Vanilla Chai Mix – Make Your Own Latte Mix for Cheap!

If you love Chai Tea, then this recipe is for you! With just a few steps and minimal ingredients, you can save a ton of money by making your own Vanilla Chai Latte Mix and stop buying it at the store. Or more, save on buying it at a coffeeshop if you like Chai Tea every day. There are SO many variations to this recipe, and by changing a few small details, you too then can customize your own recipe.

Vanilla Chai Latte in a mug on cutting board

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Published October 28, 2022
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Cost breakdown for this recipe

Below is a cost breakdown for each ingredient that goes into this recipe. However, you can alter which variation in some of them you use to make this recipe. For example, you can choose to use flavored creamer or regular. This will not alter the cost much, but it can change the flavor.
1-2 cups powdered milk $1.71
2 cups dried coffee creamer $2.66
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar $0.40
1 1/2 cup powdered tea mix, unsweetened $2.80
Vanilla Pudding mix, instant $0.75
1 tsp ground cloves $0.20
1/2 tsp nutmeg $0.08
2 tsp powdered ginger $0.14
1 tsp cinnamon $0.07

The total cost to make this Vanilla Chai Latte Mix is $8.81.
This makes 40-servings, so each serving costs $0.22.
Compared to the store-bought brand with only 25-servings, each serving costs $1.35.
Winner-winner for homemade from scratch yet again!

At Walmart, a 1.9-pound container of Big Train Vanilla Chai instant dry mix costs $34.00.
No, that is not a joke. I didn’t believe it myself at first. The last time I bought one of these tins, it was around $6 or so. My, the times have changed.
You can get them same can from Amazon for $16.92, however that is for the amazon.com Prime customers.

Big train chai vanilla chai mix
Big Train Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Instant Powdered Mix, 1.9 Pound $34.00

What is in the tin?

In addition to making it from scratch to cut down on the cost, the ingredient list is also a huge persuader. Instead of consuming ALL the things, you can have control over the ingredients by making your food from scratch.

Big Train Chai Mix Ingredients: Sugar, nonfat milk, nondairy creamer (coconut oil, corn syrup solids, sodium cassienate, sodium citrate, mono-and diglycerides, salt, sodium aluminosilicate), tea powder blend (black tea, darjeeling) honey granules (sucrose, honey), spice blend (cinnamon, clove, cardamon, anise, ginger), natural and artificial flavors, silicon dioxide, vegetable gums (carrageean gum, gar gum) Burbon vanilla extract from Madagascar.

ingredients on Big Train Chai mix

Playing the comparison game

Now, if you know me, you know I am cheap. I make my own food, sauces, recipes and bread. I hope you know that the norm is to also not spend extra money on coffee drinks. Not because of the cheapness, but because of the health-risk. Let me explain…
Coffee shops use various milk-based products and non-dairy products interchangeably. One such non-dairy option that has become very popular in the last 5 years is almond milk. Some other options include oat milk, cashew milk and soy milk.
A few years ago, I was having some serious health issues and found out about an allergy to almond, among many other foods. That being said, going to a coffee shop can be risky as using an EpiPen is not on my list of favorite things. This new-found allergy was not only the best thing to happen not only to my health but also our budget. Because of an allergy, it led to researching homemade and from scratch recipes to avoid allergic reactions.
I am so excited to share this recipe with you, so you too can try to save a ton on Chai!

If you were to go to Starbucks every day for a Grande Vanilla Chai Tea Latte for $4.25, that would cost $21.25 a week and a Grande total of $1,105 yearly. Grande. See what I did there?!

If you were to make one at home, using this Vanilla Chai Tea Latte recipe, it would cost $0.22 a day, $1.10 a week and a yearly Grande total of $57.20. That is a total savings of $1,047.80 a year making Homemade from Scratch Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Mix.

Click the link below for a recipe guide to Starbucks Chai drinks. Thanks Kookaburra Coffee Co for the info!
This list is active as of 9/6/2022
How Much Is A Chai Latte At Starbucks? – Kookaburra Coffee Co (kookaburracoffeeny.com)

photo of paper cup on top of the table
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Recipe

Ingredients

1-2 cups powdered milk
2 cups dried coffee creamer
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered tea mix, unsweetened
Vanilla Pudding mix, instant
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients to make DIY Vanilla Chai Latte Mix on cutting board

Directions

1. Firstly, place a large bowl and a whisk on the countertop.

empty bowl with a whisk on cutting board

2. Secondly, measure and then add 1-2 cups powdered milk to the bowl.

For the sake of not buying anything for this recipe, I used what we had in the cupboard. You can get powdered milk in any Walmart or grocery store by the baking isle. Typically, it is in a box and portioned off into servings in these little pouches to stay dry. This package came from a local grocery store, Festival Foods.

3. Thirdly, measure and add 2 cups dried coffee creamer to the powdered milk, then mix well to combine.

If desired, you can skip this step. As I had no dried coffee creamer, I opted to add extra powdered milk. Additionally, you can choose to use sugar-free coffee creamer, flavored or fat-free. There are SO many variations and flavors to choose from.

4. Next, add powdered sugar and then mix well.

Powdered sugar works best in this recipe because it dissolves quickly, while also not clumping.

5. Measure and then add powdered tea mix to the bowl and stir well.

This is where you can change up this recipe in a huge way. Want decaffeinated? Go for it! Want lemon flavored? Nice! Pick whichever you want to add to this recipe.

Types of Lipton Instant teas

6. Open the package of instant vanilla pudding and then add it to the bowl, stir well to combine.

7. Measure each the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and then stir well to combine.

8. If desired, place the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Mix into a food processor with the blade attachment, then blend well until smooth. By doing this, you eliminate any clumps, making sure the ingredients are blended smooth. Just make sure you do this in thirds to not overwhelm the food processor.

9. When done blending, transfer the Vanilla Chai Tea Mix into an airtight container, then label and store.

To use, mix 2 heaping Tablespoons of the Chai Tea Mix to a mug of hot water and stir well.
Additionally, you can choose to use the mix in coffee or warm milk.
Enjoy!
~Monica

Here is a huge shout-out to my mom for the awesome gift a few years ago. I love this potholder! Thanks mom!

vanilla chai mix in pink coffee cup

Homemade Vanilla Chai Mix Recipe

Ingredients for Vanilla Chai Mix

1-2 cups powdered milk
2 cups dried coffee creamer
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup powdered tea mix, unsweetened
Vanilla Pudding mix, instant
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions for Vanilla Chai Mix

1. Firstly, place a large bowl on the countertop.
2. Secondly, measure and then add powdered milk to the bowl.
3. Thirdly, measure and add dried coffee creamer to the powdered milk, then mix well to combine.
4. Next, add powdered sugar and then mix well.
5. Measure and then add powdered tea mix to the bowl and stir well.
6. Open the package of instant vanilla pudding and then add it to the bowl, then stir well to combine.
7. Measure each the cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and then stir well to combine.
8. If desired, place the Vanilla Chai Tea Latte Mix into a food processor with the blade attachment, then blend well until smooth.
9. When done blending, transfer the Chai Tea Mix into an airtight container, then label and store.
To use, mix 2 heaping Tablespoons of the Chai Tea Mix to a mug of hot water and stir well.
Additionally, you can choose to use the mix in coffee or warm milk.
Enjoy!
~Monica

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I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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