DIY Chai Latte Mix is super easy to create and offers you a healthier, more natural (and more delicious!) version of a cafe style chai latte at home. Simply combine your 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!
Somewhere around June, I completely lost track of time this year. One minute I was living in London, and wondering what it would feel like to move back to Australia after three years. Suddenly, I’m packing my breakfast jar and hopping on the train at Redfern station, off to work each day like I’ve been doing it forever. Oh…and now it’s Christmas in a week!
Inside the whirlwind 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, emulsifiers and probably some artificial flavour thrown in there too. Hence my desire to make a DIY chai latte mix.
My recipe does incorporate coconut sugar, but it’s not an essential ingredient and you can dial down the sweetness to suit how you like it. The recipe is intended to replicate the kind of chai latte you usually find in a cafe; 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!
What to do with your DIY Chai Latte Mix
To make a chai latte, simply combine 1-2 teaspoons of the DIY chai latte mix with hot milk. This is nicest if you either (1) whisk it with the milk in a saucepan over the stove, or (2) dissolve the chai mix in a little hot water, and then top with steamed milk prepared in a milk frother (like you have for coffee). Both ways will help give you that creamy, frothy latte milk.
Some other cool things you can do with this DIY chai latte mix:
- 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 Vegan Banana Choc Chip Pancakes or these Maca Coconut Flour Pancakes);
- Toss a few spoonfuls over fruit like apples, pears, peaches or nectarines and roast in the oven for a scrummy 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.
DIY Chai Latte Mix
- 5 tbsp coconut sugar *
- 3 tbsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp ginger
- 3 tbsp cardamom
- 1 tbsp allspice
- 2 tsp cloves
- 1 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. This is nicest if you either (1) whisk it with the milk in a saucepan over the stove, or (2) dissolve the chai mix in a little hot water, and then top with steamed milk prepared in a milk frother (like you have for coffee). Both ways will help give you that creamy, frothy latte milk.
Chai Yoghurt Dessert Pots
Chai Yoghurt Dessert Pots
- 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.