This Homemade Chai Spice Blend makes it so easy to bring the flavors of your favorite chai latte into your baking! With flavors of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger coming out strong, you will find this warming spice blend to be your new go-to flavor packet!
Chai refers to a tea that is popular in India. Black tea is mixed with “masala” or “spices”, milk, and sugar to create a beverage called Chai. It’s evolved and changed to what is more common in America as the chai tea latte. I’m a major sucker for these, hot or iced, a great chai latte is my go-to fancy drink. You can’t blame me for wanting to bring these spices into my baking.
I will not pretend to be an expect on all things chai. I discovered it as the Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks. If you want a truly authentic take on chai, head to Shweta Garg’s blog on Authentic Indian Masala Chai for a true perspective. These are just the flavor profiles I like!
What Spices are in a Chai Spice Blend?
The exact spices used in chai blends varies from person to person, household to household. My version showcases my favorite flavors. It’s very cinnamon forward with lots of cardamom and ginger for heat. Ya girl loves a good spice. So what spices do you need?
- Fine black pepper
Making our Homemade Chai Spice Blend
These ingredients are found in all grocery stores, and I bet you already have a few, if not all, on hand! Gather up everything above and measure out what you need. Now, whisk the spices together and transfer to a clean spice jar. You are ready to make everything and anything chai spiced!
Uses for Chai Spices
I swap this chai spice mix for anything that calls for cinnamon in a recipe. A few ideas are below, but the list is endless:
- Snickerdoodle cookies
- Chai Cinnamon Rolls
- Scones, like these Chai Scones with Brown Sugar Butter
- Shortbread cookies
- Coffee cake
Frequently Asked Questions?
My chai blend has a good amount of sharp spice. If that’s not for your, cut the ginger and pepper in half for a more mild flavor
Chai lattes are typically made with a concentrated black tea blend. I have not tested with exact spice mix in a chai latte and would not recommend without some trial and error
This recipe doesn’t require too many tools! But you will want a spice jar or air-tight container for storing the spice blend. You can reuse an empty jar on hand, or you can find lots of spice jar options online. I have converted all my spices into a matching set, mostly because I’m highly anal, but I also was able to add the spice names to the lids and that works better for me. Grab a set for yourself like the below:Print
With flavors of cinnamon, cardamom and ginger, you can bring the taste of your favorite chai latte to any baked treat.
- 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground cardamom
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon allspice
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon fine black pepper
- Whisk together all spices
- Store in air-tight container
Spices are most flavorful when used within 6 months of opening.