This Warming Spice Blend Satisfies Your Chai Latte Cravings Without the Caffeine

Photo: Minimalist Baker
As much as I love matcha, there's nothing more soothing than a chai latte. Even just one sip of those warm spices sends a wave of comfort throughout my entire body. But you don't need to head to your favorite coffee shop every time you want to get your fix. By creating a mix at home, you'll have a stash that stays fresh in your pantry for up to three months.

Dana Shultz, the recipe developer behind the plant-based food blog Minimalist Baker, recently shared that she, too, is a lover of all things chai. And instead of treating herself to something whipped up by a barista, she created a six-ingredient, totally caffeine-free version she can drink at home anytime she wants. "This mix is made up of some of my favorite spices: cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, and cloves," she writes. "After much testing of different ratios, this is the perfect blend—in my humble opinion—to create a dreamy chai latte."

The blend—which can be used in both hot and cold chai lattes!—only requires a few minutes to create. After adding your spices to a small jar, all you need to do is shake or stir everything up to make sure all the ingredients are combined. Once you're done, you'll add 1 to 1 1/2 tsp of the mix to your favorite plant milk (she suggests coconut or almond) whenever you're craving the beverage. Starbucks, who?

If you're in the recipe-making mood, there's more where this comes from. Put the mushy bananas on your counter to good use with this vegan banana bread, or take a peek at these pancake recipes that are so healthy you can eat them every day of the week.

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