I once knew a cat named Chai. In fact, I’m the one who named him.
I named him Chai because I have been mildly obsessed with Chai tea (both hot and cold) since I was in middle school. I remember my first taste of the slightly sweet, milky goodness and the rest, as they say, is history…delicious, delicious history.
It used to be that every time I visited a coffee or tea shop I ordered a chai tea or chai latte. It became my signature drink and I still love it that much to this day!
Imagine my excitement when I met a friend while living in D.C. who taught me how to make my own Chai tea mix from a modified recipe that her family used to make when she was little!! Admittedly I was a little skeptical, I mean…why not leave something this important up to the professionals? But I was intrigued. Once I realized that I basically had everything I needed to make it except for dry milk it was only a matter of time before I took the Chai making into my own hands. Now my friends, I want to share it with you.
Chai Latte Mix
1c. Nonfat dry milk powder
1c. Powdered non-dairy creamer
1c. French vanilla flavored non dairy creamer powder
2 1/2 c. Granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. Unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground all spice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cardamom
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients.
- After milk/creamers/sugar/tea and spices are blended transfer 1/2 cup to 1 cup at a time to a food processor and blend until mix becomes a fine powder. [The finer you get it, the better.]
- Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. (mine will not last six months!)
- Use 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons in a mug (about 12 ounces) of hot water.
- Kick your feet up and relax in the spicy amazingness.
Makes 36 servings (2 1/2 tablespoon)
Nutritional Info: 102 calories, 1.5 g of fat, 0g fiber, 18g carbohydrate, 1g protein
NOTE: For the same serving size, this recipe is about 100 calories, 3 grams of fat and 20 carbs fewer than the Starbucks version!! This mix tastes incredible and could not be easier! I hope you love it just as much as I do.
What is your favorite drink to make at home? Have an awesome recipe we should know? Tell us in the comments!