Banana Chai Smoothie

Banana Chai Smoothie -- quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and wonderfully delicious! | gimmesomeoven.comThis post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze.  My favorite.  :)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

First off, just wanted to thank you for the kind comments and emails (and remedy suggestions!) you sent me after Monday’s post.  So helpful and encouraging — thank you!  I’ve been on pretty much a liquid diet for four days, but finally think that things are turning and corner and I’m on the mend.  Whew, which makes me thankful for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that chips and salsa are an absolutely essential food group for me.  Coming soon, I hope.

That said, I’ve been tapping into my arsenal of gentle soups and smoothie recipes this week.  And as much as I love chewing, I forget how much I really do love a good protein smoothie cup of chai.  But then I realized, why choose when you can have both?!

Seriously, I make matcha lattes and smoothies all the time.  But it wasn’t until last week that I realized I could just as easily empty a chai tea bag out into my blender as well!  Brilliant!  And also, absolutely delicious, especially when paired with this easy, protein-packed banana smoothie base.

It’s a breakfast match made in heaven.  

Banana Chai Smoothie -- quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and wonderfully delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

The ingredients for this one are quite simple, and also happen to be naturally gluten-free as well.  (Feel free to nix the yogurt and add in a little more almond milk, too, if you’d like it to be vegan.)  Just gather up:

  • fresh bananas (then peel, slice and freeze them)
  • Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk (my fav rich and creamy almondmilk)
  • plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • chai tea leaves (I just emptied out a tea bag or two)
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon
  • plus a little maple syrup, if you’d like an even sweeter smoothie (I didn’t think it needed it)

Banana Chai Smoothie -- quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and wonderfully delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

Toss everything in a blender…Banana Chai Smoothie -- quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and wonderfully delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

…pulse until completely smooth…
Banana Chai Smoothie -- quick and easy to make, packed with protein, and wonderfully delicious! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and then this beauty will be yours to enjoy.

It’s naturally wonderful sweet and rich, the Greek yogurt gives it a mega boost of protein, and the chai and other seasonings give it a warm hint of spice that I absolutely loved.  Just what the doctor ordered.

Enjoy!

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Banana Chai Smoothie

Power up your day with this delicious protein-packed Banana Chai Smoothie! It’s quick and easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and full of delicious sweet flavors!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen
  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt*
  • 2 teaspoons (dry) chai tea leaves**
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • (optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup, if you’d like a sweeter smoothie)

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately, topped with a few extra slices of banana if desired.

*Feel free to omit the Greek yogurt if making this smoothie vegan, and add in 1/4 cup extra almondmilk instead.

**I just emptied out the contents of a chai tea bag (or two) to make this quick and easy.

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44 comments on “Banana Chai Smoothie”

  1. Oh I just love this idea! Chai is one of my all-time favorite flavors! Pinned to make soon :)

  2. I make a cup of chai every morning — my favorite! Using it in a smoothie is GENIUS!!

  3. I drink banana smoothie every morning and I feel so good! It’s tasty and fresh.

  4. LOVE using frozen bananas as ice in smoothies like this. But I definitely need to follow your lead and slice before freezing haha. 

  5. This sounds delicious! I am always looking for new smoothie recipes!
    Kari

  6. Oh my goodness this looks so good! I love a shake or smoothie for breakfast in the morning. So easy and I can take it to work. 

  7. Hello breakfast! I love this idea. I never thought to just dump a tea bag in. Cannot wait to try.

  8. Looks delicious Ali!! Need to get my hands on some chai tea :) 

  9. LOVE chai anything! I  never would have thought to add a chai tea bag to a smoothie, such a genius idea! I will HAVE to give this a try. :)

  10. you know the way to my heart. CHAI! love it in smoothies.

  11. Interesting smoothie. I didn’t know chai is good to eat.

  12. A very unique smoothie recipe with all my favorite ingredients. Its already noted in my to-do list for the weekend.

  13. gimme more of that smoooooothie babe

  14. I have tried creating a tea concentrate that then has to be cooled before adding my smoothie, but this looks so much easier and richer in flavor! I will definitely be adding this to the list of smoothies I want to try soon!

  15. Perfet coctail after fitness :)

  16. Lovely recipe!!! Got to ask you though – since I don’t like chai leaves at all, can I replace this ingredient with some other tea type without ruining the original taste of this smoothie? How about adding some linden tea instead?

    • Hi there! Hmmm, do we’re not sure about Linden tea, as we haven’t tried that, but Earl Grey might work well!

  17. I’d never thought of emptying a tea bag to use in cooking–that’s such a great idea! My favorite chai is Celestial Teahouse’s Dirty Chai (chai + espresso), and I bet it would be amazing in this!

    Thanks! :)

  18. Can you use chai seeds

    • We’re not sure about chai seeds, but we just empty out the contents of the chai tea bags (to use the leaves), and that works great. We hope you enjoy this!

  19. This banana smoothie sure to be my favorite.  I love blue diamond  almond milk unsweetened.  Thanks so easy and quick to make.

  20. Wow!!! At first it had a strong flavor but it is seriously a great idea! I just made one and it is very tasty :) thank you !

  21. Ohhhh my gosh! GENIUS! I am so happy to have stumbled upon this receipe and am SO excited to have this for breakfast in the morning! :D

  22. Just made this …. It was delicious!  Do you have any nutrition info like calories, fat etc?

    • We’re glad to hear you enjoyed it Debbie! Unfortunately though we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  23. Great recipe and maybe even better pictures. We have a similar recipe on our site but the pictures aren’t nearly as good.!

  24. I made this twice now and love love love it!!!

  25. Not that it matters much but thought it’d be nice to let everyone know that the word chai = tea and the spices/flavors everyone associates with “chai” is called masala. So Masala Chai is spiced/flavored tea. If you say chai tea your are really saying tea tea.

  26. very thick but delicious. definitely, will make this again.

    Rating: 4