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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!

Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats

Monday 16th of December 2013

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


Thursday 3rd of January 2013

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


Wednesday 2nd of January 2013

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


Saturday 29th of December 2012

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.

Erin @ Texanerin Baking

Wednesday 26th of December 2012

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. :)