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Pink Protein Chai Smoothie

Pink Protein Chai Smoothie

I would've never thought of making a chai smoothie until I made the mistake of brewing way too much tea. I didn't want to see it go to waste and all of a sudden the idea hit me right in the head. 

Actually, the first time I added chai tea to a smoothie was when I made a Chai Smoothie Bowl recipe. It came out so nice and flavourful that I immediately thought of making an actual smoothie. I like being able to switch up between smoothies and smoothie bowls.  

When I made the chai smoothie bowl it was early in the morning, I was super hungry and I didn't have a lot in my fridge to work with. I basically improvised with what I had available. I'm happy because I discovered this mix of flavours that I can't get enough of! 

This time around there was a bit more planning involved. First of all, I gathered all the spices needed to brew fresh tea. You can buy a pre-made blend but I always prefer to mix the spices my self. 

The chai recipe I use has only 8 ingredients. I've done some serious experimenting to get a nice blend that is easy to drink. Some recipes have a lot of ginger or pepper corn and it can be a little scratchy when you drink it. But still, if you are using this chai recipe for a kid's smoothie, I recommend reducing the amount of pepper just to be on the safe side. 

I made this smoothie thinking of my little one. He's become a lot better with strong flavours. He can even handle more spices in his food than what I can. I guess being exposed to different cuisines at such a young age has helped a lot. But even still, I like to be careful with the spices in chai tea so I can be sure he'll actually enjoy it. 

His favourite colour is pink so I made the chai smoothie with dragon fruit to surprise him and make it more inserting and fun for him. He's not a picky eater but there are days that food need to be fun to make it easy on both of us. 

He claims he really really liked it! To be honest, I cannot say if it was the actual taste of the smoothie or just the fact that it was pink. Either way, I'll take it. He had a healthy snack and I didn't have to ask twice for him to drink it. 

Dragon fruit comes in two different colours, white and red. The red one is definitely more intense when it comes to flavour. But it won't overpower the chai tea at all. Your chai smoothie will be flavourful, healthy and super colourful. 

The colour of this chai smoothie is amazing! It is super bright and vibrant. You can make a beautiful presentation with it. Add some edible flowers to your glass and you'll look like an absolute pro! 

Ingredients
12
Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Smoothies
Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the chai

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ½ tbsp black pepper corn
  • 2 sticks cinnamon stick
  • ½ tbsp cloves whole
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (thinly sliced)
  • ½ tbsp green cardamon pods (cracked)
  • 2 tbsps loose leaf black tea
  • 2 tsps star anise
  • 1 cup water

For the smoothie ingredients

  • 1 medium banana (chopped)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 red dragon fruit
  • 2 oz unflavoured sunwarrior protein powder

Directions

  1. Add the all 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. Serve the smoothie in a glass, enjoy!

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