Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Chai Latte Copycat

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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)_/¯

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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!

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  • 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


  1. Mix all the ingredients well.
  2. Use a spice blender or a coffee grinder to blend all the ingredients into a fine powder.
  3. Store in a covered plastic container.
  4. To make vanilla chai, heat 8 oz milk in a sauce pan.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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.

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Original recipe adapted from: http://joyfilleddays.com/copycat-recipe-tastes-just-like-dunkin-donuts-vanilla-chai/

10 Comments Add yours

  1. mojaam says:

    Love it! To listen to this post in audio form, checkout https://www.narro.co/article/151775c0-56cd-4f38-a0ef-dff40056c510?t=0s

  2. Rayann Washington says:

    I love DD chai and drink it iced! what dry French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer did you use?

    1. foodjabi says:

      I used coffee mate! But any brand would work! 🙂….great idea on making it iced! Will have to try it 👍🏼

  3. Emma says:

    I just made this recipe.. and it is amazing!! Thank you so much!

    1. foodjabi says:

      Omg yayy! I’m so glad you loved it! Thank you! 🙂

  4. Olga says:

    Oh my gosh!!! THANK YOU!!! I’ve been looking for a Dunkin Vanilla Chi recipe for so long! I can’t wait to try it!!! I noticed that you increased the French Vanilla powder and decreased the amount of non dairy creamer from the original recipe you mentioned. Would you mind telling me which non dairy creamer I should buy? Thanks in advance for the deliciousness I’ll let you know how it comes out.

    1. foodjabi says:

      Aww you’re welcome! In glad to help. Any brand should work! I used coffee mate bc that’s what I had available in the store. I hope you love it and would love to know your thoughts after you try it!

  5. Kelly Pietrzak says:

    Omg! It is exactly the same! Ty so much! I love it and saves me $5.00 a day! Amazing!

    1. foodjabi says:

      Aww yay! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you love it and it saves you money! I had to find an alternative because my husband was addicted to it too lol 😉

  6. Angela says:

    Do you know if this would have less calories than the actual Dunkin vanilla chai?

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