Note to self: My husband LOVES the Dunkin Donuts vanilla chai latte. Like literally obsessed with it. I remember when we first started talking he used to call me on his way to work and every morning it was the same routine…a cup of this deliciousness. It was that moment when I decided that I would try and recreate it at home so I could make his a cup of chai every morning. Now this was the closest I’ve come across to the chai spice mix. I adapted the recipe from JoyFilledDays.com, and I personally add an extra tablespoon of french vanilla creamer and a little more sugar every time I make it to give it more of a vanilla-y taste.
I also use a coffee/spice grinder to blend the mixture together to make it into a fine powder. I feel like it dissolves better into the milk. After frothing and whisking I also strain it into a coffee cup to get out any little bits of the spices that didn’t dissolve fully. This is the blender I use, it’s from the brand capresso, and while I like it and it does it’s job it’s a little difficult to clean since the part where the spices are doesn’t come off. But I do like that it’s small and compact. Living in an apartment cupboard space is essential and I hate clutter. (I may or may not have a slight OCD cleaning problem) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Definitely give this a shot if you love the vanilla chai latte from Dunkin Donuts as well. This was totally husband approved and he loves it! Side note: how cute are these coffee mugs?! One of the best wedding presents ever…Total Harry Potter fanatic! Thank you so much Alysha!
- ¾ cups Lipton unsweetened instant tea granules
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp all spice
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup dry French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
- ½ cup powdered non-dairy creamer
- Mix all the ingredients well.
- Use a spice blender or a coffee grinder to blend all the ingredients into a fine powder.
- Store in a covered plastic container.
- To make vanilla chai, heat 8 oz milk in a sauce pan.
- Add 2 tbsp of spice mix to milk and and stir well. (If you want a bit more vanilla taste you can add 1 tbsp of french vanilla powdered creamer.)
- Froth, using a hand whisk or by pouring the tea from one cup to another several times (do this over the sink!) This thickens and froths the drink and makes it the consistency of Dunkin Donuts.
Original recipe adapted from: http://joyfilleddays.com/copycat-recipe-tastes-just-like-dunkin-donuts-vanilla-chai/