Chai Tea Latte Mix

It is simply my coffee.

I could go the rest of my life without another cup of coffee, but barely a day without a chai tea latte. Brand of preference: Oreg0n Chai. In the case that I should be located in a place without chai, I get panicky, and start brainstorming what is the closest place that I could go to find some.  I brought my Oregon Chai Tea Latte packets to Mexico for an anniversary trip.  I bring them to work and in my purse to Bible study.  You will find me at church during the “coffee” break stirring up my powder-y goodness with the hot water meant for normal people who drink bagged tea.

And the bonus is my husband isn’t into it, so I don’t have to share.  However, the kids are all fans…but what can I say, I drank a cup every day I was pregnant with each of them?  There is some caffeine in it but not nearly what’s in a cup of coffee (the company estimates 35-55 mg per serving).

I ‘ve been getting my Oregon Chai Tea Latte packets on Amazon with the subscribe and save discount and each packet is a mere 37 cents.  Sure beats a $4 green tea latte at Starbucks.   So the price is right too.

When my friend Linda made me a batch of homemade chai tea latte mix for my birthday, I was suspicious.  Nothing could compare to my little packets of hot crack.

As I first took a drink, my eyebrows went up, my tongue nodded curtly to my brain registering its composed pleasure with the new version and I made a decision: I liked it.

Then I proceeded to frantically text my friend. How did you make that?  Would you be so kind as to share your recipe? I would like to obsess over this version as well. She kindly shared the recipe that someone shared with her, and now I am going to share it with you.

If you like hot drinks, get bored with hot chocolate, are open to sweet spicy goodness or know someone that is…TRY THIS MIX!  It’s higher in sugar, but you can think of it as dessert in a cup.  You also can try using less if you want.  It also makes a fabulous gift.  Let’s start a chai tea revolution.


Chai Tea Latte Mix

1 cup non-fat dry milk powder

1 cup vanilla flavored non-dairy creamer

1 cup dried non-dairy creamer

2.5 cups white sugar

1.5 cups unsweetened instant tea

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground cardamom

(Note about cardamom: bulk spice stores or Indian grocery stores have particularly nice varieties, but the grocery store kind is fine too. Pricey, but it will last you forever, or better yet, share a bottle among friends.)



Mix together in a blender/food processor.  *This step should not be skipped, the blended version is much creamier and doesn’t leave residue in your cup. Add 2-3 TBSP to hot water/milk/almond milk and enjoy!



  1. Carisa DeWitt says:

    I am going to make a batch of this coming up but had a couple of questions:
    1. I see nutmeg in the photo but not in the recipe. Substitute for the cardamon?
    2. I also see two types of creamer (the Wal-Mart brand and the French Vanilla). Do you use both?

    Looking forward to giving as gifts this holiday season:). Thanks!

    • Carisa! You have a great eye…it’s like you edit stuff for a living or something. 🙂 1. The recipe didn’t call for nutmeg but I added some because I love that flavor. It’s good, but sometimes leaves a little residue in the cup even with blending, so you could try adding it to part of the finished batch (and re-blend) to see what you think. 2. Yes, I forgot to actually put both kinds of creamer in the original recipe but fixed it. Hope people enjoy it! It’s such a fun gift.


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