Powder Mix Recipe for Daily Homemade Chai Lattes!

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A Simple, Homemade Chai Latte Recipe

We all have our weaknesses.

Chai tea lattes are one of mine, and the cravings will ambush me on gray, dreary, lazy days. I’m weak against them, and often give in when the desire strikes. When I snuck into coffee shops to indulge I would always leave with a happy belly, but also calorie regrets and spending guilt.

No more!

To appease my guilty mind I searched long and hard for a DIY chai latte recipe mix; one that is healthier than most, but can meet my instant (chai) gratification needs.

Sadly, all the recipes I found included instant tea, powdered non-dairy creamer, and LOTS of white sugar. I’m not a big fan of instant ingredients, so I persevered to put together an (almost) instant chai latte recipe powder made with less of the bad and more of the good. This “almost instant” recipe requires steeping a bag of tea in with each mug of the finished product.

It’s not a health drink by any means, but is healthier than most and crazy tasty!

Chai Latte Recipe: An “Almost Instant” Mix


(Find a wide variety of bulk organic spices here.)


1. Mix vanilla into cane sugar. Let it dry out, then break into small lumps. (You can speed the drying process by spreading vanilla-infused sugar onto a cookie sheet and putting in a 150°-170° oven for 7-10 minutes.)

Chai Latte Recipe Step 1

2. Measure out spices. If you only have whole spices on hand, grind in a coffee grinder, food processor, or high speed blender (like a VitaMix) until they’re a fine powder.

Chai Latte Recipe Step 2

3. In a large bowl, combine spices, cane sugar, powdered sugar, and dry milk.

Chai Latte Recipe Step 3

4. Stir well to combine ingredients.

Chai Latte Recipe Step 4

You’re almost ready for a hot cup of chai!

5. Stir in about 2 Tablespoons of your chai latte recipe mix to a mug of hot water, drop in a bag of organic black tea, and allow tea bag to steep for a few minutes. Slowly sip and enjoy!

Chai Latte Recipe

This recipe makes about a quart of dry mix. It fits perfectly in an quart size mason jar, and makes lovely gifts for the chai lover in your life!

Tip: when giving away as gifts consider including a box of black tea and a gorgeous mug as companions to this delicious latte mix.

Additional Notes:

  • To avoid sediment or “floaties” in your finished drink, blend the powdered mixture in a food processor or blender in 1 cup batches until it becomes a fine powder.
  • If you want your chai latte mix to be truly instant, add 1 ½ cups of unsweetened instant tea to your dry mixture, and process in a food processor or blender in small batches until the consistency resembles a fine powder. (The tea bag in step 5 is unnecessary now!)
  • Feel free to personalize this mix to your tastes, experimenting with different spice mixtures and different varieties of tea!
  • If you prefer regular chai to vanilla chai, simply leave out the vanilla extract in the first step.

(For those interested in the origins of the modern chai tea latte, check the reference links below.)



  • Masala Chai – Origins of Chai Tea Latte on Wikipedia

About Betsy Jabs

Betsy holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Counseling, and for nearly a decade worked as an elementary counselor. In 2011 she left her counseling career to pursue healthy living. She loves using DIY Natural as a way to educate people to depend on themselves to nourish their bodies and live happier healthier lives. Connect with Betsy on Facebookand Twitter.

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  1. Jessica says

    I would have to call myself a chai connoisseur. I have tried chai from every coffee house at least twice. One of my Favorites was Black Scottie Chai from the Firehouse Coffee Shop in Ballard, WA (Seattle) (I MISS YOU!)

    I have NEVER been able to find a substitute for their perfection. I have been settling for whatever others made up.

    You have done it! THANK YOU
    I like spice. The Pepper was the trick!

  2. dan says

    Is there a vegan alternative to the powdered milk? The mix alone would be good, but having the instant “milk tea” would be awesome.

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Yes! You could use rice milk powder, coconut milk powder, potato milk powder, almond milk powder, or soy milk powder (although we never recommend soy products). Most of these are available at health food stores or online. Pay close attention to ingredients when purchasing coconut or almond milk powder though, they often contain added dairy products.

      • Ashlee says

        I’ve been making it without the cardamom or pepper because I couldn’t find either. Well I just found the cardomom & wanted to try it the way the recipe states but couldn’t find white pepper. I’ll keep looking.

  3. Elaine D says

    Powdered sugar? do you mean confectioners sugar which has corn starch in it?
    or the fine ground sugar used for cold drinks?

    • Betsy Jabs says

      Sorry…yes, confectioners sugar. 🙂 You’ll want to purchase organic since it could likely contain GMO corn starch or sugar from GMO sugar beets.

  4. Jan says

    Stevia users: how much stevia powder would you suggest for the recipe? I have pure stevia powder, not the stuff in packets that they try to pass off as stevia.