It’s one of those warm wintery flavors that makes it feel like the holidays. Not only is chai great to drink on a cold day, but it’s amazing to bake with as well. You can use the actual chai tea bags or you can create a chai spice combination like I did with these Mini Chai Muffins.
The spice mix is a simple combination of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. I think the cardamom is what gives chai it’s unique taste. It leaves you wondering what that flavor is. It has a warm exotic, slightly lemony and peppery taste, and a little goes a long way (which is a good thing because it’s not the cheapest spice to buy). To keep the mini chai muffins healthy I used half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour. This recipe also uses only 2 tablespoons of butter for 32 mini muffins! To keep the muffins perfectly moist I used low fat buttermilk and non fat Greek yogurt.
To top this mini chai muffin off I decided to dunk it in a vanilla bean glaze, it is the holidays after all and we all need a little something sweet! To make the glaze for the muffin I used one of my favorite baking ingredients, vanilla bean paste. While I love using actual vanilla beans they can get expensive. I found that the paste is almost as potent as the bean, you get the beautiful black specks of vanilla bean in your baking, it stays fresh longer (vanilla beans have a tendency to dry out if not used fairly quickly), and you get a lot more of it for a lot less money! These mini chai muffins with vanilla bean glaze are perfect for your holiday breakfast or brunch, make excellent hostess gifts, or are perfect for an afternoon snack. Give them a try and see how intoxicating the chai and vanilla bean are together!
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