The love affair between chai and I started a few years ago, when I was prompted to try it by my sister who had recently discovered the incredible allure of chai. Safe to say, I was hooked from the get-go (who can resist that creaminess?!), and since then chai and I have been something of an item 😉
Homemade, caffeine-free, immune-boosting chai mix; love at first sip 😉
Although chai is one of my all-time favourite drinks to enjoy while out at cafes, I try not to have it all too often because of its caffeine content. But since discovering this delicious caffeine-free chai mix, I’ve been reunited with my long-lost love, and am back to enjoying my iced chai lattes regularly (they actually taste exactly like ones I used to get from cafes!).
Iced chai latte & hot chai latte made with this homemade chai mix
This mix is made up of some delicious, and what’s more, healthful, spices: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, and cloves! That’s it! Only 6 ingredients required, and it’ll only take 2 minutes of your time to make! (It’s true… I timed it 😉 ).
Another huge benefit to having some of this homemade chai is… it’s rich in immune-boosting spices! So, like my Masala chai recipe, this chai mix is rich in healthful ingredients that naturally contain antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties, as well as many antioxidants.
These spices deliver a great immune boost, as they’re rich in antioxidants and naturally contain anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties (making it the perfect winter drink, when colds and flu seem to be more prominent)
Once you’ve made your chai mix, it will keep for up to 3 months in your pantry, but if you love chai like me, it won’t last anywhere near that long (mine’s usually gone within a few weeks).
I’ll also be sharing below a few tips on how to make hot and cold chai lattes, that are just like the ones you’d get at a cafe!
If you want to add some tea (which will add caffeine to the chai), simply cut the amount of milk in half and sub that with strong brewed black tea. Sweeten to taste and you’re good to go!
A chai mix you can make in minutes, that tastes just like a chai you’d get at a cafe!
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Caffeine-Free Chai Mix
You’ll have a delicious chai all ready to go (that’s caffeine-free) in a moment’s notice.
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper (reduce by half for less spice)
- 2/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2/4 tsp ground cloves
For Serving (optional)
- 1/2-1 1/2 tsp chai mix
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice)
- 1 cup homemade coconut or almond milk (or store-bought)
- Add all the spices to a small jar and shake or stir thoroughly to combine. The mix will keep at room temperature for up to 3 months, or you can store it in the fridge if you’d prefer. Double the recipe if you’re going to be using it daily.
Chai mix ready to use to make a chai latte or chai tea with! (or even to use in recipes like cookies!)
To make the chai lattes:
To make a HOT chai latte, add suggested amount of chai mix, sweetener of choice, and 2 tsp water to a mug (or small blender). Use a spoon to mix spices into water (skip this step if you’re blending). Then add warmed dairy-free milk of choice to your mug (or blender) and stir (or blend) to combine.
The spice mix can settle to the bottom, but blending helps stop this from happening so soon. Keep a spoon handy to give it a stir when drinking if the spices need to be re-dispersed again.
Hot chai latte; blending it helps to disperse the spices a little better (so they don’t settle at the bottom of the glass as quickly), and gives the hot chai some delicious foam on top!
To make an ICED chai latte, add suggested amount of chai mix, sweetener of choice, and 2 tsp water to a serving glass. Use a spoon to mix into a loose paste (you want as few clumps as possible). Then add a few ice cubes and top with dairy-free milk of choice. Stir to combine.
Iced chai latte; this one takes me back to all those times I used to sit at cafes with a good iced chai in one hand, and a book in the other. You don’t need to blend this one, a good spoon will do to mix the spices with the milk.
This recipe is originally from Minimalist Baker.
For a live run-through of how I make this chai mix (and the chai lattes along with it), see my video tutorial below!
Have you made a chai latte at home before? What’s your favourite; chai tea or a hot or iced chai latte? Share your chai mix recipe below! We love getting new recommendations on recipes to try!
Lots of love,