This simple and delicious homemade chai spice mix recipe is sure to take your cakes, desserts, and more to the next level of flavor! This blend of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice is the perfect way to add a bit of warmth and coziness to your treats, especially during cooler weather. Save this recipe to spice up your day!
Why You’ll Love this Chai Spice Blend
- Easy to make! You just need a few ingredients from your pantry to make this.
- Totally customizable! Love more ginger or want to omit the nutmeg because of allergies? No worries! This recipe allows you to do just that.
- Delicious when added to black tea, coffee, or any fall baking recipe.
- Makes a great gift. If you purchase spices in bulk, you can make up a ton of individual jars of spice mix and hand out as seasonal host gifts, for teachers, or for anyone who loves to cook and bake.
Here is a quick rundown of what you’ll need to make this chai mix. For the full recipe measurements, please see the recipe card below.
- Cinnamon: There are 2 main types of cinnamon: Cassia and Ceylon. Cassia cinnamon has a variety called Saigon Cinnamon that is much more bold and intense in flavor. Ceylon cinnamon is considered true cinnamon. Both taste great in this recipe.
- Brown Sugar: Considered a non-traditional ingredient, I find that mixing a bit of sugar into the spice mix not only makes it sweet, but allows me to sprinkle it on top of things like toast or into my oatmeal.
- Black Pepper: This really amps up the flavors and makes this spice mix bold! Start with a little bit and add more or less to taste. A little bit of black pepper goes a long way!
- You’ll Also Need: Ginger, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Allspice, and Cloves
You can change up the amount of spices in this mix to really customize it for your taste buds. To create an extra spiced blend, add 1 teaspoon more of ginger and 1 teaspoon more of cardamom.
The sugar is optional and can be changed to coconut sugar for a refined sugar free recipe, or omitted entirely.
If you like star anise, a half teaspoon of this can also be added to the spices.
Making this homemade chai spice mix couldn’t be any easier!
Make sure to check out the recipe card below for the full recipe and ingredient list.
Gather all your ingredients and measure them into a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a fork or a small whisk, whisk them together. The brown sugar (if using) has a tendency to clump so it’s helpful to have a whisk to break that up.
Transfer your spice blend to an airtight container for storage. If kept in a cool dark place, this blend should keep for 1 year.
Can I use this in a Chai Latte?
I recommend that you use this chai seasoning in your favorite baked goods and sprinkled on top of food. If you were looking to make a true cup of chai masala, I would recommend using whole spices along with whole milk (dairy free as needed) as opposed to their powder form. The tea could be gritty if you used just the ground spices with a black tea bag.
Try adding this chai spice mix to:
- Coffee: Transform your coffee into a cozy drink with a few pinches of this seasoning blend after brewing. To make it extra special, add a tablespoon of maple syrup, a bit of milk or cream (dairy free as needed), and a tiny pinch of salt. It’s the ultimate dirty chai!
- Baked Goods: Most fall baked goods, especially those with apple and pumpkin, taste amazing when swapping the pumpkin pie spice for this chai spice.
- Breakfasts: I’ve been adding this to basically all parts of my breakfast and it’s amazing. A sprinkle over buttered toast, mixed into my oatmeal, stirred into a pancake batter, this is basically good on everything!
How to Store
Store this homemade chai blend in an airtight jar or other storage container in a cool, dark location and it will keep well for up to one year.
To maximize the storage time, purchase all the individual spices at the same time so they are all fresh when blending together.
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- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Storage jar
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons cardamom
- 2 teaspoons allspice
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons cloves
- 1 tablespoons brown sugar can swap for coconut sugar or omit
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper more or less to taste
- Mix and store. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. Whisk together until fully blended. Transfer into a storage jar and use as needed for up to 1 year. Enjoy!
- You can change up the amount of spices in this mix to really customize it for your taste buds. To create an extra spiced blend, add 1 teaspoon more of ginger and 1 teaspoon more of cardamom.
- The sugar is optional and can be changed to coconut sugar for a refined sugar free recipe, or omitted entirely.
- If you like star anise, a half teaspoon of this can also be added to the spices.