It’s no secret that, when given the option, I’ll choose chai over coffee 99% of the time. That’s why I find it odd that, up until now, I’ve spent so much time at home playing around with coffee concoctions, but have never attempted making my own chai spice from scratch, especially when it is so simple to do.
I was feeling inspired a few days ago and finally found the motivation to give it a go – and it truly is SO easy! Making a latte with the spice is a cinch, too. I love having this on hand at home – for lattes of course, but also to sprinkle into smoothies, and atop ice cream, yogurt, and baked goods, too. Plus, it’s always nice not only saving money on a pantry staple, but also seeing – and altering, if needed – exactly what goes into it.
Chai Spice Mix
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. allspice
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- Whisk and/or sift the spices together in a small bowl until well blended.
- Store in an air-tight spice container (like this one), away from heat and light.
Dairy-Free Chai Latte
To make a delicious dairy-free latte with this mixture, simply place one cup water, one plain black tea bag, and one half to one full tablespoon chai spice mix (depending on just how spicy you like your chai) into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium boil and cover, steeping for 10 minutes or so. Remove the tea bag and stir well. Pour into a mug and add sweetener of your choice, along with a 1/2 cup dairy-free milk (I prefer almond.) That’s it!
Have you made any of your own spice mixes? I’m thinking about making my own pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, chili powder, and more soon. But not before I take the time to purge, organize, and properly stock my spice cabinet! We’ve been using them a lot more in our kitchen adventures, which really does make a difference, but it seems like I have three jars each of spices I never use and maybe one sprinkle left of all of those that I use daily! Add it to the list of to-dos.