Homemade Loose Leaf Chai Tea

Have you ever thought about starting your own little company? You know, going out on a limb with your famous cookie recipe and turning it into a real company? Like many food-obsessed creative minds, I definitely have. The first question I alway ask myself? "How many of that could I eat in one day?" Because surely if you own a cookie company, you end up eating a lot of cookies along the way.

Here's the one and only thing that's ever resulted in a "yes" answer: Chai. 

Chai is my reset, my comfort zone... a happy moment in a mug. Nothing feels more like hitting the reset button than sitting down with a steamy mug and slowly sipping, thinking of nothing else.

Loose Leaf Chai Tea Mix

Paleo, Primal, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan    |       |    Print Friendly and PDF

Chai can be—and should be- adjusted to your tastes. Start here, and then change proportions until you’ve found your person blend.

Yields: 1/3 cup loose leaf tea mix   |    Total Time:


  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 20 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 2 2-inch sticks of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 nutmeg mace
  • 1/4 cup dried ginger (found in the tea isle - this is not candied ginger)
  • 1 dash cayenne
  • 1/4 cup black tea leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder


  1. Measure out the whole spices and place in a small skillet. Heat over low heat, just until the spices are fragrant. Remove from heat.
  2. Roughly grind the spices. Add the other ground spices to this mix at this point.
  3. Toss the ground spices with the tea, ginger and cocoa.
  4. Store in an airtight container.
  5. To serve: Heat 8 ounces of water to a boil. Place a tea basket in your mug, and fill with 1-2 teaspoons tea mix. Pour hot water over the tea. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes. Add milk of choice (I recommend almond or coconut) and honey to taste.