It’s the last smoothie of this week-long smoothie series. In case you missed the other smoothies, this series has consisted of a Cacao Banana Superfood Smoothie, a Kid-Approved Green Smoothie, a Tropical Delight Smoothie, and a Strawberry Lime Daiquiri Smoothie/Slushy.
Can you believe this is THE last smoothie in the series? I can’t help but say I’m a little sad for this to wrap up but I’m really excited because I have saved the best (in my eyes) for last: a maple dairy-free chai tea smoothie.
If you love iced chai tea lattes then you first need to try my homemade dairy-free iced maple chai tea latte. Then, you need to make this maple chai tea smoothie and basically soak yourself up in chai tea heaven because this smoothie recipe is THE BOMB.
It’s like a frothy, thicker version of my latte without the ice.
Drink it in the morning, afternoon, as a late night snack — no one is here to judge, especially if you’re drinking it for all three of those times in the day.
If you’re using freshly brewed chai tea and fresh bananas, you’ll yield a thinner smoothie and could add 1/2 cup of ice to beef it up but it’s honestly still freaking good. If you use day old chai tea, or have refrigerated it before using it in the recipe and you use frozen bananas, the smoothie will be thicker. Knowing this, you sort of just have to play with it and see what consistency you like. The good news is, no matter what, you’re going to love the taste — whether it be runny or thick.
Also, you can opt to add one or two bananas depending on how banana-ey you want the chai tea smoothie. I added one and a half bananas and initially thought the banana flavor would overwhelm the chai but it didn’t.
I used my homemade vanilla-maple almond milk as the base of this recipe and it honestly couldn’t pair more perfectly. Because the almond milk has already been sweetened with vanilla and real maple syrup, you don’t need to add any additional sweeteners to this chai tea smoothie. If you’re using a store-bought almond milk that has no sweeteners, add maple syrup and vanilla AFTER you blend the smoothie to see what you think.
- 1 cup vanilla-maple almond milk (learn how to make it here)
- 1-2 bananas, frozen or fresh
- ¼ cup brewed black chai tea, cooled
- ½ cup ice, optional
- Place all the ingredients in a blender besides ice and blend.
- If you want to thicken the smoothie up more, you can add ice.