chai tea smoothie

Just the other day I split a chai tea latte from Starbucks with a friend and was reminded how much I enjoy the spicy, milky taste of a warm chai latte. Too bad a non-fat tall Tazo chai latte has over 200 calories and 32g of sugar, more than some candy bars! Since that seems a little over the top to me I decided to make a homemade chai drink that was just as a tasty, but much healthier.

The result was a coconut vanilla chai protein smoothie that reminds me of the holidays!

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It’s still spicy and milky just like its steamy counterpart but it’s vegan and packed with protein – perfect for breakfast, pre/post workout drink or a mid-afternoon snack.

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Using a banana in this smoothie might seem odd, but frozen bananas are my favorite base ingredient to use in any smoothie because they amp up the thickness and add a natural sweetness. The flavor pairs nicely with the chai as well.

Just don’t forget to freeze your bananas with the peel taken off. It’s much, much easier to use them this way.

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Vanilla Coconut Chai Smoothie

Vegan / Serves 1

Zhena’s gypsy coconut chai black tea is used here to get the coconut flavor but any chai tea will work. And, I used vanilla protein powder but if you use natural or plain, you can add 1/2-1tsp of vanilla extract to add a hint of vanilla to the smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup brewed coconut chai black tea
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • I scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Sunwarrior brown rice protein powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Preparation

  1. Brew chai tea according to package directions and allow tea to cool. You can put it in the fridge or freezer to cool if you’re crunched for time.
  2. Add all ingredients, including the cooled tea into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth and enjoy.

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The best part about this recipe is that I had 1/2 cup of brewed chai tea left over that I used to make overnight oats for this morning. Coconut chai overnight oats – yes please!

Have a lovely Wednesday. I sincerely hope there’s a new Modern Family on this week – that will make my day! And let me know what you think if you end up trying the smoothie.

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