DIY Chai Latte Mix is super easy to create and offers you a healthier, more natural version of a cchai latte at home. Simply combine this chai mix with your favourite hot milk! There are also so many other uses for chai latte mix. To inspire you, there’s also a recipe for Chai Yoghurt Dessert Pots below too!
I have been enjoying some comforting moments with this DIY chai latte mix. It’s a little something I starting experimenting with a few months ago, when it hit me that I was addicted to chai lattes. They’ve had a revival (well, at least in my life). Sweet, yet spicy, and so beautifully fragrant. Yes, I do love a good chai.
The thing is, it’s actually pretty darn hard to find a good chai. I admit, I’ll guzzle down a chai made from “chai powder” if it’s all they have at a cafe and I really want one. But it’s never exactly how I want it (typically far too sweet) and I’m aware the powder is mainly made up of powdered sugar.
My recipe does incorporate coconut sugar, but you can dial down the sweetness to suit how you like it. The recipe is a bit like a cafe style chai latte, just a little more spicy and fragrant, and not so crazy sugary.
Yes, of course it does make an excellent homemade Christmas gift and hence why I’m posting it in late December! It’s so quick and easy to make so if you’ve left things to the last minute… you CAN still do this!
- When you’re creating the mix, add 1-2 tbsp turmeric to the mixture and make a gorgeous “golden mylk” turmeric chai latte mix! (I love this)
- Add cacao powder instead and make chocolate chai lattes;
- Make a “dirty chai” by adding a shot of espresso to your chai latte;
- Add 2 teaspoons of the mix to your pancake batter, or add to your baking (try it in these Maca Coconut Flour Pancakes);
- Toss a few spoonfuls over fruit like apples, pears, peaches or nectarines and roast in the oven for a dessert (also good in fruit pies);
- Sprinkle over yoghurt or ice cream.
SO many things you can do with this wonderful DIY chai latte mix! To inspire you, I’ve also included a recipe for Chai Yoghurt Dessert Pots below. Topped with pomegranate seeds they look decidedly festive.
This post has been getting a lot of love lately, probably because we are all currently practising social isolation in light of the health crisis going on right now.
I have gone back to this recipe as lots of people have been emailing me and commenting on it.
I have adjusted the amount of the spices to make a milder, sweeter chai, and hopefully one that dissolves a bit better in milk.
I have also updated the suggested methods for making a chai latte. Out of the three methods I suggest I think the blender works the best.
Here are my suggested methods:
- whisk chai powder with the milk in a saucepan over the stove, or
- dissolve the chai mix in a little hot water, and then add to a milk frother (e.g. Nespresso milk frother) together with cold milk and blend them together, or
- add chai powder and warmed milk to a blender and process until frothy.
- 5 tbsp coconut sugar – add more for a sweeter drink
- 4 tbsp ginger – reduce to 3 tbsp for a less "spicy" chai
- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp cardamom
- 1 tsp allspice
- 3/4 tsp cloves
- 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a small jar and whisk with a fork or shake vigorously to combine. Done!
- To make a chai latte, simply combine 1-2 teaspoons of the DIY chai latte mix with hot milk.
- You will get the best result if you whisk the milk thoroughly with the spices so the coconut sugar dissolves and the spices get stirred through the milk properly. Suggestions:(1) whisk chai powder with the milk in a saucepan over the stove, or (2) dissolve the chai mix in a little hot water, and then add to a milk frother (e.g. Nespresso milk frother) together with cold milk and blend them together, or(3) add chai powder and warmed milk to a blender and process until frothy.
- 2 peaches or nectarines
- 4 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- 3-4 squares dark chocolate
- 4-6 tbsp unsweetened yoghurt coconut or Greek yoghurt
- 2-3 tsp chai latte mix as per recipe above!
- 2 tsp maple syrup – OPTIONAL
- Finely chop the chocolate so it resembles thin shards. (This is easiest if the chocolate is cold so cool it in the fridge. And use a large, sharp knife).
- Chop the peaches into small cubes and arrange in small dessert bowls or glasses. Spoon the yoghurt on top, followed by the chocolate shards and the pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle over the chai latte mix. If desired, drizzle over a little maple syrup too.