Mug of pumpkin spice chai tea latte

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

If you’re like me, you love chai tea lattes from Starbucks.  Since I don’t drink coffee, I almost always order a chai tea latte on the rare occasion I go there – however, it’s a guilty treat, because according to the official nutrition information it’s full of sugar, fat, and calories, not to mention the exorbitant price.  Therefore, I embarked on a quest to find a similar recipe I could make at home, minus the unhealthiness and expense.

Upon doing a web search for chai tea latte recipes, I found a multitude of various formulas – however, I couldn’t find one that I thought was perfect.  Many used instant powdered tea and powdered non-dairy creamer, both of which are chock full of fake ingredients.  I decided to experiment on my own, ending up with an amalgam recipe inspired by ideas I found online, but not exactly like any one of them.

The following recipe can be used to make a regular chai tea latte, a vanilla chai tea latte, or (my favorite!) a pumpkin spice chai tea latte.  The recipe still has quite a bit of sugar in it – that could hardly be avoided.  So while this recipe might not be healthy per se, it is definitely a good deal healthier  than a Starbucks latte, and certainly includes the other three factors essential for a good recipe – simplicity, frugality, and deliciousness!

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (this is an expensive ingredient – I paid $8.99 for a 2 ounce bottle.  However, it lasts forever because you don’t use much of it at a time, so for me it was worth the price.  You can omit it if you want, though.)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/16 tsp. ground black or white pepper
  • 1 tea bag of regular or decaf black tea
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract  (for vanilla or pumpkin spice latte)
  • 2-3 tbsp. pure canned pumpkin (for pumpkin spice latte)
  • Blender or food processor
  • Mug
  • Small container

(Click here for the printable PDF version of this recipe!)

Gather your ingredients together.

Place the milk powder, powdered sugar, and all spices in the blender or food processor.

Ingredients in blender

Blend on high for a minute or two, until the ingredients are very well blended and the mix turns into a fine powder.

Blended ingredients

Brew yourself a mug of plain black tea.

Mug of black tea

Add 2-3 tablespoons of the chai tea powder, and stir to mix well.

Chai tea mix in tea

If you want a regular chai tea latte, drink up!   For a vanilla chai tea latte, add 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract to the mug and mix in well.  For a pumpkin spice chai tea latte, add both 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract and 2-3 tbsp. of pure canned pumpkin to the mug and mix well to get out any lumps of pumpkin.

Mug of pumpkin spice chai tea latte

Place the rest of the chai tea mix in a small container to save for next time.  This recipe makes several mugs of chai tea, but if you want to make more either for yourself or to give as gifts, just double or triple the blended ingredients.  Bon appétit!