything taste better. I was first introduced to chai like most suburban white girls, at Starbucks in the form of a chai latte in middle school. I was immediately hooked. Since then, I’ve traded chai lattes in for brewed chai tea, mostly because of the high sugar content in the lattes, but also because they can really take a toll on your bank account after a while.
I still love to drink chai tea, though. It’s one of my favorite teas to brew. I like to drink it in class, and everyone’s noses perk up whenever I make it. Recently, I’ve wondered about flavoring other things with chai, like smoothies or cookies. So I decided to make a chai spice mix that was ready to go. This spice mix is the perfect blend of cinnamon and spice. If you like a little extra spice, add more black pepper. If you like less, add less black pepper. I like a lot of pepper!
Chai spice is a nice change-up from regular cinnamon in your morning oatmeal. You can also use it to brew your own chai tea at home. Just brew your favorite black tea and add however much spice you’d like. Stir in a little steamed milk to make a latte without all the sugar.
This recipe for chai spice mix makes enough to fill a normal sized spice jar about half way full, so make more or less depending on your jar. Most glass spice jars can be put in the dishwasher (the lids, too) so it makes it easy to recycle them and put your own blends in there. Just make sure you label it!
A simple recipe for a delicious chai spice blend that's perfect for tea, baking and other recipes!
- 3 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4- 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Use a funnel (or a piece of paper rolled into a cone shape) to pour mix into a spice jar.
- Enjoy in tea, oatmeal, or anything else you'd like to have a chai flavor!
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