Banana coco-chai smoothie
Hello hello! What plans do you have for the weekend? I’m working on the magazine this weekend (trying to finish the design), so I can start planning my photo shoots next week. Busy times ahead… So I wanted to make something quick and easy to start my day on the right foot. Here’s an anti-oxidant packed smoothie with an Indian twist. It’s got chai tea (who doesn’t love that!), cocoa powder for more anti-oxidants, chia seeds for fibre, probiotic yogurt, raw honey and my favourite ingredient – frozen bananas. Fibre…check! Fruit..check! Protein…check! And the taste…delicious!
Today’s post is inspired by Indian chai. I don’t usually make chai at home often because to make it taste right ( i.e. perfectly authentic), you need to use more sugar than you should ever have and of course, full fat milk. I think it’s quite rich and you can’t really have all that much in one go. It’s quite filling! But, I do love the flavour for chai and the rich aroma it has, so I decided to use chai in a smoothie.
Just brew some good quality aromatic chai in a little water, let it cool down and then add the other ingredients. To kick things up a notch, I added a touch of ground ginger. In India, it quite common to have adrak chai (ginger chai), so why not add it to the smoothie for a little more spice!
Here’s how to make it…..
|Banana coco-chai smoothie||
- 1 chai tea bag (preferably with loose leaf tea)
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 2/3 cup plain probiotic yogurt
- 1 ripe frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 3/4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup milk
- dash of vanilla extract
- honey to taste
- pinch of ground ginger
- Brew the tea in the hot water for 3-4 minutes. Strain the liquid and cool for a few minutes.
- Add the brewed tea and all the other ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
TIP: If you haven’t frozen bananas before, I recommend you check out this post.
Anyways, off to some more work on the spring magazine! Have a great weekend everyone!