chai tea

Jules —  February 7, 2009

I filled mason jars with a chai tea mix for Christmas gifts this year. I’ve been asked for the recipe, so I thought I’d share it on here for anyone else who may be interested. It has a bizzillion five star reviews on All Recipes.



1 cup nonfat dry milk

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer

2 1/2 cups white sugar (or substitute Splenda)

1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Additional spices for even more flavor:

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon allspice


1. In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in spices. In a food processor (or coffee grinder), blend 1 cup at a time until mixture is the consistency of fine powder.

2. To serve. Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.

You may choose to omit the French vanilla creamer, and use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. To do so, mix the vanilla into the sugar, let it dry, then break the sugar into small lumps. Follow the same procedure as above.



29 responses to chai tea

  1. Loved the tea’s you gave us all. So nice on a cold day. I find myself wanting to not drink much because I want to save it for company, but now I can make more. GREAT!!!! Cardamom, where do I get that? Never heard of it before. Might take some to the UMW meetings. Thanks Jules

  2. You can find cardamom at Walmart in the spice area.
    I love chai tea! It is my favorite. Larry turns his nose up after tasting it. I love all the spices that tickle my tongue.
    Thanks for recipe Jules.

  3. Glad you like it! Enjoy!

    James was able to make payroll one day late! He feels so much better. Thanks for praying! It’s effective! Keep it up!

  4. Wow, I clicked on ALL RECIPES, what fun this site is going to be. Thanks Jules for the TEAS and the SITE.

  5. I haven’t been home long enough to taste the tea. It sounds really good. We left for Deb’s the day after we were at Nita’s so I am anxious to try it. Maybe I’ll make some at Deb’s.

  6. Yes, do. Then I can try some!

  7. Oops–that last post was me. Forgot Mom has been using my computer.

  8. Jules Im so glad James did’nt have to disappoint his guy’s , thank God he came through for ya’ll.
    I’m sorry I hav’ent been visiting much lately, I had been busy working everyday ,at a job I really liked now the Administrator tells me Fri. they don’t need me and maybe I can go back and work the floor, I can’t see doing that it just kills my back, ya’ll better pray for me too I guess, I’m waiting for God to tell me what to do.
    I wish you guys could be here with Punky ,me and Kelli, and go on our little hunting treasures outings.
    I sure hate to think of Punky leaving, I sure have been glad to have one of my sisters here, Kelli has been so busy ,I can see her much for awhile, maybe after she passes this important test we can do some more things before Punky has to leave.
    love you all…

  9. I wish I could be there to run around with you all. It sounds soooo fun! Treasure hunting is my favorite thing to do.

    I’ll pray for you that you will know exactly what to do and you’ll have peace with your decision. I’m sorry they are doing away with your job. Thanks for visiting me! I miss you.

  10. Tootsie, All Recipes is an awesome site. Anytime I’ve made anything with lots of five star ratings it’s turned out very yummy. I like that site so much better than hunting for new recipes in a cook book. Reading the reviews of what real people liked and changes they made to the recipe really helps me pick good things to try.

  11. Hi, Kandi! {wave}

    Deb and Punky, I hope you enjoy it! It’s important to grind it up well. There will still probably be some “floaties”. (spices)

    James loves to have a cup every now and then. His guys friends liked it too when they came to watch the game.

    I think it’s fun to try new things. I love hot drinks in the winter.

  12. “Hi Jules” (WAVE) (Giggle)
    I was going to do a new blog on how Ian was “caught” licking a cheesy dorito the other day. I took a picture of him licking a dorito, but did not feel anyone would get what I was talking about or understand the funny’ness of licking doritos or fully loaded chips….LOL LOL….

  13. Hehehe!!!!! James has asked Jessica and me to please stop licking chips in front of him! The family is divided over this one. hehehe! Maybe this is Mom’s fault. It must have started with her many years ago. :)

  14. Kathy, I was on my knees and using Mom’s house coat for padding, praying for you to know what God want’s you to do.

    Bro. — was talking Sunday about losing jobs, that maybe it isn’t as bad as you think, cause God may have something better in mind for you. Just keep trusting in God.

  15. Gerald lost his job. Beth and Gerald are devastated. Health insurance is their biggest concern. God does work ALL things together for good. That is my prayer. He can take a bad situation and work it for our good. It can even be better than it was before, above and beyond our expectations.

  16. Marilyn says.

    We’ll be praying for Gerald, Beth and Kathryn. It’s going to be a trying time for some for a while but we have the Lord to look to and trust.

  17. Hey, Jules, just because you posted 3 blog posts in 3 days doesn’t mean you can just go off and abandon us for a week! hee hee

    Hope all is well there. Sorry to hear that about Gerald’s job. We pray that God will provide an even better job for him. I just saw a friend this weekend that was laid off last year. She loves her new job so much more.

  18. I had encouraging news at the school I went to.
    The insurance instructor said he’d been in Life and health insurance for 40 years and he’s seen
    many recessions and one thing that people always need is insurance. He was very encouraging. He’s had doctors and lawyers changing fields to become agents.

  19. After I get this life license I’m gonna get a property and casualty license. Oh my goodness my head hurts thinking about it.

  20. Sounds like you’re in a good field to weather the recession, Kelli. Maybe Gerald might look into it.

  21. Hmmmm. . . I’ll pass that information along. There are some things we always need. Beth got her real estate license. She sold a couple of houses right out of the shoot.

    Debbie, I dont’ want to drop off the radar again. I will work on it! Is life starting to ‘get back to normal’?

    I’m sure looking forward to spring. Anjelia wanted to go to the park so badly this morning. She really misses it. It’s only 20 degrees. Not good park weather.

  22. Uh, getting back to normal? Well, I think we just have a new “normal” now! : )

    Actually things are going pretty good. Jude’s a sweetie and starting to be more awake now during the day. He sleeps pretty good at night–goes down around 10:30 when I do, then wakes for a 1:30 feeding, then again around 5:30 a.m. so I’m getting fairly good sleep too. The boys are enjoying him–Christian volunteered and rocked him to sleep yesterday. He did real well with a crying baby! They are all getting more comfortable with holding him. Things are more hectic as far as trying to get in school, chores, etc, but we’re managing pretty well. I just need to make sure we wisely use our time when Jude is napping. I got VERY spoiled having Mom here! But the boys and Steve are a lot of help, and Steve doesn’t mind fixing dinner on his days off.

  23. You are juggling a A LOT!!!! I’m glad to here you are getting some long naps at night. Isn’t that what you do when you have a newborn – take a few naps each night!!!!

    I was remembering the other day about my life with my forth newborn. Anjelia didn’t get any floor time! She was always strapped into a car seat up high somewhere! Too many little ‘helpers’. When she got a bit older and could sit up well, I had a baby pool in the middle of my kitchen floor!!! I think that sounds funny now but then it seemed completely normal. That’s how I fixed meals and cleaned up. She was very occupied. I’d have towels all around the pool to absorb all the splashes!!! It worked really well while fixing dinner! I miss those days but dont’ think I have the fortitude to do it again!

  24. Marilyn alias(Punkie) February 21, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    So glad Beth has a good job, we all need a home too, so hopfully she will be able to keep busy.

    I guess “new normal” comes along with each child. I was really happy to be able to be of some help to you Deb. I know the boys & Steve are good helpers too. Steve is also a good cook.
    You had a lot of friends and relatives bringing in food too, so I didn’t feel like I had a lot to do there. We always had some left overs for the next meal.

  25. I LOVE my dish rag. I love having a doilie for a washcloth. It really scrubs well, too! I feel spoiled when I use it. :)

  26. Marilyn alias(Punkie) February 21, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I’m glad you like your doily dishrag Jules, I think they look prettier than a dishrag laying around. I made probably 10 or so while at Deb’s now I wanna get more made for Linda and crew, think they are the only ones that don’t have one yet. Now that I’m feeling better maybe I can get some made and into the mail. Al really likes his.

  27. Marilyn alias(Punkie) February 21, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Oh, I ment to tell you I drank some of the Chi tea this afternoon and really like it. I haven’t tried the friendship tea yet, but will tomorrow. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  28. Hi Jules,
    I tried to email you and it failed to deliver.
    I didn’t get your email either. James is welcome any time, chances are Al will be off cause he’s only working 3 weeks a month. Glad we got some money back from income taxes. Love yas

  29. I hear wind and rain outside! Should be a good storm coming.