People are serious about their chai.
I am familiar with the run of the mill coffee snob or beer snob– mainly because we could possibly be labeled as such and we live in Beer City USA— but chai snobs, they are an entirely different breed. I have heard many an angry, I mean really angry, rant from people who have had their chai messed up or how thy refuse to go to a particular cafe because the brand of chai used is inferior.
Chai snobs are scary.
I get it. While I was pregnant I drank the stuff by the gallon– literally. It was one of my very few cravings over my pregnancy. So I really didn’t want to mess this one up. I made several batches of this chai smoothie before landing on it. The first lacked sweetness and that true chai flavor. The second was a little heavy on the cardamom and had a chalky residue from all the spices. But the third, oh man, with a little tweaking and a little ingenuity I think I nailed that one.
And the great thing about this smoothie, it’s healthy. I used raw, unprocessed honey, unsweetened yogurt, ripe banana and almond milk, so I had no problem giving it to Willow (do not give a child under the age of 1 honey).
So here you have it folks. Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you hate it, please don’t burn down my house.
Chai Banana Smoothie Recipe
1 1/2 cups ice
1 c plain, nonfat yogurt or coconut yogurt for a vegan option
1/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 t honey or maple syrup
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cardamom
1 dash allspice
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash ground cloves
1 dash ground anise (optional)
2 dashes fresh ground black pepper
1. Before you go throwing all these ingredients into your blender, please read this first because there is a step that is very important in order to avoid that chalky texture. First, warm up your milk in the microwave, like 45 seconds to 1 minute. Don’t let it boil. Just warm it up. Stir in your spice mixture and let it dissolve and steep. Warming it up like this gets rid of that protein shake texture that I find to be so unappetizing. After you do that, throw it in the fridge or freezer to let it cool down.
2. Once the milk is relatively cool measure out your ice and put that in your blender first. Add your yogurt second and then add the banana. Drizzle in the honey and lastly pour in your spiced up milk.
3. Blend, serve and enjoy.
4. Let me know how you liked it.
May your chai never be anything but up to your high standards and may anyone in your way when it isn’t have a good life insurance policy.
Keeping Willow by Stacy Feyer-Salo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.