Recipe: Handcrafted Chai Spice Mix And Confessions Of A Tea Fanatic

Recipe: Handcrafted Chai Spice Mix And Confessions Of A Tea Fanatic

In most parts of the world, the word ‘chai’ actually means tea. In North America, the word chai is most often associated with masala chai (mixed-spiced tea), or a drink made with black tea, mixed spices and milk. BTW, I read somewhere that masala chai spices are antibacterial, they can help ward off illnesses. Isn’t that great news!

I love Chai Spices! Heck, I love everything Chai. One of my most favourite things is the Pumpkin Chai Tea blend from DAVIDsTEA. I confess, it’s more than just their Chai blends that get me at DAVIDs. It’s almost every blend they carry!

If you’re wondering…no, they are not paying my to gush so lovingly about their product but I tell you, if DAVIDs ever decides to hire an Ambassador or to run an Affiliate Program for bloggers, I will be first in line. As long as the pay me in DAVIDs Tea that is :-)

I might have a bit of a problem…if you can call drinking tea a problem. Let’s see, at last count, I had about 25 blends of their tea on hand. There’s the summer blends that I like to drink chilled. The fall blends that include Pumpkin Chai and one of my new favorites, Banana Nut Bread. Some of my all-time favourite blends are…anything with masala chai spices, Earl’s Garden, Pu’erh Ginger, Tie Kwan Yin and I wish my iPad had scratch and sniff cause I’m thinking I might just love this Vanilla Orchid Tea and this Organic Creme Brulee!

A few of my recipes call for some DAVIDs Tea blends. Let’s see, I posted a Strawberry Tea Smoothie recipe in the summer of 2011 and a Chai Tea Frappe recipe this past summer (2012). Last autumn, I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Chai Doughnuts that my friend Alea of Premeditated Leftovers turned me on to.

DAVIDs Teas and Chai Spices! There you go, now you know the two things I can’t seem to get enough of.

The Teas will set one back a few $$ but crafting your own Chai Spice Mix is downright frugal. Commercially produced spice blends you get at the supermarket or online is expensive and may contain gluten as well as other undesirable additives.

Amazon.com has a 2 ounce, Organic Chai Masala Spice Blend that sells for $11.22. I’m not going to include the link here because the blend is NOT gluten free, it has wheat listed in the ingredients! By making your own, you have complete control over the ingredients!

Don’t you think this Handcrafted Chai Spice Mix would make a nice gift? All you have to do is tie a pretty bow around a nice spice jar and add a label and/or a gift tag :). In case you’re wondering, the jar on the right is some Homemade Vanilla that I am working on for the Christmas Holidays.

Handcrafted Chai Spice Mix
 
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Recipe type: Spice Mix
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Summary: What could be better than a Chai Spice Mix that you craft yourself? Recipe makes a total of about ⅓ Cup, almost 3 oz, or about 15 tsp of spice mix. Gluten Free | Grain Free | Sugar Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Real Food | Vegan | Vegetarian | Paleo
Ingredients
  • 4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground all spice
  • 2 tsp ground ginger ***omit if you plan to use fresh ginger in your recipes
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together in a small bowl or use a mortar and pestle.
  2. Store the mixture in a sealed spice jar. Use in recipes that call for a ‘masala chai’ blend.
  3. Makes a lovely handcrafted gift for the Foodie in your life.
Notes
Using fresh spices can make a big difference! Freshly ground spices have the most flavour and spices that contain oils actually go rancid over time.
Variations

If you only need a small amount of Chai Spice Mix, combine the ingredients for about 2 teaspoons.

~ ½ tsp ground cardamom
~ ½ tsp ground cinnamon
~ ¼ tsp ground cloves
~ ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
~ ⅛ tsp fresh ground black pepper
~ ⅛ tsp ground all spice ¼ tsp ground ginger ***omit if you prefer to use fresh ginger

Enjoy!

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33 comments

  1. Marilyn says:

    I LOVE Chai….the taste, the smell….mmmmm. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing chai blend with options on Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun! I think I’ll be stopping by my local health food store to pick up some fresh spices!

  2. I love chai spices and use them in my favorite biscotti recipe but they are quite expensive then bought at the grocery. I love that I can now make my own. Thanks so much for linking up to the Thanksgiving Treats & Fall Fun link party! I also have a weekly link up Tout It Tuesday and would love it if you would stop by to link up there too.

  3. Heidi says:

    I’ve seen a lot of recipes with Chai, but I’ve never tried it. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Thank you so much for visiting and adding your idea to the Thanksgiving Treats and Fall Fun Linky Party. I’m one of your co-hosts from OneCreativeMommy.com. If you linked up from one of the other co-host sites, I hope you’ll stop by my site for a visit.

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Laureen,
    I love your mix, will have to give it a try. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. 21stcenturyhousewife says:

    I adore chai spices, and particularly Chai Tea Lattes. Your spice mixture would be perfect for making lots of wonderful treats. It’s a great gift for Christmas too!

  6. This is perfect for holiday gift giving!! Thanks for kicking off the Gluten Free Fridays party this weekend! WOOT! We have some awesome recipes and they just keep coming!! So….Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  10. evolet0680 says:

    Thank you for posting this!!! My favorite chai tea has gone up so high in price that I decided enough was enough. It includes anise seed. Would you know how much anise I would add? I made my first “attempt” this morning and realized that I need some assistance, lol!

    I appreciate the post and look forward to “bagging my own tea” from here on out.

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