Chai-Spiced Nut Butter

The warming, sweet + spicy flavors of a chai latte infused into a creamy, spreadable snack? Yes, please! This homemade chai-spiced nut butter jazzes up any boring breakfast and makes a sweet holiday gift for friends and family.
Just 20 minutes and 9 in…

Chai-Spiced Nut Butter

The warming, sweet + spicy flavors of a chai latte infused into a creamy, spreadable snack? Yes, please! This homemade chai-spiced nut butter jazzes up any boring breakfast and makes a sweet holiday gift for friends and family.

Just 20 minutes and 9 ingredients are required for you to check homemade holiday gift giving off your to-do list. Let’s make nut butter!

How to Make Homemade Chai-Spiced Nut Butter

This creamy, warming spread begins with lightly roasting cashews and almonds to bring out their natural richness.

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To Bake Like a Scandinavian, Reach for the Cardamom

“The smell of freshly ground cardamom is strong and pungent, and it reminds me of eucalyptus or menthol,” said Nichole Accettola, whose new book, Scandinavian From Scratch: A Love Letter to the Baking of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, hit shelves this we…

“The smell of freshly ground cardamom is strong and pungent, and it reminds me of eucalyptus or menthol,” said Nichole Accettola, whose new book, Scandinavian From Scratch: A Love Letter to the Baking of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, hit shelves this week. Admittedly, it’s a difficult flavor to describe, defying easy categorization. Like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, cardamom is considered a “warming” spice—but, depending on who you talk to (and the variety of cardamom you’re tasting), it can just as easily be described as “peppery,” “smoky,” “citrusy,” “sweet,” “fresh,” “resinous,” or “floral.”

With origins in South India and grown today in India, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania, the practice of using cardamom in cooking and medicine is not a new one. From the earliest recorded mention of the spice in Vedic texts from 3000 B.C. to its use as a perfume, aphrodisiac, and digestive aid in Ancient Greece and Rome, cardamom has, for the last thousand-or-so years, also maintained a stronghold in Scandinavia’s baking scene. “Historians trace its arrival in Scandinavia back to the Middle Ages, when the Moors settled in Spain and traders from the north got hold of the spice,” said Nichole. When used in baked goods, the spice “has a yellow citrusy (lemony-pomelo) pungency”—akin to lemon zest “but with even more depth in flavor.”

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Strawberry Banana Bread

Moist, flavorful banana bread studded with chunks of fresh strawberries, a hint of cardamom, and brushed with a sweet strawberry glaze. Take your favorite banana bread recipe to new heights with fresh strawberries for a flavorful twist you’ll simply adore. The sweet strawberry glaze on top is—literally—the icing on the cake! The theme of this […]

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Moist, flavorful banana bread studded with chunks of fresh strawberries, a hint of cardamom, and brushed with a sweet strawberry glaze.

Take your favorite banana bread recipe to new heights with fresh strawberries for a flavorful twist you’ll simply adore. The sweet strawberry glaze on top is—literally—the icing on the cake!

Loaf of Strawberry Banana Bread with a pink glaze, two slices laying down to show the interior texture, and strainer with strawberries in the background.

The theme of this spring’s recipes is red and yellow, apparently. Strawberry + lemon, strawberry + passionfruit, and now, strawberry + banana.

I can’t help it if strawberries are just so darn versatile, it’s one of the reasons they are one of my favorite ingredients to bake with.

Unfortunately this recipe used the last of my spring berries, marking the official end of strawberry season here in Tennessee.

I was lucky to get in two good picking sessions this year, though all the rain we’ve had has made the season particularly short (the last time we went, half the fruit in the field was rotten. It was very sad, indeed.). Still, I managed to get 3 good strawberry recipes out of them, which I certainly consider a successful strawberry season!

And actually, make that 4 good recipes, I forgot I’ve got something chilling in the freezer that’ll ultimately work with all different kinds of fruit, not just strawberries, so I’ll be sharing that one later this summer.

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Vegan Chai-Spiced Coffee Creamer

Your mornings are about to get a LOT cozier thanks to our new chai-spiced coffee creamer. Made with dairy-free milk, maple syrup, and warming spices in a blender in just 5 minutes, it’s like having a coffeehouse in the comfort of your own home! 
A…

Vegan Chai-Spiced Coffee Creamer

Your mornings are about to get a LOT cozier thanks to our new chai-spiced coffee creamer. Made with dairy-free milk, maple syrup, and warming spices in a blender in just 5 minutes, it’s like having a coffeehouse in the comfort of your own home! 

Add this EASY, versatile creamer to black tea for a quick chai latte, to a cup of coffee for a dirty chai, or to roasted dandelion root tea for a cozy, caffeine-free option.

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Vegan Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée

Decadent crème brûlée without eggs or dairy or special equipment? Impossible, right!? Wrong! Friends, we’ve got you covered. This vegan crème brûlée is a dreamboat dessert inspired by a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Mumbai Modern.
Imagine: a creamy, …

Vegan Chai-Spiced Crème Brûlée

Decadent crème brûlée without eggs or dairy or special equipment? Impossible, right!? Wrong! Friends, we’ve got you covered. This vegan crème brûlée is a dreamboat dessert inspired by a recipe in the gorgeous cookbook Mumbai Modern.

Imagine: a creamy, chai-spiced cashew custard with a crackly, caramelized top. Simple methods and just 10 ingredients required for this elegant dessert. Let’s brûlée!

What is Crème Brûlée?

The first known recipe for crème brûlée, which translates to “burnt cream,” appears in a French cookbook from 1691.

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Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate

There’s not much that could improve the creamy perfection of hot chocolate, but this chai-spiced twist on the classic drink is hard to beat! This spice-infused treat is warming, oh-so chocolaty, and perfectly sweet. It’s winter comfort in a mug!
Plus, …

Chai-Spiced Hot Chocolate

There’s not much that could improve the creamy perfection of hot chocolate, but this chai-spiced twist on the classic drink is hard to beat! This spice-infused treat is warming, oh-so chocolaty, and perfectly sweet. It’s winter comfort in a mug!

Plus, it’s dairy-free, naturally sweetened with dates, and requires just 8 ingredients and 10 minutes to make.

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Vibrant Roasted Cauliflower Salad (Middle Eastern-Inspired)

Into making veggies delicious and exciting? This roasted cauliflower salad does just that! Flavors and textures abound with smoky + zesty spices, sweet roasted red onions, crunchy pistachios, and tart pomegranate molasses.
It’s a show-stopping side in…

Vibrant Roasted Cauliflower Salad (Middle Eastern-Inspired)

Into making veggies delicious and exciting? This roasted cauliflower salad does just that! Flavors and textures abound with smoky + zesty spices, sweet roasted red onions, crunchy pistachios, and tart pomegranate molasses.

It’s a show-stopping side inspired by Ottolenghi. Perfect for the holiday table, but also easy enough to throw together on a weeknight. Just 30 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done!

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Pumpkin Donut Waffles with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze

These glorious glazed pumpkin donut waffles are a must make for fall: with a fluffy, yeasty waffle base infused with pumpkin and brown butter, dipped in a sweet vanilla cardamom glaze. The yeasted batter gives these waffles a donut-like flavor even before they’re glazed, with whipped egg whites and a bit of baking soda for […]

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These glorious glazed pumpkin donut waffles are a must make for fall: with a fluffy, yeasty waffle base infused with pumpkin and brown butter, dipped in a sweet vanilla cardamom glaze.

The yeasted batter gives these waffles a donut-like flavor even before they’re glazed, with whipped egg whites and a bit of baking soda for a light and airy texture with a crisp exterior. Make the batter the night before for a guaranteed good morning.

Two plates with stacks of Pumpkin Donut Waffles with a visibly drippy Vanilla Cardamom Glaze, mini pumpkins and cup of coffee in the background.

The full name of these waffles could be something like Overnight Yeasted Pumpkin (but NOT Pumpkin Spice) Brown Butter Donut Waffles with Vanilla Cardamom Glaze, but I thought that was rather a mouthful.

Though these waffles certainly are a mouthful (in the best way possible) so maybe it’s fitting that the name be too.

The recipe is based on my original Donut Glazed Yeasted Waffle recipe from a few years back, which is still one of my favorites. The waffles are ultra crispy, with a light and fluffy interior and a yeasty flavor that makes them taste just like, you guessed it, a raised donut (NOT a cake donut, let’s just clear that up right now).

The waffles are best when the batter sits overnight, which means you pretty much have to do most of the prep ahead of time, ideally the night before. In the morning, you’ll just need to mix in the egg yolks and whip the egg whites, then make the waffles and glaze them.

If you’d rather do even more work ahead of time, make the batter two days in advance, make the waffles the day before, then the morning of simply reheat the waffles in the oven (which somehow makes them even crispier) and dip them in the glaze.

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Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

Who doesn’t love (and dream about) granola?! We’d been dreaming about a chai-spiced version, and today it’s here — and even better than our dreams. It’s perfectly sweet, undeniably chunky, and BURSTING with warming chai spices (we’re ready for you, fal…

Super Chunky Chai-Spiced Granola

Who doesn’t love (and dream about) granola?! We’d been dreaming about a chai-spiced version, and today it’s here — and even better than our dreams. It’s perfectly sweet, undeniably chunky, and BURSTING with warming chai spices (we’re ready for you, fall)! 

Whether you enjoy your granola with milk, yogurt, or by the fistful (who says granola isn’t finger food!?), we hope you love this one!

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Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

Say hello to our simplified, inspired version of Tandoori Masala! Inspired by the ingredients in the Whole Foods store-bought version of this spice mix, this easy homemade version comes together with just 6 simple ingredients in 5 minutes! It’s smoky, …

Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

Say hello to our simplified, inspired version of Tandoori Masala! Inspired by the ingredients in the Whole Foods store-bought version of this spice mix, this easy homemade version comes together with just 6 simple ingredients in 5 minutes! It’s smoky, earthy, balanced, and perfect for seasoning chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, chicken, and beyond!

What is Tandoori Masala?

A tandoor is a type of clay oven used originally in northern India and Pakistan, and masala refers to any of a number of spice mixtures ground into a paste or powder for use in Indian cooking.

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