It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with chai. Whether it’s in the form of a tea latte, a dessert, or even beauty products…I’m addicted. The spices that almost embrace you in a warm hug and the flavors that dance around on your tongue, it’s very comforting to me. Any trip to a local coffee or tea house, will usually end with me getting some form of chai. Recently I asked myself, “why haven’t I tried making my own blend???” Well, I finally did and I wanted to share it with you!
I gathered inspiration from some of my favorite chai tea blends from both Townshend’s and Numi. I’m drawn more to the ones with a heavier spice…love that ginger! I love the Dark Forest Chai from Townshend’s as it contains cacao and carob…adds a deep richness to it and almost turns your warm drink into a dessert! I chose to add a touch of cacao to my blend, but left out the carob since I don’t always have it on hand and not many other people do either. Also know that if you’re not a fan of cacao, you can easily leave it out!
Now, this won’t be an actual tea blend since it doesn’t contain black tea or rooibos, but that just means no steeping time! Just mix and enjoy!
We buy and grind our own cardamom and nutmeg using this spice/nut grinder.
DIY CHAI SPICE:
- 2 teaspoons ground Ceylon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- optional: ground vanilla
- Mix all of the above together and store in either a spice bottle or glass jar.
- Before each use, give the bottle or jar a little shake (or stir) to make sure the spices get mixed up.
This blend is great to add to drinks, homemade ice cream, baked goods, oatmeal, and more!
Here’s a quick way I love to use it!
Chai spiced almond milk:
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
- 1.5 teaspoons chai spice
- maple syrup or coconut sugar to sweeten (we use about 1/2-1 T maple syrup)
- In a small pot, warm your milk, but not to boiling.
- Add the milk to your blender with the chai spice and sweetener and blend for 30-45 seconds until it gets frothy.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy!
Stay tuned for a new breakfast recipe and another way to use this chai spice!
Thanks for stopping by!