Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Recipe ReDux Post # 22: Banana Almond Chai Smoothie

The May RecipeReDux theme is “Cooking With Tea”  with our goal being to create “tea-inspired healthy dishes”.  I have never used tea in recipes before and have been wanting to try using chai tea so I figured a smoothie would be a fun way to go.  It worked out great and the chai flavor was a nice, subtle way to spice up the average smoothie.  So get one brewing n’ blending, and check out the other awesome recipes incorporating tea from the awesome RecipeReDux group!


1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk ( or milk of your choice)
1 chai tea bag  (I used zhena’s gypsy tea,decaf caramel chai- amazing!)
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 medium frozen banana, cut into chunks.

Directions: Warm the milk in a saucepan to before boiling and add tea bag.  Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes or more. Then remove tea bag and cool the “milky tea” mixture in fridge.  (You can do this overnight to have the milky tea ready to use in the morning).  Add the milky tea, banana chunks, almond butter and vanilla extract to a blender and process until smooth.

Makes 1 full size smoothie or 2 snack size

Serving size: the entire recipe Calories 250 Protein 6 g Carb 33 g Fiber 6 g Sugars 16 g Fat 12 g Saturated fat 0  g Sodium 180 mg

Serving size: 1/2 recipe, snack size Calories 125 Protein 3 g Carb 16.5 g Fiber 3g Sugars 8 g Fat 6 g Saturated fat 0  g Sodium 90 mg


ElizabethEats May 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM  

yummmm i love the idea of chai and almond butter together

Leigha W May 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM  

Mmmm, this looks so yummy! Chai adds such a nice flavor to things! I see your sidebar says you live near the water.. in a few weeks I'm moving to a house right on Lake Michigan! I'm so excited!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice May 21, 2014 at 10:27 AM  

oooh that caramel tea sounds divine - I have some chocolate tea and will try your recipe with that!

Sarah Grace May 23, 2014 at 5:18 PM  

I've actually made a simple smoothie just like this before! Chai is a favorite flavor of mine! :)

xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

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