Sometimes smoothies are relegated to morning food only, but this chai smoothie recipe is equally good as a scrumptious afternoon pick-me-up that is full of fragrant spices, fresh fruit, and earthy nuts.
It's easy to get into a rut with smoothies, putting the same fruit, veggies, and liquids in the blender then guzzling it down without a second thought. But by mixing things up a bit, you can have smoothies that change with your mood, providing endless options that are both delicious and nourishing.
Chai Smoothie Recipe
When it comes to smoothies, bananas are the traditional fruit of choice since they add thickness, sweetness, and goodness all at once. But in this recipe, fresh, crisp apples are the star of the show. Not only do they also add great fiber and bulk to the smoothie, their sweet apple-ness pairs beautifully with the spicy chai and turns the smoothie into something akin to a creamy spiced apple cider. You could also try frozen peaches or mango chunks.
Milk, yogurt, or nut milk would all work well in this chai smoothie recipe, but filmjolk adds a buttery tartness and powerful probiotics that your gut may thank you for. Filmjolk is a traditional fermented milk product from Sweden that is not heat-fermented like yogurt and is less sour.
If you can't find filmjolk, plain yogurt will do the trick nicely. You don't need a lot since the apples provide plenty of juice through the blending process, but half a cup will make your smoothie wonderfully creamy.
Choosing a Tea
For this recipe, Full Moon Chai with cardamom, ginger, clove, cinnamon bark, vanilla butternut seemed like the perfect fit. If that doesn't suit your fancy, there are numerous chai blends to choose from.
Uplifting Coconut Chai with coconut pieces, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass, clove, black pepper, and cocoa nibs would be an excellent option, as would Golden Cacao herbal tea with turmeric pieces, ginger root, cocoa peel and nib, aniseed, fennel, and blackberry leaves. Make your tea in advance so it has time to cool before you add it to the smoothie.
This smoothie is great with just the fruit, filmjolk, and chai, but adding a handful of nuts is an excellent way to add protein and healthy fats that will help you feel full longer and stave off the munchies. Walnuts, almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts are all good options and are quite tasty mixed with apples and spices.
Although the apples provide a lot of sweetness to this chai smoothie recipe, if they're a bit tart, a spoonful of maple syrup will take the edge off.
Smoothies are wonderfully easy to make, and this recipe is no exception. Simply dump everything in the bowl of a food processor or blender and puree until it's smooth and thick. This recipe makes enough for two generous portions. Pour into large glasses and serve with a dusting of nutmeg or ginger or a piece of apple cut into a heart shape.
Full Moon Chai Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup just-boiled water
- 3 teaspoons Full Moon Chai
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup chopped apples (or bananas)
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup yogurt or filmjolk
Steep 3 teaspoons of Full Moon Chai in 1 cup of just-boiled water for 4-6 minutes. Strain tea leaves.
Put tea and all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.
Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.