Kats’ Kitchen

Vanilla Chai Tea December 11, 2009

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I’ve recently come to really enjoy my Chai Tea.  Maybe it’s the cold weather or possibly the pregnancy…but I love a mug of the warm and delicious beverage with the wonderful flavors of spices around mid-morning.  It’s just enough to get me by until lunch and (along with my space heater) takes the chill off the bones in this beautiful 7 degree weather we’re getting in Chicago.  (If I were in Florida with my parents this week, I’d probably whip up a glass of the mix with ice for an Iced Chai Tea, but…I’m not.)

I used the recipe from Amy’s blog, The Motherload, with a few minor changes that I will specify below.  

There is something about making things like this homemade, having to by all the ingredients and mixing them together when it would save a lot of time (but probably not much money) just buying a mix from the grocery store.  This is the one thing I really enjoy about baking and blogging.  Enjoying the homemade results!  

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer

2 ½ cups white sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups)

1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom (I omitted)

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

¼ tsp white pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender and blend until it is a fine powder.  This may need to be done in two or three separate batches.  Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.  Enjoy!

Recipe from Amy at The Motherload


74 Responses to “Vanilla Chai Tea”

  1. CookiePie Says:

    What a fantastic idea! Hope you’re feeling great and having a wonderful pregnancy!

  2. Amy Says:

    So funny that you just reposted. I’ve been digging on chai tea lately and was thinking, “I think Stacie posted a recipe for that – I’ll have to go digging.” You just made it WAY easier for me. :)

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Sarah Says:

    This a recipe for a Chai Latte not Chai tea… just thought I would point that out.

  4. Love this! Such a great idea for holiday favors. Consider it “pinned”.

  5. Genie Says:

    Love chai tea. Thanks for sharing yours!!

  6. andrew Says:

    Thanks for this! I am trying to make an organic versiono of this. Do you know any good substitute for both the non-dairy creamers?

  7. Johanna Says:

    where can you buy unsweetened instant tea in Canada?

  8. janacrouch Says:

    Great idea, can’t wait to try this!

  9. Sarah Says:

    I have to be totally honest with you – I make soy candle tarts, not food. I have a scent called “Chai Tea” and I was pretty meh about it until… I tried Chai Tea last week! I’m a forever fan now, and I cannot wait to make a batch using your recipe! Iced Chai tea? YES PLEASE! Thanks for the recipe (although I’m sure to pack on the pounds now because of it)! :)

  10. stacielk Says:

    Sorry Johanna, I am not sure where you can find the instant tea in Canada if you have checked your local grocery stores and have no luck. My next suggestion would be to go on-line and purchase through amazon maybe. Hope this helps!

  11. Jess Says:

    Any idea what would be different to make it a Chai Cappuccino tea?

  12. coffeeaddictedcollegegirl Says:

    Reblogged this on coffeeaddictedcollegegirl and commented:
    Wonderful idea for Christmas!

  13. stacielk Says:

    Add some instant coffee granulas in the mix maybe….let me know if you try it!

  14. Rhonda Says:

    Can this be made into coffee by using instant coffee instead of tea? Hmmmm….

  15. stacielk Says:

    Never tried it, but if you do, please come back let me know how you like it!

  16. janacrouch Says:

    Made this last night and it is fantastic! I plan to give as gifts, so I tried with both water and milk, and both were great! I also omitted the cardamom (simply because I couldn’t find it) and I forgot to cut down on the sugar, but it’s not overly sweet. Love it, thank you!

  17. This stuff is amazing… i made a batch for xmas gifts but of course had to test it out… well i’ve only given away 1/4 of the batch and ive used the rest myself!!! Had to make another batch tonight for my stash and once i go get more supplies will make another 2 batches fot gifts! I did omit the white pepper and decreased the white sugar to 1 1/2 cups all other ingredients i included

  18. Nicole Says:

    Reblogged this on Pear rolled in onions and commented:

  19. Julie Says:

    I gave this to all my friends for Christmas a few years ago and they loved it :) I’m super picky about chai blends but this one is perfect!!!

  20. Kessi Says:

    I made this recipe tonight (after thinking about it for weeks) and IT IS SO GOOD! I couldn’t be happier to save myself hundreds of dollars in $4 lattes! Thank you so much!

  21. thebetterbaker11 Says:

    YUUMMMOOOO! I am so in love with chai….thanks for sharing this make my own recipe. Tickled to find you at Meet Penny’s 30 edible gifts post!

  22. Krissy Says:

    How much does this make?

  23. stacielk Says:

    About 6-7 cups of mix. So it would make about 32-40 mugs of tea.

  24. Deb Says:

    I have never tried Chai tea before and made this for a gift today. It is wonderful! I may have to make a batch to keep. Love this.

  25. meeganjw Says:

    Just made 4 batches of this for Christmas gifts for a family party tomorrow. Of course, had to sample some in a mug with hot water – FANTASTIC! I Love Chai Tea, and this is by far some of the best I’ve had! Thanks for the recipe!

  26. Tammy Says:

    This tea is amazing, I used it for Christmas gifts and everyone is telling me how much they love it. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  27. Kerry Says:

    This is the best Chai tea recipe out there. I’ve made it the last couple years and have given for gifts.

  28. Julie Says:

    Is there a way to make this recipe dairy free?

  29. stacielk Says:

    Sorry, don’t have any tips to make it dairy free, unless their is some kind of dairy free dry milk powder that is available but I am not familiar with that kind of stuff. Hopefully you can figure it out!

  30. Angel Says:

    Pinterest led me to your blog. I made a batch of this mix tonight and love it! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  31. Thia Says:

    What is instant tea?

  32. stacielk Says:

    Powder tea that you find by tea bags/hot chocolate I believe in the grocery store. Does this help? You can make iced tea with this powder also.

  33. M Taylor Says:

    YUMMMM!! Made this today and am enjoying a cup as I type. I used 2c sugar and all other ingredients. As a lil treat I added 1T choc. syrup to my mug…..mmmm Thank you for sharing

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  35. jenn Says:

    Thank you for this recipe! Has anyone tried this iced? i plan to make this, sounds great!!!!

  36. stacielk Says:

    If I remember right, I have tried it cold also, but instead of just on ice, I’ve blended it with the ice. Great for hot summer days! Let me know how you like it!

  37. Crisanne Says:

    Simply wonderful! I would love to give this as a holiday gift but my kids keep drinking it all. I only put 1 cup of sugar in, I’ve also used Splenda in place of sugar in a few batches, no one noticed. I think the creamer is sweet enough to be able to tinker with the sugar. I’ve tossed pumpkin pie spice in a few times…. That was a big hit. One batch got a big ol helping of cocoa powder, much liked by all….this recipe is simply an awesome recipe, thank you so much for posting this!

  38. stacielk Says:

    So glad you have enjoyed this recipe so much! Thanks for the tips/ideas of other seasonsings to add. Cocoa powder? Now that is something I need to try!

  39. Janice Says:

    Has anyone made this with decaf tea yet? Just wondering if it would taste as good?

  40. stacielk Says:

    I actually use decaf when I make it, I don’t think that it changes the flavor. Hope you enjoy!

  41. Janice Says:

    Thanks! My sister can’t have caffeine and my nieces love Vanilla Chai too. So this way they can all have some. Thanks again!

  42. Janice Says:

    I’m having trouble finding nonfat dry powdered milk, I can find nonfat instant dry milk. Are they interchangeable?

  43. stacielk Says:

    yes, I believe they are interchangeable.

  44. Janice Says:

    Thank you!

  45. Natalie Says:

    Thank you for posting this! I found it las year and also made it for Christmas gifts, it was well received! I made several batches and also substituted half pumpkin creamer….it was fantastic!!!! Try it, you won’t be disappointed!

  46. Karen Says:

    I am tasting as I type before putting into jars as gifts. Wonderful recipie, I also left out the pepper and caredamon since I could’t find either. I used 4C instant tea light decafinated.

  47. janelle Says:

    I made a batch this morning…it tastes wonderful, but it’s clumping a little. Did I not process it enough?

  48. stacielk Says:

    Not sure why it would clump Janelle. Maybe too much processing I would think if anything. Hope it still tastes good!

  49. Domestikat Says:

    I just made a half batch to see how it would be with instant coffee instead of tea and it’s absolutely amazing!! I also live in Canada – I found unsweetened instant tea at the BULK BARN along with most of the ingredients on this list. I actually prefer the batch with coffee vs the tea.
    I cut the sugar down like suggested in the recipe and used a teaspoon of instant coffee per half cup of mix. This makes a mild coffee, if you prefer a stronger coffee, simply increase the amount of coffee accordingly.

  50. stacielk Says:

    Thanks for the suggestion! I will have to try this with the instant coffee, as you did!

  51. Karen Says:

    I found if you use less per cup it won’t clump up as much. I only used 1 tablespoon and it was still wonderful and no clumping.

  52. Alexa Says:

    Could I use instant unsweetened iced tea?

  53. stacielk Says:

    I wouldn’t see why not. It would be less sweet than using regular then. Depends how sweet you like your beverages :)

  54. Janice Says:

    Yes you can use unsweetened instant iced tea. I had trouble finding the correct tea as it’s listed in the recipe and actually called the Lipton company and found out they changed the labeling from unsweetened instant tea to unsweetened instant iced tea.

  55. Tisa Patterson Says:

    This is the best mix ever, I use 1/2 water & 1/2 milk. Next time I will try 1/2 Splenda & 1/2 sugar. It is so sweet & good, might even be better than hot chocolate!! ☕️

  56. Kat, I’m so excited to try this recipe! It looks so good.

  57. Why do you use powdered milk over traditional?

  58. stacielk Says:

    so it will be a dry mix. You may be able to skip the pwd milk and add milk when you make your beverage, but I have never tried that, if you do, let me know!

  59. amanda Says:

    Do you need to add the milk powder if you will use hot milk to mix it with?

  60. stacielk Says:

    I usually use water so I usually put the milk powder in. (not sure what I wrote in the post since it was a while ago) I’d say make a smaller batch without the powder and use milk and see how you like it. Sorry I can’t help much more. I just whipped up a batch last week, still enjoying the mix! Let me know how it goes!

  61. stacielk Says:

    Glad you have enjoyed it!

  62. Tamara René Burbank Says:

    I used your chain tea mix and it is Amazing thank you so much for sharing

  63. Karen Says:

    Great recipe I just love iced chocolate chai. I got hooked on this and love it. I have read all your replies and got some great tips from everyone. I hope you can help with some questions about this recipe. Seeing that I love the chocolate how much cocoa powder would I have to use in your recipe? Also, I saw that someone posted they used pumpkin in there’s. What kind did they use and how much? Do I need to not add something if I use this? Can you make a 1/2 batch to see how much sugar you need to add? I can’t wait to make this as gifts. Thank you so much for this great recipe. It will save me a lot of money because I hit the Wawa for theirs because it is so good but now I can make my own and save money. I just have to get to the store to get the ingredients so I can make these. Thanks and thanks again. Karen

  64. Karen Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I just love chai tea hot or cold. Just made a batch yesterday. I just love the recipe you added to yours. Do you have this anywhere that I could print this out when I give this a gift? I would really appreciate it. Thanks again Karen

  65. Alyssa Says:

    avout how much does a batch make???

  66. Debbie Lalonde Says:

    I have heard of making this without all the artificial ingredients for a fraction of the cost, by the cardamom in bulk just the amt you need , just using the sugar with the spices (you can make vanilla sugar too, google it) and then using 1TBSp + 1tsp in with a cup of regular brewed black tea..add your own milk

  67. Shelly Says:

    How much does this make if you use the small jars like in the picture?

  68. stacielk Says:

    I fill a quart size jar plus some, so quite a bit! Sorry for the delayed response!

  69. stacielk Says:

    Sorry for the delayed response Karen. I do not have an easy print-out of that right now!

  70. stacielk Says:

    Ugh sorry again for delayed response. My blog has been on the bottom of my priority list for some time now! If you still want some answers here they are! About the cocoa pwd, maybe start with 1/2 cup and taste. You could always add more! I’m thinking they used Pumpkin Pie Spice. I would say try adding maybe 2 -4 Tablespoons and tasting, you may want to omit some of the other spices so it’s not too overpowering with spices. I would suggest adding up the amount of spices in the recipe and maybe replaces Pumpkin Pie Spice with that amount, but I have never tried doing that so I don’t want to promise anything! Definitely 1/2 batch first, tasting and adjusting as you feel needed would be a great idea!

  71. stacielk Says:

    It makes about 7 1/4 cups of mix total. Which makes about 112 servings give or take. Hope that answers your question, so sorry for the delayed response!

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