This homemade chai spice blend is a simple and delicious mix of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves that adds a spicy kick to all kinds of sweet and savory dishes! I love to use it anywhere cinnamon is called for to bring more complex flavor and a gingery bite.
Warm spice blends are traditional in fall, but I love a hit of chai spice year round in oatmeal, muffins, pancakes, waffles, or mixed with sugar on toast.
My favorite place to use chai spice is in my amazing banana bread recipe.
Chai spice blend uses just 6 easy-to-find spices.
- cinnamon - Perhaps the most familiar warm spice in baked goods. It has a sweet, woody, and slightly bitter taste.
- ginger - Gives a peppery, spicy kick to the blend.
- cardamom - Adds citrus notes and a hint of mint.
- nutmeg - Slightly nutty, sweet, and peppery notes.
- allspice - Tastes like a combo of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
- cloves - Brings deep, intense spice flavor.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Chai Spice Mix
It doesn't get much easier than this--blend all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
If you don't love a particular spice in this blend, you can try reducing the amount or even leaving it out altogether. Try adding a little ground black pepper for even more kick. I love to mix 1 tablespoon of chai spice with 4 tablespoons of granulated sugar and sprinkle over baked goods or toast!
How to Store Spices
Store chai spice blend in an airtight container at room temperature. Dried spices don't really go bad, but they do lose potency over time, so make only as much as you will use in 6 months or so for the best flavor.
The typical ingredients in chai spice are cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and cloves. Black pepper is sometimes added.
Chai spice is traditionally used to flavor a tea drink and can include black tea, but my recipe has no tea in it.
Homemade Chai Spice Mix
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon ground
- 1-½ tablespoons ginger ground
- 1 tablespoon cardamom ground
- ½ tablespoon nutmeg ground
- ½ tablespoon allspice ground
- ½ tablespoon cloves ground
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Store in an airtight container.