I discovered chai a few years back, and ever since then I have been hooked. There are some pre-made chai powder in the tea and coffee section of the supermarket, but they contain so many extras that I’m really not keen on drinking on a regular basis, not to mention the high amounts of sugar they usually contain. Chai is essentially a spice mixture, so I set out to create my own healthy version that I wouldn’t feel guilty drinking every day.
I’m usually a huge tea drinker, but since I perfected my chai spice mix I haven’t touched tea, this chai is that good! The batch size that the recipe below makes generally lasts me a few weeks, with drinking an average of two chai’s each day. You can easily half or double the recipe, depending on how often you drink it. Although too much is never a bad thing, this spice mix can always be used in baking, such as giving a chair flavouring to cakes and muffins. This mix is just perfect for me, but you can easily alter the quantities of any of the spices to tweak the chai to your liking.
Making the chai mix is as easy as mixing all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, and it’s ready to go. Store it in an airtight container and it will last for ages. To make the chai, add around 1/4 of a teaspoon of the mixture to a mug and combine with boiling water. You can then drink it as is, or turn it into a chai latte with milk, which is what I do. You might also like to add sugar for a little sweetness, but I actually prefer it without any sugar at all.
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
- 1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon clove powder
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, and store in an airtight container. To drink, add around 1/4 teaspoon of chai spice mix to a mug and combine with boiling water, adding milk and/or sugar to taste.