DIY Vanilla Chai Mix

While visiting my friend out East last week, she served this delicious chai one of the first nights I was there. (Oh, and I saw snow for the first time this season! Unfortunately, I couldn’t take it back with me. . .) It was creamy with just the right balance of sweet and spicy! I, of course, asked for the recipe. She kindly shared it with me and now I get to share it with all of you!

One of the best parts about this chai mix is that you can make it according to your taste preferences and dietary needs. If you need sugar free, use sugar free ingredients. Don’t like vanilla? Use all regular creamer. Need to watch your calories? Use non-fat ingredients. Want more spice? Go ahead and add more of the spices. See? It’s perfectly versatile! :)

It’s perfect for gift giving since it can be made well ahead of the time that you need it. It also packs well and makes a great gift package with coffee mugs, biscotti, etc.

DIY Vanilla Chai Mix

Yield: approximately 7 Cups dry mix


  • 1 C non-fat dry milk
  • 1 C powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 C sugar-free, fat-free powdered vanilla creamer
  • 2 1/2 C sugar or granulated sugar substitute that measures the same as sugar (or 1 1/4 C Truvia baking blend)
  • 1 1/2 C unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1 1/4 tsp cardamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  1. Whisk all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Scoop 2-3 tablespoons of mix into mug. Stir in 6-8 ounces hot water. Enjoy!
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  1. Very, very clever!! what a great gift too. :)

  2. What an amazing gift idea! I adore Vanilla Chai.

  3. What a wonderful mix! I love chai! I was in need of a good gift for teachers, and I think I just found it!

  4. i love this idea! i always buy chai mix but never thought to make my own. :)

  5. What a great idea! I love chai tea so this sounds perfect, especially since it gets so cold around my part of the woods. It’s snowing as I type this! Have a great week, Jessica :)

  6. I am pretty sure this is the greatest thing EVER. From the insane amount I plow through chai mix, I definitely need this recipe for me, myself and I!

  7. YES! I’m a huge chai fan. I’ll definitely be trying this at home, except I’ll be attempting a lactose-free rendition.

  8. what a great idea, i may have to borrow it!! anne

  9. Ah! So festive! Love it. :) I’ll have to see if I can find powdered tea or powdered creamer here because I want to make all my present homemade this year and this sounds like a great addition!

  10. Now I just made vanilla-chai snickerdoodles will be on blog Thursday they came out YUMMY! I will be making this tonight for myself, it looks delicious and soothing!

  11. I would be ecstatic to get this yummy gift!

  12. Love this! Such a great gift idea and looks great too!

  13. Jessica! I love this–pinned! I’m making some of this for gifts, and keeping some for myself, too. :-)

  14. Pinned! I might have to make this for my mom!

  15. YUMMY! I will make this for my mom and aunt, when they come up! Thanks for sharing at Heavenly Treats Link Party, You have been FEATURED! Make sure to join us on Friday and get your button!

  16. What a great idea, great recipe and I love the alternatives you offer.Great advice!

  17. love this idea!

  18. I love this, Jar gifts are perfect, I loved getting them, I would especially love this, might have to consider surprising someone in my family with it =]

  19. A warm mug of chai is one of my favorite winter treats! this homemade mix sounds absolutely lovely!

  20. I’m a huge fan of chai!

  21. I love love love chai…and now I can’t wait to make my own…PS I have more snow to share if you need some lol

  22. Oh I love this idea as a gift for Christmas! Also, I totally want to steal your coffee mugs (SO CUTE). I’m running out of Chai Latte K Cups so I may have to whip up a batch of this for myself! :)

  23. This sounds delish! Love your polka dot mugs! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)

  24. gorgeous photos! I love chai, and would love to try making my own. great idea!

  25. I made this and it is FANTASTIC!!! Such a great gift idea!

  26. This sounds just wonderful, and what a great gift idea! Love your mugs too!

  27. what a great DIY idea! thanks for sharing (and thanks to your friend!)

  28. Oooh! I want to try this so I pinned! I’d love you to come link up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  29. I LOVE this recipe and shared it just this week at my blog too. It’s fabulous for sure. I’m so happy to see you linked this up at Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much –

  30. Oh yeh…I forgot to tell you how adorable your mugs are too. =)

  31. Hey there, thanks so much for linking up to our Countdown to Christmas link party. We excited to tell you that we featured your Vanilla Chai Mix! Stop by and grab our feature button! Hope you’ll continue to link up with us! Merry Christmas! :)

  32. Wow! This sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love vanilla chia but only get it on special occasions when I need/want to treat myself ’cause it can run up quite a bill at Starbucks. I saw your post as it was featured (congrats!) at Dixie and Dottie’s.

  33. Love this combination with the tea and spices. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  34. Receita maravilhosa! Copiei e vou fazer para mim e para presentear. Muito obrigada por compartilhar.
    Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo!


  35. I just wanted to say that for the record, I tried making this but non-sweetened, non-flavored instant tea doesn’t exist here! They only have apple, berry and lemon tea. :( I was bummed. One day I will make it! I’m still excited. :)

  36. I made up a batch of this chai mix today to share with the other families on campus here as a New Year’s gesture of kindness (in place of the Christmas gifts I never got around to buying/making after the little one was born). Though sadly I couldn’t try some because I’m off dairy right now (again due to the little one’s arrival and sensitive tummy), Aaron was my taste-tester and said it was delish.

  37. I mixed up a batch of this right before Christmas break and am now on a 2 mug/day habit. Love this stuff!!!

  38. This looks so warm and comforting on these cold winter nights and what a great gift this would make for a fellow chai lover!

  39. Thanks for the recipe Jessica! I just might make this for some holiday gifts!

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