Recipe: Vanilla Chai Tea Mix
I’m a lover of all warm spices, so naturally I LOVE chai tea. I enjoy it all year round; summer = iced, winter = hot. With all the specialty coffee shops carrying it all year round, I’m set. But what if you don’t want to drop $4+ on a cup of chai (gets really expensive)? Or what if you are nowhere near a coffee shop? I’ve got the solution! It’s a Vanilla Chai Tea Mix where when hot water is added to dissolve the ingredients, it can be enjoyed hot OR cold. You can make it with or without the vanilla too. Note: recipe was adapted from AllRecipes.
This recipe is extremely easy to make and I’ll bet you have most of the ingredients in your cupboard. You can also make extra and give it as a gift all year round (especially nice as a holiday gift). Let me show you how to make it.
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Here are the ingredients: nonfat dry milk powder, French vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer powder (or use any flavor you wish), powdered sugar, unsweetened instant tea, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground/grated nutmeg, ground allspice, ground cardamom, ground white pepper, vanilla extract, and vanilla pod.
This recipe is really just dump all of the ingredients and process in a food processor or blender. It’s that easy! Add the ingredients in no particular order too. Here’s how I did it:
Add powdered milk, non-dairy creamer powder**, powdered sugar…
**I used French vanilla – use whatever powdered variety you like. You can use sugar free too, if you so choose.
…unsweetened instant tea (I used decaf, but also make sure not to get the flavored variety – lemon wouldn’t be good here), ground ginger, ground cinnamon…
…ground cloves, ground/grated nutmeg (grate whole pods if you can, it’s so much better)…
…ground allspice, ground cardamom, ground white pepper (you could substitute black pepper)…
Note: adding pepper to this may sound odd, but include if you can since it adds so much!
…vanilla extract and vanilla pod seeds (if desired). It may seem odd to add liquid ingredients, but once whizzed in the food processor or blender it seems to
work. Just be sure to process immediately after adding these ingredients so they don’t clump up.
I used a 7-cup food processor to make this recipe so I was able to get all ingredients in one batch. You may need to work in batches. So instead of adding all the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor (or blender) like I did, just add them to a large bowl. Just don’t add the vanilla until you are mixing each batch (use part of the vanilla to accommodate the smaller batches.)
Use a blender or food processor (working in batches if needed) to blend until mixture is the consistency of fine powder. It took me about 2 minutes of processing. You will hear crackling as the ingredients break up.
Pack the Vanilla Chai Tea Mix in an airtight re-sealable container, like this jar. You can add a ribbon or festive bow and give as a gift too. It’s loved by all!
This chai tea is very good too. It tastes very similar to the powdered chai tea that Trader Joe’s carries (I love that stuff). To serve: simply stir in 2 heaping tablespoons of the Vanilla Chai Tea Mix into an 8-10 ounce mug of hot water.
Note: To enjoy cold, just chill in the refrigerator after it dissolves OR simply use less water to dissolve and add ice cubes to chill. If you try this recipe for Vanilla Chai Tea Mix, please COMMENT below. I want to hear your results!
Enjoy the comfort of food!
PS: If you see mistakes (i.e., spelling errors or inconsistencies in the recipe), please tell me right away. I appreciate any help I can get!