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Chai Smoothie Bowl

Chai Smoothie Bowl

Who else is a sucker for chai everything? Well, for this breakfast recipe I am combining two of my favourite things, chai and smoothies. You all know how much I appreciate a smoothie recipe that is delicious, healthy and that will fill my belly and is easy to make. Since I like to keep it interesting, a chai smoothie bowl was bound to happen. 

I can't really say I put too much thought into this recipe. I had one of those mornings when you open the fridge and you just stand there with a dead stare. There wasn't a lot in my fridge butI knew I wanted a smoothie and I needed something other than ice and water to make it. 

When I was about to give up, I remember I had brewed chai tea that was now cold and ready to be used. I figured using chai tea would add a bit more flavour to the smoothie the result? AMAZING! It makes it so much more special and flavourful! 

Making a chai smoothie bowl is as easy as making any other smoothie bowl. You are just adding an extra step, brewing the tea. You can either do this right before you make the chai smoothie bowl or you can brew it ahead of time and leave it in the fridge. 

There are many chai tea recipes in the market. It's basically black tea with a mix of spices and herbs. Since there's caffeine in black tea, I like to save this recipe for the morning. It will only take you between 10-15 minutes to make the chai smoothie, even less if you brew the tea ahead of time. So it's still time friendly for hectic mornings. 

For this chai smoothie recipe, and whenever I brew chai I make it from scratch. Nowadays, there are many different ways to get your chai fix. At the store you can find syrups, powders, tea bags, you name it. But honestly, I think making your own blend is the way to go. It is super easy and the extra effort is absolutely worth the outcome. 

Masala Chai is an ancient blend of herbs and spices originally intended for healing. It wasn't something you drink out of pleasure, as we do nowadays. Actually, black tea was added during the 1800s, when the British Crown occupied India.

The variety we drink in the western world comes from Masala Chai which translates to spiced tea. There are many different recipes which allow us to be flexible. And we love that. 

I found a good balance of flavours and that's what I used for the chai smoothie bowl. But if, for instance, you like it sweeter you can add more anise. For a spicier blend, you can increase the amount of pepper or ginger. The possibilities are endless. 

To make our chai smoothie bowl whole we are adding a scoop of protein powder to the blend and top it off with bananas, goji berries and granola. A delicious well-balanced breakfast. For more amazing chai recipes also check out our Pink Protein Chai Smoothie.

Ingredients
13
Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the chai tea

  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp black pepper corn
  • 4 sticks cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp cloves whole
  • 2 inches fresh ginger (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tbsp green cardamon pods (cracked)
  • 4 tbsps loose leaf black tea
  • 4 tsps star anise
  • 2 cups water

For the smoothie ingredients

  • 4 large banana
  • 4 oz unflavoured sunwarrior protein powder

For the topping

  • 2 small banana (thinly sliced)
  • 4 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 8 tablespoons granola

Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients for the chai tea to a pot and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the chai tea and allow it to cool down to room temperature before you put it into the fridge.
  3. Use the cool chai tea and add it together with the smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. For serving add the smoothie to a bowl and sprinkle with the topping, enjoy!

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