Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chai Spice---oohhh, la la!

I don't drink coffee. (I know, I know, what a weirdo!)  I'm a tea girl myself, and oh how I love my chai teas! Yummo.  When I saw this recipe to make my own chai spice mix I jumped on it! It's super simple to make and it stores well in a glass container or a shaker bottle. I prefer the shaker bottle so I can sprinkle it wherever it's needed. My recent favorites? Sweet potatoes, smoothies and oatmeal. Absolutely delish! 

*Feel free to add your own sweetener if needed.  I loved this recipe because without the added sweetener, it allows you to add your own and make it just as sweet as you prefer it.


Chai Spice Mix 
(yields about 1/3 cup spice mix)

2 tbsp. ground ginger
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 1/2 tbsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. white pepper 

And if you're looking for a super yum smoothie recipe to incorporate this spicy mix, give this Banana Chai Smoothie a go and tell me what you think! 

Banana Chai Smoothie  
(serves 1)
adapted from Choosing Raw

1 heaping tsp. chai spice mix (recipe above)
1 1/2 large bananas, frozen (or 2 small)
4 ice cubes
2/3 cup almond milk  or whatever milk you choose

1 tbsp almond, peanut, cashew or coconut butter (optional!)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

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