This comes to you direct from The Motherload, a useful and practical site with great recipes and ideas and freebies. I want to give credit where credit is due–this is in no way my recipe other than I used it and loved it and wanted to pass it onto you. The only thing I changed was the title because Chai Tea Mix is redundant. Chai MEANS tea in India. So this is Vanilla Chai Mix. Here’s what she has to say:
“My favorite warm drink is chai tea. The drink mixes are expensive, but mixing up a batch of this yourself can help to keep your pockets nice and warm with a little extra money. Most of the spices, dry creamer, and dry milk are already stocked in my pantry. The only additions I usually have to run out and get is the instant tea and powdered vanilla creamer.
To make the batch more smooth, instead of gritty, I process everything through my blender. I first mix all of the white ingredients in my blender (milk, sugar, creamer, vanilla creamer). I dump those in a plastic container and then I mix up all the brown ingredients (tea and spices). I pour this on top in the plastic container, seal the lid and give it a good shaking to incorporate or mix it up with a spoon. If you have a large food processor, you may be able to process it all together, but if you have a blender it is best to do this in divided batches.
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
1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
¼ tsp white pepper
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder. Add two-three tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.
Tina’s notes: I skipped the pepper. I blended as she said to, but would do it longer next time–ended up with some grit at the bottom. I used three Tbsp of the mix in my cup. I borrowed cardamom from a friend, but if she didn’t have it I would have just omitted it. I had to buy the vanilla creamer and instant tea (just like her!), but had everything else, so my financial outlay was about $5 for 7 CUPS OF THE MIX instead of $3.48 for 8 packets of Oregon Chai mix. It was EXCELLENT. Catie wasn’t sure if she liked it, but Bennett wanted more. I’m also willing to bet you could sub Splenda for the sugar if you happen to have it (I didn’t). This was an excellent boy-this-day-is-freezing drink.