Would you like a cup of tea? - Chai Tea, that is

February 15, 2011
It's so easy to make your own flavorfully delicious Chai Tea Latte mix at home.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients & a whirl in a food processor!

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix image

My love of Chai Tea began back in my Corporate America days.  Before becoming a 1st grade teacher and then a food blogger, I spent 13 years working in the corporate grind.  Especially as I progressed in my career, I always seemed to be having morning "coffee meetings."  At least once a week, someone would say, "Let's meet for coffee to discuss that."

The problem - I don't drink coffee.  Never have, doubt I ever will.

I've tried to acquire a taste for coffee, but to no avail.  I just don't like it.  What was I to do?  I couldn't very well sit for hours-on-end at Starbuck's or Caribou and drink water, could I?  That seemed silly.

It's so easy to make your own flavorfully delicious Chai Tea Latte mix at home.  All it takes is a few simple ingredients & a whirl in a food processor!

And that's how I discovered Chai Tea Lattes, with their wonderful mix of ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and other spicy yumminess.

I absolutely love chai tea lattes!  So, of course, I eventually had to figure out how to make my own at home.  You can buy chai tea latte mix at the grocery store, and I've tried them all.  They're actually pretty good.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix photo

But this past summer I put all the grocery store mixes to the test against a chai tea latte mix recipe I made myself.

I went to the grocery store and bought every chai tea latte mix they had, both powder and liquid ... $40 later, I had a testing line-up set up on my kitchen counter.

This past summer I put all the grocery store mixes to the test against a chai tea latte mix recipe I made myself.

Guess what won, at least in my mind?

Yes ... my own powder chai tea latte mix.  And I'm going to share that recipe I use with you.  If you like chai, I think you'll love this easy mix.

The base of this homemade chai tea latte mix is a blend of powdered coffee creamer, dry milk powder, and unsweetened instant tea.

Ingredients to make Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix image

As you can see in the photo above, instant tea comes in a jar.  It's usually found right alongside the boxed tea bags in the grocery store.  {Note: While Nestea brand is in my photo, I actually prefer the flavor of Lipton brand.}

Toss the powdered coffee creamer, dry milk powder, and unsweetened instant tea powder in a food processor with a hearty dose of traditional chai spices ...

How to Make Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix image

... and give everything a quick whirl in a food processor to mix them up and grind it all into a fine powder.

Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix picture

Now, the "secret" ingredient that give this mix it's distinct chai-spice flavor is cardamom.

I adore cardamom - click here to read more about that.  Cardamom is pricey for a spice - I actually read somewhere that it is the most expensive spice by weight.  A bottle will run you about $10 at the grocery store.

The "secret" ingredient that give this mix it's distinct chai-spice flavor is cardamom. 

But believe me, it's worth it.  It makes all the difference in this chai tea latte mix, and is the ingredient that puts it over the top from a taste perspective.  So I encourage you to splurge!!

But once you've splurged and whipped up a batch of this easy Chai Tea Latte Mix?

Then I encourage you to kick back, grab a mug, and enjoy a delicious cup of chai tea.

Cup of Chai Tea image

Watch us make this recipe:

Chai Tea Latte Mix
(Printable recipe)
  1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients; cover and process until powdery.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
  3. To prepare 1 serving: Dissolve 3 T. of mix in 1 c. boiling water; stir well.

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Homemade Chai Tea Latte Mix pin image

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  1. Think I will go make me a cup from the mix you gave me at Xmas--trust me fellow blog readers--she has a winner here!!!

  2. Ahhh, thanks Mom! I'm about out ... need to make more.

  3. I want a cup RIGHT now!!!!!!! I am definitely going to try this one Tracey because I know how great it is! I think I will head to the store to purchase all the ingredients, including the Cardamom... after payday that is!

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  7. Hi I'm DJ's mil and it's nice to see your blog. That Chai tea sounds like something I would love to make. Hope you'll get a chance to check out her post on my blog today. Hope to visit you again soon.

  8. Hey my MIL Donnie found this before I sent her the link
    she did post my valentine tablescape today go check it outhttp://newblessingeveryday.blogspot.com/
    Maybe you can find some other recipe groups to link up with through her
    Keep up the good work Tracey

  9. :) We JUST had our favorite chai mix today. We don't use cardamom, but I may have to try it. The rest looks really similar to yours.:)

  10. I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at foodieportal.com. We are new but at foodieportal.com we are not photography snobs, we are just foodies.

  11. Do I really need to wait up to 6 months? I mean this just sounds delicious and i cant wait that much

    1. You can use the mix immediately ... 6 months is it's shelf-life (how long you can store it and it still be good). Enjoy!

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  13. Finally! A chai mix I can use in my dorm! Woohoo!

    1. So glad I could help, Erinn! You can certainly whip up a big batch, and then easily mix up a cup with hot water in the dorm. Sending you good wished for a great year at school!

  14. I adore chai! Do you mind if I ask what kind of instant tea to get??? I'll always end up buying everything in the store until I get to the one that's worth swallowing..lol. Thank you!

    1. I adore it, too. I use Lipton brand unsweetened instant tea ... and I actually get decaffeinated {I try really hard not to drink caffeine ... which is why I LOVE making my own chai mix}. Enjoy, Lynda!

  15. Is instant tea different than tea in a tea bag/loose leaf? Am I missing some tea product that everyone else knows about? xD

    1. Yes, instant tea is different than loose leaf/tea bags. It's a powder that doesn't require any brewing, and is sold in jars/canisters (kind of like the canisters of powdered coffee creamer ... but tea).

  16. Hello! I absolutely love Chai and want to try out this recipe! About how many servings is this recipe? I was thinking it would be a great christmas stocking stuffer or gift :) Thanks!

  17. For the first nondairy creamer do you just use original flavor?

    1. Yes, the first one listed is just regular ol' original flavor. Enjoy!

  18. yay! thank you for this recipe! Now i can have a chai tea latte at home whenever I want! Super excited! hah!

  19. Could this be used as a cold drink? I have a close friend that would love it as a Christmas gift

  20. I made this and it curled. What did I do wrong?

  21. I love this mix. Thank you for sharing it. I haven't even bothered using the food processor step, because I'm lazy ;) I just mix it really well in large bowl. I even whipped up a few as gifts around the holidays. FYI there is aproximately 78 calories in a quarter cup of mix, according to the MyFItnessPal calorie tracker. Has anyone tried a truvia version yet? I'm wondering if there would be an aftertaste. I would like to make a diabetic version for my Mom.

    1. I am from India and learned this recipe from my grandmother. While everyone has a different recipe for the Chai mix, my grandmother made this just with the spices listed here along with some nutmeg and black peppercorns. By not adding powdered milk of any kind and sugar, you can cut down on a lot of carbs and sugar from your mix. The mix with only spices does have a mild woody aftertaste but, when mixed with a right proportion of water, milk, and tea, the Chai tastes amazing. Hope you give this a try and like it.

  22. I just made this and love it - I did not add 1.5 cups sugar though, I only added 1/2 cup to the entire batch and it tastes awesome!

  23. I love the taste but have a gritty residue in the bottom of my cup. I tried putting it back in the food processor in smaller batches and it still happens. Any ideas? Thanks! Susie

  24. wow! there are so many ingredients and it looks quite good at the outside. I just want to taste immediately

  25. Can it be used for iced tea?

  26. Just came across your recipe through a Pinterest link, and am going to bookmark it to try later. A couple of things that might be worth mentioning: I started grinding my own spices sometime late last year, and found that Amazon is the best place to purchase whole cardamom pods; I paid $10.88 for 7 oz of decorticated pods (they come in two packets), and the quality is exceptional. (side note: you cannot grind spices adequately in a food processor; you probably know this, but some readers might not).

    Also, for anyone wanting to avoid using the artificial creamers, consider trying powdered coconut milk powder instead; it's amazing! I bought mine at the local health food store, but tons of options are available on Amazon as well.

    At any rate, I'm going to try this recipe with some modifications (less sugar) and bring it on backpacking trips.



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  29. Is it 3 tablespoons or 3 teaspoons per cup?cu

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