The warm & cozy blend of spices in this DIY Chai Spice Mix is perfect for that holiday baking or for easy gift giving...
It is definitely not a secret that I love pretty much all things chai spiced. There is just something about that blend of warm spices that instantly makes me think of cozy winter evenings and the holidays. While cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg are classic spices you probably always reach for in your holiday baking, it is the addition of cardamom and ground pepper that give a chai spice blend its distinctness and little extra spicy kick. If you have ever enjoyed a good cup of warm chai tea or a creamy chai latte, then you know exactly what I am talking about here. ;)
I have found myself using a blend of chai spices in some of my original recipes for a couple of years now. It all started with my Coconut Chai Biscotti back in April of 2013. And then I baked up a batch of Peanut Butter Chai Cookies, and the chai spiced recipes just kept rolling out from there. Getting tired of always having to break out an arsenal of spices every time I baked up one of my favorite chai recipes, I decided to go ahead and whip a ready-to-use DIY Chai Spice Mix. It literally took me maybe 5 minutes to whisk this together, and I now I have perfectly mixed chai spices ready to go whenever I need it...
DIY Chai Spice Mix
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (Approx 4 ounces)
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbsp ground cardamom
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
Add all the spices to a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until the spices are well combined.
Funnel into a 4 oz glass jar, bottle, or shaker. Tie on a ribbon or twine for quick and easy gift giving.
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Not only is this DIY Chai Spice Mix great for all of the chai spiced recipes I am sharing with you here (see links above and below), but it is also great for adding to your favorite oatmeal or hot cocoa. You can switch out your usual pumpkin pie or apple pie spice in your favorite recipes with this Chai Spice Mix for something a little different. Mix it into banana bread or muffin batter, or pancake and waffle batters. How about some chai spice toast instead of cinnamon toast? ;) I think you all see what I am getting at here- the delicious possibilities are pretty much endless with this easy to make spice blend.
You could also whip up a few batches of this DIY Chai Spice Mix for easy holiday gifts for your neighbors, the kiddos' teachers, or your favorite foodie or baker. Just funnel into pretty glass jars, add a label, and tie on festive twine or ribbon.
Are you a fan of chai spices?
Which recipe would you use this spice blend in first?
If you loved this DIY Chai Spice Mix recipe, then you may also like these chai spiced recipes you can use it in...
Looking for even more delicious DIY gift ideas? Be sure to follow my Holiday Foodie Gifts board on Pinterest... :)