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Chai Spice

Chai purists need to be warned! This may not be your typical chai spice recipe. The first time I wanted to whip up my own blend of chai spice, every single recipe I found called for allspice. In the USA and many other countries I'm sure this spice is no trouble to find but I live in Norway. I've read on forums and blogs that they sell it at some stores in Norway but I have not been able to find it in any of the supermarkets near me. Of course I could order it in from the US but instead I just decided to make a blend of chai without allspice that I like. So this may not be "traditional" "authentic" or "real" chai spice to you but it's what I use and it works in all the recipes I've used it for.

For my "not so traditional" chai spice, you will need:

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cardamom 

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

Yes all the spices I used are dry. I probably triple...or even quadruple the recipe whenever I make it. That way it fills up one of my little spice containers. 

If there is a spice here you don't like then I encourage you to experiment with the amount of each that you are using. Nutmeg isn't in a lot of chai spices I've seen online but I like the flavor it adds. I wouldn't recommend leaving out any of these but if you really can't stand ginger, for example, then try using less ginger and see if that is better for you. I just wanted the ratio of spices to be easy to remember. You could even do 1 tsp of each to make it super easy but I like it with a bit more cinnamon. Once you have your chai spice I would recommend using it in everything! Or at least in a lot of baking and even in smoothies. I add a bit of chai spice to my banana smoothies in the fall. Tasty and healthy!

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