Make Your Own Chai Spice

If you ever find a recipe that requires chai spice, don’t buy it!  Make your own!

Chai Spice

For one, chai spice is hard to find.  Secondly, if you do find it, it will be crazy expensive.

Now, finding the cardamom for the recipe can be expensive too, but you can find it online much more affordable.  I bought my on Swanson Vitamins (not affiliate).

If you like to make your own seasonings you may like the following recipes:

Jerk Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Chai Spice

From: Peggy of Allergy Free Test Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. cardamom
  • 2 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. cloves
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tsp. dried ginger

Directions:

  1. Mix all in plastic container with a lid.
  2. Shake well. 
  3. Use anywhere chai spice is required.
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Pillsbury Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend-A REVIEW

Pillsbury Gluten Free Flour

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About Gluten Free Oats, How To Make Quick Cooking Gluten Free Oats, and How to Cook Oats Fast For Breakfast

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Nutty Chocolate Pudding

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Who wants a chocolate dessert that is creamy, satisfying and allergy friendly? This quick-to-make dessert is sure to please even the finickiest of eaters and is gluten free, egg free, milk free, soy free, and corn free. Please do not be scared off by the avocado in it.  You really can’t taste it, but it adds such creaminess and richness!  Avocados are also a good source of good-for-you fats.  Yes, fat is not the enemy here! Make your own cashew butter (see how here) to keep the dessert cleaner; less sugar and additives! Enjoy this right away or chill it.  … Continue reading

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Smoky Black Bean Dip

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Oh those days of long ago!  Days when I would open a can of condensed tomato soup and crumble in an entire tube of Ritz crackers. Those long ago days are rarely missed anymore, but the memories linger as many memories are formed around food. Today’s recipe for tomato soup is not really reminiscent of those red and white cans of tomato soup. This is definitely a grown up version of tomato soup! You will never miss the gluten, dairy, eggs or soy. Nope! This soup is still satisfying, just a little more sophisticated. Adapted from this cookbook (non-affliate). Also … Continue reading

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If you ever prepare salmon patties or a salmon loaf the recipe almost always calls for canned salmon.  I don’t know about you, but I find canned salmon really gross.  There is black skin in there and bones and you have the added worry of the can being lined with BPA and it is likely not wild caught. So I set out to see if I could make it myself!  And I like to share easy cooking tips now and then.  Follow the pictures below to see how it’s done. First, buy a package of wild caught salmon fillets.  The … Continue reading

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